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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.

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January 14, 2012

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*This post updated January 24, 2012 to reflect the morning’s Academy Award nominations. Read the updates in bold.

There are numerous films, TV shows, and mini series nominated for Golden Globes this year. Check out our other posts for the best picture nominees (Academy Awards & Golden Globes): The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, The Ides of March, Moneyball, and War Horse. Here are the other nominated films based on books.

Steven Spielberg’s Golden Globe winning Best Animated Feature, The Adventures of Tintin, is based on a series of comic books following young Belgian reporter Tintin and his dog, Snowy. A series of 24 titles were published between 1929 and 1976 by Georges Remi, who wrote under the penname Hergé. The film is based on three titles: The Crab with the Golden Claws, The Secret of the Unicorn, and Red Rackham’s Treasure. Check out our collection of Tintin comics and many other graphic novels we have in stock. Tintin was not nominated for an Academy Award. Are you shocked at the snub?

Glenn Close is nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal of Albert Nobbs, a woman passing as a man in 19th-century Ireland. In 1918, Irish author George Moore published “The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs” as part of his short-story collection A Story-Teller’s Holiday. The story was long out of print until the movie brought it back into public awareness. Close also receive a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for the role.

Rooney Mara steps into Swedish actress Noomi Rapace’s piercings to play Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Mara is nominated for Best Actress. We have all three novels in Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy in stock. Mara has also received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for the role, where she will again complete with Close, as well as The Help‘s Viola Davis, Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher (this year’s Globe winner), and Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe (keep reading!).

Tilda Swinton is nominated for Best Actress for her role as the mother of a murderer in We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. The novel won the prestigious Orange Prize in 2005. Currently in-stock. Swinton was not nominated for an acting prize in this year’s Academy Awards. Are you disappointed she was overlooked? She won an Oscar for her intense performance in 2007’s Michael Clayton.

One of the nominees for Best Motion Picture – Comedy, My Week with Marilyn, is also based on a book. Colin Clark wrote about nine days he spent with Marilyn Monroe when he was a 23-year-old production assistant on Sir Laurence Olivier’s production of “The Prince and the Showgirl.” Read his diaries in the recently re-published book, in-stock this week. Plus, what do you think of Michelle Williams in her nominated performance as the titular bombshell? Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh are both nominated for Oscars for their role in this movie.

Read on for more info on Golden Globe-nominated TV shows and mini series based on books:

In TV land, more and more novels are being picked up for mini-series adaptations. Kate Winslet played Mildred Pierce on HBO this year, and it has earned her a Golden Globe nomination. The novel, and the HBO adaptation, are dramatically different from the Joan Crawford version. Read the book and find out. In-stock.

Another HBO production, Game of Thrones received multiple Globe nominations. Game of Thrones is based on the ongoing A Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin. Martin recently released A Dance with Dragons, the fifth book in the series, after a six-year wait. Fans are eagerly awaiting The Winds of Winter, scheduled to be published this year, although Martin’s frequent delays leave fans reluctant to hold their breath. You can read a sample of Winds on Martin’s website. We have all the books in the A Song of Ice and Fire saga in-stock.

So now you know about the books that inspired this year’s award-nominated movies. Which ones have you read? Tell us what you think in the comments!