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Monday, February 10, 2014

Book Inspired Oscar Nominations

I enjoy looking at how many of the movies that make it to the Oscars are based on books or short stories.  This year has a full slate of book-to-movie nominations and here is a listing for you reading pleasure.  Some are nominated for the lesser recognized awards, but they are still in the Oscars.

Contending for Best Picture are:

-  “12 Years a Slave” is based on the 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup, also nominated for Best Director for Steve McQueen, Best Supporting Actor for Michael Fassbender, Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o.

-  “Philomena” is drawn from the book "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee" by journalist Martin Sixsmith, and is also up for  Best Actress for Judi Dench.

-  “The Wolf of Wall Street” used two memoirs: "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "Catching the Wolf of Wall Street" each written by Jordan Belfort, and are also nominated for Best Director for Martin Scorsese, Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, and also Best Supporting Actor for Jonah Hill.

-  “Captain Phillips” is based on the memoir “A Captain’s Duty,”  written by the Captain Richard Phillips, which is also nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Barkhad Abdi.

-  “August: Osage County” which has Meryl Streep nominated for Best Actress and Julia Roberts for Best Supporting Actress, is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play August: Osage County by Tracy Letts.

Best Animated Feature nominees:  “Ernest & Celestine,” from various books for children written by author and artist Gabrielle Vincent.  “Frozen,” is based on the Hans Christian Andersen legend “The Snow Queen.”  “The Wind Rises” is based on the director Hayao Miyazaki’s manga, which was inspired by the book “The Wind Has Risen” by Tatsuo Hori.

Best Sound Editing nominees “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is of course based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novel "Hobbit" and “Lone Survivor” is based on the book of the same name by Marcus Luttrell.

Best Original Score has “The Book Thief,” which is based on the novel of the same name by Markus Zusak,

Of course The Great Gatsby movie was based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic and The Invisible Woman utilized a Charles Dickens biobraphy by Claire Tomalin are up for misc. awards.

What a bounty of books that were made into movies.  Have you read the book and also seen the movie of any of these nominees?  Please share your feelings about each. 

Original source:  Oscar nominations: Many films came from the page 

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Jo said...

The only one I've both read and watched the movie(s) for is The Hobbit. I recognized more of the book (with my poor memory) in The Incredible Journey than The Desolation of Smaug.

I've read The Great Gatsby. I intend to watch the movie at some point. Perhaps it will inspire more positive feelings. As of now I feel 'eh' about the story (it was a required high school read).

I've watched Frozen (but isn't the Hans Christian Andersen probably more gloomy?).

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