A large number of this year’s Academy Award nominees were based on books, thirteen in all, but only four went home with statues last night. In fact, the big winner this year was a movie that rejected words, The Artist.
The second biggest winner, in terms of number of Oscars, was Martin Scorsese’s Hugo.
The Help, The Descendants, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo each won a single Oscar
The film business could use the box office boost that the Awards bring; as CBS Sunday Morning reported, theater attendance in 2011 was the lowest in 15 years.