USC taps script finalists

Winkler, Kanter will host Feb. 11 event

“Brokeback Mountain,” “Capote,” “The Constant Gardener,” “A History of Violence” and “Syriana” have received nominations for USC’s Scripter Award.

The kudo recognizes both the writer of the film adaptation and the author of a book, novella or short story. The Scripter committee considered 47 eligible films released in 2005 and will announce the winner on Friday.

Finalists for the award: “Brokeback Mountain,” Annie Proulx, author, and Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, screenwriters; “Capote,” Gerald Clarke, author, and Dan Futterman, screenwriter; “The Constant Gardener,” John le Carre, author, and Jeffrey Caine, screenwriter; “A History of Violence,” John Wagner and Vince Locke, authors, and Josh Olson, screenwriter; and “Syriana,” Robert Baer (“See No Evil”), author, and Stephen Gaghan, screenwriter.

The winning collaboration will be feted Feb. 11 at USC’s Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library. Henry Winkler and Hal Kanter will host.

Recent Scripter winners include “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Hours,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “L.A. Confidential,” “The English Patient” and “Schindler’s List.”

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