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Ready? Read the Oscars!

The Academy Awards will be presented February 24, 2013 and five of the nine best picture nominations are based on books, which provides a great reading list.

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Lincoln, based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals, was nominated for best picture, best director (Steven Spielberg), best actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), best supporting actor (Tommy Lee Jones), best supporting actress (Sally Field), best adapted screenplay (Tony Kushner) and led the field with 12 nominations.


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Life of Pi, based on Yann Martel's novel, was nominated for best picture, best director (Ang Lee), best adapted screenplay (David Magee) and finished a close second with 11 total nominations. Possessing encyclopedia-like intelligence, unusual zookeeper's son Pi Patel sets sail for America, but when the ship sinks, he escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain.


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Silver Linings Playbook, based on the novel by Matthew Quick, was nominated for best picture, best director (David O. Russell), best actor (Bradley Cooper), best actress (Jennifer Lawrence), best supporting actor (Robert De Niro), best supporting actress (Jacki Weaver), best adapted screenplay (David O. Russell) and had eight nominations overall. Embracing a philosophy that life is a movie produced by God, neural health patient Pat Peoples endeavors to win back his estranged wife by making strategic sacrifices and coordinating their communications through a depressed widow.


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Les Miserables, based on the novel by Victor Hugo, was nominated for best picture, best actor (Hugh Jackman), best supporting actress (Anne Hathaway) and earned eight nominations. This tale follows the fortunes of Jean Valjean, an escaped convict determined to put his criminal past behind him.



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Argo, based on the book Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History, by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio, was nominated for best picture, best supporting actor (Alan Arkin), best adapted screenplay (Chris Terrio) and had seven nominations. An account of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis recalls how six of the intended American hostages escaped from Iranian militants and were rescued by the co-author and his unlikely team of CIA agents and Hollywood insiders during a high-risk mission in Tehran conducted in the guise of a movie scouting expedition.


Other multiple-nominations book-to-film adaptations include Anna Karenina in four categories and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in three.

Jacki @ Central

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