The Oscars: Birdman Leads Bookish Gold Rush

At last night's Academy Awards ceremony, five of the eight best picture nominees were based on books or were book-related. Although Birdman turned out to be the big winner, other bookish films garnered a healthy share of Oscar gold as well. The movies (and books) honored included:

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), which centers on a Broadway stage adaptation of Raymond Carver's story "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love": best picture, director (Alejandro G. Iñárritu), original screenplay (Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo) and cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki)

Still Alice, based on the novel by Lisa Genova: actress (Julianne Moore)

The Theory of Everything, based on Jane Hawking's memoir, Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen: actor (Eddie Redmayne)

The Imitation Game, based on Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges: adapted screenplay (Graham Moore)

The Grand Budapest Hotel, inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig: original score (Alexandre Desplat), production design, costume design, makeup & hairstyling

American Sniper, based on American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle and Scott McEwen: sound editing

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