Golden Globes Go Literary!

From Shelf Awareness:

Books had a solid showing at the Golden Globes on Sunday.   Many of the nominated and winning films were based on books, which you will find available at your friendly San Diego County Library.  Check out the list–and enjoy!

The Descendants, based on the book by Kaui Hart Hemmings, won best drama motion picture and best actor (George Clooney).

Hemmings follows Matt King and his daughters, precocious 10-year-old Scottie and temperamental 17-year-old Alex, in the aftermath of his wife’s involvement in a boating accident that leaves her in a coma. While she tenaciously hangs on, Matt and his daughters tentatively navigate the uncharted waters of life-without-Mom. Reeling from the discovery that his wife had been having an affair, Matt considers his two out-of-control daughters and realizes that he’s failed as both a husband and father. Evincing a sublimely mature style and beguiling command of theme and setting, Hemmings’ virtuoso performance offers a piquantly tender and winsomely comic portrait of a singular family’s revealing response to tragedy.  (Booklist)

Other winners involving films and series that began with books were:

Best director: Martin Scorsese for Hugo, based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

 Selznick’s “novel in words and pictures,” an intriguing mystery set in 1930s Paris about an orphan, a salvaged clockwork invention, and a celebrated filmmaker, resuscitates an anemic genre–the illustrated novel–and takes it to a whole new level.    (Booklist)      

The Hugo Movie Companion : a behind the scenes look at how a beloved book became a major motion picture by Brian Selznick ; with additional material by Martin Scorsese and David Serlin ; photography by Jaap Buitendijk

 Selznick opens with stage-setting comments on his characters and inspirations, then goes on to introduce 40 people involved in the project, from director Scorsese to the actors, set designers, script writer, technical staff and even an “On Set Magician.”   (Booklist)

Best animated feature film: The Adventures of Tintin, based on the graphic novels by Hergé

 When Tintin and his dog Snowy investigate a secret message, Tintin is kidnapped and taken aboard a ship, where he meets Captain Haddock, a descendant of the man who wrote the message, and together they set out to find a treasure.     

The Adventures of Tintin : A Novel  by  Herge and Alex Irvine

This Tintin story is a Junior Novelization of the same Tintin story.   When Tintin and his dog Snowy investigate a secret message, Tintin is kidnapped and taken aboard a ship, where he meets Captain Haddock, a descendant of the man who wrote the message, and together they set out to find a treasure.

Best actress in a comedy or musical: Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn , based on the book by Colin Clark

My Week with Marilyn [electronic resource] / Colin Clark

At the age of 23, the author served as a gofer on the set of the movie The Prince and the Showgirl, filmed in London in 1956 and starring the much-lauded Laurence Olivier and the highly medicated Marilyn Monroe.  Here are both the fly-on-the-wall diary Clark kept during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl and his remembrance of the brief episode that was to change his life. 

Best actor in a series made for TV: Peter Dinklage (r.) in Game of Thrones, based on the book by George R.R. Martin

A Game of Thrones [sound recording] by George R.R. Martin  or A Game of Thrones  [eBook ]

This  engrossing fantasy epic series opens on a rigid feudal society in a world where the seasons are unpredictable, pleasant summers can last a decade and cruel winters could be scores of years long. Up against the ice wall that separates the barbarians and mysterious wild things from civilization, the Stark family has held the north for generations. As the King’s Hand, Stark must protect the king whose enemies covet the throne, and the most dangerous of these might be the queen and her family, the Lanisters.   (Publishers Weekly)

Best actress in a motion picture made for TV: Kate Winslet in Mildred Pierce, based on the novel by James M. Cain

Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness. She used those attributes to survive and to claw her way out of the lower middle class. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men, and an unreasoning devotion to a monstrous daughter. Out of these elements, James M. Cain created a novel of acute social observation and devastating emotional violence(Random House)

Best supporting actress: Octavia Spencer for The Help, based on the book by Kathryn Stockett

 In Stockett’s narrative, Miss Skeeter, a young white woman, is a naive, aspiring writer who wants to create a series of interviews with local black maids. Even if they’re published anonymously, the risk is great; still, Aibileen and Minny agree to participate. Tension pervades the novel as its events are told by these three memorable women.   (Library Journal)

Another up for best film:  War Horse, based on book by Michael Morpurgo

Joey is a fine farm horse sold for cavalry use in World War I. Through Joey’s Black Beauty-esque narration, readers learn of the futility of cavalry against machine guns; the loss of Joey’s companion, Topthorn; and Joey’s reunion with the farm boy who loves him.  At times deeply affecting, the story balances the horror with moments of respite and care.   (Horn Book)
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