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.

1. Arrival

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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    Austin Wright
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    The novel that inspired the 2016 major motion picture Nocturnal Animals, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams, is a dazzling, eerie, riveting thriller of fear and regret, blood and revenge. Many years after their divorce, Susan Morrow receives a strange gift from her ex-husband. A manuscript that tells the story of a terrible crime: an ambush on the highway, a secluded cabin in the woods; a thrilling chiller of death and corruption. How could such a harrowing story be told by the man she once loved? And why, after so long, has he sent her such a disturbing and personal message...? Originally published as Tony and Susan.
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    Lion is the heartbreaking and inspiring original true story of the lost little boy who found his way home twenty-five years later and is now a major film starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara. As a five-year old in India, I got lost on a train. Twenty-five years later, I crossed the world to find my way back home. Five-year-old Saroo lived in a poor village in India, in a one-room hut with his mother and three siblings...until the day he boarded a train alone and got lost. For twenty-five years. This is the story of what happened to Saroo in those twenty-five years. How he ended up on the streets of Calcutta. And survived. How he then ended up in Tasmania, living the life of an upper-middle-class Aussie. And how, at thirty years old, with some dogged determination, a heap of good luck and the power of Google Earth, he found his way back home. Lion is a triumphant true story of survival against all odds and a shining example of the extraordinary feats we can achieve when hope endures. 'Amazing stuff' The New York Post 'So incredible that sometimes it reads like a work of fiction' Winnipeg Free Press (Canada) 'A remarkable story' Sydney Morning Herald Review 'I literally could not put this book down. Saroo's return journey will leave you weeping with joy and the strength of the human spirit' Manly Daily (Australia) 'We urge you to step behind the headlines and have a read of this absorbing account...With clear recollections and good old-fashioned storytelling, Saroo...recalls the fear of being lost and the anguish of separation' Weekly Review (Australia)
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    Shusaku Endo
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    With an introduction by Martin Scorsese 'One of the finest historical novels written by anyone, anywhere ...Flawless' - David Mitchell Father Rodrigues is an idealistic Portuguese Jesuit priest who, in the 1640s, sets sail for Japan on a determined mission to help the brutally oppressed Japanese Christians and to discover the truth behind unthinkable rumours that his famous teacher Ferreira has renounced his faith. Once faced with the realities of religious persecution Rodrigues himself is forced to make an impossible choice: whether to abandon his flock or his God. Winner of the 1966 Tanizaki Prize, Silence is Shusaku Endo's most highly acclaimed novel and a classic of its genre. It caused major controversy in Japan following its publication in 1967. Silence will soon be a major film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver.
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    Discover the secrets of Doctor Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts, Sorcerer Supreme and Marvel Comic's most spellbinding Super Hero. The Mysterious World of Doctor Strange is a lavishly illustrated tour of the unique, mind-bending universe of Stephen Strange, Sorcerer Supreme and Marvel Super Hero extraordinaire. The brainchild of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Doctor Strange opens the doors to a wonderland of otherworldly dimensions, mystics and monsters, and demons and demigods. Packed with fantastic facts and astonishing artwork selected from over 50 years of Doctor Strange's awesome comic adventures, The Mysterious World of Doctor Strange will delight new and die-hard Marvel fans alike. (c) 2016 MARVEL
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    Margot Lee Shetterly
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    SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Set amid the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA's African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America's space program. Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as 'Human Computers', calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements. Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African-American women. Segregated from their white counterparts, these 'colored computers' used pencil and paper to write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Moving from World War II through NASA's golden age, touching on the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the women's rights movement, 'Hidden Figures' interweaves a rich history of mankind's greatest adventure with the intimate stories of four courageous women whose work forever changed the world.
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    Ted Chiang
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    Now filmed as Arrival starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner With his masterful first collection, multiple-award-winning author Ted Chiang deftly blends human emotion and scientific rationalism in eight remarkably diverse stories, all told in his trademark precise and evocative prose. From a soaring Babylonian tower that connects a flat Earth with the firmament above, to a world where angelic visitations are a wondrous and terrifying part of everyday life; from a neural modification that eliminates the appeal of physical beauty, to an alien language that challenges our very perception of time and reality...Chiang's rigorously imagined fantasia invites us to question our understanding of the universe and our place in it. 'Story of Your Life', the fourth story in the collection, has now been filmed as Arrival: a major motion picture starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Academy Award-winner, Forest Whitaker.