Academy Awards night is Sunday, March 2, and we invite you to participate by entering our Oscar contest. The person who selects the most winners across all categories will win two movie tickets donated by the Southside Mall Cinema (for use Mondays through Thursdays and not for 3D movies). The Oscar ballot will be available at the library beginning Monday, Feb. 3. The last day to submit your completed ballot is Saturday, March 1.
The Oscars are all about movies, but this year according to the Barnes and Noble blog, four of the nine nominees for Best Picture were adapted from books. Try reading “The Wolf of Wall Street” by Jordan Belfort, “12 Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup, “A Captain’s Duty” by Richard Phillips for the movie “Captain Phillips,” and “Philomena: a mother, her son, and a fifty-year search” by Martin Sixsmith Lee for the movie “Philomena.”
There are numerous examples of books that became award winning movies. Margaret Mitchel’s “Gone with the Wind” is still No. 1 in the U.S. box office charts and won 10 Academy Awards. The Disney adaptation of “Mary Poppins” was nominated for 13 Oscars. “Terms of Endearment” by Larry McMurtry was the winner of the “big five” Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress.
For direct links to the movies and trailers, check out our Pinterest page where we are celebrating one of the most glamorous shows of the year by displaying books about the Academy Awards, Oscar winning actors/films and books about films. Roll out the red carpet, put on your best sweats and curl up with one of these amazing books.
Check out our January Board: And the Award goes to….Oscar Themed Books!
In 2014, there are numerous books that will be released as movies. The movies will be fun to watch but rarely is the movie better than the book. In my opinion, the only movie that compares to the quality of a book is “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. The book was published in 1960 and remains a favorite of mine and many others to this day. The following is a list of books you should read before going to the movies:
1. “Labor Day” by Joyce Maynard; Starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.
2. “The Monuments Men” by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter; Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman and Bill Murray.
3. “Winter’s Tale” by Mark Helprin; Starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay and Russell Crowe.
4. “Vampire Academy” by Richelle Mead; Starring Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry and Sarah Hyland.
5. “A Long Way Down” by Nick Hornby; Starring Aaron Paul, Rosamund Pike, Imogen Poots and Pierce Brosnan.
6. “Divergent” by Veronica Roth; Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet.
7. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green; Starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.
8. “The Hundred-Foot Journey” by Richard C. Morais; Starring Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal.
9. “The Giver” by Lois Lowry; Starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgård and Taylor Swift.
10. “Dark Places” by Gillian Flynn; Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, Charlize Theron and Christina Hendricks.
11. “This is Where I Leave You” by Jonathan Tropper; Starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey.
12. “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner; Starring Dylan O’Brien and Kaya Scodelario.
13. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn; Starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike
14. “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand; Directed by Angelina Jolie, starring Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney and Domhnall Gleeson.
15. “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed; Starring Reese Witherspoon.
16. “Serena” by Ron Rash; Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.
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Tina Winstead is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Monday. Her columns can be found online at www.thedailystar.com/librarycorner.