The Friends of the USC Libraries announced that screenwriter, producer and director Paul Haggis is the recipient of the 2012 Scripter Literary Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions to the art of film adaptation.
Haggis will accept the award at the 24th USC Libraries Scripter ceremony on Feb. 18. The 2012 winners of the annual Scripter Award for the year’s best cinematic adaptation of the written word also will be announced at the ceremony.
“I am deeply honored to be receiving this award,” Haggis said. “If I have a gift, a big part of it is in choosing great material to adapt and being fortunate enough to collaborate with truly great filmmakers.”
Among his many accolades, Haggis has received two Academy Awards: one for his original screenplay for Crash and the other as a producer of the film. He also was nominated as a writer in 2006 for his adapted screenplay for Million Dollar Baby (based on stories in F. X. Toole’s Ropeburns: Stories From the Corner) and in 2007 for his original screenplay for Letters From Iwo Jima (co-written with Iris Yamashita).
“Paul Haggis has transformed fiction and nonfiction, short stories and magazine articles, sweeping war stories and stories of personal struggle into some of the most sensitive and gripping screenplays of the last decade,” said Catherine Quinlan, dean of the USC Libraries. “I am thrilled to honor him – for his transformative creative gifts and his many contributions to the art of adaptation – with this award from our libraries at USC.”
Other films for which Haggis has written or co-written the screenplay include The Last Kiss, In the Valley of Elah, The Next Three Days and the two James Bond films starring Daniel Craig, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.
More recently, he wrote the story for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which is based on the popular video game.
Haggis – along with author Toole – also captured a USC Libraries Scripter Award for Million Dollar Baby at the 17th annual Scripter Award ceremony in 2005. The award recognizes the year’s best written word-to-screen adaptation and is given to both the author(s) and the screenwriter(s).
Quinlan and the Friends of the USC Libraries established the Scripter Literary Achievement Award in 2007 to recognize writers who have made a significant and lasting impact on the art of cinematic adaptation. Previous winners include authors Michael Chabon and Dennis Lehane and screenwriters Steven Zaillian and Eric Roth.
For tickets or additional information about the 24th annual Scripter Award ceremony, visit scripter.usc.edu