Columbia Pictures’ “A River Runs Through It” was chosen Friday as the winner of the fifth annual Scripter Award, which is awarded to the movie judged the best realization of a book as film.

Skedded to be honored at the Scripter Awards black-tie dinner Jan. 30 are “A River Runs Through It” screenwriter Richard Friedenberg and the late author Norman Maclean.

The dinner takes place at the Doheny Memorial Library on the University of Southern California campus.

In taking the Scripter, “A River Runs Through It” edged out nominees “Enchanted April,””Howards End,””Malcolm X” and “The Player.”

The Scripter Award was determined by a 35-member selection committee, which is composed of individuals from the literary and film worlds and chaired by Marjorie Lord Wolk.

Previous winners of Scripter Awards are “Fried Green Tomatoes,””Awakenings, “”The Accidental Tourist” and “84 Charing Cross Road.”

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