AN adaptation of Scottish writer Alasdair Gray’s novel Poor Things has received numerous Oscar nominations, including for Best Picture.

The film sparked debate in Scotland after it was revealed that, unlike the novel, it was not set in Glasgow.

Director Yorgos Lanthimos also received criticism for his failure to include any Scottish actors on the main cast.

However, the film has also been praised for drawing more attention to Gray’s work – including by former first minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Earlier this month, the film won two Golden Globes – one for best musical or comedy and another for the performance of Emma Stone, who emerged victorious in the best female actor in a musical or comedy category.

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Now, it has received numerous Oscar nominations and is in the running to cause upset to blockbusters such as Oppenheimer and Barbie.

Mark Ruffalo was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role while Stone received a nod for her performance as Bella Baxter in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category.

Lanthimos was nominated for Best Director and the film is also in the running for the top award of the night - Best Picture.

After winning at the Golden Globes, Stone said the experience of playing Baxter was “unbelievable”.

The National: Poor Things stars (from L to R): Mark Ruffalo, Emma Stone and Willem DafoePoor Things stars (from L to R): Mark Ruffalo, Emma Stone and Willem Dafoe (Image: Jonathan Brady)

“I see this as a rom-com,” she said.

“Bella falls in love with life itself, rather than a person. She accepts the good, that really made me look at life differently, that all of it counts, all of it is important…this means the world to me”.

Oppenheimer leads the Oscar nominations with a total of 13, with Poor Things coming in second with 11.

Barbie, meanwhile, sits on eight after Margot Robbie failed to receive a nomination for her leading role in the film.