Every 2017 Oscar-Nominated Film Based on a Book or a Play

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Every 2017 Oscar-Nominated Film Based on a Book or a Play

From historical dramas to science fiction epics, movies adapted from plays and books continue to dazzle audiences. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences must be enthralled by these works as well, because film adaptations garnered Oscar nominations in 20 of the 24 awards categories this year.

In anticipation of the 89th Academy Awards ceremony on February 26th, we’ve assembled a gallery of every 2017 Oscar-nominated film based on a book or a play. Enjoy browsing the titles, and check out our gallery from 2016 for more captivating adaptations.

13 Hours: Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Based on: 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff
Directed by: Michael Bay
Starring: James Badge Dale, John Krasinski
Oscar Nomination: Sound Mixing


Based on: "Story of Your Life" (short story) by Ted Chiang from Stories of Your Life and Others
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
Oscar Nominations: Best Picture, Cinematography, Directing, Film Editing, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Blind Vaysha

Based on: "Blind Vaysha" (short story) by Georgi Gospodinov from And Other Stories (Writings from an Unbound Europe)
Directed by: Theodore Ushev
Narrated by: Caroline Dhavernas
Oscar Nomination: Short Film (Animated)

Doctor Strange

Based on: The Marvel Comics character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
Directed by: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams
Oscar Nomination: Visual Effects


Based on: Oh… by Philippe Dijan
Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte
Oscar Nomination: Actress in a Leading Role

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Based on: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
Directed by: David Yates
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston
Oscar Nominations: Costume Design, Production Design


Based on: "Fences" (play) by August Wilson
Directed by: Denzel Washington
Starring: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo
Oscar Nominations: Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Hidden Figures

Based on: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Directed by: Theodore Melfi
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe
Oscar Nominations: Best Picture, Actress in a Supporting Role, Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

I Am Not Your Negro

Based on: Remember This House (unfinished manuscript) by James Baldwin
Directed by: Raoul Peck
Narrated by: Samuel L. Jackson
Oscar Nomination: Documentary (Feature)

The Jungle Book

Based on: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Starring: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley
Oscar Nomination: Visual Effects