Big Oscar wins for book-movie adaptations

The Oscars wouldn’t be where it is today without some iconic book-to-movie adaptations. Here’s the best of 2022.

The Oscars may have been overshadowed by Will Smith’s overzealous need to uphold his wife’s honor (did Chris Rock deserve it? I’ll let you decide). Apart this drama, the night had a lot to celebrate, especially in the world of book-to-movie adaptations.

Novels have always been prime ground for Hollywood remakes – if you already have a good thread, the script writes itself, right? While we know that assumption is demonstrably wrong, this year’s Oscars had a handful of new adaptations that are sure to become classic movies.

The power of the dog

The big winner of the evening was Jane Campion, who won Best Director for the Power of the dog. Based on Thomas Savage’s novel of the same name, the film examines what it’s like to be a man, from the perspective of a homophobic, but closeted rancher. The power of the dog is a visceral, complex, and deeply satisfying read – relevant today as it was when it was written in 1967.

The power of the dog

Dunes

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Dunes (adapted from Frank Herbert’s original) won six Oscars, winning in categories for cinematography, editing, music, visual effects, production design and sound. Part two isn’t due out until October 20, 2023, so you still have time up your sleeves to read it before it hits the big screens. Dunes is considered one of the greatest science fiction novels of all time.

Dunes

Drive my car (men without women)

drive my car, directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, won the Oscar for best international feature film. Based on a short story from Haruki Murakami’s bestselling collection men without womenthe story centers on a widowed actor who hires a twenty-year-old woman as his driver. drive my car is a meditative exploration of the human need for connection and our inherent desire to be understood – even if we don’t realize it.

men without women

alley of nightmares

Alley of Nightmares — directed by Guillermo del Toro and based on William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel of the same name – was nominated for four awards. alley of nightmares is a classic tale that follows a con man working in the world of vaudeville and magic. His journey sometimes engages with the metaphysical and the dangerous.

alley of nightmares

The lost girl

Maggie Gyllenhaal has been nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay of Elena Ferrante’s Novel The lost girl. Ferrante explores what it means to be a mother and a wife, and brings a thoughtful and fresh look at the conflicting emotions that connect us and our children.

The lost girl

For all the details, go to the official Oscars website.

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