Well well well, hello 2012 Oscar nominations and my, aren’t you looking rather bookish this year.
The Academy Awards: those elusive little buggers that every actor, director, producer and cinematographer covets. The Oscars celebrate the best of the best, revering talent, finesse and artistic innovation, boosting the careers of those lucky enough to win and serving the not-so-successful a serious dose of disappointment. When thinking of the Oscars, images of the red carpet, billion-dollar gowns, camera flashes, fierce competition, polite applause and long-winded speeches are usually conjured and, although there is certainly a lot more to this prestigious ceremony, form an accurate picture of what the Oscars mean to most of the non-showbiz population. What we don’t usually consider however, is, not what the Oscars say about actors, dressmakers and viewers, but what they say about books.
Of the nine Best Picture nominees this year, six are based on novels. SIX…that is two thirds of this year’s Best Picture nominees whose roots lie within the literary world. Quite obviously, those in bold font are those based on books:
- “The Artist” Thomas Langmann, Producer
- “The Descendants” Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
- “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” Scott Rudin, Producer
- “The Help” Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
- “Hugo” Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
- “Midnight in Paris” Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
- “Moneyball” Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
- “The Tree of Life” Nominees to be determined
- “War Horse” Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
A small triumph for bibliophiles as we infiltrate the film industry? Or a loss as our favourite stories are torn unceremoniously from their dust jackets and bastardized into loosely adapted film versions? I guess it depends on each individual case. Let me know what you think of this little Oscar phenomenon.