“Nomadland” continues to dominate the film awards season, earning the top honor at the 33rd annual USC Libraries Scripter Awards, honoring the year’s most accomplished film and episodic series adaptations and the works on which they are based.
Writer-director Chloe Zhao won the film adaptation award for “Nomadland” based on the nonfiction book “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century” by Jessica Bruder (Fox Searchlight and W. W. Norton).
On the television side, Scott Frank won for the episode “Openings,” from “The Queen’s Gambit,” based on the novel by Walter Tevis (Netflix and Vintage Contemporaries).
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 7 p.m. Saturday ceremony was held virtually. The ceremony is traditionally held in the historic Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library on the USC campus.
The 2021 Scripter selection committee chose the finalists from a field of 87 film and 65 episodic series adaptations.
Howard Rodman, USC professor and past president of the Writers Guild of America, West, chaired the committee, whose members include film critics Leonard Maltin, Anne Thompson and Kenneth Turan; authors Michael Chabon and Janet Fitch; screenwriters Mark Fergus, Greta Gerwig and Hawk Ostby; producers Jennifer Todd and Paula Wagner; and USC deans Elizabeth Daley of the School of Cinematic Arts and Catherine Quinlan of the USC Libraries.