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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 15, 2012

The Books Behind This Year’s Golden Globe Nominated Films

The Golden Globe awards are tonight. All six of this year’s Golden Globe-nominated Best Dramas are based on books (well, one is a play, but it’s available in print). A couple are based on literary titans that are hard to miss–namely The Help and Hugo, based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Others you might not know they were based on books unless you do a little research. If you liked the movie, you’ll probably like the book–maybe like it more than the film.

Let’s explore this year’s Golden Globe nominated films and the books they are based on. Click a poster to learn more.

...and the rest

January 14, 2012

Farragut North

The Ides of March received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Beau Willimon, the original playwright. Ides is based on the play Farragut North by Beau Willimon. Farragut North is loosely based on Howard Dean‘s 2004 primary campaign. The original production starred Chris Noth and Chris Pine, among others.

There’s a Redbox outside the Nashua Book Cellar. Rent The Ides of March before award night! And pick up a copy of the play here to compare.

The Ides of March, a George Clooney-directed picture, also stars Ryan Gosling, who was nominated for a Best Actor Golden Globe

Check out our other blog posts to learn more about The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Moneyball, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, War Horse, and the rest!

January 14, 2012

The Descendants

The Descendants is nominated for Best Picture in this year’s Academy Awards. It has also received Oscar nods for Best Actor, George Clooney; Best Director, Alexander Payne (who also directed Sideways, based on the book by Rex Pickett); and Best Adapated Screenplay, Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (who plays the hilarious Dean Pelton on NBC’s Community).

The Descendants  has won the Golden Globes’ top honor, Best Motion Picture – Drama as well as an acting win for George Clooney.

It was also nominated for Best Support Actress, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.

Watch the trailer and learn more about the movie at the website for The Descendants.

The nominated screenplay was adapted from first novel of the same name by Kaui Hart Hemmings. Have you read the book? How does it compare to the award-winning film?

If you’re interested in learning more about Hawaiian history and culture, we also recommend Sarah Vowell’s Unfamiliar Fishes.

We have Unfamiliar Fishes and The Descendants in stock.

Check out our other blog posts to learn more about Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, The Ides of March, Moneyball, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, War Horse, and the rest!