14 Book Adaptations Nominated for Oscars

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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.

    Nominated for:
    Best Picture
    Best Supporting Actor, Christian Bale
    Best Directing, Adam McKay
    Best Film Editing, Hank Corwin
    Best Adapted Screenplay, Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

    Download on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

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    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.

    Nominated for:
    Best Picture
    Best Actress, Saoirse Ronan
    Best Adapted Screenplay, Nick Hornby

    Download on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

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    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.

    Nominated for:
    Best Picture
    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

    Download on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

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    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.

    Nominated for:
    Best Picture
    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

    Download on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

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    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.

    Nominated for:
    Best Picture
    Best Actress, Brie Larson
    Best Directing, Lenny Abrahamson
    Best Adapted Screenplay, Emma Donoghue

    Download on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

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    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.

    Nominated for:
    Best Actor, Bryan Cranston

    Download on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

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    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.

    Nominated for:
    Best Actor, Michael Fassbender
    Best Supporting Actress, Kate Winslet

    Download on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

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    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.

    Nominated for:
    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

    Download on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

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    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.

    Nominated for:
    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

    Download on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

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    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.

    Nominated for:
    Best Actress, Charlotte Rampling

    Download on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

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    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.

    Nominated for:
    Best Costume Design, Sandy Powell

    Buy it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

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    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.

    Nominated for:
    Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Love Larson and Eva von Bahr

    Download on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

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    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.

    Nominated for:
    Best Original Song, “Earned It” by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville, and Stephan Moccio

    Download on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

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    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.

    Nominated for:
    Best Original Song, “Writings on the Wall” by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

    Buy the James Bond Collection on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.



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