USC names six finalists for Scripter Award

'Argo,' 'Beasts,' 'Pi,' 'Lincoln,' 'Perks,' Playbook' up for kudo

“Argo,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” “Perks of Being a Wallflower” and “Silver Linings Playbook” have been tapped as finalists for the 25th annual USC Libraries Scripter Award.

A tie resulted in six finalists rather than the usual five. The winning authors and screenwriters will be honored Feb. 9 at the Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library at the University of Southern California with Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford serving as honorary dinner chairs.

The finalists, including author and screenwriter:

Joshuah Bearman, author of the article “The Great Escape,” Antonio J. Mendez, author of The Master of Disguise, and screenwriter Chris Terrio, for “Argo”

Lucy Alibar, who wrote the play “Juicy and Delicious,” and screenwriter Benh Zeitlin, who co-wrote the screenplay with Alibar for “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

— Novelist Yann Martel and screenwriter David Magee for “Life of Pi”

Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” and screenwriter Tony Kushner for “Lincoln”

Stephen Chbosky, author of the novel “Perks of Being a Wallflower,” as well as the screenplay based upon the book

— author Matthew Quick and screenwriter David O. Russell for “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Previous Scripter winners include the screenwriters and authors of “The Descendants,” “The Social Network,” “Schindler’s List” and “L.A. Confidential.”

The Scripter selection committe is co-chaired by screenwriter Naomi Foner and USC professor and Writers Guild of America West VP Howard Rodman. The panel selected the six finalists from a field of 82 eligible adaptations.

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