Created in 1988, the USC Scripter Award is handed out by the Friends of the USC Libraries and honors the Best Adapted Screenplay in filmmaking, saluting both its original source and the finished film.
The nominees for 2011 were, The Descendants triumphs:
written by Christopher Hampton, adapted from the non-fiction book A Most Dangerous Method: The Story of Jung, Freud and Sabina Spielrein by John Kerr and the 2002 stage play The Talking Cure by Christopher Hampton.
written by Alexander Payne, Jim Rash & Nat Faxon, adapted from the novel by Kai Hart Hemmings.
written by Moira Buffini, adapted from the novel by Charlotte Bronte.
written by Steven Zailian & Aaron Sorkin, adapted from the novel Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Stan Chervin
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
written by Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan, adapted from the novel by John le Carre.