Book Oscars 2016

We’ve an Oscars special over on the new site – Book Oscars and there’s awards for best female in a novel, best male, best original soundtrack featured in a novel, best picture (on the cover) and best foreign fiction

So put your glad rags on and join us on the red carpet! Oh there’s an interview with the man who’s just won an Outstanding Achievement Award!

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OSCARS

Book Oscar Awards 2014

Well, the votes are in and this was not an easy task let me tell you!

 

Winner of Best leading lady in a novel goes to……drum roll please……

Winner of best leading lady in a novel  -  Vera
Winner of best leading lady in a novel – Vera

And the nominees for best leading male were getting nervous in the wings…..

Winner of Best leading man in a novel
Winner of Best leading man in a novel

Well, the 12 years a slave was the deserved winner of the film oscars, but this was based on a book afterall so the book won that award as well. For the book that worked well in Black History month, our vote went to  –

The Secret Life of Bees - winner of Black History awareness month
The Secret Life of Bees – winner of Black History awareness month

The next award was a tricky one – which book should win the coveted award of Best foreign fiction? The award went eventually, after some shaking of heads and nashing of teeth….to

Best Foreign Fiction award for this episode in The 'Cemetery of Books' series
Best Foreign Fiction award for this episode in The ‘Cemetery of Books’ series

The award for Best translated fiction was equally fraught with nashing of teeth and pulling of hair to decide a winner –

The President's Hat was a worthy winner and also a mighty fine  fashion accessory on the night
The President’s Hat was a worthy winner and also a mighty fine
fashion accessory on the night

 

The next, booktrail awards were the most nailbiting of all as how on earth do you decide which book is best for a booktrail?

So the award for the best book set in France went to  –

How can we choose between Fogas, Carcassone and Paris? All are very worth winners indeed.
How can we choose between Fogas, Carcassone and Paris? All are very worth winners indeed.

 

Best book set in Canada was up next……

Aah this had to win purely for the dual timeline story, the story of one woman's quest to find the truth and of course for highlighting the plight of orcas
Aah this had to win purely for the dual timeline story, the story of one woman’s quest to find the truth and of course for highlighting the plight of orcas

 

Best book set in Northumberland next……

All of Northumberland is brilliant!
All of Northumberland is brilliant! – Low Newton, Bamburgh and the rocky crags of the rural hills

 

Best set design and all round sumptuousness ?

aah that Forgotten Garden
aah that Forgotten Garden was not forgotten in the Oscars tonight

But these two won for overall intrigue and glory with best award for soundtrack – ie lyrical language –

All round award for Best Lyrical soundtrack and also Best Picture (on the front cover)
All round award for Best Lyrical soundtrack and also Best Picture (on the front cover)

 

Best historical drama?

Gillian Bagwell is a worthy winner indeed! Also won the award for best historical costume design
Gillian Bagwell is a worthy winner indeed! Also won the award for best historical costume design too

Despite all of this excitement, the children were not forgotten. Of course the books you read in childhood are often the ones that shape you and your reading for the rest of your life. If you are like us at the book trail towers where we still read and love children’s books even though we are not of the intended age range and do not even have the excuse of having children ourselves, we appreciate the wonderful stories and beautiful illustrations – remember how Hugless Douglas was very keen to be at the front of the red carpet?

Well, he won. Bless him

Hugless was a worthy winner. He is still hugging his oscar as we speak and even took it to bed last night and wouldn't let go
Hugless was a worthy winner. He is still hugging his oscar as we speak and even took it to bed last night and wouldn’t let go

At the end of the night – The after party is still going strong  – all of the winners that is all of the books had a lovely group photo taken –

All books are the real winners in the Booktrail's eyes
All books are the real winners in the Booktrail’s eyes – thanks to a great host Peter James!

We hope you have enjoyed the Booktrail Oscars. It’s been great fun to do. Now we’re off in our gowns by Orion, Quercus and a stunning Transworld gown if I say so myself. Raise a glass to the winners and join us for more red carpet events!

