Get Ready for the Oscars with These Best Picture Adaptations

Posted by Cybil on February 23, 2017


Get ready for Hollywood's biggest night by curling up with some of its best inspiration! When the 89th Academy Awards get underway this Sunday, four book-to-film adaptations will be among the competition for Best Picture. Check out tinsel town's source material for this year's Best Picture nominees and look through some earlier books that were transformed into Best Picture gold. Be sure to add them to your Want to Read list.

Adaptations Nominated for Best Picture:
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Hidden Figures
by Margot Lee Shetterly

Other nominations include Octavia Spencer for best supporting actress and best adapted screenplay.


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Fences
by August Wilson

Other nominations include Denzel Washington for best actor and Viola Davis for best supporting actress, as well as best adapted screenplay.


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Lion (Original title: A Long Way Home)
by Saroo Brierley

Other nominations include Dev Patel for best supporting actor, Nicole Kidman for best supporting actress, and best adapted screenplay.


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Arrival (Original title: Stories of Your Life and Others)
by Ted Chiang

Other nominations include Denis Villeneuve for best director, and best adapted screenplay.


Previous Best Picture Winners:
Twelve Years a Slave
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Argo
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Slumdog Millionaire
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No Country for Old Men
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Million Dollar Baby
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The Return of the King
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The English Patient
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Forrest Gump
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The Silence of the Lambs
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Out of Africa
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Terms of Endearment
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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Which of this year's book-to-film adaptations should win? Tell us in the comments!
(Top image credit: Hidden Figures)


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message 1: by Elizabeth☮ (new)

Elizabeth☮ I am thinking of the one I like best and that is The Arrival. What an amazing story.


message 2: by Francesca (new)

Francesca Saw Hidden Figures about a month or so ago (managed to see an early screening) and it is incredible. I hope it does well in the awards, it deserves it. Fences is my highest priority out of the other nominees to watch next. Viola Davis is amazing in everything she does.

Have to admit, I'm still disappointed that A Monster Calls wasn't nominated for anything. It was a phenomenal and breath taking movie that deserved some recognition. It was one of the best adaptations I've ever seen, as well, as it stayed incredibly close to the source material.


message 3: by Verrem (new)

Verrem Arrival was amazing. A truly original take on such an overdone topic. Also, best twist of the year.


message 4: by Elizabeth☮ (new)

Elizabeth☮ I agree Emiel. I keep thinking what I would do in those same circumstances.


message 5: by Sumeet (new)

Sumeet Mahendra Someday, I'll read every single book listed over here and watch the movies based on them. Amen. :-):-)


message 6: by Alejandra (new)

Alejandra Francesca wrote: "Saw Hidden Figures about a month or so ago (managed to see an early screening) and it is incredible. I hope it does well in the awards, it deserves it. Fences is my highest priority out of the othe..."

I totally agree with you! =)


message 7: by Crazyforbooks (new)

Crazyforbooks I have to say that my favourite adaptation isn't nominated ("Nocturnal animals"). Of the ones nominated, I vote for "Arrival" ("The story of your life")


message 8: by Crazyforbooks (new)

Crazyforbooks Elizabeth☮ wrote: "I agree Emiel. I keep thinking what I would do in those same circumstances." It's a very hard decisión to take... it's a movie/story to talk and discuss long after you watch/read it


message 9: by Laura (new)

Laura Berlin Hidden Figures was fantastic and is on my TBR list.


message 10: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana Arrival was excellent.


message 11: by David (new)

David Although not in the Best Picture category, hoping the Scorsese historical drama film Silence wins the Oscar for Best Cinematography. The movie was amazing and I just started the book.


message 12: by Brooke (new)

Brooke Francesca wrote: "Saw Hidden Figures about a month or so ago (managed to see an early screening) and it is incredible. I hope it does well in the awards, it deserves it. Fences is my highest priority out of the othe..."
Agreed. A Monster Calls was brilliant; I was so happy to see how much it stuck to the book & how the tears I produced reading it were still in full effect when watching the complex emotions played out on-screen. Definitely underrated, such a shame.


message 13: by Laura (new)

Laura Saxon I saw Hidden Figures and loved it. I'm not watching the Oscars this year because the actors might get uppity about President Trump and encourage people not to follow him. I don't like people that don't support Trump.


message 14: by Maureen (new)

Maureen Laura wrote: "I saw Hidden Figures and loved it. I'm not watching the Oscars this year because the actors might get uppity about President Trump and encourage people not to follow him. I don't like people that d..."

Well isn't that handy. We don't like you either.


The Book Crusader I knew a left vs. right debate would happen, though I figured it would be over La La Land and how one side would claim that the only reason it was nominated (and won) so many times because the leads were both white.

I'm just happy that Trolls lost. Screw that piece of shit movie. I hope Dreamworks realizes how much they screwed up by not using the Good Luck Troll designs.


message 16: by Maureen (new)

Maureen The Book Crusader wrote: "I knew a left vs. right debate would happen, though I figured it would be over La La Land and how one side would claim that the only reason it was nominated (and won) so many times because the lead..."

Didn't win, didn't win, didn't win! Mwahahahahaha


message 17: by Elizabeth☮ (new)

Elizabeth☮ The Book Crusader wrote: "I knew a left vs. right debate would happen, though I figured it would be over La La Land and how one side would claim that the only reason it was nominated (and won) so many times because the lead..."

But the audience for this movie doesn't know the original trolls. Their parents might, but they definitely do not.


message 18: by Francesca (new)

Francesca Brooke wrote: "Agreed. A Monster Calls was brilliant; I was so happy to see how much it stuck to the book & how the tears I produced reading it were still in full effect when watching the complex emotions played out on-screen. Definitely underrated, such a shame. "

Oh, same here! I was a blubbering wreck by the end of the book and, sure enough, I was exactly the same at the end of the film. I'm hoping it will garner some more recognition but it doesn't seem to have received much which is such a shame. Such a gorgeous movie in every way.


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