Reitman high on USC honor

'Up in the Air' scribes win Scripter Award

Jason Reitman and the writers behind “Up in the Air” walked away with USC’s 2010 Scripter Award for adapted screenplay on Saturday.

In his acceptance speech, Reitman, an alum of USC, noted that his father, Ivan, used its library to film “Ghostbusters.” The USC Doheny Library stood in for the New York Public Library in that 1984 film.

The Scripter Award goes to both the screenwriter (Reitman and his writing partner, Sheldon Turner) and the author of the book, Walter Kirn.

“Adaptation is collaboration. I’m really glad that you guys do this award, because it really speaks to how many writers work on a film,” Reitman said, acknowledging 25 additional collaborators on the film.

Competing against “Up in the Air” were “Crazy Heart,” “District 9,” “An Education” and “Precious.” Last year’s Scripter winner “Slumdog Millionaire,” and the previous year’s “No Country for Old Men” both went on to win the Oscar for adapted screenplay.

Eric Roth accepted the Literary Achievement Award for his body of work including “Forrest Gump” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” A copy of Roth’s admired book, “Moby Dick,” was given to each guest.

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Started in 1988, the USC Libraries Scripter Awards were created to honor “the written word, creative collaboration and the profound results of transforming one artistic medium into another.”