The Books Behind the Golden Globes

I have many hobbies and interests that I may have mentioned before in this blog, but you probably didn’t know that I am obsessed with awards shows. The Golden Globes, The Oscars, Much Music Video Awards, it doesn’t matter what the awards are for, I’ll watch it and love every second of it. While watching the Golden Globes on Sunday, I realized many of the winners named books that inspired the movies and tv shows. It all comes back to the written word. To the writer, hunkered over a notebook on the subway, or locked in their bedroom typing on their laptop while their kids are knocking on the door asking, “Mommy, what are you doing in there?” And so, I decided to put together a list of books that inspired the Golden Globe nominated stories.

Carol nominated for best motion picture: drama, actress in a motion picture: drama, and for best score, is based on the novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith.

The screenplay for The Revenant, winner for best motion picture: drama, and for best actor in a motion picture: drama, was, in part, based on Michael Punke‘s The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge.

Room, nominated for best motion picture: drama, winner for best actress in a motion picture: drama, and nominated for best screenplay, is based on the novel Room written by Emma Donoghue.

Spotlight nominated for best motion picture: drama, and best screenplay, is based on stories by the “Spotlight team” that earned the 2003 Pulitzer Prize.

The Big Short, nominated for best motion picture: comedy, actor in a motion picture: comedy, and best screenplay, is based on the book by the same name, written by Michael Lewis.

The Martian, winner for best motion picture:comedy, and winner for best actor in a motion picture: comedy, is based on the novel by the same name written by Andy Weir.

Brooklyn, nominated for best actress in a motion picture: drama is based on Colm Tóibín‘s novel of the same name.

The Danish Girl, nominated for best actress and best actor in a motion picture: drama, and nominated for best score, is based on the the novel by the same name, written by David Ebershoff.

Trumbo, nominated for best actor in a motion picture: drama is based on the biography Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Alexander Cook.

Game Of Thrones, nominated for best TV series: drama, is based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin.

Outlander, nominated for best TV series: drama, and best supporting actor in a TV series, limited series, or TV movie, is based on the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.

The story for the TV series Mozart In The Jungle, Winner for TV series: comedy, is inspired by Blair Tindall’s memoir Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music.

Orange is the New Black, nominated for best TV series: comedy, and best supporting actress in a TV series, is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison.

Penny Dreadful, nominated for best actress in a tv series: drama, draws inspiration from a variety of characters and stories such as Dorian Gray from The Picture of Dorian Gray written by Oscar Wilde, Abraham Van Helsing from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Victor Frankenstein from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Beasts of No Nation, nominated for best actor in a supporting role in a motion picture, is based on the novel by the same name by Uzodinma Iweala[.

Wolf Hall, Winner for Best TV movie or miniseries, and nominated for best supporting actor in a TV series, limited series, or TV movie, is based on Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies.

Show me a Hero, Winner for best actor in a TV movie or limited series, is based on the book of the same name written by Lisa Belkin.

So there you go. Over 18 books you can add to your “to read” list 🙂



Sinister Abode Part 3

The basement is pitch- black. The first room is large, about a quarter the size of the upstairs. There are shelves on three of the walls with jars of…pickles? What is that? I creep closer for a better look. I gasp and jump back almost falling down. FINGERS! And the one next to that has what looks like a small lung. The one next to that a baby fetus! Shaking and sweating, I decide I’ve had quite enough.

“Waa waa”, the baby sounds like it’s just in the very next room. I’m going to grab that baby and get out of here so fast. As I run into the next room I stop immediately and see a chair, with a person sitting on it, and a white sheet covering them. It takes a moment to process what I’m seeing. I hear a mumbling from under the sheet. I look down at the feet that are kicking frantically and recognize Zack’s sneakers.

I whip the sheet off and see Zack with tape over his mouth. His hair is a mess and he has a black eye. I untie his hands, he pulls the tape off of his mouth, and wraps his arms around me.

“I’m so glad I found you! I woke up on the lawn and had no idea where I was! I’ve been following the sound of a baby crying all over this creepy house. Did you hear it?” Tears are streaming down my face, and I’m shaking all over my body. I feel like I’m going to be sick.

“Yes I have heard the baby and I heard you running all over the house! Are you okay?”

“Ya, I’m okay.” Pushing my hair back behind my ears I take a big breath and start to feel my heart rate slowing. “Zack, who did this to you”?

“Waa waa!” The baby starts to cry extremely loudly and both our heads whip to the right, but all we can see is a wall. Is the baby outside? I walk over to the wall and notice one of the bricks is slightly darker than the rest. I push on it and hear a click. A piece of the wall slips back from the wall. A quick look back at Zack, he nods his head, so I give it a nudge and the whole piece swings open.

