‘American Fiction’, ‘Origin’, ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon, ‘The Crown’ And ‘Slow Horses’ Among USC Scripter Awards Nominees

The screenwriters and authors behind Oppenheimer, Origin, American Fiction, Poor Things and Killers of the Flower Moon and The Crown, Daisy Jones & The Six, The Last of Us, Winning Time and last year’s TV winner Slow Horses have been nominated for this year’s USC Libraries Scripter Awards.

In its 36th year, the Scripters honor the writers of the year’s best film and TV adaptations.

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Last year, Sarah Polley and author Miriam Toews won for Women Talking, which went on to win the Adapted Screenplay Oscar. Will Smith and Mick Harron are back in the hunt this year for Slow Horses, as is Peter Morgan for The Crown, which he adapted based on his stage play The Audience.

The 2024 Scripter selection committee chaired by USC professor Howard Rodman selected the finalists from a field of 80 film and 56 episodic series adaptations. Winners will be revealed March 2 during a black-tie dinner at USC’s Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library.

Here’s the full list of nominees.


Cord Jefferson for American Fiction
Based on the novel Erasure by Percival Everett
Amazon MGM Studios / Graywolf Press

Eric Roth and Martin Scorsese for Killers of the Flower Moon
Based on the nonfiction book Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
Apple Original Films / Vintage Books

Christopher Nolan for Oppenheimer
Based on the nonfiction book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
Universal Pictures / Vintage Books

Ava DuVernay for Origin
Based on the nonfiction book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
Neon / Random House

Tony McNamara and novelist Alasdair Gray for Poor Things
Searchlight Pictures / Bloomsbury


Peter Morgan, for the episode “Sleep, Dearie Sleep” from The Crown
Based on his stage play The Audience
Netflix / Dramatists Play Service Inc.

Scott Neustadter for the episode “Fire,” from Daisy Jones & The Six
Based on the novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Prime Video / Random House

Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann for the episode “Long, Long Time” from The Last of Us
Based on the video game by Neil Druckmann and Naughty Dog
HBO | Max / Sony Computer Entertainment

Will Smith for the episode “Negotiating with Tigers” from Slow Horses
Based on the novel Real Tigers by Mick Herron
Apple TV+ / Soho Crime

Max Borenstein, Rodney Barnes and Jim Hecht for the episode “The New World,” from Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty
Based on the nonfiction work Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s by Jeff Pearlman
HBO | Max / Avery

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