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Oscar-Nominated Books on Film

The Oscar nominees for this year have been announced, and as usual, many of the films recognized for Academy Awards - including four out of five Best Picture nominees - are based on books.

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Mystic River, Dennis Lehane
Nominated For: Best Picture, Directing, Actor in a Leading Role - Sean Penn, Actress in a Supporting Role - Marcia Gay Harden, Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Tim Robbins, Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
When Jimmy Marcus's daughter is found murdered, Sean Devine is assigned the case. The investigation leads him on a collision course with the girl's grieving father—a man with a dark past eager to solve the crime with brutal justice. And then there is Dave Boyle, a man who hides monstrous secrets beneath a bland façade, secrets his pregnant wife is only beginning to suspect.
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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien
Nominated For: Best Picture, Directing, Film Editing, Art Direction, Makeup, Costume Design, Music (Score), Music (Song), Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
While the evil might of the Dark Lord Sauron swarmed out to conquer all Middle-earth, Frodo and Sam struggled deep into Mordor, seat of Sauron’s power. To defeat the Dark Lord, the accursed Ring of Power had to be destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom. But the way was impossibly hard, and Frodo was weakening. Weighed down by the compulsion of the Ring he began finally to despair.
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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Patrick O'Brian
Nominated For: Best Picture, Directing, Film Editing, Art Direction, Makeup, Cinematography, Costume Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects
This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars.
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Seabiscuit: An American Legend, Laura Hillenbrand
Nominated For: Best Picture, Film Editing, Art Direction, Cinematography, Costume Design, Sound Mixing, Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Seabiscuit was an unlikely champion: a roughhewn, undersized horse with a sad little tail and knees that wouldn't straighten all the way. But, thanks to the efforts of three men, Seabiscuit became one of the most spectacular performers in sports history.
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Girl With A Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier
Nominated For: Art Direction, Cinematography, Costume Design
History and fiction merge seamlessly in this luminous novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening. Girl with a Pearl Earring tells the story of sixteen-year-old Griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius ... even as she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil.
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Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier
Nominated For: Actor in a Leading Role - Jude Law, Actress in a Supporting Role - Renée Zellweger, Cinematography, Film Editing, Music (Score), Music (Song), Music (Song)
Based on local history and family stories passed down by the author's great-great-grandfather, Cold Mountain is the tale of a wounded soldier Inman, who walks away from the ravages of the war and back home to his prewar sweetheart, Ada.
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House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus III
Nominated For: Actor in a Leading Role - Ben Kingsley, Actress in a Supporting Role - Shohreh Aghdashloo, Score
In this riveting novel of almost unbearable suspense, three fragile yet determined people become dangerously entangled in a relentlessly escalating crisis. Colonel Behrani, once a wealthy man in Iran, is now a struggling immigrant willing to bet everything he has to restore his family's dignity. Kathy Nicolo is a troubled young woman whose house is all she has left, and who refuses to let her hard-won stability slip away from her. Sheriff Lester Burdon, a married man who finds himself falling in love with Kathy, becomes obsessed with helping her fight for justice.
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American SplendorAmerican Splendor, Harvey Pekar
Nominated For: Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
American Splendor is the world's first literary comic book. Cleveland native Harvey Pekar is a true American original. A V.A. hospital file clerk and comic book writer, Harvey chronicles the ordinary and mundane in stories both funny and touching.
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Whale RiderWhale Rider, Witi Ihimaera
As her beloved grandfather, chief of the Maori tribe of Whangara, New Zealand, struggles to lead in difficult times and to find a male successor, young Kahu is developing a mysterious relationship with whales, particularly the ancient bull whale whose legendary rider was their ancestor.
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