85th Academy Awards – The Oscars – The Adaptations

It’s that time of year again, when Hollywood celebrates it’s own achievements.  Yes, it’s The Oscars (or the 85th Academy Awards).  As usual, many of the films up for awards are book adaptations, so I thought it would be worth having a look at some of them.

 Life of Pi (by Yann Martel) is variously described as indescribable, and unclassifiable.  It has also been described as un-filmable, but I think many screenwriters these days simply take that as a challenge.  The book was rejected many times before finally being published, but the movie has drawn instant acclaim and already won a slew of awards.  Many of those awards are technical in nature, because the film looks incredible, with sublime special effects.  At the Oscars, the movie is again up for several technical awards, as well as Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as giving Ang Lee a shot at Best Director.

 I’m a little confused about Argo, it’s either based on The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA by Antonio J. Mendez and Malcolm McConnell, or it could be based on Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio, or maybe it’s a mix of both.  I’m not sure if the latter book was actually written alongside the screenplay or not.  Anyway, the film (directed and starring Ben Affleck) is up for or helping to provide a good number of awards this year, including Best Picture, Supporting Actor, Editing, Music, and Adapted Screenplay.

 Despite my initial expectation that Lincoln was just based on history, it turns out to be based on Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln written by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  Again, up in multiple categories including Best Picture, I suspect this will be the vehicle for an Oscar win, in Actor in a Leading Role, for Daniel Day-Lewis.  You read it here first folks.

 The Silver Linings Playbook is adapted from the debut novel (of the same name) written by Matthew Quick.  In loose terms, it’s a romantic comedy, but is also realistic look at the challenges thrown up mental health, both for sufferers and those around them.  This film is up in Best Picture, but also gives many of the cast a chance at acting honours in all four of the categories (supporting and leading actor and actress).

 Technically, Les Misérables is based on the musical.  But since the musical is based on the book, it’s in the list!  Also up in the Best Picture category, it will be a miracle if it wins.  There have been 9 or 10 musical winners of Best Picture, the last being Chicago in 2002, and the one before that was Oliver! in 1968 – as you can see, it’s going to be a challenge.

 Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (or Pirates! Band of Misfits! in America), is loosely based on the book of the same (UK) name by Gideon Defoe.  In line for Best Animated Feature Film, it’s actually pretty good.  I recommend the film, but I’ve never read the book!

There may be other films in the various categories adapted from books (Beasts of the Southern Wild is adapted from a play, so I didn’t include it, likewise The Sessions is adapted from an essay), but those are the ones that jump out at me most.  Enjoy!

Books we can’t wait for this year!

This is by no means a comprehensive list of releases this year, just ones we are particularly looking forwards to.  I’m sure there are others we’ve forgotten and new authors that we will discover along the way.  As you can see, between Tracey and I, we have a pretty eclectic taste in books 😉

January

 A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (Wheel of Time Book #14)
Don’t Want to Miss A Thing by Jill Mansell
Dream Eyes by Jayne Ann Krentz (Dark Legacy #2)
Ice Forged by Gail Z Martin (Ascendant Kindoms Saga #1)
Angel’s Flight by Nalini Singh (A Guild Hunter Collection)
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah Maclean (The Rules of Scoundrels #2)
The Zombie Whisperer by Jessie Petersen (Living with the Dead #4)
Ever After by Kim Harrison (The Hollows #11)
Fortress Frontier by Myke Cole (Shadow Ops #2)

February

A French Affair by Katie Fforde
The Daylight War by Peter V Brett (The Demon Cycle #3)
Calculated in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #36)
Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner
Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian (Midnight Breed #11)
The Queen is Dead  by Kate Locke (Immortal Empire #2)
Crystal Cove by Lisa Kleypas
Devil’s Due by Rachel Caine (Red Letter Days #2)
Hellhole Awakening by Kevin J Anderson and Brian Herbert (Hellhole #2)
Forged in Flame by Michael R Hicks (In Her Name: The First Empress #2)
Lord of Darkness by Elizabeth Hoyt (Maiden Lane #5)
Cloak & Silence by Sherrilyn Kenyon (The League #5.5, unconfirmed release date)
The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines #3)
The Coldest War by Ian Tregillis (The Milkweed Triptych #2)

March

Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb (The Rain Wild Chronicles #4)
And Then She Fell by Stephanie Laurens (Cynster Sisters #4)
 Lover at Last by J.R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood #11)
Immortal Ever After by Lynsay Sands (Argeneau Vampires #18)
Poppet by Mo Hayder (Jack Caffery #6)
Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #7)
Shadow of Freedom by David Weber (Honor Harrington #18)
Wild Invitation by Nalini Singh (A Psy/Changeling Collection)
Kitty Rocks the House by Carrie Vaughn (Kitty Norville #11)
Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #12)
Written in Red by Anne Bishop (A Novel of the Others)

April

The Rising by Kelley Armstrong (Darkness Rising #3)
The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After by Julia Quinn
Inferno by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Chronicles of Nick #4)
Whisky Beach by Nora Roberts
Necessary Evil by Ian Tregillis (Milkweed Triptych #3)
Hot Blooded by Amanda Carlson (Jessica McClain #2)

May

Once Upon A Tower By Eloisa James (Happy Ever After #5)
Forever by Jacquelyn Frank (World of Nightwalkers #2)
Fall of Night by Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires #14)
 Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey (Expanse #3)
Leopard’s Prey by Christine Feehan (Leopard People #6)
Eternal Demon by Laura Wright (Mark of the Vampire #5)
The Tyrant’s Law by Daniel Abraham (Dagger and the Coin #3)
Magician’s End by Raymond E. Feist (Riftwar Cycle)

June

The Sum of all Kisses by Julia Quinn (Smythe-Smith #3)
Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch (Rivers of London #4)
Darkness Unmasked by Keri Arthur (Dark Angels #5)
The City by Stella Gemmell

July

The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh by Stephanie Laurens (Cynster Sisters #5)
 My Notorious Gentleman by Gaelen Foley (Inferno Club #6)
Rise of the Gryphon by Sherrilyn Kenyon & Dianna Love (Belador #4)
Daughter of Blood by Helen Lowe (Wall of Night #3)
Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #5)

August

Omens by Kelley Armstrong (Cainsville #1)
Terminated by Rachel Caine (Revivalist #3)
Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark Hunter #18)
Posession by Kat Richardson (Greywalker #8)

September

 Chosen by Benedict Jacka (Alex Verus #4)
Thankless in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #37)

October

The Arrangement by Mary Balogh (Survivor’s Club #2)
Tempt the Stars by Karen Chance (Cassie Palmer #6)
Bound by Night by Larissa Ione
Cold Blooded by Amanda Carlson (Jessica McClain #3)

November

Daylighters by Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires #15)
Dark Witch by Nora Roberts
Eternal Sin by Laura Wright (Mark of the Vampire #6)

December

Born of Fury by Sherrilyn Kenyon (The League #6)

Phew!  It’s going to be a busy and entertaining year 😀