Michael Lewis on Moneyball’s Journey From Best-Seller to Oscar Nominee

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Feb. 24 2012 6:50 AM

The Inside Story of Making Moneyball

Author Michael Lewis dishes on Billy Beane’s reaction to the movie that almost wasn’t made.

Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis

Justin Hoch.

Moneyball, the movie adaption of Michael Lewis’ best-selling book, is nominated for six Oscars, including best picture.  A remarkable showing considering the film almost didn’t get made.

On the brink of this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, Lewis tells Jacob Weisberg why he thought his baseball book would never work as a movie, and he describes the real-life protagonist Billy Beane’s reaction to seeing himself portrayed on the big screen by Brad Pitt.

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