Oscar winners 2013 are dominated by literary adaptations(Read article summary)
Among the biggest Oscar winners of 2013 were five movies that were adapted from books or articles, including 'Argo,' 'Life of Pi,' and 'Lincoln.'
The Oscars didnâ€™t just honor achievements in filmmaking in 2013. With five of the six winners of the big prizes going to movies that started as books, the Oscars also honored great writing.Â
The Best Picture winner of the night, the movie â€śArgo,â€ť was originally based on an article for Wired magazine by writer Joshuah Berman. The original piece was titled â€śHow the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans From Tehranâ€ť and was published in 2007.
Meanwhile, of the four top acting awards, three went to stars who appeared in movies based on books. Actor Daniel Day-Lewis, who won the Best Actor prize, had starred in the movie â€śLincoln,â€ť which was based on the 2005 Doris Kearns Goodwin biography â€śTeam of Rivals.â€ť Jennifer Lawrence, who won the Best Actress award, appeared in the film â€śSilver Linings Playbook,â€ť which was adapted from the 2008 novel of the same name by Matthew Quick. Best Supporting Actress winner Anne Hathaway starred in â€śLes Miserables,â€ť a musical adaptation of the 1862 Victor Hugo classic.
In addition, director Ang Lee took the statuette for his movie â€śLife of Pi,â€ť which was based on the 2001 novel of the same title. The movie â€śDjango Unchained,â€ť for which Christoph Waltz won a Best Supporting Actor statuette, was an original work, though the film paid homages to many classic stories, including the 1936 novel â€śGone with the Wind.â€ť
Last year, it was a different story. In 2012, only one out of the six winners in the top Oscar categories was awarded to a film adapted from a book. That one was Octavia Spencer, who won a Best Supporting Actress award for her role in the film adaptation of the 2009 Kathryn Stockett novel â€śThe Help.â€ťÂ
Literary films that took other 2013 Oscars included â€śAnna Karenina,â€ť based on the 1873 Tolstoy classic, which won Best Costumes, and â€śSkyfall,â€ť which was based on the character of James Bond first written about in Ian Flemingâ€™s novels, which won Best Original Song and tied for Sound Editing.
â€śArgoâ€ť also won Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing, while â€śLincolnâ€ť won Best Production Design. â€śLes Miserablesâ€ť took home Best Sound Mixing and Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and â€śLife of Piâ€ť snagged the Best Visual Effects award as well as Best Original Score and Best Cinematography.