1. First of all, Eddie Redmayne won the Best Actor Award for his role in The Theory of Everything. The movie is a biography of a celebrated scientist and was adapted based on a memoir of Stephen Hawking’s wife, Jane.
2. The Best Actress Award went to Julianne Moore for her role in Still Alice, a movie based on a book by Lisa Genova.
3. American Sniper, based onthe memoir by Chris Kyle, the main character in the movie, won the Oscar for Best Sound Editing.
4. The Imitation Game, however, is an adaptation of the book Alan Turing: The Enigma, by Andrew Hodges. It won the Oscar for the Best Adapted Screenplay.
5. Kids’ favorite Big Hero 6 took the Best Animated Feature Award. It is actually based on a comic.
Many of this year’s Oscar nominees also come from the written word.
1. Inherent Vice, a movie based on a novel by Thomas Pynchon, was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.
2. Gone Girl is a marvelous adaptation of a book written by Gillian Flynn and its Rosamund Pike received a Best Actress nod at the ceremony.
3. Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern were both nominated for their movie Wild, which is actually based on a memoir by Cheryl Strayed. Witherspoon was nominated for Best Actress Award and Dern for Best Supporting Actress Award.
4. Some of the other based-on-books movies are The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (nominee for the Best Sound Editing Award), Guardian of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, X-Men: Days of Future Past – all based on a comic and all nominated for the Best Visual Effects Award.
5. The nominee Unbroken is an adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s book. It was in a race for Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.