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USC Scripter Awards Announce Their Nomiinees

The nominees for the 35th USC Scripter Awards have been announced. Seen as a precursor to Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars, this year, the film nominees here are Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Living, She Said, Top Gun: Maverick, and Women Talking. The latter seems like the frontrunner here and at Oscar for Sarah Polley, but the winner here and with the Writers Guild Awards will certainly have a major say in the matter.

Here are the USC Scripter nominees for this year:


  • Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (screenwriters Guillermo del ToroPatrick McHale and Matthew Robbins), based on the fairytale The Adventures of Pinocchio (author Carlo Collodi)
  • Living (screenwriter Kazuo Ishiguro), based on the novella The Death of Ivan Ilyich (author Leo Tolstoy)
  • She Said (screenwriter Rebecca Lenkiewicz), based on the nonfiction book She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement (authors Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey)
  • Top Gun: Maverick (screenwriters Peter CraigEhren KrugerJustin MarksChristopher McQuarrie and Eric Warren), based on characters from the 1983 California magazine article “Top Guns” (author Ehud Yonay)
  • Women Talking (screenwriter Sarah Polley), based on the novel of the same name (author Miriam Toews)


  • The Crown episode “Couple 31” (writer Peter Morgan), based on his stage play The Audience
  • Fleishman Is in Trouble episode “The Liver” (writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner), based on her book of the same name
  • Slow Horses episode “Failure’s Contagious” (writer Will Smith), based on the novel of the same name (author Mick Herron)
  • Tokyo Vice episode “Yoshino” (writer J.T. Rogers), based on the memoir Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan (author Jake Adelstein)
  • Under the Banner of Heaven episode “When God Was Love” (writer Dustin Lance Black), based on the nonfiction work of the same name (author Jon Krakauer)


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