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The Nominations For The 91st Academy Awards Have Been Announced and Book Adaptations Take the Lead!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences just released the nominations for this year’s Academy Awards, and book and graphic novel adaptations received their fair share of nominations.

 

Here are the literary adaptations that were nominated:

 

1. Black Panther – 7 nominations including Best Picture

 

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One of the highest-grossing and most popular films of 2018, this Marvel Comics film has become the first comic book adaptation to be nominated for Best Picture. It was also nominated for Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design and Best Costume Design.

 

2. BlacKkKlansman – 6 nominations including Best Picture

 

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Spike Lee’s latest “joint” is based on the memoir by Ron Stallworth, and tells the story about how he became the first black police officer in the Colorado Springs Police Department and used his position to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. This is the first time Spike Lee has ever been nominated for Best Director. The film was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Adam Driver, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score and Best Film Editing.

 

3. Mary Poppins Returns – 4 nominations

 

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P.L. Travers’ timeless classic was remade last year with Emily Blunt filling in for Julie Andrews as the title role. The musical received four nominations for Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Production Design and Best Costume Design.

 

4. First Man – 4 nominations

 

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This biopic about Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 mission to the moon is based on the biography First Man: The Life of Neil Armstrong by James R. Hansen. The film is up for Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design and Best Visual Effects.

 

5. Can You Ever Forgive Me – 3 nominations

 

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Melissa McCarthy earned her second Oscar nomination for this biopic based on the memoir of the same name by Lee Israel, which follows her life as she begins to make money forging letters from deceased actors and playwrights. The film was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and co-star Richard E. Grant was nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

 

6. If Beale Street Could Talk – 3 nominations

 

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Based on the James Baldwin novel of the same name, this drama film from the director of Moonlight follows a couple struggling to stay together when the man is falsely accused of a crime. It was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score, but Regina King’s performance as the mother of the accused has garnered the most attention and she is now the frontrunner for Best Supporting Actress.

 

7. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – 3 nominations

 

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This Netflix film from the Coen Brothers isn’t actually based on a novel, but rather on a series of short stories that the brothers wrote but never published. An anthology of six different Western stories, the film was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume Design and Best Original Song.

 

8. Mary Queen of Scots – 2 nominations

 

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Saoirse Ronan is the star of this biopic based on the biography Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart written by John Guy. Though it missed out on Best Picture, the film will be competing for Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

 

9. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse – 1 nomination for Best Animated Feature

 

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A new take on the classic Marvel Comics character, this animated superhero film tells the origin story of Miles Morales as he interacts with an older Peter Parker and a number of other “Spider-People” from various dimensions. This film has emerged as the frontrunner for Best Animated Feature

 

10. Border – 1 nomination for Best Makeup and Hairstyling

 

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This Swedish fantasy film about a customs officer with an unusual sense of smell was selected as Sweden’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film. While it wasn’t nominated in that category, it did receive one nomination for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. The film is based on a short story of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist. The story can be found in his collection Let The Old Dreams Die.

 

11. The Wife – 1 nomination for Best Actress

 

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Glenn Close is the frontrunner to win the Best Actress award for her role in The Wife, about a woman who confronts the sacrifices she has made in her life when her husband receives a literary award. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Meg Wolitzer. Catch our interview with Meg Wolitzer below!

 

 

12. Avengers: Infinity War – 1 nomination for Best Visual Effects

 

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The biggest Marvel Comics movie yet was only able to secure one nomination, but it seems fitting that it would be for Best Visual Effects.

 

13. Christopher Robin – 1 nomination for Best Visual Effects

 

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This new take on A.A. Milne’s classic characters takes them into the real world so they can help a grown-up Christopher Robin find his sense of imagination again. The CGI-versions of Pooh and his friends were nominated for Best Visual Effects.

 

14. Ready Player One – 1 nomination for Best Visual Effects

 

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Steven Spielberg’s latest adventure film, which takes place almost entirely inside a video game, is based on Ernest Cline’s novel of the same name and was nominated for Best Visual Effects.

 

 

Which adaptation do you hope wins?

 

 

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The Hate U Give

Check Out The New Teaser For ‘The Hate U Give’!

