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February 3, 2012

Oscars’ big winners will be books

Oscars on the shelf … Jennifer Lawrence and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak at this week's nominations. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Literary adaptations look set to sweep the board in Hollywood this year.

ByJohn Dugdale

Six of the nine nominations announced this week for Best Picture are based on books, reflecting a recent pattern in which the Oscar lists have consistently and gratifyingly affirmed cinema’s dependence on literature. Apart from a modest lurch towards originality in 2010, the previous five years saw line-ups in which half or more of the shortlistees were adaptations, including the winners No Country for Old Men (2008), Slumdog Millionaire (2009) and The King’s Speech (2011).

It’s not classic novels that attract movie-makers. Of the books turned into nominated films this time, only Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse (1982) was not published in the noughties. The others are Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret (filmed as Hugo), Jonathan Safran Foer’s 9/11 novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Moneyball by Michael Lewis (the second non-fiction sports title by him in three years to generate a Best Picture nominee, as he also wrote the source of Blind Side), and two debuts, Kaui Hart Hemmings’s The Descendants and Kathryn Stockett’s The Help. It’s the first time for quite a while – conceivably since 1940, when Gone with the Wind won and Wuthering Heights was among the nominees – that versions of two novels by women have been listed for the most coveted Oscar.

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December 28, 2011

Movies based on books a hit at Golden Globe Awards

Movies based on books a hit at Golden Globe Awards

Indian filmmakers may stay away from literature, but it seems the international film fraternity simply loves to sift through books, novels, short stories and plays for inspiration. A case in point is the nomination list for the 69th Golden Globe Awards where six movies vying for “best film” are inspired by literary works.

Be it the story of a father trying to reconnect with his daughter in The Descendants or the journey of African maids in The Help or political thriller The Ides of March, directors from different countries decided to adapt beautiful stories to connect with the audience.

The other three in the best film category are Hugo, Moneyball and War Horse – all with a literary connection. The awards will be presented Jan 15 in Los Angeles.

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