Well, the book was better…

February 22, 2013 at 5:01 pm 2 comments

The Oscars are being handed out this Sunday to the bright actors, writers, producers, and everyone involved in creating this year’s best movies. The staff at Book Culture has displayed the literary pieces that inspired some of the blockbusters.

It’s always exciting to see your favorite book being adapted for the silver screen. J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit or There and Back Again, the preface to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, has been nominated for Best Production Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Visual Effects. This is the first of three installments to the book, which is something that fans of Tolkien have had mixed responses about. Anna Karenina, Loe Tolstoy’s masterpiece of love, loss, and scandal in the life of a Russian aristocrat opened the door for magnificent costumes and music. It is not surprise this film is nominated for Best Cinematography, Costume Design, Original Score, and Production Design.  Les Miserables is tough competition, though. The film adapted from Victor Hugo’s classic novel is nominated for Best Picture, Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Production Design, Best Original Song, and Sound Mixing. Anna Hathaway is nominated for Best Supporting Actress and Hugh Jackman is nominated for Best Actor.

The movies nominated for Best Picture consist mainly of books adapted for film. Argo, Silver Lining’s Playbook, Lincoln, Life of Pi, Zero Dark Thirty, and Les Mis, create a very difficult decision for the Academy. These films are edgy, relevent, and beautiful. Doris Keanrs Goodwin’s book Team of Rival, adapted into the film “Lincoln” offers based-on-fact, insight into the struggle of President Abraham Lincoln’s term, and does not sacrifice artistry and quality in order to portray a story that will always capture an audience’s attention.

In any case, check out the display we have downstairs in front of the registers. We have all of the books that inspired Academy nominated films.

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  • 1. Cody (Bookseller)  |  February 23, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Okay, we cheated with Zero Dark Thirty…it’s just the screenplay.

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