Oscars 2018: From Book to Screen and Back Again

By Peter SM Fri, March 2, 2018

Another year, another Academy Awards. This Sunday, March 4 marks the 90th(!) Oscars ceremony, sure to have plenty of pomp, pageantry, and now more than ever, politics.

Some will tune in for the glamour, some for the gossip. Some will throw parties, while others may try to win it all and make a quick buck in an office pool.

Oh yeah, and then there are the films too!

And where do those silver screen stories come from? Mostly from adaptations, which earned nominations in 15 of the 24 award categories, including everything from Best Picture to Makeup and Hair.

Here at the library, we want to put the spotlight on those authors who created these great stories and characters. So without further adieu, check out the following list of this year's nominated films that were adapted from books (and some that are even sequels to remakes)!

Nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Christopher Plummer)
All the Money in the World
Adapted from Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty by John Pearson


Nominated for Best Costume Design and Best Production Design
Beauty and the Beast
Adapted from Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont


Nominated for Cinematography, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects
Blade Runner 2049
Adapted from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, as well as the sequel to 1982's Blade Runner film


Nominated for Best Animated Feature Film
The Boss Baby
Adapted from The Boss Baby by Marla Frazee

The Breadwinner
Adapted from The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

Adapted from The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson


Nominated for Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role (Timothée Chalamet), Music (Original Song), Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Call Me By Your Name
Adapted from Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman


Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
The Disaster Artist
Adapted from The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero, which recounts the making of the cult classic, so-bad-it's-good film The Room and it's driving creative force, Tommy Wisneau.

Adapted from and based on characters created by Roy Thomas, Len Wein, and John Romita, Sr. in Marvel Comics.

Molly’s Game
Adapted from Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker by Molly Bloom


Nominated for Best Visual Effects
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Adapted from and based on characters created by Stan Lee, Arnold Drake, and Roy Thomas in Guardians of the Galaxy comics from Marvel.

War for the Planet of the Apes
Adapted from and based on characters in Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle


Nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Mary J. Blige), Cinematography, Music (Original Song), Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Adapted from Mudbound by Hillary Jordan


Nominated for Best Short Film
Revolting Rhymes
Adapted from Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake


Nominated for Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Victoria & Abdul
Adapted from Victoria & Abdul by Shrabani Basu


Nominated for Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Adapted from Wonder by R.J. Palacio


And if you're anything like me, you have a lot of catching up to do with your to-read and to-watch lists, so let us help you—browse our catalog for Criterion Collection films, Best Picture-winning films from years past, and after this year's Oscars, place holds on all the nominated and award-winning films that you want to watch!

This Sunday, March 4 marks the 90th(!) Oscars ceremony.
This Sunday, March 4 marks the 90th(!) Oscars ceremony.

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