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Academy Award for best scene by a book

By Dave Rosenthal

1:17 PM EST, December 31, 2012

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After watching the movie "Silver Linings Playbook," which is sure to garner lots of Academy Award nominations, I thought we should create another category: Best scene by a book. (If you don't mind spoilers, you can get a taste of the scene in the preview for the movie.)

The works of Ernest Hemingway figure into the plot of the movie, about the unlikely romance of two troubled young people. And "A Farewell to Arms," makes a hilarious appearance -- and exit -- in one key scene. I promise that actor Bradley Cooper delivers the most animated and interesting book synopsis you've ever seen.

The movie itself -- like many of the best films of 2012 -- is drawn from a book: Matthew Quick's debut novel. Quick became a writer after a stint teaching American Lit and other subjects in high school -- where he battled some of the same mental health issues as the characters in his novel. "For our summer reading, sophomore year English, Mr. Quick had us read Jack Kerouac's On the Road," Jean Bentley, one of his former students at Haddonfield Memorial High, told the Philadelphis Inquirer. "And on the wall, the board, in class, he had written that quote: 'burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.' "

As for Quick's personal pantheon of authors, here's an excerpt from another interview: "Kurt Vonnegut is a hero of mine. He suffered from horrible depression and attempted to kill himself. Ernest Hemingway is a hero of mine, and we all know what happened to Ernest and the struggles that he had."