‘Up in the Air’ wins the Scripter

Posted by · 10:00 pm · February 6th, 2010

Cover of Up in the AirI’m currently sitting in the back of the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara for James Cameron’s Modern Master tribute and word has trickled in that Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner and Walter Kirn have won the USC Scripter prize for “Up in the Air.”

This was obviously somewhat anticipated and the WGA and Oscars will likely follow suit, but for now, a great moment for all involved as Kirn gets his moment in the circuit’s sun. The Scripters, of course, celebrate both the screenwriters of adapted screenplays and the authors of the source material that spawned them.

Reitman and fellow Scripter nominee Geoffrey Fletcher were here in Santa Barbara this morning for a writers panel. Reitman will be coming right back tomorrow for the directors panel after heading down to LA to accept his award this evening.

There’s no rest for the wicked during the season.

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  • 1 2-06-2010 at 11:23 pm

    qwiggles said...

    The three-way powwow after Natalie gets served by text is one of the best-written scenes of the year, no matter what one thinks of the movie. (And I remain committed.) Well-deserved.

  • 2 2-07-2010 at 12:10 am

    Michael O. said...

    Best scene of the year is Renner with his kid. Hands down, man. Hands down.

  • 3 2-07-2010 at 1:39 am

    Henry said...

    Agreed, Qwiggles. That was pretty heavy. Love the rewards card flirtation, the scene where Clooney explains to JK Simmons why kids love athletes, and the scene where he talks to the groom with cold feet. The scene where he meets the head captain…. Half that movie, really.

  • 4 2-07-2010 at 9:08 am

    David said...

    I really like that they award the authors of the source material. The Academy awards original screenplays to both screenwriters and those credited with “story,” so why doesn’t that translate into the adapted category. The source material should be the same as “story,” no?

  • 5 2-07-2010 at 12:56 pm

    Maxim said...

    “The source material should be the same as “story,” no?”

    Not quite. I mean, I understand your point and, agree with it to a certain extent but the reason why story is awarded while the original authors are not is because the story was specifically made up for the screen.

  • 6 2-07-2010 at 7:30 pm

    Leone said...

    A very deserved win and I hope the first of at least two more…..

  • 7 2-26-2010 at 1:58 pm

    Salman said...

    Could someone quote the words of clooney on why kids love athletes and why we do.