 

Book Oscars ARE the only Oscars that matter. Films that won based on books – well the best ones of that other oscar ceremony they were having somewhere in LA was it? we went to LA thanks to our hostess for the evening who provided the magic and the setting as well as all the glitz –

Our setting for the evening - Hollywood for the Booktrail oscars and our lovely hostess Lindsay Kelk!
Our setting for the evening – Hollywood for the Booktrail oscars and our lovely hostess Lindsay Kelk!

Applause applause…..

Much excited rustling of pages….

A few wine stained covers by the end of the evening….

THE END

 

Book Oscars – the build up

Well yesterday The Book trail did a little twitter thing where we posted nominations of books under various categories just like in the real oscars. And we got quite a response! Most unexpected but very very welcome indeed. Instead of looking at dresses and what they were wearing, we focused on the important – the story, the narrative and the words of novels, their settings and yes, ok there was one award for best costume design –

This was the start of the evening –

The books pose on the red carpet
The books pose on the red carpet

Book trail towers was a hub of activity and there were light bulbs popping all night. The paps were actually trying to get in this door that you see in the picture -we had a job to keep the paps at bay. The walk up the bookish red carpet went off without a hitch however and all books were very excited to be there. You will notice of course that Hugless Douglas was the most keen, being first on the red carpet and wanting to remain infront to get ‘the best angle in the pics’ as he put it.

This was the scene inside the BookTrail auditorium –

The seats have been filled and the tension is mounting
The seats have been filled and the tension is mounting

Notice the wine and the empty popcorn containers and it hadn’t even started yet – those books are keen!

Then, when you thought the tension couldn’t get any higher, the lights went down and the host appeared – Peter James, the Dreamer. What an inspiration for the evening!

Peter James The Dreamer was your host for the evening
Peter James The Dreamer was your host for the evening

And as for the award categories – so many and so many excited nominees – here is a highlight  –

Here are the nominations for –

The booktrail award for Best leading lady in a novel
The booktrail Oscar nominees for Best leading lady in a novel
Book trail Oscar for Best Leading male in a novel
Book trail Oscar nominees for Best Leading male in a novel

 

Booktrail Oscar for Best novel set in France
Booktrail Oscar nominees for Best novel set in France

 

Booktrail Oscar nominees for Best Novel set in London
Booktrail Oscar nominees for Best Novel set in London
Booktrail oscar nominees for Best novel set in Canada
Booktrail oscar nominees for Best novel set in Canada

 

Booktrail oscar nominees for Best set design and overall sumptuousness
Booktrail oscar nominees for Best set design and overall sumptuousness

 

Booktrail oscar nominees for Best Childrens story
Booktrail oscar nominees for Best Childrens story

 

Booktrail oscar nominees for Best Book set in Northumberland
Booktrail oscar nominees for Best Book set in Northumberland

There was also the obvious fashion statements made as the books made their way up the red carpet – Essie Fox’s The Somnabulist got all of the tongues wagging with its sumptious red cover and lace detail design –

The fashion feelers were out in force with Essie Fox winning lots of admiring looks for her red sumptuous cover with white lace detail by Orion
The fashion feelers were out in force with Essie Fox winning lots of admiring looks for her red sumptuous cover with white lace detail by Orion

What were the other leading ladies wearing? Lucy Atkins was wearing a beautiful Quercus design – an off the page vignette effect dress cover with wave detail with a dash of red . Stunning!

And What about Kate Mosse wearing an limited edition Orion design? Stunningly unique and understated. White on white with such intricate labyrinth detail to encapsulate the inner thoughts of this novel. A beautiful woven tapestry of adventure, love, history and place.

The night is not yet over and the awards will be announced very very shortly. Ooh the books pages are rustling excitedly in anticipation!

Listen to the rustling!

Can you hear it?

Results will be announced over the page…..