Thursday, February 28, 2013

Know the Literary Roots of the Academy Award Nominated Movies from 2012!

This post is a little late. It would have been better as a pre-Academy Awards blog so you could “wow” your friends when you attended Oscar parties last Sunday. Consider it ammo for future trivia showdowns. Five of the eight movies nominated for Best Picture of 2012 began as literature—4 books, 1 play.
Argo, which won Best Picture, stems from The master of disguise: my secret life in the CIA by Antonio J. Mendez.  Tony Mendez, played by Ben Affleck, was given exclusive permission by the CIA to write his story. The 2007 Wired article, “The Great Escape,” by Joshua Berman, was also given credit for influence over the creation of the movie.

Lincoln is based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography titled, Team of rivals: the political genius of Abraham Lincoln. The book focuses on Lincoln’s ability to influence and lead others and how this shaped one of the most important presidencies in the nation’s history.
Silver Linings Playbook is based on a 2008 novel written by Matthew Quick. This was Matthew Quick’s debut as a novelist. The story concerns the life of a man coming to terms with denial, depression, and circumstances surrounding his marriage.
Life of Pi is a based on a novel of the same title written by Yann Martel. The story documents Pi Patel’s 227 days lost at sea in a lifeboat with Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger.
Les Miserables is another remake of the classic by Victor Hugo. The book tells the story of Jean Valjean’s struggles with crime, punishment, redemption, and the infamous Javert. If you weren’t forced to read the book in school, your time would be well spent. The theatrical versions can’t hold a candle to the novel itself.
The Beasts of the Southern Wild is the last of the 5 with a start in literature before the big screen. The screenplay was based on a one-act play written by Lucy Alibar. In the play, Hushpuppy is a boy and there is no great storm. Daddy and Miss Bathsheba work to teach Hushpuppy and the other children how to live together in a world without adults.

Now, keep this all in your back pocket for a winning trivia night.

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