One of the most underrated predictors of the Oscar race, the USC Scripter Awards pushed Greta Gerwig closer to glory. Gerwig has been on a roll lately, taking a few big writing prizes in the aftermath of her director miss for Little Women. USC Scripter has crowned the Best Adapted Screenplay winner in eight of the last nine years (last year’s Leave No Trace missed the Oscar nomination). With the win here, Gerwig looks primed for a win. Considering the writing challenge that she undertook, Gerwig deserves this Oscar.
Meanwhile, Phoebe Waller-Bridge concludes an excellent award run stemming from Fleabag Season 2. After taking the Emmys by storm, Waller-Bridge went on to nab prizes at SAG, the Golden Globes, and Critics Choice. USC Scripter adds another prize to her mantle, and the world eagerly awaits her next project.
Here is the full list of nominations with winners
Matthew Carnahan and Mario Correa for Dark Waters based on the New York Times Magazine article “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare” by Nathaniel Rich
Steven Zaillian for The Irishman based on the nonfiction work I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt
Taika Waititi for JoJo Rabbit based on the novel Caging Skies by Christine Leunens
Greta Gerwig for Little Women based on the novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott –***WINNER
Anthony McCarten for The Two Popes based on his play The Pope
Phoebe Waller-Bridge for the first episode of Fleabag based on her one-woman play of the same name***WINNER
Joel Fields and Steven Levenson for the episode “Nowadays” from Fosse/Verdon based on the biography Fosse by Sam Wasson
Emerald Fennell for the episode “Nice and Neat” from Killing Eve based on the novel Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings
Susannah Grant, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman for the first episode of Unbelievable based on the article “An Unbelievable Story of Rape” by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong
Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson for the episode “This Extraordinary Being” from Watchmen based on the comic book series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons