Gee, Golden Globes! OMG, Oscars! We’re glad we could be there for ya! This year’s blockbuster list of hit movies drew heavily on the printed page for inspiration. For anyone who missed these award-winning movies or wants to immerse themselves in the original source, here is a list of 2016 winners and nominees and the books upon which they were based:
Based on the novel of the same name by Michael Punke,The Revenant won Best Picture/Drama, Best Actor/Drama (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu) at the 2016 Golden Globes, and has been nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director by the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences – aka, the Academy Awards.
Based on the novel by the same name by Emma Donoghue, Room won Best Actress/Drama (Brie Larson) at the 2016 Golden Globes, where it was also nominated for Best Picture/Drama and Best Screenplay (written by the author.) It has been nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress (Brie Larson) and Best Director (Lenny Abrahamson) by the Academy Awards.
Andy Weir’s funny-scary-science-y tale of an astronaut abandoned on Mars won Best Picture and Best Actor (Matt Damon) at the Golden Globes. It has been nominated for an Academy Award in both categories, as well as a nomination for Ridley Scott as Best Director.
Walter Isaacson’s in-depth biography of the computer genius won Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin) and Best Supporting Actress (Kate Winslet) at the Golden Globes. It has been nominated for Best Actor (Michael Fassbender) and Best Supporting Actress (Kate Winslet) by the Academy Awards.
Based on the novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, Carol was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Todd Haynes) and Best Actress for both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara by the Golden Globes. Cate Blanchett has received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress and Rooney Mara for Best Supporting Actress.
The Danish Girl
Based on the true story of Danish painter Einar Wegener and his California-born wife, David Ebershoff’s portrait of a marriage was nominated for Best Actor (Eddie Redmayne) and Best Actress (Alicia Vilander) by both the Golden Globes and Academy Awards.
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
The film adaptation of Michael Lewis’s examination of the financial crisis of 2008 has garnered Golden Globe nominations for Best Screenplay (Adam McKay and Charles Randolph), Best Actor (Christian Bale and Steve Carrell) and Best Picture. The Academy Awards also nominated it for Best Picture, as well as Best Director (Adam McKay) and Best Supporting Actor (Christian Bale.)
Based on the novel by Colm Toibin, the film adaptation received a Golden Globe and Academy Award Best Actress nomination for Saorise Ronan as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.