At the 34th annual USC Scripter awards, which honor scriptwriters and original source material authors as a tag team, The Lost Daughter‘s Maggie Gyllenhaal and novelist Elena Ferrante shared the top prize.
Which struck some of us as mildly surprising. It had been presumed in some quarters that Jane Campion‘s screenplay for The Power of the Dog, based on the same-titled 1967 Thomas Savage novel, would win instead, given Campion’s expected Best Director Oscar win plus Dog being well positioned to snag the Best Picture Oscar.
So does it mean anything that the Dog team fell short? Probably not but…
The other three film nominees were Passing, by Rebecca Hall and based on the book by Nella Larsen; Eric Roth, Jon Spaiths and Denis Villeneuve‘s Dune screenplay, based on Frank Herbert’s novel; and Joel Coen’s adaptation of William Shakespeare‘s The Tragedy of Macbeth.