Monday, February 29, 2016

Oscar Winners Based on Books

Among the Oscar winners in Feb. that are based on books (also in audio format) are ROOM by Emma Donoghue, read by a full cast. THE REVENANT by Michael Punke, read by Holter Graham. BRIDGE OF SPIES by Giles Whittell is nonfiction read by the author. THE BIG SHORT by Michael Lewis is read by Jesse Boggs. SPOTLIGHT is titled BETRAYAL by The Boston Globe, and is read by Paul Boehmer: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service; movie now BEST PICTURE. The story behind this groundbreaking book—one of the most significant works of investigative journalism since Woodward and Bernstein’s reporting on Watergate—has been brought brilliantly to life on the screen in the major new movie Spotlight. Here are the devastating revelations that triggered a crisis within the Catholic Church. Here is the truth about the scores of abusive priests who preyed upon innocent children and the cabal of senior Church officials who covered up their crimes. Here is the trail of “hush money” that the Catholic Church secretly paid to buy victims’ silence—deeds that left millions of the faithful in the US and around the world shocked, angry, and confused. Here as well is a vivid account of the ongoing struggle, as Catholics confront their Church and call for sweeping change.The authors of Betrayal, and the reporters principally responsible for the Boston Globe’s coverage of the scandal, are Matt Carroll, Kevin Cullen, Thomas Farragher, Stephen Kurkjian, Michael Paulson, Sacha Pfeiffer, Michael Rezendes, and Spotlight team editor Walter V. Robinson. The coverage and the book were overseen by deputy managing editor for projects Ben Bradlee Jr. And finally, David Ebershoff is the author of THE DANISH GIRL, a New York Times Notable Book and the winner of the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Lambda Literary Award. His collection of stories, The Rose City, was named one of the best books of 2001 by the Los Angeles Times. His books have been published in more than a dozen countries to critical acclaim. Since 1998, he has been the publishing director of the Modern Library. He has taught at New York University and Princeton, where he is now a visiting lecturer. Originally from Pasadena, he is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Chicago, and he currently lives in New York City. Narrator Jeff Woodman originated the title role in Tennessee Williams’ The Notebook of Trigorin and won the S.F. Critics’ Circle Award for his performance in An Ideal Husband. In addition to numerous theater credits on and off Broadway, his television work includes Sex and the City and Law & Order. 

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