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  • AMG
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    Many a play are getting the Hollywood treatment, and becoming films.

    In recent years, the likes of August: Osage County and The Lady In The Van have made the transition. This year, Fences is the big Oscar hopeful making this leap.

    However, many films based on plays don’t translate nearly as well. The results are regularly lukewarm.

    So, what are the more successful, and praised, transitions? And does this bode well for Fences’ chances?

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    Andrew Carden
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    The best of the best…

    Amadeus
    Becket
    Born Yesterday
    Come Back, Little Sheba
    Driving Miss Daisy
    The Elephant Man
    Judgment at Nuremberg
    The Lion in Winter
    The Miracle Worker
    A Streetcar Named Desire
    The Subject Was Roses
    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    I suppose it has been quite a while since we’ve seen a truly extraordinary play-to-screen adaptation. My fear is Washington may simply plop the camera in front of himself and the cast and just let it rip, which would probably result in something more in line with Doubt. But we’ll see.

    OSCAR FLASHBACK: Best Original Song (1999) – Phil Collins’ Oscar-Winning Sleeping Pill

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    Alex Meyer
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    The best of the best…

    Amadeus
    Becket
    Born Yesterday
    Come Back, Little Sheba
    Driving Miss Daisy
    The Elephant Man
    Judgment at Nuremberg
    The Lion in Winter
    The Miracle Worker
    A Streetcar Named Desire
    The Subject Was Roses
    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    I suppose it has been quite a while since we’ve seen a truly extraordinary play-to-screen adaptation. My fear is Washington may simply plop the camera in front of himself and the cast and just let it rip, which would probably result in something more in line with Doubt. But we’ll see.

    OSCAR FLASHBACK: Best Original Song (1999) – Phil Collins’ Oscar-Winning Sleeping Pill

    The Elephant Man doesn’t count because the movie is not an adaptation of the Tony-winning play, but rather the memoir written by Anthony Hopkins’ character, Dr. Frederick Treves.

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    OnTheAisle
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    Beginning with the first Oscar ceremony in 1929, The Racket, produced by Howard Hughes, was a Best Picture nominee adapted from a Broadway play.

    Some stage adaptations won Best Picture.

    Grand Hotel
    Cavalcade
    You Can’t Take It With You
    Casablanca
    Hamlet
    West Side Story
    My Fair Lady
    The Sound of Music
    A Man for All Season
    Oliver!
    Amadeus
    Driving Miss Daisy
    Chicago

    The following is a chronological list of Best Picture nominees that were screen adaptations of stage productions.

    Seventh Heaven
    Alibi
    The Patriot
    Disreali
    The Love Parade
    The Front Page
    Bad Girl
    Five Star Final
    On Hour with You
    The Smiling Lieutenant
    She Done Him Wrong
    Smilin’ Through
    The Barrets of Wimpole Street
    The Gay Divorcee
    The House of Rothschild
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    Naughty Marietta
    Romeo and Juliet (2)
    The Awful Truth
    Dead End
    Stage Door
    Jezebel
    Pygmalion
    Dark Victory
    The Letter
    Our Town
    The Philadelphia Story
    Here Comes Mr. Jordan
    The Little Foxes
    Heaven Can Wait
    Watch on the Rhine
    Gaslight
    Henry V
    Johnny Belinda
    The Heiress
    Born Yesterday
    A Streetcar Named Desire
    Julius Caesar
    The Country Girl
    Mister Roberts
    Picnic
    The Rose Tattoo
    The Kind and I
    12 Angry Men
    Witness for the Prosecution
    Auntie Mame
    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
    Separate Tables
    The Diary of Anne Frank
    Fanny
    The Music Man
    Becket
    A Thousand Clowns
    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    Funny Girl
    The Lion in Winter
    Romeo and Juliet (2)
    Anne of the Thousand Days
    Hello, Dolly!
    Fiddler on the Roof
    Cabaret
    Lenny
    Heaven Can Wait
    On Golden Pond
    The Dresser
    A Soldier’s Story
    Children of a Lesser God
    Dangerous Liaisons
    A Few Good Men
    Finding Neverland
    Frost/Nixon
    War Horse
    Les Miserables

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    War Horse was based more on the original novel by Michael Morpurgo than the stage adaptation.

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