Oscar’s Books

The movie industry has a long history of turning to the publishing world for creative inspiration and storylines (for example, see this post here for some great book to movie translations, and this from last year’s film festival). This year’s Oscar nominations are no exception*. These are just from the Best Film category!

The Accidental Billionaires, Ben Mezrich (The Social Network) “The high-energy tale of how two socially awkward Ivy Leaguers, trying to increase their chances with the opposite sex, ended up creating Facebook.” (Book jacket)

True Grit, Charles Portis (True Grit) – First published in 1968 in serial form. Fourteen year old Mattie sets out to find her father’s murderer, with the help of U S Marshal Rooster Cogburn (is there a better Western name than Rooster Cogburn?).

Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Aron Ralston (127 Hours) – more copies of the Film-tie in version are being ordered (you can reserve this version here, or you can take out a bestseller copy). The autobiography of mountaineer and public speaker Aron Ralston, which includes the hiking accident which became the subject of the film 127 Hours.

Winter’s Bone, Daniel Woodrell (Winter’s Bone) – note: this is the large print version of the book. “Amid the harsh landscape of the Ozark Hills, sixteen-year-old Ree is taking care of her mother and two brothers. Her father has put their house up as bail and if he doesn’t show up at court it’ll be sold from under them. To save her family she needs to track him down but in a community riven with long-running feuds getting answers isn’t easy.” (Summary from fishpond.co.nz)

The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy, Mark Logue and Peter Conradi (The King’s Speech) – “The King’s Speech is the previously untold story of the extraordinary relationship between Logue and the haunted young man who became King George VI, drawn from Logue’s unpublished personal diaries.” (Taken from the fishpond.co.nz summary)

For a full list of films and people nominated for Academy Awards this year (and to trawl around the Award database) visit the official site here.

As an aside and basically, obscurely, related for fans of Sigur Rós, you can view (in HD) the How To Train Your Dragon version of the video for ‘Sticks and Stones’ by Jónsi here. How to Train Your Dragon is nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature** and is based on the children’s novel by Cressida Cowell.

* We humbly acknowledge Tara_Librarian of Denver Public Library for her inspiration (and background digging) in an extensive post here (note the links point to the Denver catalogue).

** Plus the Boneknapper Dragon short on the DVD is ace.

Catching up on the Golden Globes

Today, in the first of the major entertainment award ceremonies of 2010, the ever popular Mad Men won best drama TV series and the 2009 hit, Glee, won best comedy series.  James Cameron‘s Avatar – partially made in Wellington – and The Hangover were the winners in the Best Film categories, with Cameron winning best director.

In the TV series (Drama) category,  Dexter wasn’t entirely shut out of the awards with Michael C Hall and John Lithgow (series 4 villain) winning best actor and best supporting actor respectively. Meanwhile, The Good Wife‘s Juliana Marguiles won the best actress (drama) category and Big Love‘s  Chloe Sevigny was thrilled to win best supporting actress – though annoyed that her dress had been stood on by the stage chaperone.

Comedy series favourite 30Rock won best supporting actor for Alec Baldwin who sadly couldn’t attend – meanwhile his colleague Tina Fey lost out to Toni Collette who won best actress for The United States of Tara.

Rounding out the main award winners, with an amazing retrospective of his work, was  Martin Scorsese – winner of the Cecil B. De Mille award.

Keen for more details?  Full details of the winners can be found on the Entertainment Weekly website.

It’s Oscar time again!

The nominations for this year’s Oscar contenders have just been released. (Full list available here)
Although most of the nominated films are yet to be released on DVD, we do have The Dark Knight featuring Heath Ledger in his Oscar nominated role as the Joker.

While waiting for the current round of nominated films to be released to DVD, why not take advantage of the Libraries’ new 4 for 3 DVD offer and check out some previous Oscar winning films.