We're still hoping "Children of Men" has a chance on Oscar night. To that end, the following report buoys our hopes ...
The writers of "Children of Men" have won the USC Scripter Award for best film adaptation of a book, novella or short story.
The movie bested four other finalists, including "The Devil Wears Prada," "The Illusionist," "The Last King of Scotland" and "Notes on a Scandal."
"Children of Men" was adapted from a 1992 book by 86-year-old British writer P.D. James. Alfonso Cuaron, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby adapted the screenplay for the 2006 film directed by Cuaron.
The Scripter Award has been bestowed since 1989 by the University of Southern California Friends of the Libraries and recognizes both author and screenwriter.
The 19-member selection committee chose "Children of Men" from a field of 45 eligible films released in 2006. Howard A. Rodman screenwriter, journalist, novelist and chair of the USC School of Cinematic Arts' writing division led the panel.
"Children of Men," set in near-future Great Britain and starring Clive Owen and Julianne Moore, depicts humanity coming to terms with its impending extinction due to universal infertility. The film's selection was announced Friday.
Past winners include "Million Dollar Baby," "Mystic River," "Seabiscuit, "Wonder Boys" and "Capote."
The award will be presented during a Feb. 18 ceremony at USC.