Books Turned Movies Dominate the Oscars

The Oscars showcased the most entertaining, emotionally driven, and visually stunning films. If you have not read some of the books prior to the movies or have watched the movie without reading the book, you are in for a treat.

62 out of 228 films released in 2016 were nominated for an Oscar, according to Wikipedia. Four of the nine films, nominated for Best Picture were based off of books.

From page to screen, let the Oscars inspire you to read more and dig deeper into the characters, storyline and plot. These are the books that inspired the movies, that were nominated for Best Picture:

Arrival was nominated in eight categories and won for Best Sound Editing. Based on the book by Ted Chiang titled Stories of Your Life and Others.

The story is narrated by Dr. Louise Banks, writing in the past tense. After a race of aliens, known as heptapods, initiate first contact with humanity, the military hires Banks to discover their language and communicate with them. The story revolves around Banks and Dr. Gary Donnelly, a physicist also working for the military to gain knowledge of physics from the aliens.

Hacksaw Ridge
Hacksaw Ridge was nominated in six categories and won for Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing. Based on the book by Booton Herndon titled Redemption at Hacksaw Ridge.

“When we go into combat, Doss, you’re not coming back alive. I’m gonna shoot you myself!” The men of the 77th Infantry Division couldn’t fathom why Private Desmond T. Doss would venture into the horrors of World War II without a single weapon to defend himself. “You’re nothing but a coward!,” the said. But the soft-spoken medic insisted that his mission was to heal, not kill. This page-turner will keep you riveted to your seat as you discover how Desmond Doss became the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor. Desmond’s dramatic true story of integrity, redemption, and heroism will inspire you to live by the courage of your convictions.

Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures was nominated for three categories and is based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly titled Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.

Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades. They faced challenges, forged alliances, and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.

Lion was nominated for six categories and was based on the book by Saroo Brierley titled A Long Way Home.

This is the miraculous and triumphant story of Saroo Brierley, a young man who used Google Earth to rediscover his childhood life and home in an incredible journey from India to Australia and back again.