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A literary lover's guide to the Golden Globes

A literary lover's guide to the Golden Globes


SIOUX CITY | When film and television's biggest stars pick up their Golden Globes on Sunday at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., they will probably thank their spouses, their agents and, of course, the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

However, few will likely remember to give a heads-up to the authors of the books that provided the source material for their prize-winning performances.

You see, several of the nominated movies and television shows at the 75th Golden Globes were based on novels and nonfiction books.

Many people already know that "Game of Thrones" and "The Handmaid's Tale" -- both nominated in the Golden Globe best TV drama category -- are based upon books by George R.R. Martin and Margaret Atwood, respectively. But the Golden Globe-nominated movies may have more obscure literary lineages. 

Here are just a few of our favorite book-to-film examples:

Call Me by Your Name

'Call Me by Your Name'

Snagging a nomination for best dramatic motion picture as well as nods for actors Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer, this coming-of-age movie centering around a teenager and an adult graduate student was based on 2007's "Call Me by Your Name," the debut novel of Andre Aciman. 

Molly's Game

'Molly's Game'

A crime drama starring the Golden Globe-nominated Jessica Chastain, "Molly's Game" was based upon "Molly's Game: The True Story of the 26-Year-Old Woman Behind the Most Exclusive, High-Stakes Underground Poker Game in the World." The 2014 memoir of Molly Bloom arguably deserves an award for having the longest title of any book adapted for the big screen.



Nominated as Best Animated Feature Film, "Ferdinand" revolves around the flower-sniffing bull immortalized in "The Story of Ferdinand," the classic children's book by writer Munro Leaf and illustrator Robert Lawson. 

Painfully Rich

'All the Money in the World'

Ridley Scott's film takes on the real-life story of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty's refusal to cooperate with the extortion demands of the people who kidnapped his grandson J. Paul Getty III in 1973. The source material for the movie came from John Pearson's "Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty," a nonfiction account of the crime.



Featuring a Golden Globe-nominated performance by singer-turned-actress Mary J. Blige, "Mudbound" -- depicting the PTSD struggles of two World War II veterans, one black and one white, in rural Mississippi -- was adapted from the novel of the same name by Hillary Jordan.

The Pentagon Papers

'The Post'

Up for six Golden Globes, including nominations for director Steven Spielberg, actor Tom Hanks and actress Meryl Streep, "The Post" depicts the newspaper journalists who published Daniel Ellsberg's "Pentagon Papers," regarding the U.S. government's involvement in the Vietnam War. While "The Post" doesn't point to any one source for its material, many books have been written about the subject. We recommend Ellsberg's "Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers," as well as "The Pentagon Papers: The Secret History of the Vietnam War," by Neil Sheehan and Hedrick Smith. 

The Disaster Artist

'The Disaster Artist'

Nominated for two Golden Globes, including a Best Actor nod for James Franco, who also directed and produced this dark comedy, "The Disaster Artist" is based upon a 2013 nonfiction book written by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell. "The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside 'The Room,' the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made" was based upon Sestero's work as an actor in the 2003 cult film "The Room." If you haven't seen "The Room" before, save yourself the aggravation. The movie starring, written and directed by Tommy Wiseau deserves its terrible reputation. So, that makes Franco's flick a movie based upon a book based upon one of of the worst movies ever made.

See the live telecast of the 75th Golden Globe Awards at 7 p.m. Sunday on NBC.


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