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Reading the Oscars


Nominations for the 96th annual Oscars have been announced and many of the honored films have strong literary connections. Here are the five nominees for Best Picture that are based on books. The winners will be announced March 10 which still gives you time to get some reading in!


American Fiction

Based on Erasure by Percival Everett

Percival Everett's blistering satire about race and writing. “A scathingly funny look at racism and the book business: editors, publishers, readers, and writers alike.” ~ Booklist








Killers of the Flower Moon

Based on Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

A twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history. Revisits a shocking series of crimes starting in the 1920's in which dozens of Osage Indians were murdered in cold blood.







Oppenheimer

Based on American Prometheus by Kai Bird & Martin J. Sherwin

The definitive biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer, one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb for his country in a time of war, and who later found himself confronting the moral consequences of scientific progress.






Poor Things

Alasdair Gray’s Poor Things echoes Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in this novel of a young woman freeing herself from the confines of the suffocating Victorian society she was created to serve.







The Zone of Interest

Based on The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis

From one the most virtuosic authors in the English language: a powerful novel, written with urgency and moral force, that explores life--and love--among the Nazi bureaucrats of Auschwitz.



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