Actor, producer and author Henry Winkler will be master of ceremonies for the 17th annual USC Scripter Award ceremony to be held Sunday, February 20th at 7:00pm (PST) on the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles.

The event will be carried live Sunday evening via the Scripter web site at scripter.usc.edu.

The writers of Million Dollar Baby are the winners of the 17th annual USC Scripter Award. The annual USC Scripter Award is a literary award that honors the best adaptation of a book (or short story) to film and recognizes both the author(s) and screenwriter(s). The award was founded by the Friends of the USC Libraries in 1988.

Only traditional or animated English-language feature films based on a single book, novella, short story or graphic novel (excluding plays and foreign language works) are eligible. Films must be released domestically within the prior calendar year, January 1 - December 31.

Hosted by the Friends of the USC Libraries, the Scripter Award Selection Committee is comprised of Writers Guild of America members, Academy Award winning and nominated screenwriters, authors and film industry executives.

Past winners include Mystic River, Seabiscuit, The Hours, A Beautiful Mind, Wonder Boys, The English Patient, Sense and Sensibility, The Shawshank Redemption, Schindler's List, Fried Green Tomatoes, L.A. Confidential, A River Runs Through It, Awakenings, Accidental Tourist, A Civil Action, The Hurricane and 84 Charing Cross Road.

Henry Winkler is best known for his portrayal of "The Fonz" for 10 seasons on the hit series Happy Days, a role for which he earned two Golden Globe awards and three Emmy nominations for best actor, as well as the status of pop-culture icon. He recently starred on Broadway in Neil Simon's The Dinner Party and has a recurring role on the Emmy-winning series Arrested Development. Guest appearances include Third Watch, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and ABC's The Practice, for which he received an Emmy nomination. He also continues to voice Norville the Bird on the award-winning animated children's series Clifford: The Puppy Years, for which he received an Emmy nomination.

The annual black-tie Scripter gala is sold-out at this time ... tickets were $500 per person. Proceeds benefit the USC Doheny Library Preservation Fund.

Visit scripter.usc.edu for more information about the USC Scripter awards or to inquire about tickets for next year's award ceremony.