Quite a few of the films nominated to win an Oscar at the 84th Academy Awards this Sunday, February 26, 2012, started out as books:
Book Description: Matthew King was once considered one of the most fortunate men in Hawaii. His missionary ancestors were financially and culturally progressive – one even married a Hawaiian princess, making Matt a royal descendant and one of the state’s largest landowners. Now his luck has changed. His two daughters are out of control and his wife, Joanie, lies in a coma after a boat-racing accident and will soon be taken off life support. The Kings can hardly picture life without her, but as they come to terms with this tragedy, their sadness is mixed with a sense of freedom that shames them – and spurs them into surprising actions.
The film is nominated for Best Movie, Best Actor (George Clooney), Best Writing (Adaptation), Best Director (Alexander Payne).
Book Description: 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 traces the breach back to Karla-his Moscow Centre nemesis-and sets a trap to catch the traitor.
The film is nominated for Best Actor (Gary Oldman), Best Music (Original Score), Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Book Description: 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 film “Hugo” is nominated for Best Movie, Best Director (Martin Scorsese), Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design
Book Description: 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.
The film is nominated for Best Movie, Best Actor (Brad Pitt), Best Supporting Actor (Jonah Hill), Best Sound Mixing, Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
War Horse by Michael Morpugo
Book Description: 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 film is nominated for: Best Movie, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Music (Original Score), Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing
Other book based films nominated for awards this year:
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer)for Best Movie, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Max von Sydow)
The Help (based on the book by Kathryn Stockett) for Best Picture, Best Actress (Viola Davis), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Octavia Spencer)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (based on the book by Stieg Larsson) for Best Actress (Rooney Mara), Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound Editing
The winners will be announced this Sunday, February 26, 2012 during the awards ceremonies to be televised beginning at 7PM Eastern Time. You can see the complete list of all of this year’s nominees at the official site of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
-posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services