The Academy Awards took place Sunday. The nominees were particularly literary this year. Six of the nine best picture nominees were based on books: The Descendants, The Help, Moneyball, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Hugo and War Horse. Hugo, the film with the most nominations (11), was based on a children’s book, Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Even comics got their due: The Adventures of Tin Tin was based on Herge’s classic graphic novels and was nominated for Best Musical Score. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 even had three nominations: for Art Direction, Make-up and Visual Effects. Three of the five best actors nominated gave performances based on characters in a book - George Clooney for The Descendants, Brad Pitt for Moneyball and Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – as did all five of the best actress nominees – Viola Davis for The Help, Glenn Close for Albert Nobbs, Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady, Michelle Williams for My Week With Marilyn and Rooney Mara for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The Ridgefield Library has or can get all these books. Why not experience these Oscar nominated tales in their original, print form? You can even eat popcorn while reading them!
Contributed by Geri Diorio, Teen Services Librarian and Head of Children's Services