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Oscars - Best Adapted Screenplay

Stories reshaped from other sources, adding nuance, colour, vitality.

These adaptations allow filmmakers like David Lean, Danny Boyle, Vittorio De Sica and many more to tell stories that linger, persuade and enchant.

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Oscars - Best Adapted Screenplay

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY WINNERS

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The Imitation Game 2014 12

Benedict Cumberbatch’s roundly acclaimed performance anchors the incredible, Oscar-winning story of code-breaker Alan Turing.

114 mins USA Director. Morten Tyldum

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Slumdog Millionaire 2008 15

Danny Boyle’s crowdpleaser, based around the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, won the Oscar for best picture.

120 mins United Kingdom Director. Danny Boyle

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12 Years a Slave 2013 15

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender star in Steve McQueen’s fearless, Oscar-winning story of a free man who’s sold into slavery.

134 mins USA Director. Steve McQueen

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY NOMINEES

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Arrival 2016 12

Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner star as the humans who make first contact with extra-terrestrial visitors in this richly textured sci-fi from director Denis Villeneuve.

116 mins USA Director. Denis Villeneuve

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Room
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Room 2015 15

Brie Larson’s Oscar-winning performance is the beating heart of Lenny Abrahamson’s extraordinarily moving drama.

118 mins Ireland Director. Lenny Abrahamson

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Brooklyn 2015 12

Saoirse Ronan shines as a woman who journeys from post-war small-town Ireland to New York, in Nick Hornby’s adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s best-selling novel.

112 mins United Kingdom Director. John Crowley

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Carol
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Carol 2014 15

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara illuminate Todd Haynes’ intoxicating adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s beloved novel.

119 mins United Kingdom Director. Todd Haynes

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Beasts of the Southern Wild
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Beasts of the Southern Wild 2012 12

Set in a Deep South delta, Zeitlin’s feature debut takes a child’s eye view of poverty, adult apathy and ecological crisis. Hallucinatory fare

93 mins USA Director. Benh Zeitlin

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Children of Men 2006 15

In an apocalyptic future Britain, a civil servant is unexpectedly entrusted with the fate of humanity in Alfonso Cuarón’s gripping and thoughtful sci-fi.

109 mins USA

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Double Indemnity
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Double Indemnity 1944 PG

Barbara Stanwyck is the housewife who dupes an insurance salesman into a devious murder plot, in this giant of American cinema - the archetypal Film Noir.

107 mins USA Director. Billy Wilder

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The Killers
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The Killers 1946 PG

Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner star in Robert Siodmak’s gritty and muscular film noir, adapted from Hemingway’s short story.

90 mins USA Director. Robert Siodmak

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River Runs through It
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River Runs through It 1992 PG

Two contrasting and occasionally conflicted brothers find solace while fly fishing the rivers of their Montana home.

123 mins USA Director. Robert Redford

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Apocalypse Now 1979 15

Transplanting Joseph Conrad’s colonial-era novel Heart of Darkness to Vietnam, Coppola created a mesmerising fantasia on the spectacle of war.

141 mins USA Director. Francis Ford Coppola

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The Fallen Idol
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The Fallen Idol 1948 PG

Carol Reed’s Graham Greene adaptation tells the dark but touching story of a young child’s relationship to his friendly, complicated butler.

94 mins United Kingdom Director. Carol Reed

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All Quiet on the Western Front
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All Quiet on the Western Front 1930 PG

Lewis Milestone's pioneering, Oscar®-winning film is one of the most powerful films about the consequences of war

136 mins USA Director. Lewis Milestone

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