Books into Oscar’s Best Pictures



The bling, the glitter, the red carpet, movie stars galore, the suspense. I love watching The Academy Awards. I’d grab my hot cocoa and popcorn and watch the entire thing as a child even though I had school the next morning. More than likely I had my glamorous favorites even though most of the time I didn’t see the movies. I loved Bob Hope and I was watching when the man streaked and the Indian maiden read Brando’s decline. This year 3 of the nominated films for Best Pictures were books first. But there have been more and here’s a list of films made from books that went on to win the coveted Oscar for Best Picture.

1929/1930   All Quiet of the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
1030/1931   Cimarron by Edna Ferber
1935            Mutiny on the Bounty by William Bligh
1939            Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell ♥♥♥♥♥½
1940            Rebecca by Daphne Du Murier ♥♥♥♥♥
1941            How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
1942            Mrs. Miniver by  Jan Struther
1948            Hamlet by William Shakespeare
1949            All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
1953            From Here to Eternity  by James Jones
1956            Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
1957            The Bridge Over the River Kwai by Pierre Boulle
1958            Gigi by Colette
1959            Ben-Hur by Lewis Wallace
1962            Lawrence of Arabia by T.E. Lawrence
1963            Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
1965            The Story of the Trapp Family Singers (The Sound of Music) by Maria Augusta                       Trapp
1967            In the Heat of the Night by John Ball
1968            Oliver by Charles Dickens
1969            Midnight Cowboy by James Leo Kerlihy
1971            The French Connection by Robin Moore
1972            The Godfather by Mario Puzo ♥♥♥♥♥
1975            One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey ♥♥♥♥
1979            Kramer vs Kramer by Avery Corman
1980            Ordinary People by Judith Guest
1983            Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurty
1985            Out of Africa by Karen Blixen
1990            Dances with Wolves by Michael Blake
1991            Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
1993            Schindler’s List by Thomas Kineally
1994            Forest Gump by Winston Groom
1996            The English Patient by Michael Ondaatze ♥♥♥♥♥
2001            A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar
2003            The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien  ♥♥♥♥
2004            Million Dollar Baby by F.X. Toole
2008            Slumdog Millionaire by Vikas Swarup
2012            Argo by Antonio Mendez



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