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Who Made the Cut? Book Adaptations Nominated for Golden Globes

Last week, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the Golden Globe Nominations. Not surprisingly, twenty of the films and television shows nominated are based on books. Check out the full list of nominations based on books here!

Olive Kitteridege based on Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Nominated for:

Best TV Movie or Mini-Series

Best Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie (Frances McDormand)

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie (Bill Murray)

Why You Should Read It: Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize winning collection of short stories follow the residents of a small coastal Maine town. Olive links these stories together—and you’ll love her somewhat dismissive tone that actually is full of compassion.

Orange is the New Black based on Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Nominated for:

Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy

Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy (Taylor Schilling)

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie (Uzo Aduba)

Why You Should Read It: While you may be a big fan of the Netflix show, readers should definitely give Orange is the New Black (the book) a chance. The descriptive nature of Kerman’s memoir will give you a much deeper look into her life in a women’s prison.

House of Lies based on House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and The Tell You the Time by Martin Kihn

Nominated for:

Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy (Don Cheadle)

Why You Should Read It: Martin Kihn’s book on consulting argues that management consulting is all a conspiracy and that consultants are largely unqualified people solving problems that are probably not worth solving in the first case.

House of Cards based on House of Cards by Michael Dobbs

Nominated for:

Best TV Series, Drama

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama (Robin Wright)

Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy (Kevin Spacey)

Why You Should Read It: This novel has now been made into two television series—the one we all know on Netflix, and a BBC version. Written by a British Conservative politician, the novel is thrilling and encapsulates the world of politics and one man’s unstoppable goal of becoming Prime Minister.

Game of Thrones based on Game of Thrones (A Song Of Fire and Ice Series) by George R. R. Martin

Nominated for:

Best TV Series, Drama

Why You Should Read It: If you think the show is epic…just wait until you read the books. There are now five books in the fantasy series—which is planned to have seven books in total. The series follows many different people as they seek to claim the Iron Throne.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part I based on Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Nominated for:

Best Original Song—Motion Picture (Yellow Flicker Beat)

Why You Should Read It: While the movies are done well, there is nothing like getting all the action of the book. The third installment of The Hunger Games series (which you’ll only be seeing part of if you watch Mockingjay—Part I) follows Katniss in her final quest to defeat the Capitol.

Leviathan (Russian) and Noah based on The Bible

Nominated for:

Leviathan—Best Foreign Language Film

Noah—Best Original Song (Mercy Is)

Why You Should Read It: While both books are inspired by biblical events—we still think it’s worth noting. Leviathan is a sea monster referenced in the Old Testament, while Noah is mentioned throughout the bible (but predominately in Genesis) for building the ark.

The Imitation Game based on Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges

Nominated for:

Best Motion Picture, Drama

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama (Benedict Cumberbatch)

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Kiera Knightly)

Best Screenplay—Motion Picture (Graham Moore)

Best Original Score—Motion Picture (Alexandre Desplat)

Why You Should Read It: The intense true story of Alan Turing, the British man who is considered the father of computer science and artificial intelligence which saved the Allies from the Nazis, also details his struggle as a gay man in a society where homosexuality was considered a crime.

The Theory of Everything based on Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Hawking

Nominated for:

Best Motion Picture, Drama

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama (Felicity Jones)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama (Eddie Redmayne)

Best Original Score—Motion Picture (Jóhann Jóhannsson)

Why You Should Read It: Stephen Hawking’s first wife Jane gives readers an inside look at their marriage. Through her candidness discussing their complicated and at times painful relationship, this memoir exposes the personal life of the Hawking’s.

Gone Girl based on Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Nominated for:

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama (Rosamund Pike)

Best Director—Motion Picture (David Fincher)

Best Screenplay—Motion Picture (Gillian Flynn)

Best Original Score—Motion Picture (Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross)

Why You Should Read It: Gone Girl is thriller that will keep you up all night—in a good way. After Nick Dunne’s wife Amy goes missing, the police believe that he was involved. The fast-paced novel is well-written and very exciting through the last page.

Into the Woods based on The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales by Bruno Bettelheim

Nominated for:

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy (Emily Blunt)

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy (Meryl Streep)

Why You Should Read It: Into the Woods (the movie) is based on Into the Woods (the play); however, the play was inspired by Bettelheim’s Freudian analysis of fairytales. While seemingly an odd thing to do, his analysis was eye-opening as he suggested children interpret fairy-tales in their own way to get a greater sense of meaning.

Big Hero 6 (Disney) based on Big Hero 6 Comics by Marvel

Nominated for:

Best Animated Feature Film  

Why You Should Read It: The original Marvel comic books tell the story of a Japanese government-formed superhero team, Big Hero 6, who were created to be at their disposal. Thirteen-year old genius Hiro and his synthetic bodyguard Baymax join the team after Hiro’s mother is kidnapped. The adventure never ceases in this entertaining comic book.

The Boxtrolls based on Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow

Nominated for: 

Best Animated Feature Film

Why You Should Read It: This magical tale is perfect for children of all ages and follows Arthur and his adoptive grandfather William as they meet many boxtrolls who used to run a pet shop called Here Be Monsters!

How to Train Your Dragon 2 based on How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Nominated for: 

Best Animated Feature Film

Why You Should Read It: The fantasy series taking place in a fictional Viking world follows the extraordinary adventures of Hiccup as he and his tribe train Dragons as pets.

Inherent Vice based on Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

Nominated for:

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy (Joaquin Phoenix)

Why You Should Read It: Inherent Vice follows Doc Sportello as he investigates the kidnapping plot against his ex-girlfriend’s love–a billionaire land developer. The story takes readers back to 1970 that will make many feel nostalgic and others immersed in the culture.

The Hundred-Foot Journey based on The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

Nominated for: 

Best Actress in a Feature Film, Musical or Comedy (Helen Mirren)

Why You Should Read It: This culinary tale follows Hassan and his love of food and family. After opening his affordable Indian restaurant in a small village in the French alps, he infuriates the owner of an esteemed French restaurant, Madame Mallory. After she wages “culinary war”, she agrees to mentor Hassan–beginning a delightful friendship and story.

Wild based on Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Nominated for:

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama (Reese Witherspoon)

Why You Should Read It: After her mother’s death, Cheryl Strayed sets out on more than a thousand mile journey hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. In this funny and suspenseful memoir, Strayed recounts how her trek healed her.

Still Alice based on Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Nominated for:

Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Julianne Moore)

Why You Should Read It: At age 50, Harvard professor Alice Howland is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. This heartbreaking novel describers her desire to keep her life the same, while forgetting things in it.

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