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USC Scripter Award Nominees: An Education, Crazy Heart, District 9, Precious, Up in the Air

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 6, 2010 at 2:16AM

For the first time, I participated in the annual USC Libraries Scripter Awards. Voted on by a jury of screenwriters, critics and scholars, these awards honor the authors and screenwriters of the year's best English-language feature (animated or live action) adapted from a printed work. Scripter winners No Country for Old Men and Slumdog Millionaire also won adapted screenplay Oscars.
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Thompson on Hollywood

For the first time, I participated in the annual USC Libraries Scripter Awards. Voted on by a jury of screenwriters, critics and scholars, these awards honor the authors and screenwriters of the year's best English-language feature (animated or live action) adapted from a printed work. Scripter winners No Country for Old Men and Slumdog Millionaire also won adapted screenplay Oscars.

Awards circuit faves and recent PGA nominees An Education, District 9, Precious and Up in the Air were nominated, as well as Crazy Heart, a surprise. Also surprised, perhaps, are the left-out writers behind Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Last Station, Julie & Julia and Invictus. Unfortunately, Jane Campion wanted Bright Star to be considered an original screenplay (the Academy has deemed it adapted), so the film was not on the list of eligible films. She might have made it into this group.

The winners will be announced at the awards dinner on February 6th. Full list of nominees on the jump.

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Crazy Heart": Scott Cooper, screenwriter; Thomas Cobb, author.

"District 9": Neill Blomkamp, screenwriter and author; Terri Tatchell, screenwriter.

"An Education": Nick Hornby, screenwriter; Lynn Barber, author.

"Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire": Geoffrey Fletcher, screenwriter; Sapphire, author.

"Up in the Air": Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, screenwriters; Walter Kirn, author.


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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.