The 30th annual Scripter Awards were handed out at the University of Southern California on Saturday night, and the screenplay for Call Me By Your Name — written by James Ivory, based on André Aciman’s novel — took home the top prize.
Since 1988, USC’s Board of Councilors Libraries has honored printed works and the writers who adapt them for the screen. Both the author of the initial publication and the film scribe receive the award.
Call Me By Your Name, a “heartbreaking and sublime” gay love story about a precocious teenage boy and a charming grad student in 1980s northern Italy, is also in the running for four Oscars, including best picture and best adapted screenplay. Since 2010, each screenplay to win the Scripter has gone on to win the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay.
The Lost City of Z and Wonder Woman were the only Scripter Award film nominees this year that did not receive corresponding Oscar nominations.
For the television category, the pilot episode of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, “Offred,” emerged as the victor, and proper accolades were bestowed upon the show’s creator and executive producer, Bruce Miller, for penning the episode’s screenplay. The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series is based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel and will be returning for its second season this April. See the first photos here.