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The long-trending dominance of adaptations continues in 2017, with 28 of 44 (or 64% of) major-category Academy Award nominations. This year, 6 of the 9 Best Picture nominees are based on a book, true-life story, play or short story.
The 5 nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay are adaptations—but so is one of the 5 Best Original Screenplay nominees.
Likewise, 4 of 5 Best Actress nods go to performances in movies based on other works. Ditto 2 of 5 Best Actor noms.
The same goes for 4 of 5 Best Supporting Actress nods, and 3 of 5 Best Supporting Actor nominees.
Finally, 3 of the 5 Best Director nominations go to directors of adaptations.
Last year (2016), 100% of major category wins (Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress) were for adaptations, or work on adaptations. (See this post for details.)
Given this year’s numbers, adaptations should make another strong showing on Oscar night. (Details on specific adaptations below.) Read more…