Solomon Northrup’s First Win of the Season

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The USC Scripter Award was announced last night (around the same time as the Art Directors Guild). This award is for films with adapted screenplays only, but what make it special is that it awards the source material as well as the screenplay. Thus, the original Solomon Northrup took his first award of the season for his 161 year old memoir 12 Year a Slave, alongside screenwriter John Ridley. They beat out the writers of Captain PhillipsPhilomenaThe Spectacular Now, and What Maisie Knew.

Read Ridley’s acceptance speech over at In Contention.

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