From Page to Screen: Oscar Nominations

by Fingal Libraries
by Fingal Libraries on January 20, 2016 in Libraries

It’s Oscar Nomination season with the Award Ceremony taking place in February on Sunday the 28th. It’s been the year of the “Page to Screen” with many of the nominations being movies that were adapted from books. It also could be considered the year of the Irish Film with Irish Actors, Directors and Writers getting […]

It’s Oscar Nomination season with the Award Ceremony taking place in February on Sunday the 28th. It’s been the year of the “Page to Screen” with many of the nominations being movies that were adapted from books. It also could be considered the year of the Irish Film with Irish Actors, Directors and Writers getting a nomination.

Here are just some of the titles that were books before they were films.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn is a novel by Colm Toibin which was adapted for screen by writer Nick Hornby. The film is a big Irish hopeful, given that the book was written by an Irish author and it is an Irish American story which stars Irish actors Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson as well as Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent. The film has been nominated for three Academy Awards which include Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay. The novel of the same name has been well received and has also won awards including the 2009 Costa Novel Award and it was also shortlisted for the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was longlisted for the 2009 Man Booker Prize

Room

Room is another Irish hopeful with the book being written by Irish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue in 2010. The story is told from the perspective of a five-year-old boy, Jack, who is being held captive in a small room along with his mother. Staring Brie Larson in the main role as “Ma”, the film is directed by Dublin born Lenny Abrahamson, who has been nominated for an Oscar along with Larson. Room, the novel, received many awards including the New York Times bestseller in Fiction, 2010 and also an International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award nomination in 2012. As well as writing the novel, Donoghue wrote the screenplay for the film

The Danish Girl

The Danish Girl, directed by Tom Hooper, has been nominated for four Oscars including a nomination for Eddie Redmayne who stars in the lead role. The Danish Girl film is based on the 2000 fictional novel of the same name by David Ebershoff. The book is loosely inspired by the lives of Danish painters Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener

The Revenant

Fans of Leonardo Di Caprio will be hoping that this is the year he gets a nod from Oscar for his starring role in The Revenant. Described as an American frontier revenge film, it is based in part on Michael Punke’s The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge. To be noted is the Irish interest in this film with Domhnall Gleeson acting in the movie along with Di Caprio. The Revenant has been nominated for an incredible 12 Academy Awards, the most for the 2016 ceremony, including Best Picture, Best Director,Best Actor (DiCaprio) and Best Supporting Actor.

The Martian

The Martian has been nominated for seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Matt Damon, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Drew Goddard. The film is based on a book by American novelist Andy Weir. Originally self-published in 2011, it was re-released it in 2014 after Crown Publishing purchased the rights. The story follows an American astronaut as he becomes stranded alone on Mars in the year 2035 and must improvise in order to survive.

Carol

“Carol” is a 2015 British-American romantic drama film based on the novel The Price of Salt (also known as Carol) by Patricia Highsmith. Starring Cate Blanchett it is directed by Todd Haynes from a screenplay by Phyllis Nagy. Blanchett has been nominated for best actress in the lead role of Carol Aird. Originally published in 1952 under the pseudonym “Claire Morgan” it was republished under Highsmith’s name in 1990.

The Big Short

The Big Short Movie starring Brad Pitt is based on the non-fiction book “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine” by Michael Lewis about the build-up of the housing and credit bubble during the 2000s. The book was released in 2010 and the film also stars Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling. It has been nominated for Best Film in the 2016 Oscars.

Many of these movies are currently on view in Irish Cinemas, however if you would like to read the book first you can reserve a copy online or in your local Fingal Library Branch.

By Enid Bebbington

Donabate Library

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