The Nominations For The 91st Academy Awards Have Been Announced and Book Adaptations Take the Lead!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences just released the nominations for this year’s Academy Awards, and book and graphic novel adaptations received their fair share of nominations.

 

Here are the literary adaptations that were nominated:

 

1. Black Panther – 7 nominations including Best Picture

 

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One of the highest-grossing and most popular films of 2018, this Marvel Comics film has become the first comic book adaptation to be nominated for Best Picture. It was also nominated for Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design and Best Costume Design.

 

2. BlacKkKlansman – 6 nominations including Best Picture

 

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Spike Lee’s latest “joint” is based on the memoir by Ron Stallworth, and tells the story about how he became the first black police officer in the Colorado Springs Police Department and used his position to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. This is the first time Spike Lee has ever been nominated for Best Director. The film was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Adam Driver, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score and Best Film Editing.

 

3. Mary Poppins Returns – 4 nominations

 

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P.L. Travers’ timeless classic was remade last year with Emily Blunt filling in for Julie Andrews as the title role. The musical received four nominations for Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Production Design and Best Costume Design.

 

4. First Man – 4 nominations

 

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This biopic about Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 mission to the moon is based on the biography First Man: The Life of Neil Armstrong by James R. Hansen. The film is up for Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design and Best Visual Effects.

 

5. Can You Ever Forgive Me – 3 nominations

 

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Melissa McCarthy earned her second Oscar nomination for this biopic based on the memoir of the same name by Lee Israel, which follows her life as she begins to make money forging letters from deceased actors and playwrights. The film was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and co-star Richard E. Grant was nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

 

6. If Beale Street Could Talk – 3 nominations

 

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Based on the James Baldwin novel of the same name, this drama film from the director of Moonlight follows a couple struggling to stay together when the man is falsely accused of a crime. It was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score, but Regina King’s performance as the mother of the accused has garnered the most attention and she is now the frontrunner for Best Supporting Actress.

 

7. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – 3 nominations

 

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This Netflix film from the Coen Brothers isn’t actually based on a novel, but rather on a series of short stories that the brothers wrote but never published. An anthology of six different Western stories, the film was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume Design and Best Original Song.

 

8. Mary Queen of Scots – 2 nominations

 

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Saoirse Ronan is the star of this biopic based on the biography Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart written by John Guy. Though it missed out on Best Picture, the film will be competing for Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

 

9. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse – 1 nomination for Best Animated Feature

 

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A new take on the classic Marvel Comics character, this animated superhero film tells the origin story of Miles Morales as he interacts with an older Peter Parker and a number of other “Spider-People” from various dimensions. This film has emerged as the frontrunner for Best Animated Feature

 

10. Border – 1 nomination for Best Makeup and Hairstyling

 

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This Swedish fantasy film about a customs officer with an unusual sense of smell was selected as Sweden’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film. While it wasn’t nominated in that category, it did receive one nomination for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. The film is based on a short story of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist. The story can be found in his collection Let The Old Dreams Die.

 

11. The Wife – 1 nomination for Best Actress

 

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Glenn Close is the frontrunner to win the Best Actress award for her role in The Wife, about a woman who confronts the sacrifices she has made in her life when her husband receives a literary award. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Meg Wolitzer. Catch our interview with Meg Wolitzer below!

 

 

12. Avengers: Infinity War – 1 nomination for Best Visual Effects

 

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The biggest Marvel Comics movie yet was only able to secure one nomination, but it seems fitting that it would be for Best Visual Effects.

 

13. Christopher Robin – 1 nomination for Best Visual Effects

 

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This new take on A.A. Milne’s classic characters takes them into the real world so they can help a grown-up Christopher Robin find his sense of imagination again. The CGI-versions of Pooh and his friends were nominated for Best Visual Effects.

 

14. Ready Player One – 1 nomination for Best Visual Effects

 

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Steven Spielberg’s latest adventure film, which takes place almost entirely inside a video game, is based on Ernest Cline’s novel of the same name and was nominated for Best Visual Effects.

 

 

Which adaptation do you hope wins?

 

 

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