‘Argo’ Navigates to USC Libraries Scripter Win

  ‘Argo’ Navigates to USC Libraries Scripter Win

Journalist, memoirist, and screenwriter take the 25^th-anniversary honor

Business Wire

LOS ANGELES -- February 10, 2013

Authors Joshuah Bearman and Antonio J. Mendez and screenwriter Chris Terrio
received the 25th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award for their contributions
to “Argo.” Selection committee co-chair Howard Rodman announced the winners at
the black-tie event on Saturday, Feb. 9, at USC’s Doheny Memorial Library.

(Left to right) USC President C. L. "Max" Nikias, USC Libraries Dean Catherine
Quinlan, Scripter Awa ...

(Left to right) USC President C. L. "Max" Nikias, USC Libraries Dean Catherine
Quinlan, Scripter Award winner and writer Joshuah Bearman, at the USC
Libraries Scripter Award ceremony, Saturday, February 9, 2013, in Los Angeles,
California. (Photo: Business Wire)

In his acceptance speech, Bearman said, “I think that with adaptation you hope
another writer can come and take a look at your work and see a new perspective
and add insight, which is certainly the case with Chris Terrio.”

“Argo’s” Scripter win adds to the growing number of awards for the Warner
Bros. film, including the American Film Institute’s Movie of the Year as well
as best motion picture in the drama category and best director at last month’s
Golden Globes. The film is nominated for seven Academy Awards.

Scripter, established by the Friends of the USC Libraries in 1988, honors the
screenwriter or screenwriters of the year’s most accomplished cinematic
adaptation as well as the author of the written work upon which the screenplay
is based. Scripter is the only award of its kind that recognizes authors of
the original work alongside the adapting screenwriters.

Terrio based his adaptation on Mendez’s autobiographical work “The Master of
Disguise,” published by William Morrow in 2000, and Bearman’s article “The
Great Escape,” which appeared in Wired Magazine in 2007.

USC Libraries Dean Catherine Quinlan welcomed the attendees gathered in Los
Angeles Times Reference Room of USC’s historic Edward L. Doheny Memorial
Library.

“In the context of the library, Scripter at 25 years old is a young
tradition,” Quinlan said. “But it is a tradition that helps our libraries
collect knowledge that is far older than 25 years and one that will support
discoveries by our USC community far beyond the next quarter-century.”

Co-chaired by Golden Globe-winning screenwriter Naomi Foner and USC
screenwriting professor and vice president of the Writers Guild of America,
West, Howard Rodman, the Scripter selection committee chose “Argo” from a
field of 84 eligible films. A tie in the first round of voting resulted in six
finalist films this year, rather than the usual five.

The 41-member selection committee included film critics Leonard Maltin and
Kenneth Turan; screenwriters Geoffrey Fletcher, Eric Roth, and Robin Swicord;
authors Michael Chabon and Mona Simpson; and USC deans Catherine Quinlan of
the USC Libraries, Elizabeth M. Daley of the School of Cinematic Arts and
Madeline Puzo of the School of Dramatic Arts.

The USC Libraries also honored Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana with the
Literary Achievement Award for their body of work to date. USC President C. L.
Max Nikias presented the honor.

“With deep reserves of imagination and intellect, Mr. McMurtry and Ms. Ossana
inspire USC’s entire creative-arts community,” Nikias said. “And for this, we
warmly salute them.”

Over the course of their writing partnership McMurtry and Ossana have
collaborated on dozens of novels and screenplays, including “Brokeback
Mountain,”  which won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, as
well as the award-winning miniseries “Streets of Laredo,” “Dead Man’s Walk,”
and “Johnson County War.”  They are currently collaborating on the screen
adaptation of Paulette Jiles’s novel “The Color of Lightning.”

This year’s event featured a silent auction, the proceeds of which support the
USC Libraries’ collections. Donors to the auction included Bennett Farms, the
Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Hawaii Five-0 and Eye Productions, Hungry Cat Santa
Monica, L.A. Saddlery, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Namale Resort & Spa in
Fiji, Paperblanks, PGA Tour, Picca Peruvian Cantina, the NFL, Pizzeria Mozza,
Pleasant Holidays, South Coast Winery, the Sundance Institute, Terranea
Resort, Robbins Research International, Montage Beverly Hills, the Wine of the
Month Club, and the USC Thornton School of Music.

In-kind sponsors this year included John and Dana Agamalian and Blue Ice
Vodka; Esquire Bar & Lounge of Pasadena, Calif.; Farrar, Straus and Giroux;
Paperblanks; Penguin Books; and the Wine of the Month Club.

For more information about Scripter—including additional images from the
ceremony—visit scripter.usc.edu.

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Contact:

USC Libraries
Hugh McHarg, 213-740-1405
Associate Dean for Planning and Communications
hmcharg@usc.edu
 
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