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Book adaptations are big winners at Oscars

To find the inspiration behind the actors, actresses and others who hoisted Oscars last night, look no further than the works in your nearest library, bookstore or e-reader. The big winners were drawn from characters in adaptations that ranged from a mid-19th Century novel to modern magazine articles. It's another sign that the lifeblood of the movie industry is not glitz and glamour, but rather the imagination of an author toiling alone at a kitchen table.

Here is a look at some notable winners, and the works that led to the movie. 

-- Director: Ang Lee for "Life of Pi," from the Yann Martel novel about spirituality.

-- Best actor: Daniel Day Lewis in "Lincoln," drawn from "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

-- Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook," from Matthew Quick's debut novel.

-- Best Picture: "Argo," drawn from Joshuah Bearman's article "Escape from Tehran." It also generated a tie-in, "Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History," by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio.

-- Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway in "Les Miserables," adapted from Victor Hugo's novel.

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