Your Literary Guide to The Oscars

A year’s worth of movie making, movie viewing and heavy campaigning comes to a head on February 28 at the 88th Academy Awards, and some of the heaviest hitters being considered began as books.

There’s always a category for Best Adapted Screenplay, featuring movies based on previously published works, but the big news for readers this year is that a whopping six out of eight 2016 Best Picture nominees are based on books. Some of the source material gained huge readership thanks to the push of the movie (had anybody actually read The Revenant before the movie was made?), and some of the source material (like Brooklyn and The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared), were proven literary works practically demanding the motion picture treatment. Others, like The Martian and Fifty Shades of Grey, prove that such beginnings can be untraditional, unexpected and unlikely, and still end up being both a bestseller as well as a blockbuster.

As for whether or not these movies, lauded as they may be, are better than the books? Well, we all know the answer to that one.

Here are some of the 2016 Oscar nominees and the books they’re based on:

 

 

Cover_RoomROOM

Nominated For:

Best Picture

Actress in a Leading Role (Brie Larson)

Directing

 

 

Nominated For:

Best Picture

Actor in a Leading Role (Matt Damon)

Production Design

Sound Editing

Sound Mixing

Visual Effects

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

 

 

Nominated For:

Best Picture

Actress in a Leading Role (Saoirse Ronan)

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

 

 

 

 

revenantTHE REVENANT

Nominated For:

Best Picture

Actor in a Leading Role (Leonardo DiCaprio)

Actor in a Supporting Role (Tom Hardy)

Cinematography

Costume Design

Directing

Film Editing

Makeup and Hairstyling

Production Design

Sound Editing

Sound Mixing

Visual Effects

 

bridgespiesBRIDGE OF SPIES

Nominated For:

Best Picture

Actor in a Supporting Role (Mark Rylance)

Music (Original Score)

Production Design

Sound Mixing

Writing (Original Screenplay)

 

 

 

The Big Short MIT PBK.inddTHE BIG SHORT

Nominated For:

Best Picture

Actor in a Supporting Role (Christian Bale)

Directing

Film Editing

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

 

 

carolTHE PRICE OF SALT / CAROL

 

Nominated For:

Actress in a Leading Role (Cate Blanchett)

Actress in a Supporting Role (Rooney Mara)

Cinematography

Costume Design

Music (Original Score)

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

 

 

danishgirlTHE DANISH GIRL

Nominated For:

Actor in a Leading Role (Eddie Redmayne)

Actress in a Supporting Role (Alicia Vikander)

Costume Design

Production Design

 

 

BCINDERELLA

Nominated For:

Costume Design

 

 

 

 

 

100yearoldTHE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED

Nominated For:

Makeup and Hairstyling

 

 

 

 

 

 

50shadesFIFTY SHADES OF GREY

Nominated For:

Music (Original Song) (“Earned It”)

 

 

 

 

 

Which bookish Oscar nominee(s) do you hope to see take home some accolades? Let us know in the comments below!

    Karen Green

    Karen Green is a freelance writer and big city ex-pat now living in rural Ontario. She writes for numerous print and online publications, and considers her library card to be one of her most valuable possessions.


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