USC Scripter Winners – ‘Moonlight’ Wins Film, ‘People v. O.J.,’ ‘Night Manager’ Tie in TV

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The USC Scripter winners were announced Saturday. “Moonlight” took the prize in the film category, while “The Night Manager” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” tied in television. See below for the rest of the nominees.

The finalist writers for film are, in alphabetical order by film title:

  • Screenwriter Eric Heisserer for “Arrival,” adapted from the novella “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang
  • August Wilson for the play and screenplay of “Fences”
  • Screenwriters Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi for “Hidden Figures,” based on the nonfiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Luke Davies for the screenplay for “Lion,” adapted from the nonfiction book “A Long Way Home” by Saroo Brierley
  • Barry Jenkins for “Moonlight,” adapted from “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue,” by Tarell Alvin McCraney – WINNER

The finalist writers for television episodes are, in alphabetical order by series title:

  • Screenwriters David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, for the episode “The Winds of Winter” from “Game of Thrones,” adapted from the fantasy series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R. R. Martin
  • Frank Spotnitz, Erik Oleson, and Joe Kawasaki for the episode “Fallout” from “The Man in the High Castle,” based on the novel by Philip K. Dick
  • David Farr for the miniseries “The Night Manager,” based on the espionage novel by John le Carré – WINNER (TIE)
  • Tara Herrmann and Jenji Kohan for the episode “Toast Can’t Never Be Bread Again” from “Orange is the New Black,” adapted from the memoir by Piper Kerman, “Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison”
  • Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski for the episode “Manna From Heaven” from “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” based on the nonfiction book “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” by Jeffrey Toobin – WINNER (TIE)

The award honors the authors of printed works as well as the screenwriters who adapt their stories.

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