85th Academy Awards, 2013: Book Adaptations

The 85th Academy Awards feature a number of movies based on book adaptations! Request and read this selection of books that inspired the movies; all available from the Library.

The Pirates: Band of Misfits.
 Based on the first two books in the series, this movie is nominated for best animated feature film. Request and watch the movie and read the book (you can request them both from the Library).  Which do you prefer, the book or the movie?

Lincoln:  With twelve nominations, this movie is based on the latter part of  'Team of Rivals' by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

The debut novel 'The Silver Linings Playbook' by Matthew Quick has resulted in a movie adaptation nominated in numerous categories.   Australian Jackie Weaver is nominated for best supporting actress. Request the book from the Library and discover the original story behind the movie.


 The movie 'Argo' has been nominated for seven 
Academy  Awards.  Request the book, (released to tie in with the movie)  Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History by Antonio Mendez from the Library,  to discover some interesting and amazing details not found in the movie.

Winner of the 2002 Manbooker prize, 'Life of Pi' by Yann Martel is now a movie as well, with eleven nominations, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Visual Effects.  Request a copy of the book from the Library and tell us- did you  prefer the book or movie?

 A tale of injustice, heroism and love,  the latest movie adaptation of  the novel Les Miserables by Victor Hugo has eight nominations. Request and read the inspiration behind the movie (the book of course) from the Library. You can also request a copy of the movie  Les Miserables (2012).

 Nominated for three awards, 'The Hobbit-An unexpected journey' is just the first of three movies being adapted from the  much loved classic book 'The Hobbit- or There and back again' by J.R. R. Tolkien.  Request and read the original story from the Library!

Described by William Faulkner as the best novel ever written,  and by Fyodor Dostoevsky as 'Flawless', what other reasons do you need to request and read a copy of Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy? The movie adaptation has four nominations including:  Best Cinematography; Best Costume Design; Best Music (Original Score); Best Production Design Costumes.

'Hitchcock', is based on Alfred Hitchcock and the making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello. A non-fiction  book,  it details every aspect of the making of Hitchcock's famous 1960 thriller  Psycho (you can  request this movie from the Library!).

Kon-Tiki – Best Foreign Feature; based on Kon-Tiki: By raft across the South Seas  by Thor Heyerdahl. Request and read about this true chronicle of six men who undertook a daring journey across the Pacific to prove a theory.

 You can also request the movie - A Royal Affair nominated for Best Foreign Feature; based on the Dais novel Prinsesse af blodet by Bodil Steensen-Leth, from the Library.