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‘Baby’ wins Scripter nod

Award honors 'Rope Burns'

HOLLYWOOD — The writers of “Million Dollar Baby” took home the 17th annual USC Scripter Award.

The kudo honored the author of book “Rope Burns: Stories From the Corner,” the late F.X. Toole, and screenwriter Paul Haggis, who adapted it for the film.

“This graceful marriage of source and screenplay is precisely what the Scripter Award was created to honor,” said this year’s co-chairs, screenwriters Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord.

“Rope Burns,” which Toole published at the age of 70, chronicled his career as a boxing cut man and manager. “Million Dollar Baby,” marks Haggis’ second feature as a screenwriter-producer, his first being indie feature “Crash,” which debuted at the 2004 Toronto Film Festival.

Previous winners include the writing teams behind “Mystic River,” “Seabiscuit,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “The English Patient,” “The Shawshank Redemption” and ” L.A. Confidential.”

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The Scripter black-tie gala will be held Feb. 20th at the Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library on the USC Campus. Henry Winkler and Hal Kanter will host.