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9 books that turned into Oscar winning movies

12 Years a Slave - 2013

In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty at the hands of a malevolent slave owner, as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity.

The King's Speech: Based on the Recently Discovered Diaries of Lionel Logue - 2010

How One Man Saved the British Monarchy : Based on the Recently Discovered Diaries of Lionel Logue

The movie adaptation won Best Picture of 2010 and stars Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter.

Slumdog Millionaire - 2008

After enduring a childhood of poverty, violence and exploitation, Ram Muhammad Thomas wins a game show prize of one billion rupees. But the producers believe he has cheated and send him to the police to coerce a confession. Now, Thomas must defend his achievement and explain how a nobody without formal education won against impossible odds.

The movie adaptation won Best Picture of 2008 and stars Dev Patel and Freida Pinto.

Million Dollar Baby: Stories from the Corner - 2004

The story of the 69-year-old author of this astonishing first fiction collection is a salutary one; he wrote between gigs tending boxers in their corners as a "cut man" (who stanches the blood flow and allows fights to continue), finally got a story published by a small literary magazine, was spotted by a keen-eyed agent and achieved book publication.

The movie adaptation, "Million Dollar Baby," won Best Picture of 2004 and stars Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman

The Return of the King: Being theThird Part of the Lord of the Rings - 2003

The third volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure THE LORD OF THE RINGS

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

The movie adaptation of the third book in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy won Best Picture of 2003 and stars Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen and Ian McKellen.

A Beautiful Mind - 2001

Stories of famously eccentric Princetonians abound--such as that of chemist Hubert Alyea, the model for The Absent-Minded Professor, or Ralph Nader, said to have had his own key to the library as an undergraduate. Or the "Phantom of Fine Hall," a figure many students had seen shuffling around the corridors of the math and physics building wearing purple sneakers and writing numerology treatises on the blackboards.

The movie adaptation won Best Picture of 2001 and stars Russell Crowe, Ed Harris and Jennifer Connelly

Schindler's List - 1993

A mesmerizing novel based on the true story of Oskar Schindler, a German industralist who saved and succored more than 1000 Jews from the Nazis at enormous financial and emotional expense. Copyright 1992 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

The movie adaptation won Best Picture of 1993 and stars Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley

No Country for Old Men - 2007

Starred Review. Seven years after Cities of the Plain brought his acclaimed Border Trilogy to a close, McCarthy returns with a mesmerizing modern-day western. In 1980 southwest Texas, Llewelyn Moss, hunting antelope near the Rio Grande, stumbles across several dead men, a bunch of heroin and $2.4 million in cash.

The movie adaptation won Best Picture of 2007 and stars Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin.

The English Patient - 1996

Haunting and harrowing, as beautiful as it is disturbing, The English Patient tells the story of the entanglement of four damaged lives in an Italian monastery as World War II ends.

The movie adaptation won Best Picture of 1996 and stars Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche and Willem Dafoe