2019 USC Scripter Awards: ‘Leave No Trace’ and ‘A Very English Scandal’ Emerge Victorious

The USC Scripter Awards, which celebrate the best in adapted screenplays, took place last night. In a surprise turn of events, “Leave No Trace” won in the film category. However, that leaves the Oscar race for Adapted Screenplay more wide open. The Academy snubbed the acclaimed indie drama. So, its win does create heavy speculation over what will be the big winner.

In addition, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and “If Beale Street Could Talk” are the only Oscar nominees in the film category. Yet, neither of them are Best Picture nominees which could maybe allow “BlacKkKlansman” to ultimately prevail at the Oscars. There could still be a world where ‘Beale Street’ prevails. Especially because it’s hit every precursor that it needed to. But at this point, it’s got a bumpy road because of its Best Picture snub.

As for the television category, “A Very English Scandal” won the prize. Also, it won in a category of six nominees rather than the usual five. The other nominees were “American Crime Story,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Looming Tower,” “Patrick Melrose,” and “Sharp Objects.”

Check out both lists of winners and nominees below:


  • 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


  • Tom Rob Smith, for the episode “The Man Who Would Be Vogue” from “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” and author Maureen Orth for the nonfiction book “Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History”
  • Bruce Miller and Kira Snyder, for the episode “Holly” from “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and author Margaret Atwood
  • Dan Futterman and Ali Selim, for the episode “9/11” from “The Looming Tower,” and author Lawrence Wright
  • David Nicholls for the episode “Bad News,” from “Patrick Melrose,” based on the series of novels by Edward St. Aubyn
  • Marti Noxon for the episode “Vanish,” from “Sharp Objects,” and author Gillian Flynn
  • Russell T Davies, for “A Very English Scandal,” and author John Preston

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