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'Perks of Being a Wallflower' Joins Usual Suspects for Six USC Scripter Award Nominations

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 15, 2013 at 11:22AM

"Perks of Being a Wallflower" joins usual suspects "Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," and "Silver Linings Playbook" as contenders for the 25th annual USC Libraries Scripter awards. Usually five films are nominated, but this year a tie resulted in six nods.
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"The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower"

"Perks of Being a Wallflower" joins usual suspects "Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," and "Silver Linings Playbook" as contenders for the 25th annual USC Libraries Scripter awards. Usually five films are nominated, but this year a tie resulted in six nods.

The Scripter awards are unique for recognizing both the screenwriters of a film and the authors of the original source material from which the film is adapted. They are chosen by a select group of writers, filmmakers, producers. critics, and academics, including me. The winners often--but not always--match up with the eventual adapted screenplay Oscar winner. Recent winners "The Descendants," "The Social Network," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "No Country for Old Men" did, but "Up in the Air" and "Children of Men" did not.

The winners will be announced at a dinner ceremony on February 9, at the Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Libraray on the USC campus.

Full list with names below:

"Argo": Screenwriter Chris Terrio, Joshuah Bearman, author of the article "The Great Escape," and Antonio J. Mendez, author of "The Master of Disguise."

"Beasts of the Southern Wild": Screenwriters Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, based on Alibar's play "Juicy and Delicious."

"Life of Pi": Screenwriter David Magee and novelist Yann Martel.

"Lincoln": Screenwriter Tony Kushner and Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln."

"Perks of Being a Wallflower": Stephen Chbosky, who wrote both the novel and the screen adaptation.

"Silver Linings Playbook": Screenwriter David O. Russell and author Matthew Quick.

This article is related to: Awards, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lincoln, Life of Pi, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Silver Linings Playbook, Awards, Stuck In Love, Books


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.