Monday, February 27, 2012

Brief Comments About the Oscars

First, a disclaimer. I did not listen to every word of the Oscar broadcast and may have missed some small mention of the authors of the books that served as the basis for the Best Picture nominees. As Mr. Stacked-NYC correctly points out, the publishing industry has its own awards to recognize the accomplishments of authors. However, since the original ideas for many films first come to life in novels and non-fiction, I’d like to think that those in the film industry would take a moment to recognize the contribution of the following writers:
Kaui Hart Hemmings, author of The Descendants
Brian Selznick, author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help
Michael Morpurgo author of War Horse
Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball
Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

The Artist, The Tree of Life and Midnight in Paris were based on original screenplays.

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And congratulations to the winners of the Academy Award for the Best Animated Short Film, William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is described as "a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor."

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