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USC Scripter Awards 2020: ‘Fleabag,’ & ‘The Irishman’ Make the Nominees List

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The USC Libraries have announced the nominees for the 32nd Annual USC Libraries Scripter Awards, which go to honor the year’s writing in best film and TV adaptations, honoring the works they are based on. The categories across film and television include mentions for “Dark Waters,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Fleabag,” “Watchmen” and “The Irishman.”

Last year’s winners for film and television were filmmaker Debra Granik for “Leave No Trace” and Russell T Davies and author John Preston’s win for “A Very English Scandal.”

The 32nd Annual USC Libraries Scripter Awards takes place at the University of Southern California in the Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library on Jan. 25, 2020.

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“Jojo Rabbit”

See the nominees for the USC Scripters Award in film and television below:


  • Dark Waters
    (Focus Features)
    Matthew Carnahan and Mario Correa, based on the New York Times Magazine article “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare” by Nathaniel Rich
  • The Irishman
    Steven Zaillian, based on the nonfiction work I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt
  • Jojo Rabbit
    (Fox Searchlight)
    Taika Waititi, based on the novel Caging Skies by Christine Leunens
  • Little Women
    (Sony Pictures)
    Author Louisa May Alcott and screenwriter Greta Gerwig
  • The Two Popes
    Anthony McCarten, based on his play The Pope


  • Fleabag
    (Amazon Prime)
    Phoebe Waller-Bridge, for the first episode, based on her one-woman play of the same name
  • Fosse/Verdon
    Joel Fields and Steven Levenson, for the episode “Nowadays,” based on the biography Fosse by Sam Wasson
  • Killing Eve
    (BBC America)
    Emerald Fennell, for the episode “Nice and Neat,” based on the novel Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings
  • Unbelieveable
    Susannah Grant, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, for the first episode, based on the article “An Unbelievable Story of Rape” by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong
  • The Watchmen
    Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson for the episode “This Extraordinary Being,” based on the comic book series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

What do you think of this year’s USC Scripter Award nominees? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Written by Jessica Peña

Jessica Peña studied journalism at Volunteer State Community College before she began writing about film on a personal blog that sprouted from an electronic media course. She is now a film journalist for Awards Circuit, as well as a content editor and writer for the UK-based site JumpCut Online. She also loves the Child's Play/Chucky franchise with no end in sight.


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