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Actually, the screenplay was written by Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson, but they were blacklisted at the time. So Boulle accepted the Oscar for Best Screenplay even though he didn't speak -- much less write -- English.

Foreman and Wilson's names were added to the Oscar in 1984.
 

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Actually, the screenplay was written by Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson, but they were blacklisted at the time. So Boulle accepted the Oscar for Best Screenplay even though he didn't speak -- much less write -- English.

Foreman and Wilson's names were added to the Oscar in 1984.
Yes, but the original book was written by Boulle, five years before the film. Same as in Planet of the Apes, where he wrote the book, and it was later turned in a film - he didn't write the screenplay there either.
 
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