Friday, February 19, 2016

Books Turned Oscar Nominated Movies

It's almost time for the Oscars, and I can't wait! I'm looking forward to seeing my favourite celebrities on the red carpet, and I'm excited to see who will win Best Actress, Best Actor, and Best Picture.

If you're like me and must read the book before you see the movie, you're in luck because this year, the number of Oscar nominated books is higher than usual, which means you still have time to read these great books turned Oscar nominated films before February 28th.

I was on CTV Ottawa Morning Live today chatting about the Oscars and which books-turned-movie have been given an Oscar nod. A very special thank you to Chapters-Indigo for always having the books I need for my segments and for always keeping me reading at home. If you're looking to pick up any of these great Oscar nominated books, head to Chapters-Indigo.

Best Picture: 

The Revenant: This novel by Michael Punke has been nominated for Best Picture and Leonardo DiCaprio is up for Best Actor—will this finally be his year to take home the Oscar? The Revenant has received 12 nominations for the 88th Academy Awards. It’s the story about a man's journey of survival and redemption, and a true cinematic experience. Read the book first, even though the movie is incredible, too.

Brooklyn: Brooklyn, by author Colm Toibin, is the best book I've read so far this year. Number of Oscar nods: Three. Best picture, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay. The book is about the life of an Irish immigrant and her new life in Brooklyn. It is a touching story and a beautiful love story—and love triangle—too.

Room: Room, written by Canadian author Emma Donoghue, is one of the best books of the year, even though it was published years ago. It's a very emotional read, about a mom who has been held captive for seven years, and it tells the story of her life with her son, who has never seen the outside world. Her love for her son is fierce, and the book touches on survival, and their escape from their prison as she strives to create a normal life for her son.

Best Actress:

Saoirse Ronan: If you were wonderingSaoirse is pronounced Sur-Sha. She's up for Best Actress for her portrayal of Eilis Lacey in Brooklyn. 

Cate Blanchett: A Best Actress nod for the always deserving Cate Blanchett comes as no surprise; her role as Carol is incredible. Carol is an upper-class woman in the 1950's, who embarks on a love affair with a girl named Therese, played by Rooney Mara. The book was written in 1952 by author Patricia Highsmith.

Brie Larson: Brie Larson does an incredible job in the very touching and emotional movie Room.

Best Actor: 

Eddie Redmayne: He's up for Best Actor for his role in The Danish Girl, written by David Ebershoff. This book/movie is about his transformation becoming a woman, and his experience being a transgender woman struggling with identity.

Michael Fassbender: Michael is up for Best Actor for his portrayal of Steve Jobs, and it's adapted from the book written by Walter Isaacson. The movie is about the life of Steve Jobs, and how he changed the world through technology. 

Matt Damon; The Martian is an entertaining, exciting book to read, and the movie will keep you on the edge of your seat, too. The Martian is about astronaut Mark Watney, who is presumed dead and left behind when a storm hits Mars, forcing his cremates to abandon their mission. Watney finds a way to survive under impossible circumstances and scientists around the world race against time to try to rescue him. The Martian is also up for Best Picture. 

Spotlight/Betrayal: This is a book written by Boston Globe reporters about the crisis in the Catholic Church. This book inspired the movie Spotlight, which is up for Best Picture. A truly emotional book, and movie. Mark Ruffalo is up for Best Supporting Actor, for his role as Mike Rezendes, reporter for The Boston Globe, who along with his team investigated the conspiracy surrounding the Catholic Church.

I hope you all find time to read these great books before Oscar night, and if not, head to the theatre to watch some of these great films. You won't be disappointed either way. 

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