If Books Won Academy Awards

Ladies & Gentlemen, welcome to the first annual Bookish Academy Awards.  As this is our first awards ceremony, our esteemed panel of judges considered all books published prior to 2016.

Beginning in 2017, only books published in the previous calendar year will be considered.

As I know you all want to get on with reading, here are the winners:


Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

Oedipus Rex – Sophocles

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Macbeth – William Shakespeare

Best Visual Effects

Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien

Best Sound Mixing

“Beach Orchestra” – Shel Silverstein

Best Sound Editing

Beowulf – Anonymous

Best Production Design

Ulysses – James Joyce

Best Original Song

Mike Teavee” by Roald Dahl – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Best Original Score

Don Juan Triumphant – Gaston Leroux as Erik – the Phantom of the Opera

Best Makeup & Hairstyling

The Great Gatsby – F.Scott Fitzgerald

Best Live Action Short Film Story

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Washington Irving

Best Foreign Language Film Book

The Divine Comedy – Dante Alighieri

Best Film Editing

The Divine Comedy – John Ciardi

Best Documentary Short Subject

A Short History of Byzantium – John Julius Norwich

Best Documentary Feature

Hinges of History – Thomas Cahill

Best Costume Design Illustration

The Divine Comedy – Gustave Dore

Best Cinematography

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Best Animated Short Film Comic Strip

Pearls Before Swine – Stephan Pastis

Best Animated Feature Graphic Novel

Alan Moore – V for Vendetta

Best Actress Female in a Supporting Role

Penelope – The Odyssey – Homer

Best Actress Female in a Leading Role

Mina Harker – Dracula

Best Actor Male in a Supporting Role

Rincewind – Discworld

Best Actor Male in a Leading Role

Dante – the Divine Comedy

Best Director Author

Terry Pratchett – Discworld

Best Picture Book

The Divine Comedy – Dante Alighieri




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