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Last night, James Ivory’s adapted screenplay for Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name won the USC Scripter award for adapting André Aciman’s novel at the 30th annual USC Libraries Scripter Awards. Bruce Miller, creator of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale based on Margaret Atwood’s novel, was also honored in the television category.
For the latter, it was another win in a long line of them, but for Call Me By Your Name, it’s the first solid proof that it has the Oscar for adapted screenplay in the bag. Previous USC winners Moonlight, The Big Short, Argo and 12 Years a Slave all won the USC Script and then went on to win the adapted screenplay at the Oscars with three of those also winning Best Picture. This might be the first year in some time when only one adapted screenplay was even nominated for Best Picture, although Call Me By Your Name may just have to settle for a screenplay Oscar.
UCLA grad Francis Ford Coppola received USC’s 2018 Literary Achievement Award, and he gave credit to the authors he’s adapted — Bram Stoker, Mario Puzo, and S.E. Hinton — whose names he always put in the titles. “Anyone who’s adapted screenplays knows the author did the heavy lifting,” Coppola said in his acceptance speech.
The Writers Guild of America will hand out this year’s WGA Awards tonight, and one can accept both Call Me By Your Name and The Handmaid’s Tale to be among the winners, barring any surprises. The original screenplay competition is likely to be a lot more heated.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor