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Every Incredible Book That Was Adapted Into a 2023 Oscar-Nominated Film

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One of the biggest trends in Hollywood movies is adapting books into major motion pictures that pop up at our local theaters and on Netflix. While it’s not a new idea in the entertainment industry (To Kill a Mockingbird and Romeo and Juliet come to mind here), the publishing industry knows that actresses, like Reese Witherspoon, are salivating over the hottest properties to take to the big screen. It not only can bring in major box office dollars, but it can also get you an Oscar nomination.

There’s a crop of films, which are nominated for an Academy Award this year in at least one category, that started as books. It’s a win-win for everyone because a popular movie often sends the original book to the top of the New York Times Best-Seller list all over again. There can be controversial adaptations, like this year’s movie, Blonde, which was based on a Joyce Carole Oates book, and then there are books that get the Hollywood treatment over and over again, like Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris. And if you’ve read both the book and seen the movie, you get to ask the question: Which one was better?

However, Scott Shannon, publisher of Penguin Random House’s Del Rey imprint, has a very different way of seeing things. “I think Hollywood, in general, has recognized that books are a great way to bring compelling content to a large audience, and the book experience, in a lot of cases, it really enriches watching the show [or movie],” he told The Verge. With just days to go until the 95th Annual Academy Awards, get a jump on this list of books that were adapted to film and are lucky enough to get an Oscar nod or two.

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