2015 Read the Oscar nominees

2015 Read the Oscar nominees

Certainly, movies were big drivers of book sales in 2014.

If we extend the influence outside of Adapted Screenplay, there are quite a few books on which Oscar-nominated movies were based (I am only including ones where this specific book was credited…there might be several well-known books on a historical figure, or unofficial inspirations of fictional works):

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)
by Chris Kyle
4.5 stars out of 5, 5977 customer reviews
Nominations (6): Best Picture, Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Adapted Screenplay (Jason Hall), Editing, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing

Alan Turing: The Enigma (at AmazonSmile*)
Movie: The Imitation Game
by Andrew Hodges
3.7 stars, 99 reviews
Nominations (8): Best Picture, Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), Supporting Actress (Keira Knightley), Director (Morten Tyldum), Adapted Screenplay (Graham Moore), Editing, Production Design, Score

The Collected Stories of Stefan Zweig (at AmazonSmile*)
Movie: The Grand Budapest Hotel
by Stefan Zweig
4.6 stars, 28 reviews
Note: the movie is “inspired by the writings of” Zweig, according to the credit…it isn’t directly based on this book
Nominations (9): Best Picture, Director (Wes Anderson), Original Screenplay (Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness), Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Costume, Makeup and Hairstyling, Score

Travelling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen (at AmazonSmile*)
Movie: The Theory of Everything
by Jane Hawking
4 stars, 68 reviews
Available in Kindle Unlimited
Nominations (5): Best Picture, Actor (Eddie Redmayne), Actress (Felicity Jones), Adapted Screenplay (Anthony McCarten), Score

Gone Girl (at AmazonSmile*)
by Gillian Flynn
3.9 stars, 39195 reviews
Nominations (1): Actress (Rosamund Pike)

Still Alice (link not provided since the publisher has blocked text-to-speech access**)
by Lisa Genova
4.7 stars, 2013 reviews
Nominations (1): Actress (Julianne Moore)

Wild (at AmazonSmile*)
by Cheryl Strayed
4.3 stars, 7271 reviews
Nominations (2): Actress (Reese Witherspoon), Supporting Actress (Laura Dern)

Into the Woods (at AmazonSmile*)
by James Lapine (book), Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics)
4.8 stars, 48 reviews
Nominations (3): Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep), Production Design, Costume Design

Inherent Vice (at AmazonSmile*)
by Thomas Pynchon
3.7 stars, 222 reviews
Nominations (2): Adapted Screenplay (Paul Thomas Anderson), Costume

Note: I wanted to get this out this morning, so from here on down this will be a much more simplified listing. That is not intended to indicate anything about the nominees (including whether or not text-to-speech has been blocked). If I get a chance, I’ll add links later).

Here Be Monsters!
by Alan Snow
Movie: The Boxtrolls
Nominations (1): Animated Feature

Big Hero Six
based on Marvel Comics
Nominations (1): Animated Feature

How To Train Your Dragon
by Cressida Cowell
Movie: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Nominations (1): Animated Feature

by Laura Hillenbrand
Nominations (3): Cinematography, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing

La Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty)
by Charles Perrault
Movie: Maleficent
Nominations (1): Costume Design

Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel Comics
Nominations (2): Makeup and Hairstyling, Visual Effects

The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Movie: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Nominations (1): Sound Editing

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Marvel Comics
Nominations (1): Visual Effects

La Planète des Singes (The Planet of the Apes)
by Pierre Boulle
Movie: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Nominations (1): Visual Effects

X-Men: Days of Future Past
Marvel Comics
Nominations (1): Visual Effects


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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

** A Kindle with text-to-speech can read any text downloaded to it…unless that access is blocked by the publisher inserting code into the file to prevent it. That’s why you can have the device read personal documents to you (I’ve done that). I believe that this sort of access blocking disproportionately disadvantages the disabled, although I also believe it is legal (provided that there is at least one accessible version of each e-book available, however, that one can require a certification of disability). For that reason, I don’t deliberately link to books which block TTS access here (although it may happen accidentally, particularly if the access is blocked after I’ve linked it). I do believe this is a personal decision, and there  are legitimate arguments for purchasing those books. 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.


3 Responses to “2015 Read the Oscar nominees”

  1. kriscalvin Says:

    I love this post, thanks!

  2. Today’s KDD: Love the Movie? Read the Book ($2.99 or less each) | I Love My Kindle Says:

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