The Books Behind the Screen: Oscars 2018


The nominees for this year’s Oscars – AKA the 90th Academy Awards – are out! And like many iconic films, they were either inspired by books, or are now available in book form.

Here are 8 of them:

The Boss Baby, Nominee for Best Animated Feature

This junior novelization is a hilarious, take-charge retelling of the film. The Boss Baby had Tim’s parents wrapped around his chubby, little finger, but Tim knew that he was no ordinary baby. He held meetings, could talk, and was on a top-secret mission to stop Puppy Co. from coming out with the cutest puppy of all time and causing Baby Corp to go out of business!

Ferdinand, Nominee for Best Animated Feature

This 3D comedy-drama adventure is based on the 1963 work by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson, called The Story of Ferdinand. Like the movie, it tells the story of the titular bull who preferred smelling flowers over participating in bull fights.

Coco, Nominee for Best Animated Feature

Retelling Miguel’s adventure in the land of the dead, this junior novelization retells the whole exciting movie and features eight pages of full-color scenes from the film.

Call Me By Your Name, Nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay

Do you like it or love it? This coming-of-age tale has received widespread acclaim, and many agree that it’s worth the hype. It’s based on André Aciman’s 2007 novel of the same name, set in 1980s Italy and chronicling the short (and ultimately bittersweet) love affair between an 17-year-old American-Italian Jewish boy and a visiting 24-year-old American Jewish scholar.

Logan, Nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay

The final film (or is it?) where Hugh Jackman plays the fast-healing mutant, Logan is inspired by the dark, brooding, and tragic Old Man Logan  comics. Just like the film, it follows an older, weaker Wolverine and a seriously ill Professor X trying to protect a young mutant named Laura (who happens to be a clone of Wolverine) from a powerful organization experimenting with children.

Molly’s Game, Nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay

A sordid tale of high stakes, this is the true story of Molly Bloom. She walks you through her time running an exclusive high-stakes private poker game. Her clients ranged from iconic stars, like Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Affleck, to the most powerful and influential politicians and financial titans . they moved markets and changed the course of history. She shares how she thrived in a world then shrouded in glamour, privilege, and secrecy… until she met the one adversary she could not outsmart: the United States government.

The Disaster Artist, Nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay

“Oh hi, Mark.” If you got that reference, then you must have seen the 2003 film The Room. That independent drama film was written, produced, and directed by its lead star, Tommy Wiseau. The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made is the book written by Greg Sestero, one of the actors in The Room to share the troubled development of the cult film, and his relationship with Wiseau.

Dunkirk, Nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay

An inspiring story amidst the horrors of World War II, the film featured an ensemble cast and was written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. Dunkirk: The History Behind The Major Motion Picture provides greater insights as to how 300,000 trapped Allied troops were rescued by an extraordinary seaborne evacuation.

Which of these do you think will win?

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