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.