Best Picture nominees 'Up in the Air' and 'Up' each snagged major precursor wins over the weekend, making them the frontrunners in two of Oscar's top categories.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Paramount's recession dramedy (starring George Clooney, pictured) took home the top prize at Saturday's 22nd annual USC Libraries Scripter Awards, which honors the author of a literary work and the screenplay adapted from it. This year's recipients were Walter Kirn, who penned the 2001 novel of the same name, and Golden Globe-winning screenwriters Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner.

The film triumphed over a crowded field that included 'Crazy Heart,' 'District 9,' 'An Education' and 'Precious.'

The Scripters also acknowledged Eric Roth ('Forrest Gump'; 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button') with its coveted Lifetime Achievement Award.

Meanwhile, Pixar's 'Up' moved that much closer to winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature with a Best Feature win at the 37th annual Annie Awards. Best Picture nominees 'Up in the Air' and 'Up' each snagged major precursor wins over the weekend, making them the frontrunners in two of Oscar's top categories.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Paramount's recession dramedy (starring George Clooney, pictured) took home the top prize at Saturday's 22nd annual USC Libraries Scripter Awards, which honors the author of a literary work and the screenplay adapted from it. This year's recipients were Walter Kirn, who penned the 2001 novel of the same name, and Golden Globe-winning screenwriters Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner.

The film triumphed over a crowded field that included 'Crazy Heart,' 'District 9,' 'An Education' and 'Precious.'

The Scripters also acknowledged Eric Roth ('Forrest Gump'; 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button') with its coveted Lifetime Achievement Award.

Meanwhile, Pixar's 'Up' moved that much closer to winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature with a Best Feature win at the 37th annual Annie Awards. As the Hollywood Reporter indicates, the Annie winner has matched Oscar's in all but two years since 2002.

With William Shatner as emcee, the Annies saluted a range of accomplishments across 23 categories. In addition to Pete Docter winning Best Director for 'Up,' 'Coraline' took home three awards (character design, music and production design), while 'The Princess and the Frog' also took three, for animated effects, character animation and voice acting.

The Annies' award for writing went to Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach for 'Fantastic Mr. Fox.' Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, received a career achievement honor for his body of work.
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