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The Books Behind the 2012 Academy Awards

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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"

    "Hugo"

    "Midnight in Paris"

    "Moneyball"

    "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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The Descendants

    Best Picture

    Actor in a Leading Role (George Clooney)

    Directing

    Film Editing

    Writing (Adapted screenplay)

Moneyball

    Best Picture

    Actor in a Leading Role (Brad Pitt)

    Actor in a Supporting Role (Jonah Hill)

    Film Editing

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Actor in a Leading Role (Gary Oldman)

    Music (original score)

    Writing (Adapted screenplay)

My Week with Marilyn

    Actress in a Leading Role (Michelle Williams)

    Actor in a Supporting Role (Kenneth Branagh)

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

    Best Picture

    Actor in a Supporting Role (Max von Sydow)

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Albert Nobbs

    Actress in a Leading Role (Glenn Close)

    Actress in a Supporting Role (Janet McTeer)

    Makeup

The Help

    Best Picture

    Actress in a Leading Role (Viola Davis)

    Actress in a Supporting Role (Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer)

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    Actress in a Leading Role (Rooney Mara)

    Cinematography

    Film Editing

    Sound Editing

    Sound Mixing

The Iron Lady

    There have been many books written about Margaret Thatcher, but screenplay writer Abi Morgan doesn’t seem to have called out any one in particular. If you're interested in Margaret Thatcher, you shouldn't have trouble finding books about her here.

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    Actress in a Leading Role (Meryl Streep)

    Makeup

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

    Art Direction

    Makeup

    Visual Effects

Hugo

    Best Picture

    Directing

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    Film Editing

    Art Direction

    Cinematography

    Costume Design

    Music (Original score)

    Sound Editing

    Sound Mixing

    Visual Effects

    Writing (Adapted screenplay)

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War Horse

    Best Picture

    Art Direction

    Cinematography

    Music (Original score)

    Sound Editing

    Sound Mixing

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Anonymous

    The movie questions whether Shakespeare was the author of his plays, putting forth the oft-contested theory that Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford was the true source behind the brilliance. There’s no book directly linked to the film, but James Shapiro’s Contested Will provides good further reading on the subject.

    Costume Design

 

 

Jane Eyre

    Costume Design

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The Adventures of Tintin

    Music (Original Score)

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Drive

    Sound Editing

Real Steel

    Visual Effects

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Puss in Boots

    Animated Feature Film

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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.

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

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