February 2006

Movies Based on Books

Athough there are always a handful of Oscar-nominated movies that begin as books, we’re gratified to see how many of this year’s nominees are adaptations of some of our favorites.

2006 Academy Awards Nominees

Brokeback MountainBest Picture/Director/Actor/Supporting Actor/Supporting Actress/Cinematography/Music/Adapted ScreenplayBrokeback Mountain (short story) by Annie Proulx
CapoteBest Picture/Director/Actor/Supporting Actress/Adapted ScreenplayIn Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences by Truman Capote and Capote: A Biography by Gerald Clarke
Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryBest Costume DesignCharlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
The Constant GardenerBest Supporting Actress/Film Editing/Music/Adapted ScreenplayThe Constant Gardener by John Le Carré
The Chronicles of NarniaBest Achievement in Makeup/Sound Mixing/Visual EffectsThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the RoomBest DocumentaryThe Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron by Bethany McLean
Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireBest Art DirectionHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
A History of ViolenceBest Supporting Actor/Adapted ScreenplayA History of Violence by John Wagner
Memoirs of a GeishaBest Art Direction/Cinematography/Costume Design/Music/Sound Editing/Sound MixingMemoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
MunichBest Picture/Director/Film Editing/Music/Adapted ScreenplayVengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team by George Jonas
North CountryBest Actress/Best Supporting ActressClass Action: The Story of Lois Jensen and the Landmark Case that Changed Sexual Harassment Law by Clara Bingham
Pride & PrejudiceBest Actress/Art Direction/Costume Design/MusicPrice & Prejudice by Jane Austen
SyrianaBest Original ScreenplaySee No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA’s War on Terrorism by Robert Baer
War of the WorldsBest Visual Effects/Sound Mixing/Sound EditingWar of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

They may not have been nominated for Oscars, but many other notable movies from 2005 were based on books. Here’s a selection of some of our favorites.

Other 2005 Films Based on Books

Bee SeasonBee Season by Myla Goldberg
Breakfast on PlutoBreakfast on Pluto by Patrick McCabe
DerailedDerailed by James Siegel
Everything is IlluminatedEverything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the GalaxyThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Ice HarvestThe Ice Harvest by Scott Phillips
In Her ShoesIn Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner
Must Love DogsMust Love Dogs by Claire Cook
ShopgirlShopgirl by Steve Martin
Sin CitySin City by Frank Miller
The Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
ThumbsuckerThumb Sucker by Walter Kirn

And be sure to check out some of these coming attractions!

Coming to a Theater Near You

The Da Vinci CodeThe Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Running with ScissorsRunning with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert FordThe Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford by Ron Hansen
The NamesakeThe Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Little ChildrenLittle Children by Tom Perrotta
FreedomlandFreedomland by Richard Price
The Devil Wears PradaThe Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
Charlotte’s WebCharlotte’s Web by E.B. White