Monday, January 26, 2009

Oscar Nominees Sport Literary Roots

Movies with literary bona fides garnered plenty of Oscar nominations last week, including four out of the five nominees for Best Picture:
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button--based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Frost/Nixon--based on a play by Peter Morgan, who also wrote the screenplay
  • The Reader--based on Bernhard Schlink's bestselling novel
  • Slumdog Millionaire--based on Vikas Swarup's novel Q&A
Some of the nominees in other categories were inspired by books as well:
  • Revolutionary Road--based on Richard Yates's 1961 novel
  • Doubt--based on John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer-winning play
  • Man on Wire--based on Philippe Petit's memoir
  • The Class (France's Best Foreign Language Film nominee)--based on François BĂ©gaudeau's autobiographical novel

The winners will be announced at the Academy Awards ceremony on February 22nd.

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