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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

The Help

The Help has received many Academy Award nominations this year: Best Picture, and three acting awards: Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain, and Octavia Spencer.

Octavia Spencer won Best Supporting Actress for her glowing performance as Minnie Jackson in The Help.

The Help was nominated for many other Golden Globe awards, including Best Picture. Stars Viola Davis and Jessica Chastain were also nominated.

We barely need to talk about The Help, really. The movie held the number one spot for 25 days, the longest number one streak since The Sixth Sense in 1999. The book was so popular it stayed in hardcover for over two years, and the paperback continues to rest leisurely on its throne at the top of the best-seller charts.

If you have yet to get swallowed up in the hype, the book is worth your time. Not enough time to spare? Pick up the audiobook. It is a fabulous production. Even though it was recorded before the movie, the audiobook stars Octavia Spencer as Minnie, along with Jenna Lamia as Ms. Skeeter and Bahni Turpin as Aibileen.

Read the book and seen the film? Learn more about the author and read her book recommendations on her website.

At this time, the Book Cellar has used copies of both the hardcover and paperback of The Help, new copies of the paperback, and a used audiobook on CD.

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