Turn the Oscar-winning page

The Oscars were announced recently, so you’re probably trying to catch as many award-winning movies from the list as you can. Like many a year before this, the Academy Award for Best Picture went to a story that first came to life as a book. Green Book was inspired by an annual guidebook by Victor Hugo Green, for African-American roadtrippers, called The Negro Motorist Green-Book, published from 1936 to 1966. Team Story revisits some other books that went on to win the Best Picture Award in their screen adaptations.

  1. Q & A by Vikas Swarup: Popularly known as Slumdog Millionaire, the Danny Boyle movie won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2009. The plot explores the life of an impoverished orphan in Mumbai who must outsmart a quiz show if he wants to break free from his misfortunes.
  2. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien: The third instalment of this fantasy trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson, swept the Oscars in 2004. Could the forces of Gondor and Rohan defeat Sauron the Dark Lord? Read the book if the movie kept you on the edge of your seat.
  3. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje: In 1997, the movie brought us to tears. In the book, Ondaatje’s words leave a searing trail as they explore a war-ravaged world through the fevered visions of an injured man.
  4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey: While Jack Nicholson’s performance might be unforgettable in the 1976 movie, Kesey’s words that so carefully depict a world that hinges between madness and sanity is simply haunting.
  5. The Godfather by Mario Puzo: No surprises that both parts 1 and 2 of Francis Ford Coppola’s interpretation of Mario Puzo’s modern classic of crime, betrayal, family and honour was awarded Best Picture in 1973 and 1975.

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