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Aaron Sorkin's 'Social Network' wins Scripter Award

February 4, 2011 |  9:30 pm


"The Social Network" won the USC Libraries Scripter Award on Friday evening.

The award honors both the author and the screenwriter of the year's best adaptation. So both screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and Ben Mezrich, who wrote "The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal," which the film was based on, received the award at the ceremony at the university's Edward L. Doheny Library.

"The Social Network," which has won the lion's share of screenplay awards this season and is up for a WGA, BAFTA and Academy Award, was in competition with "127 Hours," "The Ghost Writer," "True Grit" and "Winter's Bone."

Last year's Scripter winner, "Up in the Air" lost the adapted screenplay Oscar to "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire," but  Scripter and the academy agreed on their choices three years ago for "No Country for Old Men" and two years ago with "Slumdog Millionaire."

Dennis Lehane was this year's recipient of the Scripter Literary Achievement Award.

Nancy Sinatra was the evening's host.

--Susan King

 Photo: Aaron Sorkin on the set of "The Social Network." Credit: Merrick Morton/Columbia Tristar