I’d Like to Thank the Academy: All 2019 Oscar Movies Based on Books

2019 oscar movies based on books

The 2019 Oscar movies are almost here! Every year I try and see all the nominees, but fail horribly. I still have quite the list of movies to get through, so I will most likely fail again with the ceremony a week away. Since the ceremony is going to completely weird without a host, you might want to occupy yourself with book during the tortuous scenes of actors muddling their way through “funny” bits. Here are all the Oscar movies based on books that you might want to pick up.

Black Panther

Black Panther Epic Collection: Panther's Rage (Jungle Action (1973-1976))

One of the most celebrated movies of the entire year is based  on Stan Lee’s iconic comic book series. You can dive into the very beginning of Black Panther’s history with Black Panther Epic Collection: Panther’s Rage (Jungle Action (1973-1976)).


black klansman

In the 1970s Ron Stallworth is hired as the first African-American in the Colorado Springs police department and starts undercover work. With the help of a fellow Jewish police officer, they infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. You can read Stallworth’s memoir, Black Klansman, to get an inside look at the true story.

The Wife

This deep look into a marriage is based on the book of the same name, The Wife. Joan, played by Glenn Closer, follows her husband, Joe, to Stockholm as he receives the Nobel Prize in Literature for books she has actually written.

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

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This is one of the few Oscar movies I got to see this year, and it’s quite enjoyable. Melissa McCarthy plays Lee Israel, who in real life forged literary letters from noted authors. You can read Israel’s memoir Can You Ever Forgive Me? to dive even deeper into this story.

If Beale Street Could Talk

if beale street could talk

The literary classic by James Baldwin If Beale Street Could Talk finally get adapted into a beautiful movie. The story follows Tish and Fonny as Fonny is imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse


Probably the most critically acclaimed animated movie this year is based on the comic Spider-Verse. Spider-characters must come together from all across the universe come together to fight evil forces in this comic and hilarious adaptation.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

all gold canyon

The Coen brothers put together six different vignettes set in the Wild West and two of them are based on short stories. All Gold Canyon is based on the Jack London story and The Girl Who Got Rattled is by Stewart Edward White.

First Man

First Man The Life of Neil A. Armstrong

If you’re obsessed with the moon landing then this movie and the book it’s based on, First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen, is for you.

Mary Poppins Returns

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Mary Poppins comes back to the Banks children to assist the children through the loss of their mother. Jack, played by Lin Manuel Miranda, comes along to aid in Mary Poppins mission. You can return to the beginning of Mary Poppins’s story in Mary Poppins.


die grenze

Hope you understand German because that’s one of the only ways to read this. Die Grenze: Erzählungen contains the short story this movie is based on and follows a customs agent who can smell fear.

Mary Queen of Scots

queen of scots

This film is based on Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart by John Guy and details Mary trying to overthrow the Elizabeth I, and her eventual execution.

Avengers: Infinity War

infinity gauntlet

If you don’t know the Avengers movie, you’ve probably been hiding under a rock. The first movie in the two-part finale  of the Marvel cinematic universe is inspired by the Infinity Gauntlet. Now we just wait for Avengers: Endgame!

Christopher Robin

complete tales of winnie the pooh

Ewan McGregor plays Christopher Robin who loses his sense of imagination when he grows up. Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends come along to reignite his love of life. Though the movie isn’t explicitly based on one book, you can read The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh to learn about all the characters.

Ready Player One

ready player one

We’ve written about Ready Player One on our podcast and we included it in our roundup of the best books we read this past year. The movie differs a bit from the book, but Ready Player One still follows Wade Watts as he tries to find the Easter Egg hidden in the OASIS.

Which of these Oscar movies based on books pique your interest? Let us know in the comments!