At first the light is so bright I can’t open my eyes. I keep blinking through the big yellow spots and finally my vision clears. We’ve entered a huge room filled with tables, counters, microscopes, hospital beds, computers, and fridges.

“Waa Waa” I grab Zack’s hand and run into the room on the right. I have found Zack and now we will find the baby and get the hell out of here! Just as Zack enters the room the door slams behind him and we hear a click. NO! I run to the door and try to pull and push. It doesn’t budge.

Running my hands down my face I turn around to see Zack holding a small voice recorder.

“This is what has been making the baby sound Addison.” He clicks the play button, looks at me, and sure enough the sound of a wailing baby comes out.

“Well, don’t I feel like an idiot. Zack did you see who tied you up?”

Zack shakes his head.

I crumble to the ground with my head in my hands. What are we going to do? The tears are streaming down my face. I start sobbing uncontrollably. I feel Zack’s hands on my shoulders.

“It’ll be okay Addison. We’ll figure something out. Do you have your cell phone?”

I nod my head. “But the battery is dead”.

“Do you remember what happened?” Zack’s eyes are searching mine. It feels nice to stare into his eyes.

“No, the last thing I remember is driving in the car with you. Do you remember what happened?”

Zack stands up and walks across the room slowly. He faces the corner and put his hands up on the wall above his head.

With a quiet voice he says, “Yeah, I remember what happened.”

I jump up. “What happened? Did we get into a car accident?”

He shakes his head.

“Why are you being so quiet?”

A sigh and then “Addison, I’m not who you think I am.”

“What do you mean? Your name isn’t Zack?”

What is he talking about? Why is he being so weird?

Zack starts to breathe really deeply, making grunts, and funny noises.

“Zack, are you okay?”

“Stay away.”

As I back up to the door his whole entire body starts to shake. He digs his nails into the wall. His hair starts to grow longer! His skin begins to glow a dim blue. I take slow steps backwards until I’m up against the door, which abruptly opens and I fall back to the ground hitting my head. Hands grab both of my arms and pull me to my feet. I’m kicking and screaming as I am dragged across the room and forced onto one of the hospital beds. I look away from Zack and someone with a doctor’s mask is staring at me. The person straps my arms and legs to the bed.

“Try to remain calm Addison. We aren’t going to hurt you. We just need to finish the tests”, Zack said.

“We? What do you mean WE need to finish the tests?”

The masked person turns to Zack and pats him on the back. “Great job getting her back in here. I need to finish putting the chip in her neck.” It’s a woman. She has the prettiest voice I’ve ever heard.

She removes her mask and I can see that her skin is blue, with long silver hair, and the greenest eyes I have ever seen. She’s holding an extremely long needle.

“What are you doing with that? Don’t touch me! Stop!”

The needle drives into my abdomen and I scream so loudly it hurts my throat. As my vision is fading away I see Zack, watching us. He’s not stopping her. Why is he not stopping her? Darkness comes.

I hear a machine beeping every three seconds. It smells like hospital. I open my eyes and see that I am in a different room. This room looks like a regular hospital room.

I hear movement to my left and look over to see my Mom who jumps up and rushes over.

“Addison, sweet, you’re okay. Mom is here.”

“Mom, what are you doing here? Are you okay?”

She gives me a strange look. “Yes of course I’m okay. Hold on let me get the doctor.”

I reach out to stop her, but it’s too late. Panicking I try to sit up but my head is spinning.

A handsome man wearing a white lab coat walks into the room.

“Hello Addison, my name is Dr. Yark. How are you feeling?”

I lie, “I’m feeling fine. How did you get here?”

Dr. Reid laughs, “Well I work here. Do you know where we are?”

I search my mother’s eyes, then Dr. Reid’s.  A lump forms in the back of my throat.

Writing on my chart he says, “You are safe and sound at Memorial Hospital. Do you remember what happened?”

I feel as if my world is flipped upside down. Maybe someone outside heard me scream and they called the cops and they found me and brought me here.

“I’m not really sure if I remember what happened.”

“Well, we’ll have plenty of time to talk about that. We are keeping you for a couple days for observation to make sure you and the baby are okay.”

“Baby?” My hand gravitates to my stomach.

“Yes, Addison, you are 3 months pregnant.” Dr. Yark looks at me with concerned eyes. “You didn’t know?”

“Where is Zack? Is he okay?”

My mom is holding my hand, “Who is Zack?”

How does she not remember Zack? “Zack is my boyfriend that I have been seeing for almost a year.”

My mom and Dr. Yark share another concerned look.

“Your mom and I will be right back Addison. Just relax and have a drink of water.”

Am I going crazy? Am I really pregnant?

Tears roll down my face as my hands return to my stomach. All I can picture is Zack turning into that blue creature.


Please be gentle with your comments, this has not been edited by anyone other than myself 🙂

Sinister Abode Part 1

Sinister Abode Part 2