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Bookish films honoured at Academy Awards

A number of winners at this year’s Academy Awards on 22 February were based on or related to books, reports Shelf Awareness. Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), which won awards for best film, director and original screenplay, centres on a Broadway stage adaptation of Raymond Carver’s short story ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Love’. Publishers Weekly reports that print sales of the short story collection of the same name have jumped 121% in the 12 weeks since the film opened in October. Other movies that picked up awards were Still Alice, based on Lisa Genova’s novel of the same name (S&S), for best actress (Julianne Moore); The Theory of Everything, based on Jane Hawking’s memoir Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen (Alma Books), for best actor (Eddie Redmayne); The Imitation Game, based on Alan Turing: The Enigma (Andrew Hodges, Vintage), for best adapted screenplay; The Grand Budapest Hotel, which is inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig, for original score, production design, costume design, makeup and hairstyling; and American Sniper, based on American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History (Chris Kyle &  Scott McEwen, HarperCollins), for sound editing.


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