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Films adapted from books tend to have the advantage in the Adapted Screenplay category. Five of the last 10 winners have come from novels: “The Descendants,” “No Country for Old Men,” “Precious,” “Sideways,” and “Slumdog Millionaire.” Another three were adapted from nonfiction books: “The Social Network,” “12 Years a Slave,” and “Argo,” which was based partly on the memoir by CIA agent Tony Mendez.
Movies based on novels in this year’s race include “Gone Girl,” adapted by Gillian Flynn from her own best-selling mystery; “Inherent Vice,” Paul Thomas Anderson‘s take on Thomas Pynchon‘s book; and “A Most Wanted Man,” based on a novel by John le Carre, who also wrote the source material for Oscar-nominated screenplays “The Constant Gardener” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”
But nonfiction books are also a force to be reckoned with this year. “Unbroken” is based on Laura Hillenbrand‘s book about World War II hero Louis Zamperini and was adapted by Oscar-winners Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, as well as Oscar-nominees Richard LaGravenese and William Nicholson.
“The Imitation Game” is based on a biography of another World War II hero, Alan Turning, who helped crack the Enigma Code before being prosecuted for his homosexuality. Another true story of war, “American Sniper,” is based on the autobiography of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.
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