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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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Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Memoirs of a Literary Forger

Another memoir-turned-movie this season is Lee Israel’s witty Can You Ever Forgive Me? tells how the author decided to recover from a sour career turn by selling literary memorabilia by greats like Dorothy Parker and Lillian Hellman. The catch? It was all forged by Israel, who labored to create copy that sounded so like the original authors that experts across the country were fooled. The “barely repentant and witheringly funny” book (Amazon) was originally published in 2008, but has seen a renewal in sales thanks to the recent film adaptation starring Melissa McCarthy, who is nominated for her role as Israel. The screenplay was written by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, who won a Writers Guild Award for their work on the script this past weekend.

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