Six of the nine Academy Awards Best Picture nominations were adapted from books. In all, thirteen movies based on books received nominations. Two of those titles, Hugo and The Descendants, also received nominations for Best Director [NOTE: Thanks to those that pointed out that we overlooked the Best Picture nomination for Hugo in the earlier version of this story. We have now corrected that oversight].
Hugo is regarded as the film that stands to gain the most from winning. Worldwide box office so far is about half the movie’s $170-million production cost. The L.A. Times quotes Scorsese, ”I think this could help the audience understand that it’s an enjoyable and very moving experience — that it has some depth to it.”
Below are the thirteen movies based on books that received major nominations, with links to an EarlyWord story about each. Full tie-in information is in our 2011 Books-to-Movies Archive (plenty of titles there for a book display, whether actual or online).
The Adventures of Tintin — Best Music (John Williams) – Tintin Teaser
Albert Nobbs – Best Actress (Glenn Close), Best Supporting Actress (Janet McTeer), Best Makeup – ALBERT NOBBS, The Book
The Descendants — Best Picture, Best Actor (George Clooney), Best Director (Alexander Payne), Best Editing (Kevin Tent), Best Adapted Screenplay – What Makes George Clooney Run?
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close — Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Max von Sydow) – INCREDIBLY CLOSE This Christmas
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Best Actress (Rooney Mara), Best Cinematography (Jeff Cronenweth), Best Editing (Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall), Best Sound Editing – Still Talking about DRAGON TATTOO
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – Best Art Direction, Best Makeup, Best Visual Effects
The Help – Best Picture, Best Actress (Viola Davis), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain), Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer) – Alternate Ending to THE HELP
Hugo — Best Picture, Best Director (Martin Scorsese), Best Cinematography (Robert Richardson), Best Art Direction, Best Costume, Best Editing (Thelma Schoonmaker), Best Music (Howard Shore), Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Adapted Screenplay – Behind the Scenes with Hugo and Martin
Jane Eyre – Best Costume – JANE EYRE At the Box Office
Moneyball – Best Picture, Best Actor (Brad Pitt), Best Supporting Actor (Jonah Hill), Best Editing (Christopher Tellefsen), Best Adapted Screenplay – MONEYBALL Is Rolling
My Week With Marilyn – Best Actress (Michelle Williams), Best Supporting Actor (Kenneth Branagh) – THE MARILYN OBSESSION
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Best Actor (Gary Oldman), Best Music (Alberto Iglesias), Best Adapted Screenplay – The Anti-Bond
War Horse – Best Picture, Best Cinematography (Janusz Kaminski), Best Music (John Williams, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing – Spielberg’s WAR HORSE