The award, to be presented at a ceremony Jan. 31 at the Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library at USC, recognizes the screenwriters of an adaptation and the authors of the original material.
The nominees are:
“Gone Girl”: Gillian Flynn, screenwriter and author of the novel of the same name.
“The Imitation Game”: Graham Moore, screenwriter; Andrew Hodges, author of “Alan Turing: The Enigma.”
“Inherent Vice”: Paul Thomas Anderson, screenwriter; Thomas Pynchon, author of the novel of the same name
“The Theory of Everything”: Anthony McCarten, screenwriter; Jane Hawking, author of “Travelling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen”
“Wild”: Nick Hornby, screenwriter; Cheryl Strayed, author of the memoir “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.”
The Scripter selection committee chose the finalists from 97 adaptations. “12 Years a Slave” won last year’s Scripter.