Which books were the 2020 Oscar adapted screenplay nominees based on?

Only three of the five screenplays were based on traditional books this year, with the remaining contenders being adapted from a comic and an unproduced play.

Little Women 

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel Little Women – originally published in 1868 – has seen a number of screen adaptations over the years, including a silent film version in both 1917 and 1918, the first sound adaptation in 1933 (starring Katherine Hepburn as Jo), the first color adaptation in 1949 (starring a young Elizabeth Taylor as Amy), and a star-studded adaptation in 1994 featuring Claire Danes, Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst, among others. Greta Gerwig is the latest to take on Alcott’s work, serving as both writer and director on the film (and, notably, as the only female screenwriter in the Adapted Screenplay category). 

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