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Read the Globes!
The 2017 Golden Globe nominations are out, to be awarded January 8. Golden Globes are bestowed by the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, recognizing excellence in film and television. Winners in the Best Motion Picture categories for drama and musical or comedy are always considered to be added to our collection when the DVD is available.
Now is your chance to read books which inspired several of the nominees. Many are works of nonfiction, which is not usually at the top of my to-read list, but some of them sound so interesting, I may have to give them a try.
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
The titled short-story is the basis for Arrival, starring Amy Adams, nominated for best actress in a drama. Aliens visit Earth and an earthling linguist learns their conceptually different language. There is a plot twist ending involved. I did this one backwards, viewing the movie before reading the book, but now I am reading it to help me understand what I saw! “Story of Your Life” is only 54 pages long, but since you have the book in hand, dive right in to the other stories by this Nebula Award-winning author.
Don’t you love it when they basically give you the plot summary in the title? The movie comes out in Oklahoma City in January, giving you plenty of time to read the story of three women mathematicians who cross gender and race lines to help put John Glenn into orbit. Octavia Spencer is nominated for best supporting actress for her role as Dorothy Vaughan, an African American mathematician who worked as a "human computer" for NASA.
A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley
Lion, based on Saroo Brierley’s book, is nominated for best motion picture, drama; supporting actor and supporting actress, and original score. Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman co-star in the film based on the true story of a man who was adopted by an Australian family after he was lost as a 5-year-old in India and who uses Google Earth to search for his birth parents. This is an amazing story.
The Night Manager by John Le Carre
This is one of my favorite post-Cold War spy thrillers by the most excellent British author John Le Carre. The BBC produced a miniseries which aired her on AMC starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, and Olivia Coleman, all nominated for acting awards. The plot revolves around a mild-mannered international hotel night manager who is recruited as a spy.
Tony and Susan by Austin McGifferet Wright
This 1993 cult classic is the inspiration for Nocturnal Animals, nominated for a best director (Tom Ford), best screenplay (also Tom Ford), and best supporting actor (Aaron Taylor Johnson) in a motion picture. This is a thriller about a woman who receives a manuscript from her ex-husband, a would-be novelist with a dark side.
The Run of His Life: the People vs. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin
This television miniseries, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s 1997 reporting of the televised criminal proceedings of the O.J. Simpson trial for murder, which kept America captivated for weeks. The miniseries captivated a large audience again all these years later, and is up for numerous awards in the television categories. For those of you who believe truth is stranger than fiction, or just enjoy the courtroom drama, dive right in to this true crime story.