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8 Books that Inspired Oscar Nominations and 2 Notable Snubs

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The Oscars are just days away! Despite the completely justifiable controversy surrounding the lack of diversity within the nominees that spawned an outcry of disappointment on Twitter, we couldn’t help but notice an unusually high percentage of books represented by this year’s nominees. We’re always thrilled to see great reads on the big screen so here you go, fellow book lovers, our guide to Oscar’s favorite books: Best Picture Nominees: The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, Michael Lewis (Norton, 2011) This star-studded comedy drama about the lead-up to the financial crisis of 2008 is based on a book by Michael Lewis. He also happens to be the author of Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game and The Blind…

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Hanks for the Memories: Bridge of Spies and the Best of Tom Hanks’ Movies

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Bridge of Spies, which opens Friday, has been getting more buzz than a hive full of yellow jackets, and even the film’s trailers are gripping and intense. On top of that, throw in the fact that it’s directed by Steven Spielberg, and we’ll be in line with our popcorn ready by about, oh, Friday morning. But for us, the real draw of this movie might be its leading man, Tom Hanks. The Spencer Tracy of his era, Hanks places amongst the top Hollywood stars of any era. Eminently likeable, tremendously charismatic and one of the most genuinely gifted performers in show business, Hanks has left a trail of Oscar-winning and Oscar-worthy performances in his wake. And even as he approaches 60…

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