I know everyone is excited about Sunday’s 83rd Academy Awards, but let’s all put down our office pools and ignore our favorite celebrity fashion websites for a minute so we can talk about the books represented at the ceremony.
For booklovers, the most anticipated category may be Best Adapted Screenplay. This year, the nominees are:
- 127 Hours, based on the book Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston and adapted by Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy
- The Social Network, based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich and adapted by Aaron Sorkin
- True Grit, based on the novel by Charles Portis and adapted by Joel and Ethan Coen
- Winter’s Bone, based on a novel by Daniel Woodrell and adapted by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellin
- Toy Story 3, which isn’t based on a book, but is considered an “Adapted Screenplay” because it’s a sequel and is based on the previous Toy Story movies
I’m placing bets on True Grit—the house where I grew up is less than a mile and a half from Charles Portis’ apartment building, and I always root for the home team.
The BookPage staff has been divided over Winter’s Bone—an adaptation Trisha called one of the best movies she watched in 2010, although other co-workers are less enthusiastic. Whether you liked the movie or not, you can probably agree that Little, Brown’s Mulholland Books is happy. In April, they’re publishing Daniel Woodrell’s The Bayou Trilogy.
Which movie based on a book do you think will win Best Adapted Screenplay on Sunday?