It’s Oscar season! Proper bankrupt-yourself-seeing-every-nominated-film season. Reading-all-of-the-books-that-inspired-the-films season.
We’re just over a month away from The 2018 Oscars – Hollywood’s biggest and most extravagant night of the year – and the nominees have been released.
We are absolutely thrilled that Christopher Plummer has received his third Oscar nomination for his performance as John Paul Getty in All the Money in the World. Plummer stepped up to the role as a last-minute replacement for Kevin Spacey, and with this nomination has become the oldest ever acting Oscar nominee, at age eighty-eight.
All the Money in the World is the story of the kidnapping of the rebellious teenage grandson of oil billionaire J. Paul Getty; sixteen-year-old John Paul Getty III, in Italy, 1973. The boy’s grandfather was reluctant to pay the $17 million ransom, which added considerably to his grandson’s sufferings. It is based on the absorbing account written by John Pearson, author of The Profession of Violence on which the film Legend was based.
And if you’re still intrigued by the tormented saga of the Getty family (boardroom battles, sex, money, drugs, power, crime, suicide) after finishing Pearson – and let’s face it, why wouldn’t you be? We thoroughly recommend the ‘elegant and immensely readable’ House of Getty. Written by award-winning journalist Russell Miller, The House of Getty lifts the curtain even further on the extraordinary and often disturbing story of a unique American family. From the pioneering days in the Oklahoma oil fields to the bitter struggles over Getty Oil, it follows the rise and fall of three generations, all cursed with the Midas touch.
If you are truly determined to build a blockbuster to-read list and Darkest Hour has revived your interest in all things Churchill, then how about delving into the The Private Lives of Winston Churchill, an intimate family portrait, also by John Pearson, or Churchill’s Legacy, Two Speeches to Save the World, by Alan Watson, which describes how Churchill created the political architecture for the whole postwar period through his speeches in Fulton and Zurich in 1946, after he’d been given the ‘order of the boot’ by the British public, having won the war.