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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

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close has received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Support Actor (Max von Sydow). The film also stars Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, and Thomas Horn as Oskal Schell. (Fun fact: Horn was discovered after appearing on Jeopardy! Kids Week.)

The book, by Jonathan Safran Foer, was published in 2005. The book has returned to the New York Times’ bestseller list after the release of the movie.

The movie wasn’t nominated for any Golden Globe or SAG awards. Are you surprised in its inclusion in the Oscars? If you’ve seen the movie, let us know how it compares to the book!

Another of Foer’s books, Everything is Illuminated, was adapted into a movie starring Elijah Wood.

February 14, 2011

Oscar-nominated Books

Even though many people argue that the movie is never as good as the book it is based on, many of the best movies are, in fact, based on books. Almost one-third of the films nominated for Academy Awards this year have literary source materials.

True GritThe Coen Brothers’ True Grit, the second-most nominated film after The King’s Speech, is based on a 1968 novel by Charles Portis. The Coen Brothers’ film hews more closely to the book than the 1969 adaptation starring John Wayne. Wayne did win an Academy Award for his role as Rooster Cogburn, though. Jeff Bridges is nominated this year for the same role.

Winter’s Bone is the film I’ll be rooting for in this year’s race. It is nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), and Best Actress for Jennifer Lawrence, who gives a powerhouse performance as a 16-year-old girl whose family’s future rests entirely on her shoulders. The movie was bleak, but riveting. When I saw it, I didn’t even know it was based on a book. Daniel Woodrell published Winter’s Bone in 2006. The film is also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Even one of the nominated animated feature films this year is based on a series of books. How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell started in 2003. There are currently eight books in the series. And one of the biggest pictures of the year, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, received only one nomination, for visual effects. Harry Potter is, of course, based on the phenomenal best-selling series by JK Rowling. If you didn’t know that, you’re in the wrong place (and have some catching up to do!)

Other movies were adapted from books, but the movies have different titles. Best Picture-nominee 127 Hours–aka that movie were James Franco cuts his arm off–is based on the real-life memoir Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston. Franco is nominated for Best Actor and the adapted screenplay by director Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy is also nominated.

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