The USC Libraries Board of Conductors gave out their Scripter awards yesterday, honoring the best achievements in film and television adaptations. Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland, based on the book “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century” by Jessica Bruder won the film award, whereas Scott Frank’s “Openings” episode of Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit, based on the novel of the same name by Walter Tevis, won the television award. Bruder and Zhao jointly share the win for Nomadland.
This marks another win for Nomadland, continuing its streak of winning major awards, after being considered as the frontrunner to win the Academy Award for Best Picture since it won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in September of last year. The Queen’s Gambit has also received numerous television awards, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Limited Series or Television Film.
Other nominees for the USC scripter award included Bad Education (Mike Makowsky), First Cow (Jon Raymond and Kelly Reichardt), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Ruben Santiago-Hudson) and One Night in Miami (Kemp Powers) in the film category. For the television section, other nominees included the “Meet the Lord” episode of The Good Lord Bird (Mark Richard and Ethan Hawke), “Episode 5” of Normal People (Sally Rooney and Alice Birch), “Part 6” of The Plot Against America (Ed Burns and David Simon) and “Part 1” of Unorthodox (Anna Winger).
Nomadland is now playing in select theaters and streaming on Hulu and every episode of The Queen’s Gambit is now streaming on Netflix.