You'll be excused if you get the Oscar nominations for Best Picture mixed up with a best-seller list. Most of the nominees drew their inspiration from the printed page, and I hope one of them wins the prize, to reinforce the value of literature. Here's a look at the nominees, and the books they drew on:
-- "Hugo," a charmer adapted from "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick.
-- "Moneyball," adapted from Michael Lewis' book about the impact of statistical analysis on major league baseball.
-- "The Help," Kathryn Stockett's novel about the South -- a tear-jerker and book club favorite.