The U. of Southern California announced Tuesday the nominees for the 10th annual Scripter Award, which honors the best realization of a book as a film.Nominees for the 1997 award are “Donnie Brasco,” a book written by Joseph Pistone and Richard Woodley, which Paul Attanasio adapted as a screenplay; “L.A. Confidential,” James Ellroy, author, and Brian Helgeland and Curtis Hanson, screenwriters; “The Rainmaker,” John Grisham, author, and Francis Ford Coppola, screenwriter; “The Sweet Hereafter,” Russell Banks, author, and Atom Egoyan, screenwriter; and “The Wings of the Dove,” Henry James, author, and Hossein Amini, screenwriter. USC will announce the winning film on Wednesday, Jan. 7, and its authors and screenwriters will be honored at a dinner on March 7. Veteran comedy writer Hal Kanter will emcee the event. Director, screenwriter and producer Lawrence Kasdan chaired this year’s selection committee of film and literary professionals.
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