Runoff on tap for Scripter

Futterman's 'Capote,' Gaghan's 'Syriana' tie for kudo

For the second time in its 18-year history, the USC Scripter Award will hold a runoff ballot to determine a solo winner between the scribes of “Capote” and “Syriana.”

Dan Futterman’s adapted screenplay “Capote” tied with Stephen Gaghan’s “Syriana” for the kudo, which honors the best adaptation among English-language films released the previous year.

Two years ago, Brian Helgeland’s “Mystic River” script tied with Gary Ross’ “Seabiscuit” script and a runoff ballot was cast, resulting in a second tie.

Other contenders this year were Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana’s “Brokeback Mountain,” Jeffrey Caine’s “The Constant Gardener” and Josh Olson’s “A History of Violence.”

Results of the runoff ballot will be released Jan. 18 and the winner will be honored at the annual black-tie gala Feb. 11 at USC’s Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library, emceed by Hal Kanter and presided over by master of ceremonies Henry Winkler.

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