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Every 2018 Oscar-Nominated Film Based on a Book

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From post-apocalyptic epics set in the future to heart-rending love stories in the Italian countryside, book-to-movie adaptations continue are a hit with film audiences. And the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continues to be just as captivated as moviegoers by these tales.

In anticipation of the 90th Academy Awards ceremony on March 4th, we’ve assembled a list of every 2018 Oscar-nominated film based on a book. Adaptations earned nominations in 15 of the 24 award categories, including everything from Best Picture to Sound Mixing.

It’s worth noting, however, that only six of the 16 films on this list were adapted from books written by women. And of those six, only two of the screenplays—The Breadwinner and Mudbound—were written by women. The Breadwinner and Mudbound are also two of only three films boasting female directors on this list.

Hollywood  has miles to go in achieving gender parity, let alone nominating movies created by female filmmakers. This list shows that seeking out stories written by, adapted by and directed by women is crucial to making progress in this arena.

All the Money in the World

Based on: Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty by John Pearson

Screenplay by: David Scarpa

Directed by:   Ridley Scott  

Starring:   Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg

Oscar Nominations: Actor in a Supporting Role (Christopher Plummer)

Beauty and the Beast

Based on: Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont

Screenplay by: Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos

Directed by: Bill Condon

Starring:   Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad

Oscar Nominations: Costume Design, Production Design

Blade Runner 2049

Based on: Characters from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

Screenplay by: Hampton Fancher and Michael Green

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Robin Wright

Oscar Nominations: Cinematography, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects

The Boss Baby

Based on: The Boss Baby by Marla Frazee

Screenplay by: Michael McCullers

Directed by: Tom McGrath

Starring: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Miles Bakshi, Tobey Maguire

Oscar Nominations: Animated Feature Film

The Breadwinner

Based on: The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

Screenplay by: Anita Doron and Deborah Ellis

Directed by: Nora Twomey

Starring: Saara Chaudry, Soma Bhatia, Noorin Gulamgaus, Laara Sadiq

Oscar Nominations: Animated Feature Film

Call Me by Your Name

Based on: Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman

Screenplay by: James Ivory

Directed by: Luc Guadagnino

Starring: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar

Oscar Nominations: Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role (Timothée Chalamet), Music (Original Song), Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

The Disaster Artist

Based on: The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell

Screenplay by: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber

Directed by:   James Franco  

Starring:   James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie

Oscar Nominations: Writing (Adapted Screenplay)


Based on: The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf with art by Robert Lawson

Screenplay by: Robert L. Baird, Tim Federle, Brad Copeland

Directed by: Carlos Saldanha

Starring: John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Anthony Anderson, Gina Rodriguez, Bobby Cannavale

Oscar Nominations: Animated Feature Film

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Based on: Guardians of the Galaxy   Marvel Comics  series by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning

Screenplay by: James Gunn

Directed by: James Gunn

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper 

Oscar Nominations: Visual Effects


Based on:   Marvel Comics  characters created by Roy Thomas, Len Wein and John Romita, Sr.

Screenplay by: Scott Frank, James Mangold, Michael Green

Directed by: James Mangold

Starring:   Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook

Oscar Nominations: Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Molly’s Game

Based on: Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker by Molly Bloom

Screenplay by:   Aaron Sorkin  

Directed by:   Aaron Sorkin  

Starring:   Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera

Oscar Nominations: Writing (Adapted Screenplay)


Based on: Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

Screenplay by: Dee Rees and Virgil Williams

Directed by: Dee Rees

Starring:   Carey Mulligan, Mary J. Blige, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Garrett Hedlund

Oscar Nominations: Actress in a Supporting Role (Mary J. Blige), Cinematography, Music (Original Song), Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Revolting Rhymes

Based on: Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl with art by Quentin Blake

Screenplay by: Jan Lachauer and Jakob Schuh

Directed by: Jan Lachauer and Jakob Schuh

Starring: Rob Brydon, Bertie Carvel, Gemma Chan, Dominic West

Oscar Nominations: Short Film (Animated)

Victoria & Abdul

Based on: Victoria & Abdul by Shrabani Basu

Screenplay by: Lee Hall

Directed by: Stephen Frears

Starring: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Adeel Akhtar

Oscar Nominations: Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling

War for the Planet of the Apes

Based on: Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle

Screenplay by: Mark Bomback and Matt Reeves

Directed by: Matt Reeves

Starring: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Karen Konoval

Oscar Nominations: Visual Effects


Based on: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Screenplay by: Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad, Stephen Chbosky

Directed by: Stephen Chbosky

Starring: Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic

Oscar Nominations: Makeup and Hairstyling

Check out our 2017 and 2016 lists for more book-to-film adaptations.

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