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Academy Awards 2015: Oscar-winning films based on books

The results are in – did your favourite win?

The most glamorous night on the Hollywood calendar, the Oscars ceremony is where the A-list stars of the silver screen gather to pay homage to the best films of the year. But this year, especially, we have noticed that some of the most prized, acclaimed and loved movies of 2015 are based on books. In this blog post we’re going to look at the winners at the 2015 Academy Awards – but we’re going to focus on the literary-inspired winners because, naturally, those are our favourites. We’d highly recommend you read the books!!!

Best Actor – Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything
Also nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actress (Felicity Jones as Jane Hawking), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score
Based on the book Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking

The Theory of Everything Oscar

Best Actress – Julianne Moore as Alice Howland in Still Alice
Based on the book Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Still Alice Oscar

Best Adapted Screenplay – The Imitation Game
Also nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director (Morten Tyldum), Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing), Best Actress (Keira Knightley as Joan Clarke), Best Film Editing, Best Original Score and Best Production Design
Based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges

The Imitation Game Oscar

Best Costume Design – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Also nominated for: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Make-Up & Hairstyling, Best Original Score and Best Production Design
Based on the writings of Stefan Zweig

Grand Budapest Hotel Oscar

Best Sound Editing – American Sniper
Also nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor (Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing
Based on the book American Sniper by Chris Kyle

American Sniper Oscar

Those who missed out

Lest we forget honourable mentions for the other great films that were inspired by books at the 2015 Oscars; there were some real doozies!

Best Actress Nominee – Rosamund Pike as Amy Dunne in Gone Girl
Based on the book Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Best Actress Nominee – Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed in Wild
Also nominated for: Best Supporting Actress (Laura Dern as Bobbi Strayed)
Based on the book Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Best Director Nominee – Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher
Also nominated for: Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo as Dave Schultz), Best Actor (Steve Carrell as John du Pont), Best Original Screenplay and Best Make-Up & Hairstyling
Based on the book Foxcatcher by Mark Schultz

Best Cinematography Nominee – Unbroken
Also nominated for: Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing
Based on the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand


The Book People Outlet Store – buy discount books!

The Book People is proud to announce the opening of our Outlet Store – an online shop where you can find brilliant new books at bargain prices. We know our customers love the Book People’s amazing prices and now we’re bringing you even more at clearance prices – meaning you get extra savings on everything from cookbooks to children’s books and biographies, memoirs and first-class fiction. There really is something for everyone.

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Deliciously Ella book – only £7.99 at the Book People!

Ella Woodward cookbook

Ella Woodward has been the food blogger’s name on everyone’s lips over the past year or so. Her website – www.deliciouslyella.com – is packed full of plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free recipes that simply taste amazing. And now you can have over 100 of her favourite recipes all together in one Deliciously Ella cookbook – a real must-have for all kitchens!

Perfect for those who have given up some of the more fatty foods for Lent, the book will inspire healthy living and a love of natural foods. You’ll soon be feeling the benefits of eating all this better food as part of your diet. With simple, easy-to-find ingredients and step-by-step instructions, you’ll find healthy highlights that can be the showstopper of a dinner party or perfect for a picnic.

Among the best Deliciously Ella recipes found in the book are Mexian Quinoa Bowl, Marinated Kale Salad and a rather tasty Key Lime Pie. You can buy the Deliciously Ella cookbook for just £7.99, saving over £12 on the RRP, from the Book People.


Guest blog | Ella Woodward’s Sweet Potato Brownies – from Deliciously Ella

Recipe extracted from Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward, published on 29th January by Yellow Kite © Ella Woodward 2015

To celebrate the United States’ National Cook a Sweet Potato Day, at the Book People we thought this would be the ideal time to share one of our favourite sugar-free recipes from one of our favourite new cookbooks, the Sweet Potato Brownie recipe from Ella Woodward’s Deliciously Ella. So, treat yourself without the guilt this National Sweet Potato Day… boy are you in for a treat!

