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Nominated screenplays cover diverse topics

Jan. 23, 2007 at 12:54 PM

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- A British television character and a Hong Kong thriller provided plots for two films nominated Tuesday in the Academy Award's adapted screenplay group.

"Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" is dedicated to a character from the British satire "Da Ali G Show" and portrayed by actor and screenplay writer Sacha Baron Cohen.

"The Departed" is a remake of the popular Hong Kong crime thriller Infernal Affairs, originally made in 2002.

British author P.D. James provided fodder for "The Children of Men," a novel set on 2021 and centers on the results of mass infertility.

"Little Children" is based on a novel by Tom Perrotta, about an upper-middle class Boston suburb, focusing on the affair of two characters.

The 2003 novel "Notes on a Scandal" was the basis for the Oscar nominee of the same name. The novel by Zoe Heller is about a female teacher at a London school who has an affair with an underage student.

Nominees in the original screenplay category are "Babel," "Letters from Iwo Jima," "Little Miss Sunshine," "Pan's Labyrinth" and "The Queen."

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