Tuesday, March 01, 2016

The Revenant Tops Bookish Oscar Winners

Shelf Awareness

At last night's Academy Awards ceremony, five of the eight best picture nominees were based on books and 10 adaptations overall were up for Oscars, but the final results did not quite live up to readers' expectations. An early favorite with a dozen nominations, The Revenant lost to Mad Max: Fury Road in nearly all of the technical categories before coming back strong late in the evening to pick up Oscars in three major categories. The four bookish winners were:
The Revenant, based in part on the novel by Michael Punke: actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), director (Alejandro González Iñárritu) and cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki)

Room, based on Emma Donoghue's novel: actress (Brie Larson)

The Big Short, based on the book by Michael Lewis: adapted screenplay (Charles Randolph & Adam McKay)

The Danish Girl, based on David Ebershoff's novel: supporting actress (Alicia Vikander)

Book-to-film adaptations that earned nominations but did not win Oscars included The Martian, adapted from Andy Weir's novel; Carol, based on Patricia Highsmith's novel The Price of Salt; Brooklyn, adapted from the novel by Colm Toibin; Steve Jobs, based on the book by Walter Isaacson; 45 Years, adapted from the short story "In Another Country" by David Constantine: and Trumbo, based on Bruce Cook's book Trumbo: A Biography of the Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Who Broke the Hollywood Blacklist.

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