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’12 Years a Slave’ Nominated for 9 Academy Awards

12 Years a Slave, a film adaptation directed by Steve McQueen, has earned nine academy Academy Award nominations. Thor actor Chris Hemsworth joined Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs to make the announcement this morning.

The movie, based on Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir, stars British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor in the lead role. We’ve embedded the trailer above–what did you think of the film?

The movies recognized in the Best Picture category included a host of adapted books. Below, we’ve linked to free samples of books adapted into this year’s Best Picture-nominated films.

Free Samples of Novels Adapted into Best Picture Nominees

12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort

The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith

A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty

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