More Oscar Contenders

They must be dancing a jig at Variety; the Academy has doubled the number of Best Picture Nominees (from 5 to 10), meaning more “for your consideration” ads.

This undoubtedly makes predictions easier and the L.A. Times takes an early stab at it in Doing the new Oscar math. Four of their five leading contenders come from books; below are their picks, in order by release date:

9/18 — The Informant

The L.A. Times says, “Steven Soderbergh directs Matt Damon in a movie that has echoes of previous nominees Michael Clayton and The Insider.”

Based on:

The Informant (Movie Tie-in Edition): A True Story
Kurt Eichenwald
Retail Price: $17.00
Paperback: 656 pages
Publisher: Broadway – (2009-08-11)
ISBN / EAN: 0767931254 / 9780767931250

10/2 — Shutter Island

L.A. Times says, “Martin Scorsese re-teams with Departed star Leonardo DiCaprio. Need we say more?”

Based on:

Shutter Island

Shutter Island
Dennis Lehane
Retail Price: $14.99
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial – (2009-09-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061898813 / 9780061898815

Also in mass market:

Shutter Island
Dennis Lehane
Retail Price: $7.99
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Harper – (2009-09-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061703257 / 9780061703256

12/11 — Invictus

L.A. Times says, “The only thing academy members love more than director Clint Eastwood is an inspirational biopic, in this case about Nelson Mandela.”

Based on:

Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation
John Carlin
Retail Price: $16.00
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics) – (2009-07-28)
ISBN / EAN: 0143115723 / 9780143115724

12/11 — The Lovely Bones

L.A. Times says, “Peter Jackson, best known for his The Lord of the Rings trilogy, takes a more traditionally academy-friendly turn with this adaptation of Alice Sebold’s huge bestseller.”
Based on: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (no tie-in listed yet).

Even the non-book-based leading contender has a literary background, however distant. It’s based on the musical which was based on the play that inspired  movie 8 1/2; Nine, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman and directed by Rob Marshall.

Other contenders include  Amelia, Precious and Julie & Julia.

Tie-in information is available for those movies in our Upcoming Movies — with tie-ins listings.

One Response to “More Oscar Contenders”

  1. Pat Fahrenthold Says:

    Movie contender,Julie & Julia, is also based on a book.

    Julie and Julia : 365 days, 524 recipes, 1 tiny apartment kitchen : how one girl risked her marriage, her job, and her sanity to master the art of living / Julie Powell.
    Publication Info. New York : Little, Brown, 2005.