I Read It at the Movies – Books as basis for Academy Award films

February 8, 2012 – 9:48 PM

Moneyball: the art of winning an unfair game, Michael Lewis (Non-fiction)
GV880 .L49 2003, Main and MLC
Nominations for Moneyball: Picture, Actor (Brad Pitt), Supporting Actor (Jonah Hill), Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Sound Mixing.

Billy Beane, the Oakland A’s general manager, is leading a revolution. Reinventing his team on a budget, he needs to outsmart the richer teams. He signs undervalued players whom the scouts consider flawed but who have a knack for getting on base, scoring runs, and winning games. Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball and a tale of the search for new baseball knowledge—insights that will give the little guy who is willing to discard old wisdom the edge over big money.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer
PS3606 .O38 E97 2005
Nominations received: Picture, Supporting Actor (Max von Sydow)

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.

War Horse, Michael Morpurgo (novel); War Horse, Nick Stafford (play)
Novel: GIL Express Play: PR6069.T1835 W37 2007
Nominations: Picture, Cinematography, Score, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing

In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey’s courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer’s son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?

The Descendants: A Novel, Kaui Hart Hemmings
PS3608 .E477 D47 2007
Nominations received by The Descendants: Picture, Best Actor (George Clooney), Director (Alexander Payne), Adapted Screenplay, Editing

Fortunes have changed for the King family, descendants of Hawaiian royalty and one of the state’s largest landowners. Matthew King’s daughters—Scottie, a feisty ten-year-old, and Alex, a seventeen-year-old recovering drug addict—are out of control, and their charismatic, thrill-seeking mother, Joanie, lies in a coma after a boat-racing accident. She will soon be taken off life support. As Matt gathers his wife’s friends and family to say their final goodbyes, a difficult situation is made worse by the sudden discovery that there’s one person who hasn’t been told: the man with whom Joanie had been having an affair. Forced to examine what they owe not only to the living but to the dead, Matt, Scottie, and Alex take to the road to find Joanie’s lover, on a memorable journey that leads to unforeseen humor, growth, and profound revelations.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, John Le Carré
PR6062 .E33 T56 1974
Nominations: Actor (Gary Oldman), Adapted Screenplay, Score

The first novel in John le Carré’s celebrated Karla trilogy, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a heart-stopping tale of international intrigue.

The man he knew as “Control” is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn’t quite ready for retirement-especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla-his Moscow Centre nemesis-and sets a trap to catch the traitor.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
PT9876.22 .A6933 M3613 2008
Nominations: Actress (Rooney Mara), Cinematography, Editing, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing

Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch–and there’s always a catch–is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson’s novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don’t want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.

In the Sewers of Lvov: the last sanctuary from the Holocaust, Robert Marshall (Non-fiction)
Repository DS135 .P62 L8 1990
Nominations for In Darkness: Foreign Film

When the Nazis set out to kill all the Jews in Lvov, a group of 21 people sought refuge in the Lvov city sewer system, where they hid for the next 14 months. They were helped by Leopold Socha, a Gentile who was a former petty criminal and a sewer worker. This book describes the group’s experience in hiding, and the life they faced when they finally emerged.

“The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs” in Celibate Lives, George Moore (novella)
PR5042 .C3 1927
Nominations: Actress (Glenn Close), Supporting Actress (Janet McTeer), Makeup

An  emotional and thought-provoking tale of a woman forced to live as a man in 19th Century Ireland. After thirty years of keeping up the charade, a new love threatens to destroy everything she’s worked so hard to build.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick
Juv Aaron Coll PZ7 .S4654 Inv 2007 (CML)
Nominations received by Hugo: Picture, Director (Martin Scorsese), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Costume, Score, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects.

Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo’s dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.

The Help, Kathryn Stockett
Leisure (Main): Y9757
Nominations received: Picture, Actress (Viola Davis), Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer)

Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who’s always taken orders quietly, but lately she’s unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She’s full of ambition, but without a husband, she’s considered a failure. Together, these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town…

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
PR4167 .J3 (multiple records)
Nominations: Costume

Immediately recognized as a masterpiece when it was first published in 1847, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is an extraordinary coming-of-age story featuring one of the most independent and strong-willed female protagonists in all of literature. Poor and plain, Jane Eyre begins life as a lonely orphan in the household of her hateful aunt. Despite the oppression she endures at home, and the later torture of boarding school, Jane manages to emerge with her spirit and integrity unbroken. She becomes a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she finds herself falling in love with her employer—the dark, impassioned Mr. Rochester. But an explosive secret tears apart their relationship, forcing Jane to face poverty and isolation once again.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling
Main Leisure: : Y9400, Science Leisure: YS5559, CML: Juv PZ7 .R79835 Hak 2007
Nominations for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2: Makeup, Visual Effects

