Oscars 2017: Academy Award-nominated Films Based on Books

We're getting seriously excited for the Academy Awards on 26 February 2017, particularly as several of the nominated films were originally inspired by brilliant books. Check out the list below for some of this year's very best Academy Award-nominated films based on books.

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1. Arrival

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8 nominations, including: Best Picture; Cinematography; Directing; Film Editing; Production Design; Sound Editing; Sound Mixing; Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

This enthralling sci-fi film is based on Ted Chiang's short story, Story of Your Life. It features peculiar, seemingly sinister creatures that arrive on Earth in huge, grey pods. Amy Adams stars as a talented linguist who is asked to try to understand and communicate with the aliens, and discover why exactly they've come to Earth. As she comes to understand their language, she also comes to realise their astonishing secret - a secret that will change the very fabric of reality.

2. Lion

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6 nominations, including: Best Picture; Actor in a Supporting Role (Dev Patel); Actress in a Supporting Role (Nicole Kidman); Cinematography; Music (Original Score); Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Based on Saroo Brierley's memoir, A Long Way Home, this film follows a boy who is separated from his brother and ends up alone on the streets of Calcutta. He is eventually taken into an orphanage and then adopted by an Australian couple, with whom he is relatively happy. However, he can't help thinking about the family he lost. Can he find his mother, half a world away? The film stars Dev Patel as Saroo.


3. Hidden Figures

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3 nominations, including: Best Picture; Actress in a Supporting Role (Octavia Spencer); Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

This incredible true story is based on Margot Lee Shetterley's novel of the same name, and follows NASA's African-American female mathematicians, who were pivotal figures in America's space program. These 'coloured computers' would calculate the flight paths and work out the equations that would enable historic scientific achievements and ultimately launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. The film stars Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae as two of these inspiring scientists.



4. Nocturnal Animals

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1 nomination: Actor in a Supporting Role (Michael Shannon)

Based on Austin Wright's novel, Tony & Susan, this film stars Amy Adams as Susan, a frustrated and unfulfilled gallery owner who receives a mysterious package from her estranged ex-husband, Tony. It contains the manuscript of a novel, Nocturnal Animals, which Tony claims was inspired by Susan. As Susan starts to read the manuscript, she quickly becomes engrossed, and three plotlines begin to intertwine: Susan's current life, the narrative of Tony's manuscript, and flashbacks to the former couple's shared past. Is the manuscript a harmless work of catharsis - or a threat?


5. Silence

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1 nomination: Cinematography

This thrilling, dark film is based on Shusaku Endo's highly-acclaimed novel of the same name. It's the 1640s, and Father Rodrigues - an idealistic Portuguese Jesuit priest - sets sail for Japan, determined to support the brutally-oppressed Japanese Christians and discover the truth behind inconceivable rumours that his famous teacher, Ferreira, has renounced his faith. Faced with the harsh realities of religious persecution himself, Father Rodrigues must make an unbearable choice: to abandon his flock, or his God. The film stars Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver.



6. Doctor Strange

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1 nomination: Visual Effects

Based on the Marvel comic book superhero Doctor Strange, this film follows neurosurgeon Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), who, after a terrible car accident, loses the use of his hands. Devastated that his career is in ruins, he discovers a man who was inexplicably able to regain the use of his legs, and this man directs him to the spiritual compound Kamar-Taj in Nepal. Over time, Strange comes to understand the incredible forces of space and time, secretly learns how to warp time with the mystical Eye of Agamotto, and will have to fight the malevolent Dormammu for the safety of the three Sanctums, which protect the Earth from other dimensions.