I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is one of the most important books of the last few years. I haven’t met anyone who was not moved by the book, often after staying up into the early hours of the morning just to finish it. Not to mention the fact that it’s still topping bestseller lists. We’ve known for a while now that a film adaptation of the book is in the works, but as of yesterday, we finally get our first look at the teaser!

 

The teaser actually premiered at VidCon, but since obviously not all of us could be at the con to see it, Angie Thomas herself shared in on Twitter last night. She also revealed that the full trailer will premiere this Sunday during the BET Awards. After that, everyone can watch it on the film’s official website.

 

Watch the trailer below and start getting excited. The Hate U Give hits theaters October 19!

 

 

 

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Ms. Marvel

Is a Riz Ahmed and Mindly Kaling ‘Ms. Marvel’ Movie in the Works?

There’s been a lot of buzz about a possible film adaptation of the Ms. Marvel comic book series, particularly since last week when Riz Ahmed tweeted Marvel Studios last week suggesting that he, Mindy Kaling, and Kumail Nanjiani are up for working on the screenplay. Obviously many fans are going crazy at this possibility (including the writer and co-creator of the series), so let’s take a look at what we know so far.

 

In an interview with the BBC, Avengers Infinity War producer Kevin Feige said, “Ms. Marvel… is definitely sort of in the works.” Okay, so that’s not the most reassuring statement, but he explained further that Marvel Studios will be able to introduce her after they introduce Captain Marvel to the world. If you’ve read the series, then you know that Ms. Marvel is really Kamala Khan, a Pakastani-American teenager who lives in New Jersey and is inspired by Carol Danvers, the current Captain Marvel and original Ms. Marvel, so it makes sense to postpone the character’s cinematic debut until after Captain Marvel hits theaters next year.

 

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There’s no word yet on who might play the title character. Some are speculating that Priyanka Chopra is the most likely candidate for the role, particularly since she already has voiced the character in the mobile video game Marvel Avengers Academy. However, other fans feel that a younger actress who is of Pakistani heritage should get the role as that is more in keeping with the original character.

 

Regardless of who ends up writing the script or is chosen to play Ms. Marvel, all fans are in agreement that it is past time for the character to get her own movie. She is the first mainstream Muslim superhero, and as a teenager living in the twenty-first century, she is able to appeal to a new, younger generation of superhero fans. Plus, if her story does hit the big screen, it will also be Marvel’s second female-led film.

 

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Here’s hoping that the studio will listen to Ms. Marvel’s admirers and create an adaptation that does justice to the character. In the meantime, if you haven’t already, you really should read the comic books. You can find the first one here on Amazon.

 

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’’s Elizabeth Moss to Star in ‘Shirley’

Elizabeth Moss has been in plenty of Shirley Jackson adaptations, including The Lottery, but she’ll become the author herself in her newest film. Alongside Michael Stuhlbarg, Moss will star in Shirley, based off the 2014 novel by Susan Scarf Merrell that follows a graduate student and his wife who move in with Jackson and her husband, Stanley Edgar Hyman.

 

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The film is set to be directed by Josephine Decker with the screenplay written by Sarah Gubbins. There is no estimated release date for Shirley yet, but filming is scheduled to start this summer. 

 

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American Animals

American Animals, the True Story of a College-Based Book Heist Premieres at Sundance

Books and archival prints, a librarian held hostage, and an attempt to sell the stolen goods in the New York auction world. The theatrical plot of the very real Transylvania University book heist in 2004 has premiered in film form at Sundance and is now headed towards local theaters. 

 

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American Animals follows four college-aged men who hatch a plan to steal a first edition of Charles Darwin’s On The Origin of Species along with sketches by John James Audubon from their university library. Along with these two notable thefts, they also stole an illuminated manuscript from 1425 and a set of two 15th century horticulture books called Hortus Sanitatis. The heist in total amassed almost $800,000 worth of stolen goods. 

 

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The movie, which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, stars Evan Peters (American Horror Story, X-Men series) and Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk, The Killing of a Sacred Deer). 

 

American Animals is set to hit theaters June 1st, 2018. 

 

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