2014 Oscar-Nominated Films Based on Books

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Making movies is about telling great stories, and where else to get those stories than from books? Every year, there are several Oscar-nominated films that are based on books, and 2014 is no exception. Here are some of this year’s nominations and the books that inspired them:

 American Hustle. With 10 nominations, this film about the 1970s mastermind Mel Weinberg is loosely based on the book The Sting Man by Robert W. Greene. It was interesting to see the work of a conman in the film, and I’m sure it would be just as interesting to get inside his head in the book version.

Twelve Years a Slave. Following American Hustle with 9 nominations, this story narrating the life of Solomon Northrup is based on his 1853 memoir of the same title. It’s not only a fascinating story, but an important one, and hopefully the film has drawn attention to Northrup’s writing.

 The Wolf of Wall Street. Leonardo DiCaprio stars in this film about Jordan Belfort’s rise and fall in the financial world of New York City. The film was inspired by Belfort’s own book chronicling his experience. Hopefully Leo has a happier ending at the Oscars than he did in the movie.

Captain Phillips. Adapted from the book A Captain’s Duty, this film stars Tom Hanks as a captain  struggling to regain control of his cargo ship after it is hijacked off the coast of Africa. Judging from the movie, the book is sure to be an action-packed page turner.

Frozen. This one is a bit of a stretch, but Disney’s latest hit is said to have been based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Snow Queen.” There are a lot of differences between the two, but I guess Frozen does have a lot of snow in it, and that snow is caused by a queen.

These are just a few of this year’s Oscar nominees that were based on books. Which were your favorites, and which book-turned-movie are you looking forward to in the coming year? I can’t wait to see The Fault In Our Stars and Gone Girl!


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