The nominations are in, and this year, like every year, the 2016 Oscars ceremony will be abuzz with award chatter: winners, losers, snubs and controversies. And, like every year, the Academy will have selected a shortlist of Oscar nominees based in the realm of books. So, to save you the hard work of trawling the internet to find out for yourself, we have collected the complete list of Oscar 2016 nominees inspired by books. Take a look…
The Big Short
With an all-star cast including the likes of Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell, The Big Short is sure to be a hit in the cinemas if not on the night of the Oscars ceremony. Based on Michael Lewis’s 2010 non-fiction work of the same name, The Big Short tells the story of four men who foresaw the collapse of the global economy and bet against the banks who had no idea it was coming. But their gamble leads the characters into the dark underbelly of modern banking, media and politics.
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing
The buzz surrounding Andy Weir’s The Martian was pretty difficult to avoid. The film, directed by none other than Ridley Scott, stays true to the 2011 novel and follows Matt Damon as Astronaut Mark Watney, as he battles to survive on Mars after being left behind by his crewmates. Realising that his only chance of rescue is a crew scheduled to arrive on Mars in four years, Watney is forced to improvise with his provisions to ensure his survival. Meanwhile, on Earth, teams from NASA and the CNSA work together to get to Watney before his time runs out.
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing
Many will find the subject matter of Emma Donoghue’s Man Booker Prize-shortlisted Room difficult to digest. Based very closely on two similar cases in Austria – those of Natascha Kampusch and Elisabeth Fritzl – Room tells the tragic story of five-year-old Jack and his Ma, who are kept as prisoners in a single-room outbuilding by their captor Old Nick. What Jack doesn’t know is that the things he sees on the TV are real, and that Jack is the product of Old Nick’s rape of Ma. Starring Brie Larson as Ma and introducing Jacob Tremblay as Jack, Room is both entirely heart-breaking and thoroughly uplifting in equal measure.
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Adapted Screenplay
Many will not have heard of Michael Punke’s 2002 non-fiction novel The Revenant, which tells the story of American frontiersman Hugh Glass. Left for dead by his comrades after being brutally attacked by a bear, Glass is forced to fix his wounds – including setting his own broken bones and tending to deep lacerations – and begins a 200-mile journey to take revenge on those who left him to die. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter and Domhnall Gleeson, and directed by Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant is a gripping tale of survival and vengeance.
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design
Adapted from Colm Tóibín’s 2009 novel of the same name by none other than the wonderful Nick Hornby, Brooklyn tells the story of Eilis Lacey, a young woman who is unable to find work in 1950s Ireland and emigrates to New York. While there she falls in love and marries, but when her sister dies back in Ireland, she returns to Ireland and meets an old flame… Starring a hugely talented cast including Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters, Brooklyn is a story about the past catching up with you… wherever you are.
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Adapted Screenplay
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
Allan Karlsson is about to celebrate his hundredth birthday with a party his family have organised for him. But he doesn’t want a party, and he doesn’t want to celebrate. Alert despite his age, Allan climbs out of the window in just his slippers and makes his way to the bus station to travel as far as the money in his pocket will allow. When at the bus station he steals another passenger’s suitcase, which is filled with drug money, and Allan finds himself pursued by both the police and drug dealers.
Nominated for: Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Fifty Shades of Grey
We’re sure that everyone on the planet has at least heard of E.L. James’s 2011 erotic romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey, and many are probably more than a little acquainted with the book’s content. College senior Ana attends a newspaper interview with wealthy entrepreneur Christian Grey. Finding him attractive and intimidating, the two begin a sexual relationship. The film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, and is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.
Nominated for: Best Music (Original Song)
Originally stylised in Ian Flemming’s 1961 James Bond novel Thunderball, Spectre marks the first time that the organisation have appeared in a James Bond film since 1971’s Diamonds are Forever, starring Sean Connery. Though not really based on a book at all, but starring a character and themes that have been well represented in literature, Spectre reintroduces audiences to a number of key James Bond characters, including M, Q and Eve Moneypenny. Spectre stars Daniel Craig in his fourth outing as agent 007, and is directed by Sam Mendes.
Nominated for: Best Music (Original Song)
The Danish Girl
A fictionalized account of one of the first identifiable people to undergo sex reassignment surgery in the 1930s, David Ebershoff’s 2000 novel The Danish Girl tells the true story of Lili Elbe and the struggles she went through to transition from a man to a woman during the early 20th century. Starring last year’s Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne and Testament of Youth actress Alicia Vikander, this year’s film has already won numerous awards, particularly for Vikander’s turn as portrait artist Gerda Wegener.
Nominated for: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design
Based on Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley author Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel The Price of Salt, Carol chronicles the story of a young aspiring photographer and her romantic relationship with an older woman going through a difficult divorce after a chance encounter with each other in a shop – and details the difficulties of living as a homosexual in the 1950s. The film stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, and Kyle Chandler.
Nominated for: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Music (Original Score), Best Adapted Screenplay
We’re sure that no one on the planet would require an introduction to this classic fairy tale, brought to life once again by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on Charles Perrault’s eponymous folk tale and borrowing elements from the 1950 animated picture, Cinderella introduces us once again to a girl who is abused by her stepmother and stepsisters, who has a wish granted by her fairy godmother to attend the ball – where she meets a handsome prince. The film stars Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Derek Jacobi, and Helena Bonham Carter.
Nominated for: Best Costume Design