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How Many 2015 Academy Award Movies Began as Books?

Visit for red carpet highlights.

Visit for red carpet highlights.

Best Picture nominees based on or adapted from books include: American Sniper, The Immitation Game, The Theory of Everything, and Selma. According to The Paris Review, “The Grand Budapest Hotel, is based not just on one novel but on an entire oeuvre—that of Stefan Zweig, an Austrian writer whose work [Wes] Anderson has helped revive.”

A stroll through the other movies this year providing nominated performances and associated work becomes a walk through an orchard to fill a bushel basket of books. The Foxcatcher, Gone Girl, Wild, Still Alice, How to Train Your Dragon, The Boxtrolls, Unbroken.

Two Days One Night is one-off having been inspired by an academic case study, and Into the Woods traces it’s roots through the musical fantasy to the book inspired by classic fairytale stories woven together. Fairytales have strong showings Maleficent Ancient myths passed down to today get fair play as well as evidenced by The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (a folk tale) and Song of the Sea.

Now I wonder how many movies have subsequently turned into books? Into graphic novels? There’s a very long list as well.


Kristin King is an author, publisher and new US expat living in the Netherlands. Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and “Cain’s Coven,” and her latest novel in the Begotten Bloods Series is Death Taint.


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Posted by on March 10, 2015 in Beyond the Book


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Most Nominated Actors in 2015 Academy Awards

Photo credit Sipa Press/Rex via The Guardian.

Photo credit Sipa Press/Rex via The Guardian.

When I heard that Meryl Streep received another oscar nomination, I immediately wondered how many of those she’s had. So I looked it up–19! She’s won three times (so far) for “Kramer vs. Kramer” (based on a book) “Sophie’s Choice” (based on a book) and “The Iron Lady” (screen play based on Margaret Thatcher’s biography).

Who else has multiple nominations? Robert Duvall has the next most with 7 nominations and 1 win (so far) for “Tender Mercies.” As an octogenarian, Duvall also has the distinction of being the oldest supporting actor every nominated by the Academy.

Julianne Moore received her 5th nomination this year, and Bradley Cooper and Ethan Hawke each received their 4th nomination (according to Wikipedia which was updated with this year’s information). Cooper is on a run and notable because he’s been nominated 3 years in a row now.

Edward Norton garnered his 3rd nomination this year, but Marion Cotillard’s 3rd nomination is more noteworthy because it highlights the fact that she was the first and only actor (so far) to win an Academy Award for a performance in the French language.

Meanwhile Reese Witherspoon is 1-for-1 with her first nomination and win for “Walk the Line,” and I find myself hoping she’ll make it 2-for-2 with her portrayal of Cheryl Stayed who penned the real life survival story entitled “Wild” that my husband and I are currently reading.

Other return nominees include:

Laura Dern 2nd Nomination

Keira Knightley 2nd Nomination

Benedict_Cumberbatch 2nd Nomination

Mark Ruffalo 2nd Nomination

This is the first of a short series of posts this week leading up to the Academy Award’s Ceremony on ABC this Sunday, February 22nd at 7pm EST. For more information visit the Academy Awards 2015 homepage. Next up is the first time nominees.


Kristin King is an author, publisher and US expat living in the Netherlands. Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and the first novel in the  Begotten Bloods Series is “Cain’s Coven.

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Posted by on February 17, 2015 in Beyond the Book


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