Five films compete for USC writing honor

The authors and screenwriters of “127 Hours,” “The Ghost Writer,” “The Social Network,” “True Grit” and “Winter’s Bone” have been chosen as finalists for the USC Libraries Scripter Award. Winners will be announced Feb. 4.

The five finalists were whittled down from a field of 73 eligible adaptations.

Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy adapted Fox Searchlight’s “127 Hours” from Aron Ralston’s autobio “Between a Rock and a Hard Place.” Summit’s “Ghost Writer” was adapted by helmer Roman Polanski from Robert Harris’ novel “The Ghost.” Ben Mezrich’s “The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal” became Sony’s “The Social Network” by screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. Joel and Ethan Coen wrote the script for Paramount’s “True Grit,” based on the novel by Charles Portis. Author Daniel Woodrell’s “Winter’s Bone” was written for the screen by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini. Pic was distribbed by Roadshow Attractions.

The Scripter Award honors the scribes of film adaptations as well as the authors of the original work.

The Coen brothers and Beaufoy are past winners of the Scripter. The Coens won for “No Country for Old Men” in 2008 and Beaufoy for “Slumdog Millionaire” in 2009. Both films went on to win Oscars for adapted screenplay as well as best picture.

The 58-member selection committee includes thesp Ed Harris, critic Leonard Maltin, Fox topper Tom Rothman; screenwriters Eric Roth, David Koepp, Robin Swicord, Steven Zaillian and Nicholas Kazan. The panel is chaired by scribe Naomi Foner.

The awards banquet will be held at the Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library on the USC campus.

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