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The Scripter® Award Nominee Eligibility and Selection Rules

The USC Scripter Award honors the best adaptation of a book to film and recognizes both the author(s) and screenwriter(s). The award was founded by the Friends of the USC Libraries in 1988.

Only traditional or animated English-language feature films based on a single book, novella, short story or graphic novel (excluding plays and foreign language works) are eligible. Films must be released domestically within the prior calendar year, January 1 - December 31.

The Scripter Award Selection Committee is comprised of Writers Guild of America members, Academy Award®-winning and -nominated screenwriters, authors, film industry executives, faculty, and selected members of the Board of the Friends of the USC Libraries. The selection committee chair(s) is ineligible to win the Scripter Award while serving as committee chair(s). Selection committee members may be eligible to win while serving on the committee. The committee considers an average of 40 books and films per calendar year.

The selection committee must consider all the eligible books and films prior to casting its first ballot to select the five finalists. No finalists or winners will be announced until all of the votes have been tallied. The eventual winner of the USC Scripter Award -- both the author(s) and adapted screenwriter(s) are selected by a final, second ballot. The winners are then announced and are invited to attend the gala ceremony, where they will receive their crystal Scripter book award in the company of distinguished guests, selection committee members, the dean of the USC Libraries and media.

The 19th Scripter Award ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, February 18, 2007, in the Los Angeles Times Reference Room of the Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library at the University of Southern California.