More of a fun little bridge in-between announcements rather than a list you can lay action on when crafting your Oscar prediction list, the USC Scripter Nominations came in last night. Established in 1988, the Scripter is an annual honor by the Friends of the USC Libraries "in recognition of the best film adaptation of a book or novella." Unlike the Oscars though, this award for adaptation goes to both the screenwriter and the original author. I wonder who will show up if the award goes to Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire.

Who knew that was an adaptation, right? The USC nominating committee apparently did in a list not entirely racked in surprises. Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner's version of Walter Kim's Up In The Air has been the most honored adaptation of the year thus far. Nick Hornby's take on Lynn Barber's memoir, An Education, remains in the conversation. And Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell's District 9 is quickly becoming one to watch out for in the nomination fields. It's one of only two adaptations nominated by both the Golden Globes and the BFCA. Making its first appearance in this category for the season is Scott Cooper's adaptation of Thomas Cobb's Crazy Heart.