2017 Oscars Reading List
Pop your popcorn, place your bets, alert the fashion police, and make room on your to-be-read pile: it's Oscar time again!
Filmmakers have long found inspiration in books and this year's crop of Academy Award nominees is no exception. This year, 18 of the nominated films were adapted from books, including four in the Best Picture category.
Which of these films will be awarded Hollywood's biggest prize? Which actor will give the most tearful acceptance speech? Which director will give the most political one? And, more importantly, which of the adapted books should I read first?
Here now is your annual book-to-film reading/viewing list. All of the books are available at the library and some of the films are already in too.
And the nominees are (in alphabetical order)...
FILM SYNOPSIS: When 12 mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors.
NOMINATED FOR: Best Picture, Cinematography, Directing, Film Editing, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Writing (Adapted Screenplay).
FILM SYNOPSIS: From the moment she was born, Vaysha was a very special girl. With her left eye she can only see into the past, and with her right, she can only see the future. The past is familiar and safe, the future is sinister and threatening. The present is a blind spot.
NOMINATED FOR: Best Animated Short.
FILM SYNOPSIS: A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts.
NOMINATED FOR: Visual Effects.
ADAPTED FROM: Doctor Strange, the Marvel comic book character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, two American comic book legends who also created Spiderman. If you haven't read these comics before, start with Doctor Strange Vol. 1, The Way of the Weird, a recent re-boot by Jason Aaron.
FILM SYNOPSIS: A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse, as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her.
NOMINATED FOR: Best Actress.
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
FILM SYNOPSIS: The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards 70 years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.
NOMINATED FOR: Costume Design, Production Design.
FILM SYNOPSIS: A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.
NOMINATED FOR: Actor in a Leading Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Picture, Writing (Adapted Screenplay).
FILM SYNOPSIS: The story of a team of African-American female mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.
NOMINATED FOR: Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Picture, Writing (Adapted Screenplay).
ADAPTED FROM: The inspiring true story told in Hidden Figures, the first book by American entrepreneur Margot Lee Shetterly.
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
FILM SYNOPSIS: Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.
NOMINATED FOR: Best Documentary Feature.
ADAPTED FROM: An unfinished manuscript by distinguished American writer and activist James Baldwin, some of which is included in I Am Not Your Negro: A Companion Edition to the Documentary Film Directed by Raoul Peck.
THE JUNGLE BOOK
FILM SYNOPSIS: After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of panther, Bagheera, and free-spirited bear, Baloo.
NOMINATED FOR: Visual Effects.
FILM SYNOPSIS: A coming of age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship and brotherhood.
NOMINATED FOR: Documentary Feature.
ADAPTED FROM: Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism, a memoir by award-winning journalist Ron Suskind.
FILM SYNOPSIS: A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometres from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
NOMINATED FOR: Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Picture, Cinematography, Music (Original Score), Writing (Adapted Screenplay).
ADAPTED FROM: The incredible memoir A Long Way Home by Indian-born Australian businessman Saroo Brierley.
A MAN CALLED OVE
FILM SYNOPSIS: Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife's grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbours.
NOMINATED FOR: Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling.
MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI
FILM SYNOPSIS: After his mother disappears, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love.
NOMINATED FOR: Animated Feature Film.
FILM SYNOPSIS: A wealthy art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale.
NOMINATED FOR: Actor in a Supporting Role.
FILM SYNOPSIS: In the 17th century, two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor, who is rumored to have committed apostasy, and to propagate Catholicism.
NOMINATED FOR: Cinematography.
FILM SYNOPSIS: A secret government agency recruits some of the most dangerous incarcerated super-villains to form a defensive task force. Their first mission: save the world from the apocalypse.
NOMINATED FOR: Makeup and Hairstyling.
ADAPTED FROM: A group of DC comic book villains, Suicide Squad, who first appeared in 1959. If you haven't read these comics before, start with the "Post Crisis" editions or the "New Suicide Squad" re-launch, or check out the movie novelization.
FILM SYNOPSIS: The story of Chesley Sullenberger, an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew.
NOMINATED FOR: Sound Editing.
FILM SYNOPSIS: During an attack on a US compound in Libya, a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.
NOMINATED FOR: Sound Mixing.
ADAPTED FROM: 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi by American journalism professor Mitchell Zuckoff.
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All film synopses are from Internet Movie Database.