Zaillian tops USC Scripter Award noms

USC has announced the nominees for its sixth annual Scripter Awards, honoring the best film adaptation of a book.

Screenwriter Steve Zaillian is nominated twice, for his directorial debut, Paramount Pictures’ “Searching for Bobby Fischer,” based on the book by Fred Waitzkin, and for his adaptation of Thomas Keneally’s book “Schindler’s List,” a Universal Pictures release.

Other nominees are: Columbia Pictures’ “The Age of Innocence,” based on the book by Edith Wharton, script by Jay Cocks and Martin Scorsese; Hollywood Pictures’ “The Joy Luck Club,” scripted by Amy Tan and Ron Bass from Tan’s book; and Col’s “The Remains of the Day,” based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s book, script by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.

The winning film will be announced Jan. 8. The winning film’s screenwriter and author will be honored at the Scripter Awards black-tie dinner, Jan. 29 at USC’s Doheny Memorial Library.

Previous Scripter winners include “A River Runs Through It,””Fried Green Tomatoes” and “The Accidental Tourist.”

Any English-language movie based on a book and released during the 1993 calendar year was eligible for nomination. The award is sponsored by the Friends of the USC Libraries. The winner is chosen by a committee of 25 members from the film and literary fields, headed by Marjorie Lord Volk.

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