A spectacular finish to a phenomenal series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a bittersweet read for fans. The journey is hard, filled with events both tragic and triumphant, the battlefield littered with the bodies of the dearest and despised, but the final chapter is as brilliant and blinding as a phoenix’s flame, and fans and skeptics alike will emerge from the confines of the story with full but heavy hearts, giddy and grateful for the experience.

Farragut North, Beau Willimon (play)
Nominations for The Ides of March: Adapted Screenplay

Loosely based on the 2004 Democratic primary campaign of Howard Dean, the play is billed as “a classic tale of hubris set against a contemporary landscape — about the lust for power and the costs one will endure to achieve it”. It is titled after Farragut North, a Washington Metro station, on the Red Line, which serves downtown Washington and is located just north of Farragut Square near Connecticut Avenue. Willimon titled the play for the Metrorail station located nearest the district’s center for think tanks, lobbyists, and advocacy groups.

Drive, James Sallis
Nominations: Sound Editing

Drive, the story of a man who works as a stunt driver by day and a getaway driver by night. He drives, that’s all—until he’s double-crossed. Powerful and stylistically brilliant, Drive has been hailed by critics as the “perfect piece of noir fiction” ( The New York Times Book Review) and an instant classic.

The Crab with the Golden Claws, The Secret of the Unicorn, and Red Rackham’s Treasure, by Hergé
Crab: GIL Express Unicorn: Folio NC1499 .R450 S43 1959 (CML) Treasure: NC1499 .R450 T73 1959 (CML)
Nominations for The Adventures of Tin Tin: Score

Tintin stumbles across a model ship at the Old Street Market. Only it isn’t any model ship–it holds a piece of the puzzle to finding the resting place of Red Rackham’s treasure! But Tintin isn’t the only ones after the notorious pirate’s booty. With dangerous treasure seekers at their heels, Tintin and his dog, Snowy, are on a high-stakes thrill ride, that takes them from land to sea, from open air to the ocean floor!

“Puss in Boots” by Charles Perrault
English: PZ8 .P426 Pu 1990 (CML) French: PQ1877 .A27 2009 Spanish: Juv PZ74 .B43 2004 (CML)
Nominations: Animated Film

A fairy tale about a cat who uses trickery and deceit to gain power, wealth, and the hand of a princess in marriage for his penniless and low-born master.

“Steel”  in Duel: Terror Stories, Richard Matheson (Short story)
GIL Express
Nominations for Real Steel: Visual Effects

Imagine a future in which the sport of boxing has gone high-tech. Human boxers have been replaced by massive humanoid robots. And former champions of flesh-and-blood are obsolete . . . .

The Prince, the Showgirl and Me: six months on the set with Marilyn and Olivier and My Week with Marilyn, Colin Clark
Prince: GIL Express, Week: ILL
Nominations for My Week with Marilyn: Best Actress (Michelle Williams), Best Supporting Actor (Kenneth Branagh)

In 1956, fresh from Oxford University, twenty-three-year-old Colin Clark began work as a lowly assistant on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl, the film that united Sir Laurence Olivier with Marilyn Monroe. The blonde bombshell and the legendary actor were ill suited from the start. Monroe, on honeymoon with her new husband, the celebrated playwright Arthur Miller, was insecure, often late, and heavily medicated on pills. Olivier, obsessively punctual, had no patience for Monroe and the production became chaotic. Clark recorded it all in two unforgettable diaries—the first a charming fly-on-the- wall account of life as a gofer on the set; the other a heartfelt, intimate, and astonishing remembrance of the week Clark spent escorting Monroe around England, earning the trust and affection of one of the most desirable women in the world.

  1. 3 Responses to “I Read It at the Movies – Books as basis for Academy Award films”

  2. I like Puss in Boots.

    By purnomosidhi on Mar 5, 2013

  3. Me too, Puss in Boots is hilarious!

    By Haardonut on May 10, 2013

  4. The girl with the dragon tattoo promised so much but delivered so little. A shame really.
    Neither the Hollywood nor the Swedish version did justice to the book IMHO.

    By Richie on Jul 17, 2013

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