Sort of a precursor for the Best Adapted Screenplay category, but not completely, the USC Scripter Award honor screenplays based on previously existing material. But with a text. They honor both the author of the screenplay as well as the author of the original source. This years nominees were selected from a panel that consisted of Michael Chabon, Geoffrey Fletcher, Callie Khouri, Michael Ondaatje, Leonard Maltin, Kenneth Turan and Steven Zailian.
12 Years a Slave- screenplay by John Ridley, based on the book by Solomon Northup
Solomon Northup, who died in 1863, shares the USC Scripter Prize with John Ridley who wrote the screenplay for 12 Years a Slave.
The other nominees were:
The Spectacular Now
What Maisie Knew
LITERARY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Robert Towne