'Children of Men' Wins Scripter


The dystopic drama "Children of Men" has won the 19th-annual USC Scripter Award recognizing the film's book-to-screenplay adaptation.

Writers Alfonso Cuaron, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby were recognized for their work bringing P.D. James' 1992 novel about a future beset by universal infertility to the big screen. Cuaron directed the film, which has received some of the year's very best reviews.

"This year's five nominated films were, all of them, heartfelt and elegantly wrought," says Howard A. Rodman, chair of the USC School of Cinematic Arts Writing Division and head of the Scripter 19 selection committee. "In that heady company, 'Children of Men' was first among equals. Messrs. Cuaron, Sexton, Arata, Fergus, and Ostby took P.D. James's bracingly dystopic novel and crafted from it a film at once brave, subtle, shocking. This is writing and screenwriting of the highest order."

Clive Owen, Michael Caine and Clare-Hope Ashitey star in the film, currently No. 6 at the domestic box office with a take of just over $21 million.

"Children of Men" beat fellow Scripter nominees "The Devil Wears Prada," "The Illusionist," "The Last King of Scotland" and "Notes on a Scandal."

The award will be presented at a Feb. 18 ceremony hosted by Henry Winkler.

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