Oscar season has been especially exciting for me this year due to the striking number of Oscar nominations for children’s literature adaptations and movies featuring children.
The Best Picture nominees alone include two films based on children’s books (Hugo and War Horse) and another two films with child protagonists (The Tree of Life and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close).
Hugo, Martin Scorsese’s film based on Brian Selznick’s magnificent book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, has received 11 Oscar nominations. War Horse, most famously adapted from the Tony Award-Winning play, was first a book by Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo. The film has received 6 Oscar nominations.
The Adventures of Tintin, based on Hergé’s beloved series about the exploits of the eponymous hero also received an Oscar nomination. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 received 3 nominations.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, the enchantingly whimsical tribute to the joy of reading and power of books has my vote for Best Animated Short Film. I love the paradoxical harmony this film somehow achieves as it so beautifully uses a cinematic medium to celebrate literacy.
Believe me, it’s worth all fifteen minutes: