The 2022 Academy Award Movies That Are Really Books
If you’re getting ready for the Oscars, there’s one question you’ll hear almost as often as “Did you see that movie?”
“What’s the difference between Sound Mixing and Sound Editing?”
(No, we still don’t know.)
Sorry, this post is about the question you’ll hear almost as often as those first two. And it’s:
“Did you know that movie was based on a book?”
We’re here to help you say confidently, “I did know that!” Then, with any luck, you might even be able to say, “And I liked it more than the movie!”
(We’ll save the book vs movie adaptation debate for another time.)
For now, we’re presenting you the 2022 Oscar Nominees that were taken straight from the books, along with a few that were kinda-sorted inspired by someone writing a book-like thing at one point.
2022 Oscar Nominees Based On Books
Dune - Taken from the famously difficult to adapt 1965 novel by Frank Herbert, Dune is nominated for 10 awards, including best picture; adapted screenplay; cinematography; editing; costume design; makeup/hairstyling; music (original score); production design; sound; visual effects.
The Power Of The Dog - Adapted from a 1976 novel by Thomas Savage of the same name, the Power of the Dog is turning into an Oscar powerhouse with 11 nominations for Best picture; actor (Benedict Cumberbatch); supporting actor (Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee); supporting actress (Kirsten Dunst); adapted screenplay; cinematography; editing; music (original score); production design; sound; visual effects.
Drive My Car - From Haruki Marukami’s collection of short stories Men Without Women comes a film adaptation nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Ryusuke Hamaguchi), Best International Feature Film, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
House of Gucci - The story of the famous fashion house is nominated for Best Makeup/Hairstyling, and comes from the pages of Sara Gay Forden’s book of the same name.
Nightmare Alley - Nominated for Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and Best Costume Design, Guillermo del Toro’s film is an adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham's 1946 novel Nightmare Alley.
- The Lost Daughter - With nominations for Best Actress (Olivia Colman), Best Supporting Actress (Jessie Buckley), and Best Adapted Screenplay, this movie is based on Elena Ferrante’s book of the same name.
2022 Oscar Nominees Based On Plays, Comics, And A Book At Point But Not A Specific Book Any More
The Tragedy of Macbeth - Earning nominations for Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and Best Actor (Denzel Washington), Joel Coen’s movie is based off of a little-known Shakespeare play.
West Side Story - Let us sneak this one in here because what is West Side Story if not an adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, another lesser-known Shakespeare work?
Cyrano - An adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s 1897 play, “Cyrano de Bergerac” starring Peter Dinklage, is nominated for costume design.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - Nominated for Best Visual Effects, one of Marvel’s latest movies was, as you may have guessed it, based on a comic that came out in 1973.
Spiderman: No Way Home - Another nominee for Best Visual Effects, Spider-Man came out in Marvel Comics’ Amazing Fantasy no. 15 in 1962.
- No Time To Die - Not based on a book in particular, but rather Ian Fleming’s James Bond series.
All in all, a not-too-shabby reading list to accompany the Oscar festivities for this year. If you need something else to motivate your reading, try our Reading IRLA Pack which lets you unlock and display some of your proudest reading-based achievements.
So, with that, we have to ask…
What’s the difference between Sound Mixing and Sound Editing?
I mean, did you read any of the books these movies were based on?