Had Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island been released in October as originally planned, perhaps FIU-grad Dennis Lehane would have had a third movie based on one of his novels up for an Academy Award.
His novel Mystic River was adapted by Clint Eastwood into a six-time nominated film. Gone, Baby, Gone, another movie based on one of his novels, scored a nomination for supporting actress Amy Ryan. Of course, there's always the 2011 awards.
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Shutter Island, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, is based on Lehane's 2003 novel of the same name in which two U.S. Marshals investigate the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane on a remote island. Lehane served as an executive producer.
Lehane wrote the novel just two years after completing a master's degree in creative writing at Florida International University in 2001. He also attended Eckerd University in St. Petersburg, and has gone on to teach at Harvard.