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Golden Globes 2018
The Golden Globe nominations are out, and the winners will be announced January 7th. As usual, there are many literary adaptations for us to explore, beginning with two films in the “best motion picture” categories:
Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
This coming-of-age story involves “the sudden and powerful attraction between a teenage boy and a summer guest at his parents' house on the Italian Riviera has a profound and lasting influence that will mark them both for a lifetime.”
“The hilarious and inspiring story of how a mysterious misfit got past every roadblock in the Hollywood system to achieve success on his own terms: a $6 million cinematic catastrophe called The Room.”
In the best acting categories, Jessica Chastain is nominated for her performance in this memoir by Molly Bloom. It is another coming-of-age story, this time about a young girl who gained and then lost her place at the table, and of everything she learned about “poker, love, and life in the process.”
Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian
Dame Helen Miran is nominated for a best actress award for her role in this film based on the 2009 novel by Micahel Zaddorian, a story of two seniors who escape from their retirement home and embark upon a hilarious and touching end-of-life road trip.
Victoria and Abdul by Shrabani Basu
Not to be outdone by a fellow Dame, Dame Judi Dench clenched a nomination for her performance in the movie based on Basu’s book about tall, handsome Abdul Karim, his role as Queen Victoria’s teacher, or Munshi, how he came to play a central role at the heart of the Empire, and his influence over the queen. This is also available in DVD.
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
Yet another best actress nomination is adapted from literature, Mary J. Blige in her role in the movie based on Hillary Jordan’s novel of the same name. Mudbound takes place in the Mississippi Delta in 1946, when city girl Laura McAllen attempts to sharecrop and raise her family despite questionable decisions made by her husband.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
This limited television series is nominated in several categories, and I can highly recommend the book by Australian author Liane Moriarty. Although the film takes place in exclusive Monterrey, California, the book’s setting is Australia, but the story stays very much the same. There is a mystery involved, as well as an examination of the issues of parenting, divorce, and domestic abuse. This is available in several formats, including the DVD.
Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
Geoffrey Rush garned a nomination for his role in Genius based on the biography of the famous scientist by Walter Isaacson.
Wizard of Lies by Diane B. Henriques
Robert de Niro stars and is nominated in the television adaptation of this story of the “life, career, and notorious multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme of the formerly prominent New York financier, as well as the tragic consequences of his criminal activity.” It is also available in DVD.
Th1rteen r3asons Why by Jay Asher
This YA novel is now a Netflix original adaptation whose lead actress, Katherine Langford, also received a nomination. “Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker--his classmate and crush--who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why.”