Women proved they won the night with their storytelling at the USC Scripter Awards.
The 32nd-annual USC Libraries Scripter Awards was held over the weekend at USC’s Doheny Memorial Library.
The awards ceremony honored both the adapting screenwriters and original authors for television and film.
For the television adaptation category, Phoebe Waller-Bridge earned the award for Amazon Prime’s Fleabag, which is based on her one-woman play. Originally, the play debut at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which won the first prize there.
Other nominees included the writers from FX’s Fosse/Verdon, BBC America’s Killing Eve, Netflix’s Unbelievable, and HBO’s Watchmen.
As for the film adaptation category, the winner was Greta Gerwig, who adapted Louisa May Alcott’s 19th-century novel Little Women for the big screen.
“Who I am today would be totally unimaginable without Louisa May Alcott, because Little Women is the book of my life,” said Gerwig during her acceptance speech. “Rereading and rereading this book throughout my childhood made me the woman I am today. Because without Louisa I never would have listened to the voice inside of myself that whispered ‘Write.’”
Little Women producer Amy Pascal accepted the award on behalf of Louisa May Alcott.
“Both Greta and I wish that the actual Louisa May Alcott could be here tonight to accept this award to see how legendary her words are, and the women she created are,” Pascal stated.
The other finalists in the film category included Focus Features’ Dark Waters, Netflix’s The Irishman, Fox Searchlight’s Jojo Rabbit, and Netflix’s The Two Popes.
The awards ceremony also honored the Literary Achievement Award to Susan Orlean. She won the 2003 Scripter Award for her book “The Orchid Thief,” which was the inspiration for the film Adaptation that starred Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, and Chris Cooper.
LRM Online was on the red carpet before the award ceremonies to interview the nominees. We spoke with the nominees that included Steve Zaillian (The Irishman screenwriter), Christine Leunens (Jojo Rabbit author), Charles Brandt (The Irishman author), Mario Correa (Dark Waters screenwriter), Damon Lindelof (Watchmen screenwriter), Cord Jefferson (Watchmen screenwriter), Greta Gerwig (Little Women screenwriter), and the 2020 Literary Achievement Award winner Susan Orlean.
For more information about USC Scripter Awards, visit scripter.usc.edu.
Watch our exclusive interviews below.
Screenwriter Greta Gerwig for Little Women (Winner)
Screenwriter Steve Zaillian for The Irishman (Nominee)
Author Charles Brandt for I Heard You Paint Houses book. The book was adapted into The Irishman film (Nominee)
Screenwriter Mario Correa for Dark Waters (Nominee)
Author Christine Leunens for Caging Skies book. The book was adapted into Jojo Rabbit film (Nominee)
Screenwriter Damon Lindelof for Watchmen (Nominee)
Screenwriter Cord Jefferson for Watchmen (Nominee)
Author Susan Orlean, the recipient of the Literary Achievement Award
Source: LRM Online Exclusive, USC Scripter Awards