Friday Blog Feb 24 – the Oscars

Where would Hollywood be without a good book?

It’s another bumper year for literary adaptations, with six of the nine nominations for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars based on books. This follows the trend of the last few years – four out of the last five Best Picture Oscars went to films based on books: The King’s Speech (2011), Slumdog Millionaire (2009) and No Country for Old Men (2008).

This year’s crop is:

War Horse, The Invention of Hugo Cabret (filmed as Hugo), Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Moneyball, The Descendants and The Help.

Find out on Sunday if there’s a winner among them. Two of the books are by women – Kathryn Stockett and Kaul Hart Hemmings. Here’s a teaser: when was the last time two films adapted from books by women were up for Best Picture? Here at the blog we think it was 1940 (Gone with the Wind and Wuthering Heights) but will send a prize to the first person who proves us wrong!

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5 thoughts on “Friday Blog Feb 24 – the Oscars

  1. In 1941 nominations included “the little foxes” from the book by Lillian Hellman and “Hold back the dawn” from the book by Ketti (Katherine) Frings.

    Do I win the prize?

    Ian McCracken

  2. Or how about 1968 when nominees included Isobel Lennart for Funny Girl from her book, and “Rachel, Rachel” based on “a jest of God” by Margaret Laurence?

    Ian McCracken again

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