“Slumdog Millionaire” continued its awards sweep Friday night at the 21st annual USC Libraries Scripter Awards after walking away with the org’s top prize.
In a show of appreciation for the event’s unique nature of recognizing both screenwriter and author of an adapted work, “Slumdog” scribe Simon Beaufoy said, “We don’t really have anything like this in Great Britain.”
A first-ever for the award, the night’s winner was announced during the gala.
“It’s an extraordinary honor to be here tonight,” Beaufoy said, “partly because I’ve been in love with Jamie Lee Curtis for many, many years.”
Curtis, emcee for the gala held at USC’s Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library, entertained the crowd with her own share of one-liners.
“There’s nothing I love more than the written word, especially for someone who’s grown up in the show business, or the show-off business as I like to call it.”
Scribe Steven Zaillian presented the inaugural Scripter Literary Achievement award to Michael Chabon, who then left the statute at the podium.
Returning to the stage, Curtis quipped, “By the way, this is the lovely award Michael won. I accept it on his behalf.”
All joking aside, dean of libraries at USC, Catherine Quinlan, emphasized the seriousness of the award and the legacy it upholds.
“To read a book and then see it represented in a movie is very, very different,” she said. “The Scripter Award recognizes that if you move from one medium to another, how you feel about that particular content can really change.”