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Literary Adaptations Lead the Pack in Oscar Nods

Literary adaptations have taken center stage in this year’s Oscar nominations, with the top three most nominated films all drawing inspiration from books.

Leading the pack is “Oppenheimer,” based on Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin’s “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer,” earning a staggering 13 nominations. Among these are nods for Best Picture, Best Director (Christopher Nolan), Best Actor (Cillian Murphy), Best Actress (Emily Blunt), Best Supporting Actor (Robert Downey Jr.), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Nolan).

Following closely is “Poor Things,” adapted from Alasdair Gray’s novel, securing 11 nominations. It received recognition for best picture, Best Director (Yorgos Lanthimos), Best Actress (Emma Stone), Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Tony McNamara).

Not far behind is “Killers of the Flower Moon,” based on David Grann’s nonfiction book, with 10 nominations. This includes nods for Best Picture, best director (Martin Scorsese), Best Actress (Lily Gladstone), and Best Supporting Actor (Robert De Niro).

Among the other best picture nominees are “American Fiction,” adapted from Percival Everett’s novel “Erasure,” and “The Zone of Interest,” based on Martin Amis’ novel of the same name.

Even in the animated feature film category, literary works have made their mark. “Nimona,” adapted from ND Stevenson’s novel, and “Robot Dreams,” based on Sara Varon’s book, both secured nominations.

The winners of these prestigious awards will be revealed during a televised ceremony on March 10th, where the world will eagerly await to see which adaptations will take home the coveted prizes.

Michael Schaub, a contributing writer, sheds light on this notable trend, showcasing the enduring influence and power of literature in the realm of cinema

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