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Which books were the 2019 Oscar best adapted screenplay nominees based off of?

Learn which books inspired the nominated films before the awards ceremony.

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Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime

Spike Lee’s Oscar-nominated film BlacKkKlansman is based on a New York Times best-selling memoir written by Ron Stallworth, the first black detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department. In what the Times calls “a direct, furious protest against the Trump era,” Stallworth recounts how in the 1970s he posed as a white man looking to join the KKK…who then asked him to join the “cause.” Stallworth recruited his partner to play his white counterpart in person but maintains his own months-long investigation over the phone. Stallworth’s memoir was adapted for the screen by Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, and Spike Lee. The picture is also nominated for Best Picture, Directing, Film Editing, Original Score, and Actor in a Supporting Role (for Adam Driver, who plays Stallworth’s partner).

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