The Ironical Oscars

Slumdog Millionaire won eight Oscars, making it the most memorable one for us Indians. But ironically, nearly none of the English pictures that won the main awards were original in their stories. Strange, isn’t it? I have proof:

Slumdog Millionaire [which won 8 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay] was adapted from Vikas Swarup’s Q & A.

Milk [which won Sean Penn the Best Actor in a Leading Role] is based on American politician Harvey Milk, which indicates that the story was not made from scratch.

The Reader [which won Kate Winslet the Best Actress in a Leading Role] is based on Bernhard Schlink’s award winning novel by the same name.

The Dark Knight [which won the award for Best Sound Editing and Best Supporting Actor] is based on Bob Kane’s creations – Batman, Joker, Bruce Wayne, etc.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button [which won the award for the Best Visual effects, and also had thirteen nominations] is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story by the same name.

The Duchess [which won the award for the Best Costumes] is based on Amanda Foreman’s best selling biography of Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire.

Wall-E [which won the award for Best Animated Feature Film] is (very) loosely based on a Robinson Crusoe-sque story (okay, that seems far-fetched)

Oh and BTW, I realised that by my self. Its not pinched from anywhere else.



  1. Tapas · March 3, 2009

    Well, Dark Knights story is not adapted from anywhere else is it ?? The characters are, but not the story.

    But all else is true.

    Did u watch the oscars ?? Sean Penn’s speech was awesome. He really did deserve it. Nobody can do the role of a homo in so much panache.

    • Aditya · March 3, 2009

      The Dark Knight had characters from DC Comics, so that doesn’t make it entirely original. That’s the point I intended to make.
      Yes, I saw Sean Penn’s speech. Poor guy was finding it difficult to keep his hands steady. The trailers of Milk showed him to be a true homo.

  2. Matt · March 3, 2009

    The WALL-E one is truly far-fetched and definite BS. Probably one of the few “original” stories to come out this year and not “based” on anything else, but especially not Robinson Crusoe. o.O

    As for the “homo” comment, way to go on the intolerance there, buddy, the same shit the movie Milk is trying to fight against. I was against it winning an Oscar for its “message” but maybe I shouldn’t be, considering there are still people gay-bashing all over the web in a time when we should be supporting them and trying to reverse that stupid Prop 8 crap.

    • Aditya · March 4, 2009

      I guess you got it wrong. I meant that he acted superbly as a homo. It was brilliant. I haven’t seen the movie [plan to do that in the holidays], but in the trailer, I saw that his hand was bent in a perfect imitation of a gay person. Acting, and not message was I referring to.

    • Aditya · March 4, 2009

      And I’m not gay-bashing. I am for gay rights.

  3. piscianemperor · March 5, 2009

    Aren’t all good movies based on something or the other ? Titanic was based on the ship…LOR on the was Bourne series . Infact,all oscar winning entries in recent years have been adapted- No country for old men from the book ; Crash from a real life incident of director Paul Higgins ; The Departed is a remake of a Hong Kong film (Infernal Affairs). So originality isn’t really an issue ,as long as the movie is good ! And mate….if by being original,you get a ‘Billu’ or a ‘Victory’ ; then i’d rather watch Ghajini šŸ™‚

    • Aditya · March 5, 2009

      I’m not saying that all these movies were not good! They were brilliant. I merely hinted at the trivial co-incidence.

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