Now that "Rabbit Hole" has a formidable distributor (Lionsgate), there's talk of the screen adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play being nominated for best picture.
So far only two plays that won the Pulitzer were adapted into movies that won best picture at the Oscars. One was "You Can't Take It With You" (1937). What was the other? To see the answer, click on the "Continue Reading" link below.
ANSWER: "Driving Miss Daisy" won the Pulitzer in 1988 and was transferred to the screen one year later, starring Jessica Tandy in the role originated by Dana Ivey when the play opened Off Broadway at the John Houseman Theatre in 1987. That first production won the Obie Award. Morgan Freeman initiated the stage role of chauffeur Hoke Colburn and went on to portray it on film. At the Oscars, "Driving Miss Daisy" was nominated for nine prizes, and won four, including best actress for Tandy. Freeman was nominated for best actor, but lost to Daniel Day-Lewis ("My Left Foot"). Strangely, "Driving Miss Daisy" wasn't nominated for best director (Bruce Beresford) even though it won best pic.
Photos: "Man for All Seasons" (Columbia), "Driving Miss Daisy" (Warner Bros.), "West Side Story" (United Artists), "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (United Artists)
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