Read the Oscar Nominees 2018

Read the Oscar Nominees 2018

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning!

I pay close attention to those, and have done an Oscar Prediction thing for decades. I’ll give you more information about that when we get closer.

It really felt like a tonal shift this year, with more recognition of “younger”, more popular, more genre titles. The Shape of Water and Get Out both got major nominations (for more information on that, see 2017 Oscar Noms in my The Measured Circle blog).

Both of those were original screenplays (by their directors…The Shape of Water was co-written), but there were still a lot of nominees based on books.

In this post, I’m going to tell you about those books…in case you want to read the book before (or even after) seeing the movie. 🙂

Call Me By Your Name (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)
novel by André Aciman
Oscar nominations: Best Picture; Best Actor (Timothée Chalamet); Adapted Screenplay (James Ivory); Original Song: The Mystery of Love by Sufjan Stevens
4.6 stars out of 5, 768 customer reviews, #356 paid in USA Kindle store
(USA Kindle store) publication date: January 22, 2008

All the Money in the World (AKA Painfully Rich) (at AmazonSmile*)
biography by John Pearson
Oscar nominations: Supporting Actor (Christopher Plummer)
4.1 stars, 74 reviews, #587 paid
publication date: December 1, 2011
Note: on sale at time of writing for $1.99

Mudbound (at AmazonSmile*)
by Hillary Jordan
Oscar nominations: Supporting Actress (Mary J. Blige); Adapted Screenplay (Dee Rees, Virgil Williams); Cinematography (Rachel Morrison); Original Song: Mighty River (Raphael Saadiq, Mary J. Blige, Taura Stinson)
4.5 stars, 851 reviews, #5,131 paid
publication date: March 4, 2008

Molly’s Game (at AmazonSmile*)
memoir by Molly Bloom
Oscar nominations: Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin)
4.4 stars, 231 reviews, #231 paid
publication date: June 24, 2014

The Disaster Artist (at AmazonSmile*)
Humor and entertainment by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell
Oscar nominations: Adapted Screenplay (Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber)
4.8 stars, 725 reviews, #8,189
publication date: October 1, 2013

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Blade Runner 2049 “based on characters” (at AmazonSmile*)
novel by Philip K. Dick
Oscar nominations: Cinematography (Roger Deakins); Sound Mixing (Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill, Mac Ruth); Sound Editing (Mark A. Mangini, Theo Green); Visual Effects (John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover); Production Design (Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola)
4.3 stars, 1385 review, #7261
publication date: February 26, 2008

Beauty and the Beast (at AmazonSmile*)
fiction by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve (note: stats will relate to this edition…this is the credited book, but it won’t have been this edition originally)
Oscar nominations: Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran); Production Design (Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer)
4.4 stars, 45 reviews, #155893
publication date (of this edition): February 4, 2014

Victoria & Abdul
history by Shrabani Basu
Oscar nominations: Costume Design (Consolata Boyle); Makeup and Hairstyling (Daniel Phillips, Loulia Sheppard)
4.0 stars, 55 reviews, #25305
publication date: August 29, 2017

(War for the) Planet of the Apes (at AmazonSmile*)
fiction by Pierre Boulle (don’t expect this to be much like the current set of movies…or the 1960s/1970s one. I always felt he 1968 screenplay by Rod Serling was a considerable improvement over the novel)
Oscar nominations: Visual Effects (Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon, Joel Whist)
4.5 stars, 248 reviews, #163748
publication date: April 13, 2011 (the original book was published in France in 1963)

Wonder (at AmazonSmile*)
fiction by R.J. Palacio
Oscar nominations: Makeup and Hairstyling (Arjen Tuiten)
4.9 stars, 12034 reviews, #472
publication date: February 14, 2012

Revolting Rhymes (at AmazonSmile*)
poetry by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake
Oscar nominations: Animated Short (Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer)
4.4 stars, 109 reviews, #405,210
publication date: September 13, 2016

(The Story of) Ferdinand (at AmazonSmile*)
children’s book by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson
Oscar nominations: Animated Feature (Carlos Saldanha)
4.7 stars, 1,416 reviews, #19450
publication date: June 30 1977 (original publication 1936)

The Boss Baby (at AmazonSmile*)
children’s book by Marla Frazee
Oscar nominations: Animated Feature (Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito)
4.7 stars, 187 reviews, #273739
publication date: November 14, 2011


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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! :) 

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.

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