Which was better: The movie or the book?
Sometimes the answer is one and the same. Classic example: Jackie Susann’s Valley of the Dolls, our all-time fave book and flick.
Movie mavens and film fans (they are not the same) and book lovers have about a month to choose . . . start reading and viewing before the Oscar ceremony on Sunday, February 26.
The question is even more relevant this year as six of the nine Best Picture Academy Award nominees are based on books–Hugo (which leads with 11 nominations), War Horse (6 nominations), Moneyball (6 nominations), The Descendants (5 nominations), The Help (4 nominations) and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2 nominations).
Further, a total of 20 nominated feature films (out of 46) have book tie-ins, ranging from novels to children’s books, to coffee-table books to screenplay books. This abundance of titles provides the opportunity to revisit beloved characters, delve into parts of the stories that didn’t make it to the screen or find out more about the Hollywood magic that brought these remarkable tales to life.
Here is a brief round-up of books tied to the films with the most Oscar nominations:
HUGO (11 nominations, including Best Picture)
The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick (Scholastic, $24.99)
The Hugo Movie Companion by Brian Selznick (Scholastic, $19.99)
Hugo: The Shooting Script (Newmarket Press/It Books, $19.99)
WAR HORSE (6 nominations, including Best Picture)
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo (Scholastic, $8.99 paperback)
War Horse: The Making of the Motion Picture (Newmarket Press/It Books, $34.99)
MONEYBALL (6 nominations, including Best Picture)
Moneyball by Michael Lewis (W.W. Norton, $15.95)
THE DESCENDANTS (5 nominations, including Best Picture)
The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings (Random House, $15.00)
THE HELP (4 nominations, including Best Picture)
The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Berkley, $16)
EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE (2 nominations, including Best Picture)
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (Mariner, $14.95)
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (5 nominations)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Vintage, $9.99)
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART (3 nominations)
Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey (Harper Design, $75.00)
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN (1 nomination)
ANONYMOUS (1 nomination)
ANONYMOUS: William Shakespeare Revealed(Newmarket Press/It Books, $22.95)
And the winners are . . .