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'Up in the Air' writers take top Scripter Award

February 6, 2010 | 11:01 pm

JasonReitman “Up in the Air” won the USC Libraries 22nd annual Scripter Award Saturday evening.

The award honors both the author and the screenwriter of the year’s best adaptation. The Scripter went to novelist Walter Kirn and Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, who adapted Kirn’s book for the screen.

The other nominees this year were “Crazy Heart,” “District 9,” “An Education” and “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.”

The dramedy “Up in the Air” received six Oscar nominations last Tuesday, including best film, best actor for George Clooney, best director for Reitman and adapted screenplay for Reitman and Turner. Their screenplay has already won numerous critics honors including from the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn and the Broadcast Film Critics Assn., and it earned the Golden Globe. Reitman and Turner are also nominated for a Writers Guild Award for the film about a corporate downsizer.

Last year’s Scripter winner, “Slumdog Millionaire” went on to earn the Academy Award.

Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) received the Scripter Literary Achievement Award.

The winners were announced at Saturday evening at the university’s Edward L. Doheny Memorial Library.

-- Susan King

Photo: Jason Reitman Credit: Associated Press

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