Principal to the prestigious USC Scripter awards is their choice of credits for their nominated films - they recognize both those who write the screenplay and those from whose source material it was adapted. Their 2016 nominees, which are the first non-critics group to list Moonlight as an adaptation, are below. The winner will be revealed on the 11th of February.
USC Scripter Finalists
Luke Davies, adapted from the nonfiction book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley (Lion)
Eric Heisserer, adapted from the novella Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang (Arrival)
Barry Jenkins, adapted from In Moonlight Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight)
Theodore Melfi and Allison Schroeder, based on the nonfiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly (Hidden Figures)
August Wilson (Fences)