The 8th annual Scripter Awards Dinner, held March 9 at the Doheny Memorial Library, honored Sense and Sensibility as last year’s best filmic realization of a book. The Scripter committee’s choice anticipated the outcome of the 68th Academy Awards, presented March 25, where screenwriter-actress Emma Thompson walked away with an Oscar for best adapted screenplay. Jane Austin’s novel about two sisters in early 19th-century England was Thompson’s first screenwriting effort. She attended the USC event via video, sending greetings from the Berlin Film Festival. The black-tie Scripter dinner, sponsored by the Friends of the USC Libraries, was attended by film industry celebrities and members of the Trojan family, including (from left) dean and university librarian Jerry Dean Campbell, Columbia Pictures executive vice president of production Gareth Wigan and Sense and Sensibility producer Lindsay Doran. Above, Doran holds the Scripter Award – a Tiffany-designed crystal book. Scripter selection committee members and chair Marjorie Lord Volk viewed more than 51 films before making their choice. At the dinner, officials announced that actress Holly Hunter will chair next year’s selection committee.
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