Sunday, May 19, 2024

The 2021 USC Scripter Award Winners

By Matt Neglia 

The USC Scripter Winners honoring the best in Adapted Screenplays and their source material for 2021 have been announced.

Click below to see the winners.


Dune – (Screenwriters: Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts & Denis Villeneuve), based on the novel of the same name (Author: Frank Herbert)

The Lost Daughter – (Screenwriter: Maggie Gyllenhaal), based on the novel of the same name (Author: Elena Ferrante)

Passing – (Screenwriter: Rebecca Hall), based on the novel of the same name (Author: Nella Larsen)

The Power of the Dog – (Screenwriter: Jane Campion), based on the novel of the same name (Author: Thomas Savage)

The Tragedy of Macbeth – (Screenwriter: Joel Coen), based on the play Macbeth (Playwright: William Shakespeare)


Dopesick: Episode “The People vs. Purdue Pharma” – (Writer: Danny Strong), based on the nonfiction book Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company That Addicted America (Author: Beth Macy)

Maid: Episode “Dollar Store” – (Writer: Molly Smith Metzler), based on the memoir Maid: Hard Work, Loy Pay and a Mother’s Will to Survive (Author: Stephanie Land)

Station Eleven: Episode “Wheel of Fire” – (Writer: Patrick Somerville), based on the novel Station Eleven (Author: Emily St. John Mandel)

The Underground Railroad: Episode “Indiana Winter” – (Writer: Barry Jenkins), based on the novel The Underground Railroad (Author: Colson Whitehead)

WandaVision: Episode “Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience” – (Writer: Jac Schaeffer), based on Marvel Comics (Characters created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby)

What do you think this tells us about the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar race? You can also see our current predictions for Best Adapted Screenplay hereLet us know your thoughts in the comments section below or on our Twitter account.

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Matt Neglia
Matt Neglia
Obsessed about the Oscars, Criterion Collection and all things film 24/7. Critics Choice Member.

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