The University of Southern California has announced the nominees for its 2021 Scripter awards. Among film titles, top Oscar contenders The Power of the Dog from Jane Campion, and The Lost Daughter from Maggie Gyllenhaal are joined by a trio of potential misses here, triumphing over a crowded field of adaptations. Female writer-directors constitute three of the five nominations as Campion and Gyllenhaal are joined by Passing's Rebecca Hall, while The Tragedy of Macbeth secures a valuable space for Joel Coen, and Dune's trio of screenwriters also receive a mention, boosting its hopes of an Oscar nomination that remains among the sci-fi epic's most precarious projections. Winners will be announced on the 26th of February.
USC Scripter Award - Film
DUNE (Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts and Denis Villeneuve - based on the novel "Dune" by Frank Herbert)
THE LOST DAUGHTER (Maggie Gyllenhaal - based on the novel "The Lost Daughter" by Elena Ferrante)
PASSING (Rebecca Hall - based on the novel "Passing" by Nella Larsen)
THE POWER OF THE DOG (Jane Campion - based on the novel "The Power of the Dog" by Thomas Savage)
THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH (Joel Coen - based on the play "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare)