Adaptations are in at this year’s Academy Awards! With six of the eight best picture nominees based on books and even more adaptations in other categories there are plenty of great stories to read and watch this year. Be sure to stop by the library and cast your Oscar ballot for the chance to win a great prize!
First up, best picture nominee The Martian stars Matt Damon and is based on the novel of the same name by Andy Weir. This science-fiction thriller is a tale of survival on Mars and is filled equally with tense moments and hilarity due to the witty sense of humor of stranded astronaut, Mark Watney. The Martian is available from the library as a book, eBook, audiobook, DVD, and Blu-ray.
Will Leonardo DiCaprio finally win his Oscar? He’s nominated for best actor for his work in our next best picture nominee, The Revenant, based on the novel of the same name by Michael Punke. This one is not for the faint of heart. Based on a true story of revenge, survival and the brutal realities of frontier life, the book and movie are equally gripping. The Revenant is available from the library as a book and eBook.
Another story that is not for the faint of heart, is Room, a best-picture nominee based on the book of the same name by Emma Donoghue. Brie Larson earned a best actress nomination for her role as a woman kidnapped seven years ago and kept in a soundproof cell she is now trying a daring escape with her five year son, Jack, the book’s narrator. It is a gripping tale both on the screen and on the page. Room is available from the library as a book, audiobook, and eAudiobook.
The Big Short based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Michael Lewis also earned a nomination for best picture. While the book is a close examination of the 2008 financial crisis and the decisions that led to it the movie has more of humorous take focusing more on the stories of the individuals outlined in the book. The Big Short is available from the library as a book and audiobook.
With a screenplay by Nick Hornby, the adaptation of Colm Toibin’s novel Brooklyn combines the work of two literary greats. In Brooklyn, we follow the story of Ellis Lacey (played in the movie by best actress nominee Saoirse Ronan) as she emigrates from her native Ireland to New York seeking employment during the 1950’s. It is a moving story of the immigrant experience that examines issues of identity and what it means to love someone. Brooklyn is available from the library as a book, eBook, and eAudiobook.
Our final best picture nominee based on a book is Carol. This story of a chance encounter that leads to a love affair between two women in the 1950’s is based on the novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith(originally published in 1952 under the pseudonym Claire Morgan). The novel and the movie both examine the repercussions of the relationship between Carol, a housewife in the midst of a divorce, and Therese, a struggling sales clerk in world where such a relationship is forbidden. The Price of Salt is available from the library as an eBook.