Literary adaptations made a strong showing at the Oscar nominationsannounced Tuesday morning in Los Angeles.
The power of the dogbased on Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel, led the pack with 12 nominations, including Nods for Best Picture, Best Director (Jane Campion), Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), Best Supporting Actor (Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee) , Best Supporting Actress (Kirsten Dunst), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Campion).
It was closely followed by Dunea 1965 adaptation of Frank Herbert’s fantasy, which garnered 10 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay (Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth).
drive my carbased on a short story from the collection of Haruki Murakami Men without women, was nominated in four categories, including Best Picture and Best Director (Ryûsuke Hamaguchi); also earning four nods was nightmare alleyan adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel.
Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley pulled acting nominations for The Prodigal Daughter, based on the novel by Elena Ferrante; Maggie Gyllenhaal earned a screenwriting nod for the film.
The winners of the 94th Academy Awards will be announced March 27 at a ceremony in Los Angeles.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.