The Academy Awards will be presented February 26, 2012 and six of the nine best picture nominations are based on books, which provides a great reading list.
Hugo, based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick was nominated for best picture, best director (Martin Scorsese), and best adapted screenplay (John Logan). When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.
Moneyball, based on the book by Michael Lewis, was nominated for best picture, best actor (Brad Pitt), best supporting actor (Jonah Hill), and best adapted screenplay (Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin). Moneyball explains how Billy Beene, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, is using a new kind of thinking to build a successful and winning baseball team without spending enormous sums of money.
The Descendants, based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings, was nominated for best picture, best director (Alexander Payne), best actor (George Clooney) and best adapted screenplay (Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon and Jim Rash). A descendant of royalty and one of the largest landowners in Hawaii, Matthew King struggles to deal with his out-of-control daughters, ten-year-old Scottie and seventeen-year-old Alex, as well as his comatose wife, whom they are about to remove from lifesupport.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, was nominated for best picture and best supporting actor (Max von Sydow). Oskar Schell, the 9-year-old son of a man killed in the World Trade Center attacks, searches the five boroughs of New York City for a lock that fits a key his father left behind.
The Help, based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett, was nominated for best picture and best actress (Viola Davis), and a pair of supporting actress nominations (Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer). Limited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, three women, including an African-American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend and a recently graduated white woman, team up for a clandestine project against a backdrop of the budding civil rights era.
War Horse, based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, was nominated for best picture. Joey the horse recalls his experiences growing up on an English farm, his struggle for survival as a cavalry horse during World War I, and his reunion with his beloved master.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, based on the novel by John Le Carre, was nominated for best actor (Gary Oldman) and best adapted screenplay (Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan). British agent George Smiley ferrets out a mole in the Secret Service and begins his epic game of international chess with his Soviet counterpart, an agent named Karla.
My Week With Marilyn, based on the book by Colin Clark, was nominated for best supporting actor (Kenneth Branagh) and best actress (Michelle Williams). Presents the author's diary accounts of the week he, an assistant on the set of the movie "The Prince and the Showgirl," bonded with Marilyn Monroe after she escaped the high-pressure set and toured the English countryside with him.
Albert Nobbs, based on the novella by George Moore, was nominated for best actress (Glenn Close) and best supporting actress (Janet McTeer). While working at a hotel as a waiter, Albert Nobbs must share his bed with an out-of-town laborer who discovers his secret.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, based on the novel by Stieg Larsson, was nominated for best actress (Rooney Mara). Forty years after the disappearance of Harriet Vanger from the secluded island owned by her powerful family, her uncle, convinced that she had been murdered by someone from her own deeply dysfunctional clan, hires journalist Mikael Blomqvist and Lisbeth Salander, an unconventional young hacker, to investigate.
Submitted by Jacki @ Central