The greatest that the world of cinema has produced has been inspired from the ordinary lives of ordinary people. Most times, cinema draws inspiration from real life stories, brings to the silver screens the stories of our next-door neighbors. But there are times when movies go beyond the boundaries of reality and bring fiction to the fore.
Since Oscars is the final destination of movies, here is a list of Oscar nominated movies that have drawn inspiration from popular books.
Gone with the Wind:
This movie, Gone with the Wind, is inspired from a novel of the same name by Margaret Mitchell. The movie adaptation of the book went on to define Hollywood in many ways. It was a box office success, earned 10 Academy Awards and became etched in the memories of people. This movie is perhaps the best epic melodrama period romance film that has become a benchmark to judge other movies.
The Godfather Trilogy:
The Godfather is a cult movie that talks about America’s organized mafia. The Godfather trilogy was made based on the book by Mario Puzo while the movie was directed by Francis Ford Coppola. This is a movie known for the acting of Marlon Brando, Robert Di Nero and Al Pacino.
Life of Pi:
The Oscar nominated movie Life of Pi, based on the bestselling novel by Yann Martel, has a compelling storyline and breathtaking visuals. The movie takes the viewers on an engaging journey with the protagonist Pi and his solitary companion tiger Richard Parker.
Les Miserables a classic written by Victor Hugo is a book par excellence. The movie with the same name is the musical adaptation of the beyond-compare novel. This movie talks about social injustice, love, heroism and sacrifice. This is a must-read book and a must-watch movie.
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy:
The Lord of the Rings trilogy is an epic fantasy novel written by J.R.R Tolkien and adapted in to a movie directed by Peter Jackson. The author created a fictional world of Middle-Earth, their language, their culture and customs meticulously. This effort was recreated in the movie that bagged close to 17 Academy Awards out of 30 nominations.