Reading the Oscars

The 2013 Oscar Nominees have been announced. If you enjoy reading as much as movie watching (or more) here is a round up of books and other sources that inspired the current crop of best picture nominees.

The Movie: Argo
The Article: How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans From Tehran
Argo was inspired by an article by Joshuah Bearman that appeared in Wired Magazine in 2007. A new book, co-written by one of the CIA operatives involved in the rescue operation, was released just before the launch of the movie this past fall. The book is called Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio.

The Movie: Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Play: Juicy and Delicious
Lucy Alibar authored the one-act play Juicy and Delicious, and later adapted it for the film with friend and Director Benh Zeitlin. Read more about the adaptation here.

The Movie: Les Misérables
The Book: Les Misérables
The movie is based on the musical play which was based on the novel by Victor Hugo, first published in France in 1862.

The Movie: Life of Pi
The Book: Life of Pi
This 2001 novel by Yann Martel was a huge bestseller and won the Man Booker Prize.

The Movie: Lincoln
The Book: Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Spielberg’s film is based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s bestselling nonfiction book, Team of Rivals. Read about the adaptation and Goodwin's reaction to the film here.  

The Movie: The Silver Linings Playbook
The Book: The Silver Linings Playbook
When this novel by Matthew Quick came out in 2008, Publishers Weekly called it a "touching and funny debut" and Kirkus Reviews declared it "immensely likable".

Amour, Django Unchained, and Zero Dark Thirty are all original screenplays. In addition to receiving nominations for best picture, all three have been nominated for best original screenplay.

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Posted on 1/10/2013 by Christy Thomas, Librarian, Main Library


How wonderful! I had no idea

How wonderful! I had no idea about the 2007 Wired Magazine article inspiring Argo. Thanks for the context!

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