The remarkable life story of Rubin úHurricaneî Carter took another twist on Saturday, March 4, 2000 when he received the USC Scripter Award for his book, The Sixteenth Round, a basis for the Academy Award-nominated film, The Hurricane. Sam Chaiton and Terry Swinton were similarly recognized for their book, Lazarus and the Hurricane. Screenwriters Armyan Bernstein and Dan Gordon received the Scripter Award for their film adaptation of the two books. Hurricane director and producer Norman Jewison, actress Deborah Unger, and Universal Pictures executives were on hand to fete their colleagues.
The Scripter Award ceremony was held at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, marking the first and only time the gala has been held off campus. The award ceremony's traditional home, the Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library, was in the midst of a seismic retrofit and renovation project. The larger venue of Union Station allowed for a record crowd of 420 guests.
Screenwriter Steven Zaillian served as selection committee chair.