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20 Oscar Winning Books

It’s that time of year again, the 85th Oscar Academy Awards are upon us. We here at Random House of Canada are going to be glued to the screen on Sunday night hoping that Life of Pi will take the prize in one of its many nominated categories. Life of Pi isn’t the only book that’s been adapted into an Oscar nominated film. Below are twenty books that were adapted into Oscar winning films.

Be sure to check out the TIFF. Books on Film Series running between February 11 – June 24. From their website,

“Now in its third season, Books on Film brings together book and film lovers to examine great cinema that began as outstanding literature. Host Eleanor Wachtel of CBC’s Writers and Company welcomes filmmakers, authors and experts to discuss the art of adaptation and the sometimes challenging passage from page to screen. The first 100 subscribers will receive a complimentary copy of each book featured, courtesy of Random House Canada.”

Single tickets are now available for all Books on Film events. Visit their website for additional information.

Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff

The film adaptation won Best Picture for 1935 and starred Charles Laughton, Clark Gable and Franchot Tone.

Mutiny on the Bounty  by Charles Nordhoff

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5 Responses to “20 Oscar Winning Books”

  1. Susan Franks says:

    Read the books and watched the movies many times. Wonderful in every way.

  2. Alvin Gongora says:

    I had the advantage of reading all of those books in wonderful translations into my own language when I was a kid and a teenager. The advantage is that each translation is an interpretation (I’m now a translator myself) and therefore each one of them provide nuances that might shed light onto the text provided the translator does it well. Later I read them in English. My vote goes to the Tolkien, and my hat is off to his translators who were (still are?) just as gifted as Tolkien himself.

  3. Moony says:

    “Brokeback Mountain” actually lost Best Picture to “Crash” in 2005… (I’ve tried to strike that travesty from my memory too.)


  1. [...] version of this post was originally published on Random House’s Retreat blog, and published here with [...]

  2. [...] The Huffington Post recently posted a list (created by Random House) of novels that were adapted into films that won an Oscar at the Academy Awards. Links to the book records in the Newton Free Library Minuteman Catalog are below. The full article can be read on the Huffington Post, “Academy Award Books: Oscar-Winning Tomes From Years Past” and on the Random House Blog. [...]

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