Winning Reads--Books that Inspired Oscar Nominated Films
Tonight's Academy Awards ceremony promises glitz, glamour and celebrities. It's important to note that some of the motion picture magic has been inspired by literature. This year a number of the movies nominated for Best Picture were based on books.
The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings.
Hemmings' novel inspired the movie about a family in crisis.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
A boy searches New York for answers after his father dies in the World Trade Center on 9/11.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel inspired the film about maids in Mississippi in the 1960s and the feisty woman who wanted to tell their story.
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The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
This award-winning children's novel about a boy living in a Paris train station was the source material for Hugo, a film by Martin Scorsese.
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis
Lewis' book about baseball manager Billy Beane's innovative and successful attempt to use computer analysis to draft players was the inspiration for Moneyball.
Books and stories also inspired films nominated in other categories:
Albert Nobbs, the Glenn Close vehicle, was based on a short story called The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs by George Moore which can be found in The Bodley Head Book of Longer Short Stories, 1900-1974.
Rooney Mara is nominated for her role as Lizbeth Salander, a character created by Stieg Larsson in his novel, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling provided the story for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2, the conclusion of the Harry Potter series.
In Darkness, nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, is based on Robert Marshall's non-fictional book In the Sewers of Lvov: the Last Sanctuary from the Holocaust.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John LeCarre provided the inspiration for the film of the same name.