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The Imitation Game

Oscar, Oscar who (do you say) will win? Vote now!

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We’re tired of the movie “experts.” They have been weighing in for weeks about which movie will snag the Academy Awards’ big prize—Best Motion Picture—and we don’t agree at all. Some of us adored Birdman, some thought it pretentious. Some thought Boyhood was a timeless masterpiece; others thought it meandered off to Nowheresville. Was Whiplash sadistic, brilliant or both? Were The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything terrific or too safe?  Grand Budapest Hotel was totally charming or too (Wes) Craven. American Sniper was right on target or too tidy? And why the snubs against a movie as important as Selma? It’s amazing there haven’t been fistfights at the water cooler. One thing is clear—moviegoers from coast to coast…

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Best Adapted Screenplay: From the printed page to the silver screen

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Oscar may be all about the movies, but he’s got a soft spot for writers as well. Every year, as Hollywood’s favorite statuettes are handed out, there’s a moment when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors the writers upon whom the entire film industry depends. After all, every movie starts with a writer tapping out a screenplay, without which the screens in your local theater would remain forever blank. Some of these scripts are written directly for the big screen. Many films, however, have their roots in other sources, including books. Some of the most important books ever written by some of the greatest writers of all time have been adapted into films. In fact, the minds…

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Oscar loves to read! Movies based on books score big

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I went to bed in my tux Wednesday night just so I’d be ready for Thursday morning’s announcements of the Academy Award nominations. And while I woke up a little rumpled, I was happy to see that a host of movies adapted from books will be looking to go home with Hollywood’s favorite golden boy when the Oscars are handed out on February 22. Clearly, Oscar’s big favorite this year is Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), which garnered nine nominations, including nods for Best Picture, Best Actor (Golden Globe award winner Michael Keaton), and Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton). While not based on a book per se, Birdman owes much of its plot to the wave of comic…

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