And the Oscar Goes To . . .

February 27, 2018 | Viveca

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On March 4, the 90th Academy Awards ceremony takes place - where glamour and gowns share the spotlight (very uneasily) with the political issues of the day.  This year will be no different. Challenges to the systemic under-representation of disenfranchised people will continue to grow - the joy and affirmation associated with the release of The Black Panther cannot be ignored. #MeToo looms.  And live television always has its perils.  

Even if you can't count on celebrities reading the cue cards correctly, you can count on reading some excellent books in a variety of formats from the Toronto Public Library.

Here is a list of great reads adapted for the screen and nominated for an Oscar.  Also: a handy ballot to track the nominees and winners. 

Call Me By Your Name

Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman.  Italian director Luca Guadagnino was passed over for Best Director, but his film is nominated for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. The young sensation, Timothée Chalamet, is nominated for Best Actor.  

Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back From the Brink by Anthony McCarten.  British director Joe Wright's film is nominated for Best Picture and Gary Oldman is the frontrunner for Best Actor. 


Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture by Joshua Levine.  Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is nominated for Best Picture, Best Cinematography and Best Director. 


Mudbound by Hillary Jordan. Mary J. Blige is nominated for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song.

Molly's Game

Molly's Game: From Hollywood's Elite to Wall Street's Billionaire's Boy's Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker by Molly Bloom.  Aaron Sorkin's screenplay is nominated for an Oscar. 

All the Money in the World Book

All the Money in the World by John Pearson

Christopher Plummer is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role as J. Paul Getty.  Plummer replaced Kevin Spacey on the film who was shown the door after multiple sexual misconduct allegations surfaced. 

The Disaster Artist

The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell.  James Franco directed this comedy-drama about the cult film The Room directed by the legendary Tommy Wiseau.  The film is nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. 

The Breadwinner 

The Breadwinner by Canadian author, Deborah Ellis.  Directed by Nora Twomey, The Breadwinner premiered at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival and is nominated for Best Animated Feature. 

The Story of Ferdinand

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson. Carlo Saldanha's Ferdinand is nominated for Best Animated Feature.  

The Boss Baby

The Boss Baby by Marla Frazee.  Tom McGrath's animated feature has been nominated for an Oscar.   


Check your local library for copies of these nominees available at the Toronto Public Library on DVD

Dunkirk DVD Get Out Florida Project DVD Roman J. Israel DVD

  • Dunkirk directed by Christopher Nolan. 
  • Get Out directed by Jordon Peele.  Nominated for Best Picture,  Best Director, and Best Actor: Daniel Kaluuya
  • The Florida Project directed by Sean Baker.  Nominated for Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe 
  • Roman J. Israel, Esq. directed by Dan Gilroy.  Nominated for Best Actor: Denzel Washington  

Loving Vincent Boss Baby The Big Sick Abacus DVD

  • Loving Vincent directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman.  Nominated for Best Animated Feature.  Available on  evideo.
  • Boss Baby directed by Tom McGrath.  Nominated for Best Animated Feature 
  • The Big Sick directed by Michael Showalter.  Nominated for Best Original Screenplay 
  • Abacus: Small Enough to Jail.  Directed by Steve James.  Nominated for Best Documentary

3 Billboards Coco Darkest Hour The Square

  • Three Billboads Outside Ebbing, Missouri directed by Martin McDonagh.  Nominated for Best Picture, Best Screeplay, Best Actress: Frances McDormand, Best Actor: Sam Rockwell
  • Coco directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina.  Nominated for Best Animated Feature
  • Darkest Hour directed by Joe Wright. Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor: Gary Oldman
  • The Square directed by Ruben Östlund (Sweden). Nominated for Best Foreign Picture


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