Oscar: Best Picture Nominees—A—Literary Source—Original???

Many of our readers have been curious to know the literary source of the movies nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.  How many of them are based on previously published books or formerly produced plays on Broadway?  How many of the nominees are actually based on original scenarios, written directly and specifically for the big screen?

For the convenience of the readers, we have enlisted them alphabetically, and then by year of nomination.

A (winners are in bold)

12 Years a Slave (2013)

Source: Book

100 Men and a Girl (1937)

127 Hours (2010)

Accidental Tourist, The (1981)

Source: Book

Anne Taylor Novel

Adventures of Robin Hood, The (1938)

Source: Myths

Airport (1970)

Source: Book

Arthur Hailey

Alamo, The (1960)

Source: Original Screenplay

Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1938)

Source: Original Story by Irving Berlin

Alfie (1966)

Source: Play, then Radio Play

Playwright: Bill Naughton

Alibi (1929)

Alice Adams (1935):

Source: Book

Book Tarkington Novel

All About Eve (1950)

Source: Short Story

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

Source: Book

All That Jazz (1979)

Source: Original Screenplay

Robert Arthur and Bob Fosse (also director)

All the King’s Men (1949)

All the President’s Men (1976)

Source: Book

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

All This, and Heaven Too (1940)

Source: Novel

Rachel Field

Amadeus (1984)

Source: Play

America, America (1963)

Original Screenplay: Elia Kazan (also producer and director)

American Beauty (1999)

Source: Original Screenplay

American Graffiti (1973)

Source: Original

George Lucas, Gloria Katz, Willard Huyck

American Hustle (2010)

Source: Book

American Sniper (2014)

An American in Paris (1951)

Source: Music (not musical)

Amour (French film) (2012)

Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Source: Book

Robert Traver (pen name of Michigan Judge, John D. Voelker)

Anchors Aweigh (1945)

Source: Original

Anne of the Thousand Days (1945)

Source: Play

Maxwell Anderson

Annie Hall (1977)

Source: Original Screenplay

Anthony Adverse (1936)

Apartment, The (1960)

Source: Original Screenplay

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Source: Inspired by Novel

Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness

Apollo 13 (1995)

Argo (2012)

Arrival (2016)

Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

Arrowsmith (1931)

Source: Novel

Sinclair Lewis

Artist, The (2011)

Source: Original Screenplay

As Good As It Gets (1997)

Source: Original Screenplay

James Lee Brooks (also producer and director)

Atlantic City (1981)

Source: Original Screenplay

John Guare

Source: Original Screenplay

Atonement (2007)

Auntie Mame (1958):

Source: Novel, then Play

Avatar (2009)

Source: Original Screenplay

Aviator, The (2004)


Awakenings (1990)

Source: Book

Dr. Oliver Sacks

Awful Truth, The (1937)

Source: Play, 1921

Remake: Silent film in 1925 (starring Ina Claire), talkie in 1929