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Ah, awards season. It’s time to head to the movies and catch all the must-see films of the season! But before you do that, why not check out the books these great films are based on? Oscar nominations are officially here, and a large chunk of nominees are films adapted from books. We’ve got your complete list of adaptations up for an Oscar (or 12!) here.
The Big Short based on The Big Short, by Michael Lewis
Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt
Synopsis: The dramedy takes a look at the 2007-2008 financial crisis caused by the build-up of the housing market and difficulty people had repaying loans. It’s the story of how the people who realized the market would collapse bet against it and profited greatly.
Best Supporting Actor, Christian Bale
Best Directing, Adam McKay
Best Film Editing, Hank Corwin
Best Adapted Screenplay, Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
Brooklyn, based on Brooklyn, by Colm Tóibín
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, and Julie Walters
Synopsis: Eilis Lacey travels from Ireland to New York in 1952 in search of a better life. Though she is homesick, she meets Tony—a boy from an Italian family who is immediately interested in her. A tragic incident leads her back to Ireland where she much decide whether to stay and live a comfortable, familiar life, or return to Tony in Brooklyn.
Best Actress, Saoirse Ronan
Best Adapted Screenplay, Nick Hornby
The Martian, based on The Martian, by Andy Weir
Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, and Jeff Daniels
Synopsis: Astronaut Mark Watney is abandoned on Mars when he’s struck by debris during a dust storm and his crew believes him to be dead. With only about 300 days of food left (and the next crew four years away), Watney uses his skills as a botanist to grow food in order to survive.
Best Actor, Matt Damon
Best Production Design, Arthur Max;
Set Decoration, Celia Bobak
Best Visual Effects, Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence, and Steven Warner
Best Adapted Screenplay, Drew Goddard
Best Sound Editing, Oliver Tarney
Best Sound Mixing, Paul Massey, Mark Taylor, and Mac Ruth
The Revenant based on The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge, by Michael Punke
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, and Will Poulter
Synopsis: The film takes place on the American frontier in 1823 where Hugh Glass is left for dead after being mauled by a bear. The man who abandons him, John Fitzgerald, also kills his son Hawk, and Glass sets out to seek his revenge.
Best Actor, Leonardo DiCaprio
Best Supporting Actor, Tom Hardy
Best Directing, Alejandro González Iñárritu
Best Film Editing, Stephen Mirrione
Best Production Design, Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Hamish Purdy
Best Visual Effects, Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith, and Cameron Waldbauer
Best Cinematography, Emmanuel Lubezki
Best Costume Design, Jacqueline West
Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman, and Robert Pandini
Best Sound Editing, Martin Hernandez and Lou Bender
Best Sound Mixing, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom, and Chris Duesterdiek
Room based on Room, by Emma Donoghue
Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, Sean Bridgers, and William H. Macy
Synopsis: Joy and her son Jack are held captive in a shed they call Room—where they’ve been since Joy was kidnapped seven years prior. The story follows Joy and Jack’s escape, and how they adjust to the outside world.
Best Actress, Brie Larson
Best Directing, Lenny Abrahamson
Best Adapted Screenplay, Emma Donoghue
Trumbo based on Trumbo, by Bruce Cook
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis C.K., and Elle Fanning
Synopsis: Dalton Trumbo is a screenwriter among Hollywood’s elite, but his support for the Communist Part of the USA lands him blacklisted and he must work to build up a career as he writes under a pseudonym.
Best Actor, Bryan Cranston
Steve Jobs based on Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogan, and Jeff Daniels
Synopsis: The biopic follows the life of Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder, through the failures and triumphs of Macintosh products. There’s also a significant focus on Jobs’ relationship with his daughter, Lisa, and how he comes back after being forced out of Apple.
Best Actor, Michael Fassbender
Best Supporting Actress, Kate Winslet
The Danish Girl based on The Danish Girl, by David Ebershoff
Starring: Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander
Synopsis: Based on true events, the film follows artist Einar Wegener’s transition from male to female as she assumes her new identity, Lili. Her wife Gerda sticks by her side through one of the first instances of male to female sex reassignment surgery.
Best Actor, Eddie Redmayne
Best Supporting Actress, Alicia Vikander
Best Production Design, Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Michael Standish
Best Costume Design, Paco Delgado
Carol based on The Price of Salt, by Patricia Highsmith
Starring: Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara
Synopsis: The film takes place in 1952 Manhattan, and follows the relationship between Therese Belivet and Carol Aird. Although they have strong feelings for each other, Carol is currently in a custody battle with her ex-husband—who threatens to expose her sexuality, making things very complicated.
Best Actress, Cate Blanchett
Best Supporting Actress, Rooney Mara
Best Original Score, Carter Burwell
Best Adapted Screenplay, Phyllis Nagy
Best Cinematography, Ed Lachman
Best Costume Design, Sandy Powell
45 Years based on In Another Country, by David Constantine
Starring: Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay
Synopsis: A couple, Kate and Geoff, getting ready to celebrate their 45th anniversary receives shocking news that body of Geoff’s ex-girlfriend has been found 50 years after her accident—changing Kate’s perception of their marriage forever.
Best Actress, Charlotte Rampling
Cinderella based on Cendrillon, by Charles Perrault
Starring: Lily James, Richard Madden, and Cate Blanchett
Synopsis: The classic story of Ella—mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters—comes to life in this live action remake. Ella’s fairy godmother helps her get to the royal ball, where she falls in love with the prince and must overcome her stepmother’s grasp on her life in order to be happy.
Best Costume Design, Sandy Powell
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared based on The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson
Starring: Robert Gustafsson
Synopsis: Instead of attending his 100th birthday party in his retirement home, Allan climbs out the window and disappears. He plans to go as far as his money will get him, but ends up stealing a passenger’s suitcase that’s filled with drug money.
Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
Fifty Shades of Grey based on Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, and Marcia Gay Harden
Synopsis: The movie follows Anastasia Steele as she starts a BDSM relationship with billionaire entrepreneur Christian Grey. The relationship gets more complicated as Anastasia develops true feelings for Christian—something he’s not used to.
Best Original Song, “Earned It” by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville, and Stephan Moccio
Spectre based on the James Bond novels by Ian Fleming
Starring: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, and Ben Whishaw
Synopsis: The latest James Bond film follows the titular hero as he fights the global crime organization Spectre.
Best Original Song, “Writings on the Wall” by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith