8 Books that Inspired Oscar Nominations and 2 Notable Snubs

The Oscars are just days away! Despite the completely justifiable controversy surrounding the lack of diversity within the nominees that spawned an outcry of disappointment on Twitter, we couldn’t help but notice an unusually high percentage of books represented by this year’s nominees. We’re always thrilled to see great reads on the big screen so here you go, fellow book lovers, our guide to Oscar’s favorite books:

Best Picture Nominees:

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, Michael Lewis (Norton, 2011)

This star-studded comedy drama about the lead-up to the financial crisis of 2008 is based on a book by Michael Lewis. He also happens to be the author of Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game and The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, two books that were also turned into Oscar-winning films.

Bridge of Spies, Giles Whittell (Broadway Books, 2010)

The latest Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg collaboration, which we reviewed in October, is based on the nonfiction account penned by Giles Whittell, author of several historical nonfiction works.

Brooklyn: A Novel, Colm Toibin (Scribner, 2010)

This moving story of love and immigration in the 1950s starring Saoirse Ronan is based on a heartfelt novel by Irish author Colm Toibin.

The Martian, Andy Weir (Broadway Books, 2014)

This Best Picture nominee, which just picked up the Golden Globe for Best Comedy or Musical, is based on the lonely, humorous and astoundingly scientifically accurate space adventure by software engineer Andy Weir.

Room: A Novel, Emma Donoghue (Black Bay Books, 2011)

This at once frightening and uplifting film, starring Brie Larson, is based on a novel by Irish-Canadian historical fiction author Emma Donoghue.

The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge, Michael Punke (Picador, 2015)

This gripping tale, based on the 1823 true story of Hugh Glass’s startling survival of a bear attack, is Leonardo DiCaprio’s latest attempt to win the Best Actor Award. The film, directed by last year’s Best Director Alejandro Inarritu, is based on the fictionalized account of Glass’s story penned by Michael Punke.

Other Nominees:

The Price of Salt, or Carol, Patricia Highsmith (Norton, 2004)

This film, up for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara respectively, is based on a beautiful love story between two women that was so controversial at the time of its original 1952 publishing that Patricia Highsmith had to publish under a pseudonym.

The Danish Girl: A Novel, David Ebershoff (Penguin, 2001)

Eddie Redmanye’s latest bid for Best Actor, about transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, is based on the historical fiction retelling of her life penned by David Ebershoff.

Notable Book Snubs:

Beasts of No Nation: A Novel, Uzodinma Iweala (Harper Perennial, 2006)

This Netflix-produced film, starring Idris Elba and directed by True Detective veteran Cary Fukunaga, is based on the harrowing novel about the life of a child soldier in a war-torn African country. Some speculate that the snub was race-related, and others believe it has something to do with Netflix’s potential to upset the established studio system.

Concussion, Jeanne Marie Laskas (Random House, 2015)

The story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the pathologist responsible for bringing concerns about sports concussions to the national stage, was recorded by Jeanne Marie Laskas. Will Smith’s critically acclaimed portrayal of Omalu was snubbed by the Academy.

 

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