Based on a novel by …

It’s Oscar Sunday!!!

Yes, I am that excited about it. Not only do the Academy Awards celebrate the best in cinema, but they’re also the highlight of the Red Carpet season.

But, truth be told, the literary world plays a very important role in the Academy Awards. So many nominated movies are “based on a novel by …” and this year is no exception. Wild, Gone Girl and Still Alice are just a few of this year’s nominees that started as a novel.

In particular, there is a strong tie between Best Picture winners and the written word. From 1930’s Best Picture (All Quiet on the Western Front) to last year’s winner (12 Years a Slave), there is quite a history of Best Picture winners based on literary works.

But I have to admit, there is one standout to me. No Oscar-winning film pays homage to its source like Gone With the Wind. It truly is a visual interpretation of Margaret Mitchell’s words.

Will another movie title be added to the book-loving list tonight? I’ll definitely be tuning in to see who the Academy Award goes to …

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