"Argo" added another prize to it's list of wins, with screenwriter Chris Terrio sharing the 25th Annual USC Libraries Scripter Award with the two men responsible for the source material of his script: journalist Joshuah Bearman, who wrote the article "The Great Escape" for Wired Magazine, and Antonia J. Mendez, who penned the autobiography "The Master of Disguise." While not a huge surprise, considering the momentum of "Argo" as of late, the film faced stiff competition, most notably from "Lincoln," which was adapted by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tony Kushner from the acclaimed book "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Long favored to win the Oscar for adapted screenplay, Kushner might be ceding his frontrunner status to the unstoppable "Argo." However, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards are still a week away, and Terrio and Kushner will go head-to-head there first.
Other scripts nominated included "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Life of Pi," "Silver Linings Playbook"--all nominated for WGA and Academy Awards--and "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," which is WGA nominated. The award was voted on by a 41-member selection committee and presented at a ceremony held at USC’s Doheny Memorial Library.