Now that the 2016 Academy Awards have been announced, it’s time to read the books the winning movies were based on or inspired by:
1. Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church by The Investigative Staff of the Boston Globe
Betrayal is a book written by the real Spotlight team, the subject of the Best Picture-winning film, though the movie is not a direct adaptation — Spotlight’s Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer won for Best Original Screenplay.
2. The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge by Michael Punke
Leonardo DiCaprio won Best Actor for his performance in The Revenant, a film based on the book with the same name by Michael Punke. The Revenant’s Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Emmanuel Lubezki also won Best Director and Best Cinematography, respectively.
3. Room by Emma Donoghue
Brie Larson took home Best Actress for her role in Room, the film adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s novel of the same name.
4. Strangers on a Bridge by James Donovan
Mark Rylance won Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Bridge of Spies, a film inspired by James Donovan’s Strangers on a Bridge.
5. The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff
Alicia Vikander won Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Danish Girl, based on the David Ebershoff novel.
6. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
Adam McKay and Charles Randolph won Best Adapted Screenplay for The Big Short, which was based on the book by Michael Lewis.
And let’s not forget the nominees:
7. Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
Brooklyn, based on the Colm Tóibín novel, was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Nick Hornby).
8. The Martian by Andy Weir
Based on Andy Weir’s novel of the same name, The Martian was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Matt Damon), Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design, and Best Adapted Screenplay (Drew Goddard).
9. The Price of Salt, or Carol by Patricia Highsmith
Cate Blanchett was nominated for Best Actress for her performance in Carol, which was based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel, The Price of Salt, or Carol.
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