‘Baby,’ ‘Sideways’ in eclectic Scripter mix

Gala to be held January 20

The U. of Southern California has selected five nominees for its annual Scripter Award, the only honor that recognizes both the author and screenwriter for a film adaptation.

The finalists are author Robert Ludlum and screenwriter Tony Gilroy for “The Bourne Supremacy”; author John Irving and screenwriter Tod Williams for ” The Door in the Floor”; screenwriters H.G. Bissenger, Buzz Bissenger, Peter Berg, and David Aaron Cohen for “Friday Night Lights”; author F.X. Toole and screenwriter Paul Haggis for “Million Dollar Baby”; and author Rex Pickett and screenwriters Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor for “Sideways.”

The selection committee, which narrowed a pool of 30 films down to these five, is comprised of Writers Guild of America members, authors, film industry executives, faculty and selected members of the Friends of the USC Libraries.

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The winners will be announced on Friday. They will join the ranks of previous winners “Mystic River,” “Seabiscuit,” “The Hours” and others, and will be honored at a black-tie gala hosted by Henry Winkler and Hal Kanter on Jan. 20.