January 22, 2015Byline: James GleasonAs Academy Awards season approaches, Perkins Library patrons often contact the library to find out if certain movies are based on a book. This year’s list of Oscar nominees includes many titles currently available from the Perkins Library in braille or digital audio formats. American Sniper, based on American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice (DB74166): best picture, actor (Bradley Cooper), adapted screenplay (Jason Hall) and three more nominations. Birdman centers on a Broadway stage adaptation of Raymond Carver's story "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" from the short story collection of the same name (BR5118, DB72181): best picture, actor (Michael Keaton), supporting actor (Edward Norton), supporting actress (Emma Stone), cinematography, director (Alejandro G. Iñárritu), original screenplay and two more nominations. Gone Girl, based on the novel by Gillian Flynn (BR19868, DB74888): actress (Rosamund Pike). Still Alice, based on the novel by Lisa Genova (DB/RC 68429): actress (Julianne Moore). Wild, based on the nonfiction book by Cheryl Strayed (DB74646): actress (Reese Witherspoon) and supporting actress (Laura Dern). Unbroken, based on the nonfiction book by Laura Hillenbrand (DB72129): cinematography and two more nominations. Inherent Vice, based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon (DB69580): adapted screenplay (Paul Thomas Anderson). Thanks to Shelf Awareness, a newsletter for people in the book industry, for compiling this list of Academy Award-connected books. Not yet a Perkins Library patron? If you are a Massachusetts resident with a visual impairment or other reading disability, you may qualify to have free reading material sent to you. View eligibility guidelines and apply or call 1-800-852-3133.