Monday, May 27, 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 2020 have been announced.

Click below to see the winners.

  • 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

And the winner for an episodic series is…

  • 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

Who do you think will win Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars? 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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Matt Neglia
Matt Neglia
Obsessed about the Oscars, Criterion Collection and all things film 24/7. Critics Choice Member.

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