The Oscars Library: The Books That Inspired This Year's Academy Award Nominees
THE BIG SHORT: INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE BY MICHAEL LEWIS: THE BIG SHORT
Really, it's the truth that inspired both the book and the movie. Lewis's non-fiction take on the 2008 housing crisis is an important read for Americans looking to understand recent economic history.
BROOKLYN BY COLM TéIBéN: BROOKLYN
Téibén's take on an Irish 20-something's move to New York in the 1950s – and the subsequent internal battle she feels between her old home and hew new – was published in 2009.
THE PRICE OF SALT BY PATRICA HIGHSMITH: CAROL
The 1952 novel has since been republished as Carol, the film's title, but back in its original form, it was a seriously groundbreaking in its depiction of a lesbian romance – and also controversial. Highsmith used a pseudonym and didn't let her name be attached to the tome until 1990.
THE MARTIAN BY ANDY WEIR: THE MARTIAN
Weir strived to make the futuristic, Mars-set novel as realistic as possible through visits to U.S. Space Centers and studying orbital mechanics, astronomy and the history of space travel.
THE REVENANT BY MICHAEL PUNKE: THE REVENANT
The story of the real-life Hugh Glass, an American fur-trapper, takes a few fictional turns courtesy of author Punke's imagination.
ROOM BY EMMA DONOGHUE: ROOM
Much like the film adaptation, Room the novel is told from the perspective of Jack – the boy Jacob Tremblay brings to life on-screen.
DALTON TRUMBO BY BRUCE ALEXANDER COOK: TRUMBO
If you want a deeper look at the life of blacklisted Oscar-winning screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, read Cook's biography, which served as the basis for the film.
THE DANISH GIRL BY DAVID EBERSHOFF: THE DANISH GIRL
While Lili Elbe was a real person, Ebershoff's account of her life, The Danish Girl, is fictionalized, even going as far as to change the name of Gerda Wegener, Lili's wife, to Greta (which was then changed back for the film).
STEVE JOBS BY WALTER ISAACSON: STEVE JOBS
While there are plenty of films about the life of the late Apple founder, only the 2015 film is based on Isaacson's biography, which was written at the request of Jobs himself.
IN ANOTHER COUNTRY BY DAVID CONSTATINE: 45 YEARS
They may not have the same name, but 45 Years uses Constatine's short story as its original source material.