The Best Adapted Screenplay category honors screenplays based on previously published work. Most adapted screenplays are based on books or plays, but films considered adaptations also include those that are inspired by TV series or mini-series and those that are sequels to previous films.
This year's nominees:
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche, In The Loop: Adapted from the TV series The Thick of It. This is the 1st Oscar nomination for all four. They have also received a BAFTA nomination and won the New York Film Critics Circle Award.
Neill Blomcamp, Terri Tatchell, District 9: Adapted from the short film Alive in Joburgh. This is the 1st nomination for both Blomcamp and Tatchell, who also received nominations from the Golden Globes, Critics Choice and BAFTA.
Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious: As the unweildly full name of the film suggests, the film is adapted from the novel Push by Sapphire. This is the 1st nomination for Fletcher, who also has nominations from BAFTA, the Critics Choice, and the WGA.
Nick Hornby, An Education: Adapted from the memoir by Lynn Barber. This is the 1st nomination for Hornby, who also received BAFTA and Critics Choice Award nominations. He was not eligible to be nominated for the WGA due to one of those little, arbitrary rules.
Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner, Up In The Air: Adapted from the novel by Walter Kim. This is the 1st screenplay nomination for Reitman, who is also nominated for directing and producing Up In The Air; and the 1st nomination for Turner. They won the Critics Choice and Golden Globe Awards, in addition to many critics awards, and won the WGA and the BAFTA.