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January 24, 2012

Oscar-nominated Books 2012

The 2012 Academy Award nominations were announced this morning. As far as movies based on books go, the Best Picture race looks a lot like that of this year’s Golden Globes. Just replace Ides of March with Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. (There are also three movies not based on books, but who cares about those?)

Click a poster below to learn about the book your favorite film in this year’s Oscar race is based on.


Best Adapted Screenplay

Golden Globe best picture nominee The Ides of March is nominated for a best adapted screenplay Academy Award. Alongside it are best picture nominees The Descendants, Hugo, and Moneyball, as well as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

And the rest…

Rooney Mara received a Best Actress nomination for playing Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Glenn Close also received a Best Actress nom for her role as a woman pretending to be a man in Albert Nobbs.

Michelle Williams and Kenneth Brannagh were both nominated for their roles in My Week with Marilyn.

Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin, based on the comics by Herge, was not nominated for Best Animated Feature!

Learn about these books (and a couple more you might enjoy) on our previous post on this year’s Golden Globe awards.

January 24, 2012

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has received Academy Award nominations for Best Actor, Gary Oldman, and Best Adapted Screenplay, Bridget O’ Connor and Peter Straughan.

O’Connor and Straughan adapted their screenplay from John le Carre’s thriller of the same name. O’Connor also adapted The Men Who Stare at Goats from the book by Jon Ronson. That 2009 movie starred George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Ewan McGregor, and some goats.

Many of le Carre’s books have been adapted into film. Most recently 2005’s The Constant Gardner, for which Rachel Weisz won an Oscar. Tinker Tailor… was even a 1979 mini-series produced by the BBC.

If you’re local, the Wilton Town Hall Theater is scheduled to start playing Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy on Friday, January 27. If you’re not local, it’s worth the trip!