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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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If Beale Street Could Talk

Perhaps the most famous title on our list is If Beale Street Could Talk, written by acclaimed American writer James Baldwin, author of Notes of a Native Son, The Fire Next Time, and Giovanni’s Room. The novel follows a young engaged couple, Tish and Fonny, and the trials they endure when Fonny is falsely accused of rape. Writing for the New York Times, Joyce Carol Oates praised the “moving, painful story” in her review, writing that the novel is “a quite moving and very traditional celebration of love. It affirms not only love between a man and a woman, but love of a type that is dealt with only rarely in contemporary fiction – that between members of a family, which may involve extremes of sacrifice.” Barry Jenkins both directed the film adaptation and wrote the screenplay; previously, he won the Best Adapted Screenplay category in 2016 for Moonlight. 

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