Best Picture nominees 'Up in the Air' and 'Up' each snagged major precursor wins over the weekend, making them the frontrunners in two of Oscar's top categories.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Paramount's recession dramedy (starring George Clooney, pictured) took home the top prize at Saturday's 22nd annual USC Libraries Scripter Awards, which honors the author of a literary work and the screenplay adapted from it. This year's recipients were Walter Kirn, who penned the 2001 novel of the same name, and Golden Globe-winning screenwriters Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner.

The film triumphed over a crowded field that included 'Crazy Heart,' 'District 9,' 'An Education' and 'Precious.'

The Scripters also acknowledged Eric Roth ('Forrest Gump'; 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button') with its coveted Lifetime Achievement Award.

Meanwhile, Pixar's 'Up' moved that much closer to winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature with a Best Feature win at the 37th annual Annie Awards.
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