This year, the Academy Awards will air on February 26th this year. Several of the movies nominated are based on books or stories.

mv5bmtexmzu0odcxndheqtjeqwpwz15bbwu4mde1oti4mzay-_v1_sy1000_cr006401000_al_Arrival (2016) is the story of an alien arrival on planet Earth and the linguistics professor, played by Amy Adams, who endeavors to interpret the language of the alien visitors.

Arrival is nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, and Best Production Design.

Arrival is based on Ted Chiang’s Nebula-winning novella “Story of Your Life.” You can read this and other stories in his collection Stories of Your Life and Others.


Fences (2016) chronicles the life of a working-class African-American father and the trials he faces in trying to raise a family in the 1950s.

Fences, which stars and is directed by Denzel Washington, is nominated for four Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Fences is based on the play by the same name by August Wilson, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1987. Wilson, who passed away in 2005, finished writing the screenplay before his death.

hidden-figuresHidden Figures (2016) is based on the true story of a group of African-American women who worked for NASA to calculate important data without which man might never have reached the moon. (I love this kind of story! Women, science, civil rights! It reminds me of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks!)

Hidden Figures, whose start-studded case includes Taraji Henson and Octavia Spencer, was nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Hidden Figures is based on the novel by the same name, written by Margot Lee Shetterly.

mv5bmja3njkznjg2mf5bml5banbnxkftztgwmdkymzgzmdi-_v1_sy1000_cr006811000_al_Lion (2016) is a movie about a lost Indian child who gets adopted by an Australian couple at the age of 5. Twenty-five years later, he returns to India to find his lost family.

Staring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, and Rooney Mara, has been nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Cinematography.

Lion is based on the memoir A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley.

moonlightMoonlight (2016) is a coming-of-age story that chronicles the life of Chiron, a black man growing up in a rough part of Miami.

Moonlight is based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney, and it has been nominated for eight Oscards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, and Best Film Editing. (Whew!)

Bonus! – Foreign Film Category – En man som heter Ove (original title)

ove Coming to us from Sweden, A Man Called Ove (2015)  is based on the much-talked about book by Fredrick Backman (and translated into English by Henning Koch.

In A Man Called Ove, a misanthropic widower finds new life in the friendship that develops with his boisterous new neighbors.

I still haven’t read this one, and I definitely need to. It looks great!

You can read the screenplays of these here for free.

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