Since the 2012 awards season is underway, I looked to see which nominated movies were based on books. It’s my little public service announcement to remember how influential and relevant a good story is, even as many as 94 years after it was written (as in the case of Albert Nobbs).
There are 17 movies represented in the Best Picture, Leading Actor, Leading Actress and Best Director Categories this year.
Five are original screenplays: Midnight in Paris, The Artist, The Tree of Life, A Better Life, and The Iron Lady.
A whopping eleven are adapted screenplays that were all originally books. That might be a record!
Here they are:
Based on Brian Selznick’s novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
Based on the The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Based on Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.
Based on the book The Help by Katheryn Stockett.
Based on Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, a book by Michael Lewis.
Based on War Horse, a children’s novel set before and during World War I, by British author Michael Morpurgo.
Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy
Based on Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy by John le Carré.
Based on a short story entitled The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs in a story collection called Celibates by Irish novelist George Moore. It was privately published in 1918 but Celibates was publicly published in 1927.
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Based on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
My Week with Marilyn
Based on two books by Colin Clark: My Week with Marilyn and The Prince, Showgirl, and Me