Let’s go to the movies! Let’s go see the stars! Okay, okay, all Annie references aside, this past Sunday was the 88th Academy Awards, or “Oscars,” presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
This year is an extra special one for fans of reading, as every major Oscar winner from Sunday night had their source material based on of a book.
Seven out of eight best picture nominees were adapted from either fiction or non-fiction books, and out of those, I had seen five and read three before the ceremony.
The three novels I was able to complete were: “The Revenant” by Michael Punke, “Room” by Emma Donoghue, and “The Martian” by Andy Weir.
Out of the three, hands down my favourite was the 2011 debut novel The Martian, as it had me interested in a subject that I would have never seen for myself.
Science Fiction is a novel genre that I rarely reach for, so the fact that a book about an astronaut stuck on Mars kept me reading long into the night was truly something special.
Following the Oscar ceremony, I did go to Amazon to purchase both “The Danish Girl” by David Ebershoff and “Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church: The findings of the investigation that inspired the major motion picture Spotlight” by The Investigative Staff of the Boston Globe, but so far I cannot for the life of me find “Brooklyn” by Colm Toibin with a non-movie tie-in edition, or an edition of “Bridge of Spies” by Giles Whittell at all.
Until I can complete my 88th Acadamy Award book collection… the hunt continues…