Oscar Book-To-Movie Award Nominations


We’ve all heard of the Oscar awards given to actors who worked hard to portray a character and excelled in the role. What isn’t always heard of is that many movies are adaptations of books. Some have been classics for ages, and others are newer but made an impression on readers that Hollywood took notice of. This year, according to Library Journal magazine, the top contenders are:

  • All Quiet on the Western Front is based on Erich Maria Remarque’s book. Per IMDB, it is about “A young German soldier’s terrifying experiences and distress on the western front during World War I.”
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is about, per IMDB, “The people of Wakanda fight to protect their home from intervening world powers as they mourn the death of King T’Challa.”
  • Harris Goes to Paris, based on the book by Paul Gallico, is about, per IMDB, “A widowed cleaning lady in 1950s London falls madly in love with a couture Dior dress, and decides that she must have one of her own.”
  • Women Talking, based on the book by Miriam Toews, is about, per IMDB, “Do nothing. Stay and fight. Or leave. In 2010, the women of an isolated religious community grapple with reconciling a brutal reality with their faith.”


With these movies getting the Oscar nod, it’d be great to watch the movies and read/listen to the books. Have you seen other films that were adapted from books? A few I can think of are:

  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Hunger Games Trilogy
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Holes
  • Little Women

By Gretchen Hendrick Gardella, MLIS

Gretchen Hendrick Gardella is a Librarian with administrative, research, and vast technical skills. Ms. Gardella brings over 16 years of experience working in academic and public libraries to the discussion.