The Books Behind the 2012 Academy Awards


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences should tack a couple more words onto that mildly pretentious name of theirs... The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and books. This morning, the Academy announced their nominees for the Oscars, and books were well-represented. In fact, many of the nominated movies started out as books.

Take a look at the Best Picture category alone. Here's the full list of Best Picture nominees - movies that started out as books are in bold.


    "The Artist"

    "The Descendants"

    "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"

    "The Help"


    "Midnight in Paris"


    "The Tree of Life"

    "War Horse"


That's 6 out of 9, a whopping two-thirds. And that's just Best Picture. Below is a full tally of Oscar-nominated movies that originated from books (links to the books provided; let me know in the comments if I missed anything). These books are drawing A-level talent-- George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, and Martin Scorcese to name a few. Be proud, book lovers.

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Indeed most of the best movies today are adaptations of the bestseller books. Thanks for the brilliant and talented writers who never run out of ideas and imagination to write a story.

Posted by: MBA assignments | Sunday January 29, 2012 at 10:40 PM

A few more I though of:
The Gruffalo / Animated short nominee 2010?
No Country for Old Men / best screenplay 2010?
The Social Network (The Accidental Billionaires) / best screenplay 2011

Posted by: Currie Meyer | Tuesday January 24, 2012 at 3:33 PM

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