How many of you are planning to watch the Oscars on Sunday? I always love sitting at home in my pajamas, eating a pizza and ogling all the glamorous people on my television. Although this year Random House doesn’t have any book-adaptations nominated for an Academy Award, we’ve had many nominees and winners write books and read for us in the past. Why not take a listen to some of these titles to expand your knowledge of the film industry?
Also, try listening to the audiobooks while watching the Red Carpet Coverage. Watching gorgeous dresses grace your screen without having to listen to the two hosts (you know who I’m talking about) will make the evening as grand as it would have been if you were actually there.
Diane Keaton won an Academy Award in 1977 for Annie Hall, and was nominated three more times for her roles in Reds, Marvin’s Room, and Something’s Gotta Give. THEN AGAIN is her memoir. Using 85 of her mother’s journals, the actress dives deep into her relationship with her mother while also exploring her love-life, her career and ultimately her role as a mother. THEN AGAIN is a funny, touching and must-listen by someone who is one of a kind.
Another iconic woman and Oscar winner is Jane Fonda. Fonda won the Best Actress trophy in 1971 for Klute, and then again in 1978 for Coming Home. In total she has been nominated 7 times! If you want the secrets to how she still looks ridiculously amazing at the age of 75 and aren’t into the home exercise videos, take a listen to PRIME TIME, her guide on how to fully embrace life at any age. In general, our average life expectancy has jumped by thirty-four years, and Jane Fonda wants to ensure that her fans and readers make the most of this extra time. As she reads you examples from her own life, she will inspire you to enjoy all of life’s challenges. And again – have you seen her lately?
Garry Marshall may not have won an Academy Award, but he’s’ worked with countless winners and is a huge part of classic film and television history. From The Odd Couple to Laverne & Shirley to Beaches and Pretty Woman, MY HAPPY DAYS IN HOLLYWOOD is the autobiography of a man who made an indelible mark on all of our lives. This audiobook, read by the author himself is a vibrant, honest, frequently hilarious look at the man whose career has been defined by his drive to make people laugh, and whose personal philosophy–despite his tremendous achievements in the industry–has always been that life is more important than show business.
Robert Redford received the Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2002. Additionally, he won the prize for Best Director in 1980 for Ordinary People, and was nominated two other times as well. Truly a legend in the industry for not only his work on screen, and behind the camera, Robert Redford is well-known for his philanthropy and for founding the Sundance Film Festival. In ROBERT REDFORD: THE BIOGRAPHY by Michael Feeney Callan and read by Mark Deakins, get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most celebrated movie stars of all-time. Robert Redford himself worked with Callan for thirteen years, making available virtually all his personal papers–his journals, his script notes, his correspondence, family photos–and agreed to taped interviews that amount to hundreds of hours of information. Listen to this audiobook and feel what it might be like to actually know him. You might even actually accidentally try to pass him a slice of pizza during the ceremony (I would have some windex handy).
Before I go fluff my throw pillows and pick out my favorite delivery place, I leave you with one more suggestion: MONEYBALL. Nominated for six Academy Awards last year, it’s the perfect way to wrap up your movie-tie in listening. Starring a cast that includes two Oscar nominees and winners (Brad Pitt, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman), there’s no better way to tie in the film industry’s most illustrious event with the fact that Spring Training just started!
And the winner is… YOU! Have a great night listening to some fabulous audiobooks and coveting some serious sparkly gowns and tuxes.