26 January 2011

Filmbook: Your Oscar Nominees Reading List

  • Charles Portis, TRUE GRIT (10 nominations, including Best Picture and a very young Best Supporting Actress)
  • Ben Mezrich, THE ACCIDENTAL BILLIONAIRES ("The Social Network," discussed here to death; 8 nominations including Best Picture)
  • Aron Ralston, BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE ("127 Hours," 6 nominations including Best Picture)
  • Daniel Woodrell, WINTER'S BONE (4 nominations including Best Picture)
  • David Lindsay-Abaire, "Rabbit Hole" (okay it's a play, but still -- 1 nomination)
  • Chuck Hogan, PRINCE OF THIEVES ("The Town," one nomination)

The ceremony is February 27 and the one book on this list I would really like to read despite having already seen the movie is TRUE GRIT. I looked, I waited for the library book, and... I threw caution to the winds.


Anonymous said...

Let us know how you like True Grit! ~Jen

Wade Garrett said...

True Grit has an unbelievably long waiting list at my library - 100 people or so, which is impressive for a 42 year-old novel, even one that was turned into a popular movie. Apparently whatever it is about the novel that has inspired us to read it has worked on other people as well.

Its interesting to think about people who read, say, The Blind Side after seeing the movie. Or any other book that was adapted into a film that changed significant portions of the story. In some ways its disappointing, in other ways, that is exactly why you read the book - because they are separate works of art with separate creators.