It’s Awards Season! Movies Based on Books

30 Jan

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.


The Descendants

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.


The Help

Based on the book The Help by Katheryn Stockett.



Based on Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, a book by Michael Lewis.

   War Horse  

War Horse 

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.


Albert Nobbs

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


One Response to “It’s Awards Season! Movies Based on Books”

  1. Julie January 31, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    This is really interesting and like you said, it illustrates that a good story is a good story. I haven’t seen ANY of these movies but have read a couple of the books…and maybe someday I’ll get to the movies again! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your PSA.

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