Sweet Potato Brownies

Sweet Potato Brownie | Deliciously Ella | Ella Woodward Recipe

These brownies have consistently been the most popular recipe on my [Ella Woodward's] blog. They’ve had more than double the amount of hits than the next most popular recipe and I’ve seen thousands of my readers’ photographs of them on Instagram! There’s a good reason for all this love, though – the brownies are divine. I know it sounds strange to put vegetables into sweet dishes, but sweet potatoes taste more like dessert anyway and they create the gooiest consistency!

Makes 10–12 brownies

2 medium-large sweet potatoes (600g)
14 Medjool dates, pitted
⅔ mug ground almonds (80g)
½ mug buckwheat or brown rice flour (100g)
4 tablespoons raw cacao powder
3 tablespoons maple syrup
pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan 160°C).

Peel the sweet potatoes. Cut them into chunks and place into a steamer for about 20 minutes, until they become really soft.

Once they are perfectly soft and beginning to fall apart, remove them and add them to a food processor with the pitted dates. Blend until a smooth, creamy mix forms.

Put the remaining ingredients into a bowl, before mixing in the sweet potato and date combination. Stir well.

Place the mix into a lined baking dish and cook for about 20–30 minutes, until you can pierce the brownie cake with a fork and bring it out dry.

Remove the tray and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes. This is really important, as the brownies need this time to stick together!

Top tip
If you don’t have any raw cacao powder, then you can use conventional cocoa powder, but you’ll need to at least double the quantity.

 

Recipe extracted from Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward, published on 29th January by Yellow Kite © Ella Woodward 2015


Deliciously Ella | Ella’s Day on a Plate video

So, if I was going to describe my favourite day of food, which is pretty difficult ‘coz I kinda want to eat everything – obviously, I’m quite a foodie – but I think for breakfast: I am obsessed with porridge! I know people think that’s quite weird, but it’s so good. And there’s a creamy coconut porridge that I do which I just love. So I cook oats – and I soak them in water – and then I cook them with coconut milk; a little bit of coconut oil; banana, which kinda dissolves into the oats so everything’s really sweet and creamy; and then I put some almond butter in and then just top it with – I love my toppings  – berries, honey, more nut butter, kind of anything you can think of. And that’s my favourite breakfast!

And then for lunch, I like… I love my breakfast and dinner, my lunches are normally kind of easy things so things like a stir fry are really good. I love just using any veggies like red peppers, mushrooms… that kind of stuff. Then with tahini and tamari: tamari is a gluten-free version of soy sauce; and tahini is like a creamy sesame seed paste, sort of a peanut butter if you think of it in that kind of consistency but its made of sesame seeds, so it’s more savoury which is really good… and again it makes quite a creamy dressing. And then I’ll have that either on its own maybe or with brown rice or qeema or something if I’m feeling a bit hungrier.

And then – I’m a bit of a snacker, I love my afternoon snacks – so my kind of go-to are dates and nut butter. I know it’s a bit boring but I love dates so much and if you do spread some almond butter on the top, they’re really good.

And then for dinner: I’m kind of… at the moment obviously it’s a little colder outside I’m kind of all about my curries. There’s a recipe in the book that I’m obsessed with which is a Thai coconut curry and it’s made with fresh ginger and then muso, chilli, coriander and then in that you cook aubergine, squash and chick peas, with a coconut milk and tomato sauce which is just so good and then have that with brown rice. And that’s a really nice one as well because, obviously I love eating healthy food, but I know that some people are always a bit nervous about it and that’s the kind of dish that you can literally feed to anyone. No one is going to look at it and think, “Wow this is so scary,” you know, “I don’t even know what this is.” It’s very familiar and comforting. Whereas if maybe you’re trying to convince someone in your life to try healthy food and you give them a kale salad, you might love it but they might run away, so its kinda good in that sense.


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