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Tuesday, January 24, 2012 5:38 pm
2012 Oscar Nominations and Their Literary Antecedents
Posted by: Keir Graff

This isn’t the first blog post to note the many literary antecedents of this morning’s Oscar nominations, but it may be the most comprehensive. I’ve linked the movie titles to the Booklist reviews (when available) of the books and stories that inspired them. Read on, and let me know if you see anything I’ve missed.

The Adventures of Tintin (Original Score)

Based on the books by Hergé

Albert Nobbs (Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Make-up)

Based on the short story by George Moore

The Descendants (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing)

Based on the book by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Drive (Sound Editing)

Based on the book by James Sallis

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor)

Based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer

The Help (Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress)

Based on the book by Kathryn Stockett

Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound Editing)

Based on the book by Stieg Larsson

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (Best Art Direction, Make-up, Visual Effects)

Based on the book by J. K. Rowling

Hugo (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costumes, Film Editing, Original Score, Sound Editing, Visual Effects)

Based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick

In Darkness (Best Foreign Language Film)

Based on the book In the Sewers of Lvov, by Robert Marshall

Jane Eyre (Best Costumes)

Based on the book by You-Know-Who

Moneyball (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing)

Based on the book by Michael Lewis

Puss in Boots (Best Animated Feature)

Based on the fairy tale by Charles Perrault

Real Steel (Visual Effects)

Based on “Steel,” a short story by Richard Matheson

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Visual Effects)

Based on Planet of the Apes, by Pierre Boulle

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Original Score)

Based on the book by John le Carré

War Horse (Best Picture, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Original Score, Sound Editing)

Based on the book by Michael Morpurgo

Finally, while I don’t believe it’s based on any one book in particular, “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” (Best Animated Short Film) deserves a special mention for general bookishness.

2 Responses to “2012 Oscar Nominations and Their Literary Antecedents”
  1. Late links Says:

    [...] you see a nominated movie? Read the book it was based on. Yes, read a [...]

  2. Book News, Jan. 28th — The Librarian Next Door Says:

    [...] antecedents.Aside from the obvious contenders in the Adapted Screenplay category, some of the other more well-known nominees are from the film versions of The Help, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and The Girl with the [...]


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