Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Bookish Oscar Winners: Argo, Life of Pi

Shelf Awareness

As many of you know by now, Argo took the Academy Award for best picture last night, continuing an extraordinary prize-winning streak this winter for director Ben Affleck, who was snubbed in Oscar's best director category. There were several bookish movies among the winners, including: 

Argo, based in part on The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA by Antonio Mendez and events chronicled in Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio, won Oscars for best picture, editing and adapted screenplay (Chris Terrio).

Life of Pi, adapted from Yann Martel's novel, won for director (Ang Lee), cinematography, visual effects and original score.

Lincoln, based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals, earned awards for best actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) and production design.

Other winners included Silver Linings Playbook, based on the novel by Matthew Quick, for best actress (Jennifer Lawrence); Les Misérables for supporting actress (Anne Hathaway), sound mixing and makeup & hairstyling; and Anna Karenina for costume design

And in The Guardian:

Ang Lee is awarded best director for his work on Life of Pi, an adaptation of the bestseller by Yann Martel
Life of Pi.
This Oscar, for Life of Pi, is Ang Lee's second best director win

Ang Lee sprung a surprise at the 85th Academy Awards, picking up the best director Oscar ahead of the heavily tipped Steven Spielberg.
  1. Life of Pi
  2. Production year: 2012
  3. Country: USA
  4. Cert (UK): PG
  5. Runtime: 127 mins
  6. Directors: Ang Lee
  7. Cast: Adil Hussain, Gerard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall, Shravanthi Sainath, Suraj Sharma, Tabu
  8. More on this film

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