2019 USC Scripter Nominees: ‘Leave No Trace’ Surprises While ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Misses


The USC Libraries, from the University Of Southern California, announced the nominees for their annual Scripter Awards. The Scripter Awards celebrate the best adapted screenplays of the year along with their source material. Because they serve as a precursor for the Adapted Screenplay Oscar, these are worth paying attention to.

Anyhow, “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” saw their Oscar chances solidified. But “Black Panther” is becoming a sure thing as well. It got a WGA nomination and now a Scripter Award nomination. It should certainly land a place in the Oscar five.

However, there were some surprises to be found. Particularly, “Leave No Trace” and “The Death Of Stalin” making the cut. “Leave No Trace” getting in gives it a much needed boost. It hasn’t gotten much traction outside the indie film circuit. So, a nomination here means there’s passionate support.

Meanwhile, films like “Widows,” “A Star Is Born,” and surprisingly “BlacKkKlansman” missed the cut. Because “BlacKkKlansman” missed both here and at the Globes, that might be a sign of vulnerability.

2019 USC Scripter Awards Nominees:

  • Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole for “Black Panther,” based on the character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
  • Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty and author Lee Israel for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
  • Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin, and David Schneider for “The Death of Stalin,” based on the graphic novel by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin
  • Barry Jenkins and author James Baldwin for “If Beale Street Could Talk”
  • Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini for “Leave No Trace,” based on the novel
    “My Abandonment” by Peter Rock

The television nominees can be seen here.

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Winners will be announced on Feb. 9, 2019.

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