Here’s to watching good books

We love books. We love movies. Its a fact that many movies have their genesis in books. Or, for that matter, from novels, plays, memoirs etc.

Invariably, books that have been made into movies draw consternation among the readers who feel that the complexity of the plot has not been captured in the transition onto screen. On the other hand, movie lovers are happy that the film dispenses with the byzantine twists in the tale and focuses on the essentials.  In sum, what should appease both is whether the gist of the tale has been told well.

Ten of the films nominated in the top categories were based on books. 4 of them won Oscars. Here’s the list.

Jeff Bridges won a best actor Oscar, his FIRST ever Academy Award, for his role in “Crazy Heart” as a drunken country singer who finds redemption. The film is based on a book by the same name penned by college professor Thomas Cobb. The book had been out of print for 22 years.

Push” is the novel behind “Precious,” the film for which Mo’Nique took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. “Push” was the debut novel of American author Sapphire, published in 1996, who wrote the book based on her experiences as a literacy teacher.

“The Blind Side” was inspired by Michael Lewis’s 2006 nonfiction work of the same title. Sandra Bullock won her Oscar for her potrayal of a mentor and adopted mother.

Argentine writer and history teacher Eduardo Sacheri wrote the book  “El secreto de sus ojos” (“The Secret in their Eyes”), the film that won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film.

Additional reading: A list of the Top 100 films based on books.