Earlier tonight we rolled out the red carpet for the 3rd annual Oscar/Books award show. Everybody who is anybody in the book world was there, all bound up in their finest softcovers and dust jackets. This is how it unfolded.
Our first presenter is the mysterious M, portrayed recently by Judi Dench in the thrilling James Bond film, Skyfall.
In the category of Best Supporting Female Character the nominees are: Patsey (Twelve Years a Slave) and Barbara Weston (August: Osage County)….
… and the winner is: Patsey (Twelve Years a Slave)!
Presenting Best Supporting Male Character is Thorin Oakenshield, from Tolkien’s fantasy classic The Hobbit.
The nominees are: Muse (A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea), Edwin Epps (Twelve Years a Slave), and Donnie Azoff (The Wolf of Wall Street)….
And the winner is…. Edwin Epps (Twelve Years a Slave)
Our next presenter is from the bestselling Hunger Games trilogy. This girl is on fire: its Katniss Everdeen!
The nominations for Best Female Character are: Philomena Lee (The Lost Child of Philomena Lee) and Violet Weston (August: Osage County)….
And the winner is…. Philomena Lee (The Lost Child of Philomena Lee)!
Please rise for one of our greatest US Presidents. On stage to present Best Male Character is Abraham Lincoln, last year’s winner for his appearance in Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, which was of course made into Lincoln.
And the nominees are: Jordan Belfort (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Solomon Northup (Twelve Years a Slave)….
And the winner is…. The 3rd win for Twelve Years a Slave! Solomon Northup!
Appearing together for the first time in many years: Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler! They’ll be presenting Best Book together.
And the nominees are: A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Capt. Richard Philips and Stephen Talty, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith, Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, and The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort…
The winner is The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith! The second win tonight for this book!
To present the final category, Best adaptation of a book into a movie, a man who knows a little bit about books, movies and adapting them both: bestselling author Michael Crichton.
Remember in this category, the award goes to the movie that did the best job adapting a book.
And the nominees are: Captain Phillips, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave, and The Wolf of Wall Street….
12 Years a Slave! Congratulations to all our nominees and winners, and a HUGE thanks to all of you that participated by voting for your favorites! Have a good night, and remember… read the book, don’t wait for the movie!