Normally, I update this blog on Fridays. But I saved this particular post for Oscar Sunday! It was only recently brought to my attention that of the nine nominees for Best Picture, six of them are based on books. I’m no Oscar trivia buff, but I feel confident in saying that that doesn’t always happen. The following six movies are all book to movie adaptations that are up for the big win tonight:
1. Hugo (Based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick)
2. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Based on the book of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer)
3. The Help (Based on the book of the same name by Kathryn Stockett, which I have previously posted about)
4. Moneyball (Based on the book of the same name by Michael Lewis)
5. The Descendants (Based on the book of the same name by Kaui Hart Hemmings)
6. War Horse (Based on the book of the same name by Micha
Of those six movies, I have seen The Help and The Descendants. Of the books, I have read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Help. While the book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is one of my absolute favorites, I have yet to watch the movie. It is very common for books to be adapted to movies, but it is hard to make a movie that lives up to a favorite book. For this reason I have been hesitant to watch the movie adaptation of the book. Although The Artist is a favorite to win the coveted Best Picture Oscar, I am still rooting for one of the many book adaptations to take the title. It’s great to see that these books have been successfully translated from page to screen.
What about you? What movies are you rooting for in the Oscar race? The Academy Awards air tonight, so don’t forget to watch and find out who wins (or just check every news site in the morning)!