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This year's Oscar nominated... books

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As proud Sacramentans, we’re eager to see Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird take home a well-earned Academy Award. Her chances look good with Oscar nods in three separate categories — Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Director.
But just as our fair city inspired Greta’s work, a few other nominated films were inspired by some of the books on our must-read lists. Which one(s) have you read/seen? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter

Mudbound book


This Netflix original was adapted from the novel of the same name, by Hillary Jordan. It tells the story of two men — one black, one white — who return to Mississippi after World War II to discover that their ideas about race have been dramatically altered. Mary J. Blige has received accolades for her performance and is nominated for Best Supporting Actress. 

Nominated for: Best Supporting Actress, Cinematography, Original Song and Best Adapted Screenplay

 Disaster Artist book

The Disaster Artist

Adapted from the book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made, by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell. It goes behind the scenes of the making of The Room, a notorious flop directed by Tommy Wiseau released in 2003.
Nominated for: Best Adapted Screenplay

Call Me By Your Name book
Call Me by Your Name

From André Aciman's novel of the same name, the film explores an affair between a teenage boy and a summer guest at his parents’ Italian villa, which will mark them both forever. Nominated for Best Actor for his role in this film, Timothée Chalamet also stars in Lady Bird.
Nominated for: Best Actor, Original Song and Best Adapted Screenplay

Darkest Hour book
Darkest Hour

Based on the book Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink, by Anthony McCarten, that tells the story of Churchill rallying his nation to fight a ferocious enemy and bowing to pressure to appease Hitler during the early days of World War II. The film stars Gary Oldman, who is nominated for Best Actor. He is utterly unrecognizable in the role of Churchill.
Nominated for: Best Actor, Cinematography, Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Production Design.  

Molly's Game book
Molly’s Game

Adapted from the book Molly's Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker, by Molly Bloom. The film stars Sacramento native Jessica Chastain and highlights Molly’s entrance into the world of underground, high-stakes poker to her arrest by the FBI. Aaron Sorkin received a nod for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Nominated for: Best Adapted Screenplay

All the Money in the World book
All the Money in the World 

From Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty by John Pearson. The film tells the story of Getty, who refused to rescue his kidnapped grandson, despite the pleas of the boy's impoverished mother. This work can be found under the reissued title All the Money in the World. Christopher Plummer gives a star turn as J. Paul Getty.
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actor for Christopher Plummer

Personal History book
The Post

This film may have been inspired by several books, including All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein, A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures by Ben Bradlee and Personal History by Katharine Graham. The movie recounts the release of the infamous Pentagon Papers and serves as a testament to the importance of a free press.
Nominated for: Best Actress for Meryl Streep

Librarian Barrie Olmstead
Barrie Olmstead
 has worked for the Sacramento Public Library since 2006, first as a teen/adult librarian at the Arden-Dimick Library, and as the adult materials selector for the past seven years. She is an avid reader and writes reviews for the local publication Ardent for Life as well as Library Journal.

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