Leave No Trace surprises as the winner of the prestigious honor.
As has become the norm this awards season, a surprise winner took home the top award at the 31st USC Scripter Awards. Debra Granik's Leave No Trace was recently completely shut out of the Oscar race after failing to earn a single nomination. It's strongest bet had been in the adapted screenplay category.
Adapted by Granik and Anne Rosellini, Leave No Trace was a critical darling from Sundance of 2018 and sustained its high praise well into the awards season.
The USC Scripter Awards honor the year's best film and television adaptations. Can You Ever Forgive Me? had been expected to win. That film is in the running for the Oscar. A Very English Scandal won the television award.
The USC Scripter Awards were celebrated at the Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library on the campus of University of Southern California. This year's awards were chaired by USC professor and former Writers Guild of America West president Howard Rodman.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
LEAVE NO TRACE
Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini
Based on the novel My Abandonment by Peter Rock
A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL
Russell T Davies
Based on the novel by John Preston