Columbia Pictures’ “A River Runs Through It,” Miramax Films’ “Enchanted April ,” Sony Pictures Classics’ “Howards End,” Warner Bros.’ “Malcolm X” and Fine Line’s “The Player” are the nominees for the fifth annual Scripter Awards, which were announced yesterday.

29 qualify

Presented by the USC Friends of the Libraries, the awards were established to focus on the authors and screenwriters of the best realization of a book as a film. A total of 29 films qualified in 1992.

Nominations go to scripters and authors, who are, respectively: Richard Friedenberg and Norman Maclean for “A River Runs Through It”; Peter Barnes and Elizabeth Von Arnim for “Enchanted April”; Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and E.M. Forster for “Howards End”; Arnold Perl, Spike Lee (scripters) and Alex Haley (author) for “Malcolm X”; and novelist/screenwriter Michael Tolkin for “The Player.”

The winner will be announced Jan. 8, with honors to be handed out Jan. 30 at the Doheny Memorial Library at USC.

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