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Book adaptations honoured at Academy Awards

A number of book-to-film adaptations were winners at this year’s Academy Awards, reports the Guardian. The Revenant, which won awards in the categories of best director, best actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), and best cinematography, is adapted from Michael Punke’s 2002 book of the same name (HarperCollins). The New York Times reports that the book, which was reprinted in 2015 after having sold 15,000 copies on first publication and subsequently going out-of-print, has sold more than half a million copies in the US. Other book-related films that picked up awards were Room, based on Emma Donoghue’s novel of the same name (Picador), for best actress (Brie Larson); The Danish Girl, based on David Ebershoff’s novel about Lili Elbe (A&U), an early recipient of sex reassignment surgery, for best supporting actress (Alicia Vikander); and The Big Short for best adapted screenplay, based on Michael Lewis’ book of the same name (Penguin) about the 2007-08 global financial crisis.


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