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Oscar’s Literary Inspirations March 2, 2010

Posted by Dori in Fantasy, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Uncategorized.

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but there are a ton of literary connections among the Oscar nominations this year. Four of the nominees for best film at this year’s Oscars are based on books: Precious – based on the novel Push by Sapphire; The Blind Side – based on The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis; An Education – based on the memoirs of journalist Lynn Barber; and Up in the Air – based on the book by Walter Kirn.

Nominees in several other categories have literary influences as well, such as these in the best performances categories: Julie & Julia, based on the book by Julie Powell; Invictus, based on Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Changed the Nation by John Carlin; The Last Station, based on the book by Jay Parini (and about Leo Tolstoy to boot); The Lovely Bones,  from Alice Sebold’s best-selling novel; and A Single Man, based on the book by Christopher Isherwood.

Coraline and Fantastic Mr. Fox, both based on award winning children’s books, are nominated for Best Animated Feature Film. Costume and Art Direction bring us more: Bright Star is about the life of John Keats and Sherlock Holmes, well, no need to explain. Coco Before Chanel is based on her biography entitled The World of Coco Chanel: Friends, Fashion, Fame.  The latest in the Harry Potter franchise makes a showing in the category of Best Cinematography.

Even a couple of the films nominated for Best Foreign Film have their roots in the written word: The Secret in her Eyes, an Argentinian film, is based on the novel La pregunta de sus ojos by Eduardo Sacheri; and the oddest connection is that a Harvard anthropogist’s book about the legacy of violence in Peru inspired the film The Milk of Sorrow.

If I’ve missed any, let me know. Otherwise, that’s a wrap!  – enjoy the Oscar’s this Sunday!

~ Dori



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