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The English Patient Wins USC’s 1996 Scripter Award

by Paula Korn

Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas in Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient.


Miramax Films’ The English Patient has won the ninth annual Scripter Award, honoring the year’s best film adaptation of a book. The award is sponsored by the Friends of the USC Libraries and honors the author and screenwriter of the best realization of a book as an English-language film.

The English Patient – based on Michael Ondaatje’s Booker Prize-winning novel – was adapted for the screen and directed by award-winning writer/director Anthony Minghella. Ondaatje and Minghella will be honored on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Scripter Award black-tie dinner in the Doheny Memorial Library. Following tradition, comedy writer Hal Kantor will be master of ceremonies.

Lawrence Kasdan, producer, director, screenwriter and a 1988 Scripter Award winner for The Accidental Tourist, chaired a 28-member selection committee of film and literary professionals.

The English Patient – an epic film of adventure, intrigue, betrayal and love – is about four strangers whose diverse lives become inextricably woven. Other finalists for this year’s award were: Cold Comfort Farm, Dead Man Walking, Emma and The Portrait of a Lady.

In addition to The Accidental Tourist, previous winners also include Sense and Sensibility, The Shawshank Redemption, Schindler’s List, A River Runs Through It, Fried Green Tomatoes, Awakenings, and 84 Charing Cross Road.

For more information or to reserve tickets to the dinner, please contact Karin Berger at 213-740-2328.TTT

The English Patient Wins USC’s 1996 Scripter Award

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