The Big Short has won the 28th annual USC Libraries Scripter Award, which honors the best adapted screenplay of the year.
The award, which was announced during a ceremony at USC’s Doheny Memorial Library on Saturday, goes to both the film and its source material. In the case of The Big Short, journalist Michael Lewis, author of The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, shared the win with Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, who adapted the book for the screen.
Past winners of the Scripter Award, including The Social Network, 12 Years a Slave, and The Imitation Game, have gone on to win Best Adapted Screeplay at the Oscars. The other film nominees this year included Brooklyn, The End of the Tour, The Martian, and Room.
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“Coming to the library today was comforting. Where the job of this place is to think, and to slow things down,” McKay remarked of his win.
This year also included a television category, for which HBO’s Oscar Isaac-led Show Me a Hero miniseries won. Journalist Lisa Belkin, author of Show Me a Hero: A Tale of Murder, Suicide, Race, and Redemption, and screenwriters William F. Zorzi and David Simon accepted the award.
Said USC Libraries Dean Catherine Quinlan, “Among the incredibly well-written programs on the air, on cable, and streaming today, are many, many adaptations of the written word. So, including television for Scripter consideration seemed a fitting and natural extension of the idea Marjorie and Glenn had 29 years ago.”