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'Slumdog' wins USC Scripter Award

January 31, 2009|Susan King

"Slumdog Millionaire" won the USC Libraries 22nd annual Scripter Award on Friday evening.

The Scripter honors both the author and the screenwriter of the year's best book-to-film adaptation. This year's award went to Vikas Swarup, the author of "Q&A," and Simon Beaufoy, who adapted Swarup's book for the screen as "Slumdog Millionaire."

The other four finalists were "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Reader," "Revolutionary Road" and "Iron Man."

"Slumdog," which swept the Critics Choice and Golden Globe Awards, has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards and is considered a favorite to win the best picture Oscar at the awards ceremony, to be held Feb. 22 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

Michael Chabon ("Wonder Boys") received the Scripter Literary Achievement Award.

The winners were announced at a ceremony at USC's Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library. Jamie Lee Curtis was the host.

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susan.king@latimes.com

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