Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Great Academy Award Reads

I was really struck this year by how many of the movies that were nominated for Oscars were based on really good books.

Just check out this list:So often the movie never matches the experience of reading the book, or vice versa. But just looking at this list makes me think that the movie makers did a wonderful job this past year. Nearly all the books on this list were great films, in most cases matching the book's power to captivate imaginations.


Anonymous said...

A book worth adding to your list (and the libraries holdings) is: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. It was a fun piece of Historical Fiction; meticulously researched by author Ron Hansen.

It is a wonderful, yet overlooked, film with an Oscar-nominated performance by Casey Affleck. The pitch-perfect score is haunting, mesmerizing, and was worthy of an Oscar nod, as well.