By Matt Neglia
The USC Scripter Nominations honoring the best in Adapted Screenplays and their source material for 2020 have been announced. The winners will be announced on March 13th.
Click below to see the nominations.
- Mike Makowsky for “Bad Education” based on the New York magazine article “The Bad Superintendent” by Robert Kolker
- Jon Raymond and Kelly Reichardt for “First Cow” based on the novel “The Half-Life” by Jon Raymond
- Screenwriter Ruben Santiago-Hudson and playwright August Wilson for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
- Chloé Zhao for “Nomadland” based on the nonfiction book “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century” by Jessica Bruder
- Screenwriter and playwright Kemp Powers for “One Night in Miami”
The finalist writers for episodic series are, in alphabetical order by series title:
- Mark Richard and Ethan Hawke, for the episode “Meet the Lord,” from “The Good Lord Bird,” based on the novel by James McBride
- Sally Rooney and Alice Birch for the fifth episode of “Normal People,” based on the novel by Sally Rooney
- Ed Burns and David Simon for the sixth episode of “The Plot Against America,” based on the novel by Philip Roth
- Scott Frank for the episode “Openings,” from “The Queen’s Gambit,” based on the novel by Walter Tevis
- Anna Winger for the first episode of “Unorthodox,” based on the autobiography “Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots” by Deborah Feldman
What do you think will be the final five nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay and which film do you think will win the USC Scripter Award? Let us know in the comments below or on our Twitter account. You can also see our current predictions for Best Adapted Screenplay here.
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