Universal Pictures’ movie Schindler’s List has won the university’s sixth annual
Scripter Award, honoring the year’s “best film adaptation of a book.”
Schindler screenwriter Steven Zaillian and author Thomas Keneally will be honored
at the Scripter Award black-tie dinner Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Doheny Memorial
In winning the award, Schindler’s List edged out four other nominees: Columbia
Pictures’ The Age of Innocence, based on the book by Edith Wharton, screenwriters
Jay Cocks and Martin Scorsese; Hollywood Pictures’ The Joy Luck Club, based on
the book by Amy Tan, screenwriters Amy Tan and Ron Bass; Columbia Pictures’ The
Remains of the Day, based on the book by Kazuo Ishiguro, screenwriter Ruth Prawer
Jhabvala; and Paramount Pictures’ Searching for Bobby Fischer, based on the book
by Fred Waitzkin, screenwriter Steven Zaillian.
Zaillian, nominated twice this year, also won a Scripter in 1990 for his
adaptation of Oliver Sacks’ best-seller Awakenings.
Previous winners of the Scripter Award include A River Runs Through It, Fried
Green Tomatoes, The Accidental Tourist and 84 Charing Cross Road.
Sponsored by the Friends of the USC Libraries, the Scripter Award recognizes the
Scripter selection committee’s choice of the year’s best realization of a book as
a film. Any English-language movie based on a book and released during the 1993
calendar year was eligible for nomination. The committee, comprising 25
individuals from the film and literary fields, was chaired by Marjorie Lord Volk.
For more information, or for tickets to the Scripter Award black-tie dinner, call
Jessica Hawks at 740-2328.
[Photo:] A scene from the Scripter Award-winning film, Schindler’s List. To save
his workers’ daughters from deportation to Auschwitz-Birkenau, German
industrialist Oskar Schindler (played by Liam Neeson) convinces an SS guard that
the children’s small hands are needed to polish the inside of artillery shell