“Grand Budapest Hotel” inspired by Austrian Novelist Stefan Zweig


Although none of the eight films that are up for an Academy Award for Best Picture this year are based on novels, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel owes a debt to the writings of Austrian novelist Stefan Zweig. Anderson freely admits to having “stole” parts of Zweig’s novels Beware of the Pity and The Post-Office Girl, as well as from the author’s own life.

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All the Best Picture Winners That Are Based on Novels


Of the 85 films since 1928 that have won an Oscar for Best Picture, more than a third have been based on novels or short stories (and one novella). Here’s the complete list:


Best Pictures Based on Novels

2008 – “Slumdog Millionaire” (novel by Vikas Swarup)
2007 – “No Country for Old Men” (novel by Cormac McCarthy) 
2004 – “Million Dollar Baby” (short story by F.X. Toole)
2003 – “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (novel by J.R. Tolkien)
1994 – “Forrest Gump” (novel by Winston Groom)
1991 – “The Silence of the Lambs” (novel by Thomas Harris)
1990 – “Dances With Wolves” (novel by Michael Blake)
1983 – “Terms of Endearment” (novel by Larry McMurtry)
1980 – “Ordinary People” (novel by Judith Guest)
1979 – “Kramer vs. Kramer” (novel by Avery Corman)
1975 – “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (novel by Ken Kesey)
1974 – “The Godfather Part II” (novel by Mario Puzo)
1972 – “The Godfather” (novel by Mario Puzo)
1969 – “Midnight Cowboy” (novel by James Leo Herlihy)
1968 – “Oliver!” (novel by Charles Dickens)
1967 – “In the Heat of the Night” (novel by John Ball)
1963 – “Tom Jones” (novel by Henry Fielding)
1959 – “Ben-Hur” (novel by Lew Wallace)
1958 – “Gigi” (novella by Colette)
1957 – “The Bridge on the River Kwai” (novel by Pierre Boulle)
1956 – “Around the World in 80 Days” (novel by Jules Verne)
1953 – “From Here to Eternity” (novel by James Jones)
1949 – “All the Kings Men” (novel by Robert Penn Warren)
1947 – “Gentleman’s Agreement” (novel by Laura Z. Hobson)
1946 – “The Best Years of Our Lives” (novel by MacKinlay Kantor)
1945 – “The Lost Weekend” (novel by Charles R. Jackson)
1941 – “How Green Was My Valley” (novel by Richard Llewellyn)
1940 – “Rebecca” (novel by Daphne Du Maurier)
1939 – “Gone with the Wind” (novel by Margaret Mitchell)
1935 – “Mutiny on the Bounty” (novel by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall)
1934 – “It Happened One Night” (short story by Samuel Hopkins Adams)
1931 – “Cimarron” (novel by Edna Ferber)
1930 – “All Quiet on the Western Front” (novel by Erich Maria Remarque)