Oscar Noms Based on Books

The weekend was filled with analyses of the Oscar nominees (winners will be announced on Feb. 24). One of the big surprises was the number of major nominations for the indie flick, Beasts of the Southern Wild. which is up for four categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress. The latter goes to Quvenzhane Wallis, the youngest person ever to be nominated (in a neat bit of symmetry, this category also includes the oldest person ever nominated, Emmanuelle Riva, 85, for Amour). Beasts is also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. It is based on the one-act play Juicy and Delicious, by Lucy Alibar (not the  short story by Doris Betts).

Pirates!Only one of the nominated films is based on a children’s book [UPDATE: one of our readers points out that, as much silly fun as they may be, Defoe’s books are published, reviewed and classified as adult. The film, however, is aimed at kids]. The Pirates! Band of Misfits is up for Best Animated Feature Film and faces some stiff competition, including Brave! which just won a Golden Globe Award. According to the Hollywood Reporter, director Peter Lord was taken by surprise by the nomination, saying, “I had kind of given up, you know? The movie came out in March, after all.”

The movie is based on the first two books from a series by British children’s author [see above], Gideon Defoe. Official Movie Web site: ThePirates-Movie.com. The movie tie-in (RH/Vintage) was released in April, 2012.

Following the jump, the full list of the other ten nominees based on books, with tie-ins:

Lincoln — Twelve nominations — Best Picture;  Best Director,  Steven Spielberg; Best Actor, Daniel Day Lewis; Best Supporting Actor, Tommy Lee Jones; Best Supporting Actress, Sally Field; Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Cinematography; Best Film Editing; Best Costume Design; Best Music (Original Score); Best Production Design; Best Sound Mixing

Based on latter part of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals

Official Movie Site: TheLincolnMovie.com


Team of Rivals: Lincoln Film Tie-in Edition
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Retail Price: $21.00
Paperback: 944 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster – (2012-10-16)
ISBN / EAN: 1451688091 / 9781451688092

Tie-in Audio – S&S Audio


Silver Linings Playbook — Eight nominations —  Best Picture; Best Director, David O. Russell; Best Actor, Bradley Cooper; Best Actress, Jennifer Lawrence; Best Supporting Actor, Robert De Niro; Best Supporting Actress, Jacki Weaver; Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Film Editing

Based on: The Silver Linings Playbook, first novel by Matthew Quick (FSG; Sep 2, 2008). Nancy Pearl selected it as one of Summer’s Best Books, 2009, on NPR


The Silver Linings Playbook [movie tie-in edition]l
Matthew Quick
Retail Price: $15.00
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books – (2012-10-16)
ISBN / EAN: 0374533571 / 9780374533571


Argo  — Seven nominations, including Best Picture; Best Supporting Actor, Alan Arkin; Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Film Editing; Best Music (Original Score); Best Sound Editing; Best Sound Mixing

Based on: “a selection from The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine article ‘The Great Escape,‘ by Joshuah Bearman.”

Related Title:  Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History, released in September (Viking) to coordinate with the move. It’s also available inaudio from Blackstone and downloadable audio through OverDrive.


Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History
Antonio Mendez, Matt Baglio
Retail Price:  $26.95
Kindle Edition: 320 pages
Publisher: Viking Adult – (2012-09-13)
ISBN / EAN: 0670026220 / 9780670026227

Life of Pi —  Eleven nominations —  Best Picture; Best Director, Ang Lee; Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Visual Effects; Best Cinematography; Best Film Editing; Best Music (Original Score); Best Music (Original Song), “Pi’s Lullaby”; Best Production Design; Best Sound Editing; Best Sound Mixing


Life of Pi (Movie Tie-In)
Yann Martel
Retail Price: $15.95
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Mariner Books – (2012-10-02)
ISBN / EAN: 0547848412 / 9780547848419

Audio CD:

Life of Pi
Yann Martel
Retail Price: $29.95
Audio CD:
Publisher: HighBridge Company – (2012-05-09)
ISBN / EAN: 1611748755 / 9781611748758

Behind-the-scenes book:

The Making of Life of Pi: A Film, a Journey
Jean-Christophe Castelli
Retail Price: $35.00
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Harper Design – (2012-10-30)
ISBN / EAN: 0062114131 / 9780062114136


Les Misérables — Eight nominations, including Best Picture; Best Actor, Hugh Jackman; Best Supporting Actress, Anne Hathaway; Best Costume Design; Best Makeup and Hairstyling; Best Music (Original Song), “Suddenly”; Best Production Design; Best Sound Mixing

Official Web Site: LesMiserablesFilm.com

Based on: Musical which is based on the novel by Victor Hugo


Les Miserables (Movie Tie-In)
Victor Hugo
Retail Price: $18.00
Paperback: 1232 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books – (2012-10-31)
ISBN / EAN: 0143123599 / 9780143123590


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey — Three nominations, including Best Visual Effects; Best Makeup and Hairstyling; Best Production Design

Official Site: TheHobbit.com

A second film, The Hobbit: There And Back Again is scheduled for release 7/18/14

Based on: Novel by J.R.R. Tolkien


The Hobbit (Movie Tie-In)
J.R.R. Tolkien
Retail Price: $13.95
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: HMH/Mariner Books – (2012-09-18)
ISBN / EAN: 0547844972 / 9780547844978

Also, RH/Del Rey mass market

In addition, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has released several related titles, including a behind-the-scenes book.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide
Brian Sibley
Retail Price: $14.95
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Mariner Books – (2012-11-06)
ISBN / EAN: 054789855X / 9780547898551


A Royal Affair — Best Foreign Feature; based on the Dais novel Prinsesse af blodet by Bodil Steensen-Leth


Kon-Tiki — Best Foreign Feature; based on, Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft by Thor Heyerdahl


Anna Karenina — Four nominations, including, Best Cinematography; Best Costume Design; Best Music (Original Score); Best Production Design

Official Site: FocusFeatures.com/Anna_Karenina

Based on: Novel by Leo Tolstoy


Anna Karenina: Official Tie-in Edition 
Leo Tolstoy
Retail Price: $12.95
Paperback: 976 pages
Publisher: Vintage – (2012-10-16)
ISBN / EAN: 0345803922 / 9780345803924

The screenplay, by Tom Stoppard, is also being released

Anna Karenina: The Screenplay
Tom Stoppard
Retail Price: $15.00
Paperback: 0 pages
Publisher: Random House Inc (T) – (2012-11-13)
ISBN / EAN: 0345805658 / 9780345805652


Hitchcock — Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Official Move Site: HitchcockTheMovie.com

Based on: Hitchcock!: Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello (Dembner Books,  Distributed by Norton, 1990, re-released by Soft Skull Press, 12/24/12)

Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho
Stephen Rebello
Retail Price: $16.95
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Soft Skull Press – (2013-01-15)
ISBN / EAN: 1593765118 / 9781593765118


One Response to “Oscar Noms Based on Books”

  1. Monica McAbee Says:

    I don’t think The Pirates: Band of Misfits is a children’s book. It was published & reviewed as adult. It’s silly, to be sure, but in a Monty Python kind of way that appeals more to adults.