They say a book comes with the ability to change thoughts and life. For us, we are not sure if they can change your life but we do know of books that have changed the face of cinema. Some books have gone on to inspire masterpieces that the world bowed down to and saluted with the Oscars. Here is our pick of Oscar-winning/nominated movies this year that were inspired by books.
Lincoln – based on Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Goodwin’s 2005 published biography of adored American President Abraham Lincoln,
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, metamorphosed into Steven Spielberg’s epic movie of 2012- Lincoln. With Daniel Day Lewis playing the President, the film centered on the last four months of the Lincoln’s life. Having grossed 244 million dollars at the box office, the film revolving around Lincoln’s bid to get the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution passed, bagged two Oscars for Best Actor (Day Lewis) and for Best Production Design.
Life Of Pi – based on Life Of Pi by Yann Martel
Inspired by the novel with the same name, the movie revolves around a young boy name Pi-Patel enacted by Suraj Sharma ( his first film) who happens to be the lone human survivor of a sinking ship. Other survivors accompanying him are a zebra, female orangutan, hyena and a Bengal tiger. A story full of adventure – good enough to keep you glued to your couch throughout. The movie won Oscar in 4 categories – Claudio Miranda – Best Cinematography, Ang Lee – Best Director, Mychael Danna -Best Music and the team comprising of Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R Christophe – Best Visual Effects. Truly a must watch.
Argo – based on Argo by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio
Argo brought alive the uncensored truth about CIA’s Tony Mendez’s rescue of six American hostages from Iranian ground. Starring Ben Affleck, who also directed the movie inspired from a book of the same name by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio. In line with the book’s New York Bestseller status, the cult movie also notched up three Oscars for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Picture. The international intrigue and the extraordinary operation that the movie fleshes out, with threads of the book, leave you stunned and riveted- to say the least.
Silver Linings Playbook – based on The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
When a rom-com couples up with drama, we are sure to get our mushy adrenaline rushing. When Silver Linings Playbook came alive on screen, we never once missed the book of the same name. Brilliantly adapted on the big screen by David O. Russell, Jennifer Lawrence, lead actress of the film bagged the Best Actress Oscar. Also starring Bradley Cooper as lead and India’s very own Anupam Kher as support cast, Silver Linings holds the record for being the only film after Reds, to grab nominations across four main categories at the Academy Awards this year.
Beasts of the Southern Wild – based on Juicy and Delicious by Lucy Alibar
Ben Zeitelin-directed American fantasy flick, Beasts of the Southern Wild saw the transition from the one-act play script of Juicy and Delicious by Lucy Alibar, onto the silver screen. Set amidst a land isolated from reality, the film earned praise from Barack Osama too. It went on to bag nominations for Best Director, Actress, Screenplay and Film. Despite being a box office and popular front runner, it failed to win in any of these categories.
Les Misérables – based on Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Not many of us have forgotten the hefty Les Misérables title stacked on an old shelf of our school libraries, have we? And when we see a movie resonating the same vibrancy and drama as on these yellowing pages, we feel a flutter within. Directed by Tom Hooper, the musical drama won in three of its eight Oscar nominations this year—for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Sound Mixing and Best Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway). It also drew acclaim for Hugh Jackman, who starred in the lead.
For some it is time to read up the books. For others – better go catch up the cinematic brilliance playing at a plex near you or better still do check out for the DVD releases of these movies …Whatever you choose, make sure you compare their prices at CompareRaja and click at the best deal available.