There have been many changes in the 90+ years of Oscars to who does the voting and how. Currently, winners of each Oscars category are determined by Academy voters in that same field. Actors vote for acting categories, writers vote for writing, musicians for music, directors for directing, etc. All Academy voters vote for Best Picture and since the largest number of Academy voters are actors, they tend to have the most influence on who wins.

In 2009, the Academy changed the way voting is done on best picture to a complicated run off process.The number of nominees was also expanded from five to "up to" ten that year.

This Guide Compiled By:

Danielle Hoveland (The one who has made an effort to watch every movie ever nominated for Best Picture)
Library Technician
Do you love movies? Do you love The Oscars? Are those two questions mutually exclusive?

A few years back we started a yearly display around Oscar season featuring all the books we have in the library that were turned into Oscar nominated films. Now, you can explore that collection any time with this guide. From classics like Shakespeare and Charles Dickens to “Dune” and “The Martian”, check out the Oscar nominated (and winning) stories available in the library or through interlibrary loan. (And we have some of the movies too!)

Books About Oscars/Movies:

Kinn, Gail, and Jim Piazza. The Academy Awards : the Complete Unofficial History. Revised and up-to-date. New York: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2014.

Grant, Barry Keith. Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film. Detroit: Schirmer Reference, 2007. Print.

Fujiwara, Chris. Movies. London: Cassell Illustrated, 2007. Print.

Ebert, Roger. The Great Movies. 1st trade pbk. ed. New York: Broadway Books, 2003. 

Ebert, Roger., and Mary. Corliss. The Great Movies II. 1st ed. New York: Broadway Books, 2005. 

Schneider, Steven Jay. 1001 Movies You Must See before You Die. Updated edition. Hauppage, New York: Barron’s, 2013.

Best Picture

The Library Owns These

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) – winner
FIC Remar Erich

A Farewell to Arms (1932) – nominated
Book: FIC Hemin Ernes
Movie: PN1997 .F3 2004

Little Women (1933) and (2019) – nominated (winner for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1933)
YA Alcot Louis

The Thin Man (1934) – nominated 
FIC Hamme Dashi

Les Miserables (1935) and (2019) – nominated
FIC Hugo Victo

David Copperfield (1935) - nominated
FIC Dicke Charl

A Tale of Two Cities (1935) – nominated
FIC Dicke Charl

Romeo and Juliet (1936) and (1968) – nominated 
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935) - nominated
Henry V (1944) – nominated
Hamlet (1948) – winner
Julius Caesar (1953) - nominated
All contained in The Complete Works of Shakespeare: PR2755 .B36 2007
The Good Earth (1937) - nominated
FIC Buck Pearl

Pygmalion (1938) – nominated (winner for Best Adapted Screenplay)
and My Fair Lady (1964) – winner
Both adapted from Pygmalion: PR5363 .P83 1951

Gone with the Wind (1939) – winner
FIC Mitch Marga

Of Mice and Men (1939) – nominated
FIC Stein John

The Wizard of Oz (1939) – nominated
YA Baum Frank

Wuthering Heights (1939) – nominated (winner for Best Adapted Screenplay)
FIC Bront Emily

Grapes of Wrath (1940) – nominated (winner for Best Adapted Screenplay)
FIC Stein John

The Maltese Falcon (1941) – nominated
Book by Dashiell Hammett
Movie: FIC Hamme Dashi

Great Expectations (1947)
FIC Dicke Charl

The Cain Mutiny (1954) – nominated
FIC Woulk Herma

Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) – winner
FIC Verne Jules

The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) - nominated
Play: PS3513.O5315 D5 1993
Based on The Diary of a Young Girl: DS135.N6 F73313 1995

Sons and Lovers (1960) – nominated
FIC Lawre D

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) – nominated (winner for Best Adapted Screenplay)
Book: FIC Lee Harpe

Zorba the Greek (1964) – nominated
FIC Kazan Nikos

Oliver! (1968) – winner
A musical adaptation of Oliver Twist: FIC Dicke Charl

A Clockwork Orange (1971) – nominated
Book: FIC Burge Antho
Movie: PN1995.9 .S87 S736549 2007

The Last Picture Show (1971) – nominated
Book: FIC McMur Larry
Audiobook: PS3563.A319 L37 2008b

The Emigrants (1972) – nominated
FIC Mober VIlhe (not to be confused with Johan Bojer’s book by the same name)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) – winner
Book: FIC Kesey Ken
Movie: PN1995.9 .M463 O54 1997

Jaws (1975) – nominated
Book: FIC Bench Peter
Movie: PN1997 .J32 2000

All the President’s Men – nominated
E860 .B47 2014

Apocalypse Now (1979) – nominated
It isn’t credited, but it is based on Heart of Darkness: FIC Conra Josep

Ordinary People (1980) – winner
FIC Guest Judit

The Right Stuff (1983) – nominated
FIC Wolfe Tom

The Color Purple (1985) – nominated
FIC Walke Alice

The Accidental Tourist (1988) – nominated
FIC Tyler Anne

Dances with Wolves (1990) – winner
FIC Blake Micha

The Silence of the Lambs (1991) – winner
FIC Harri Thoma

Beauty and the Beast (1991) – nominated
JUV PZ8 .S6744 Be 2017 (includes multiple translations and a puzzle)

Schindler’s List (1993) – winner
PR9619.3 .K46 S3 1994

Sense and Sensibility (1995) – nominated (winner for Adapted Screenplay)
Book: FIC Auste Jane
Audiobook: PR4034.S4 1995

The English Patient (1996) – winner
FIC Ondaa Micha

L.A. Confidential (1997) – nominated (winner for Adapted Screenplay)
FIC Ellro James

A Beautiful Mind (2001) - winner
Audiobook: QA29 .N25 .N3737 2001
Movie: PN1995.9 .M463 B438 2006

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) – nominated
: The Two Towers (2002) – nominated
: Return of the King (2003) – winner
All three books, plus The Hobbit can be found under FIC Tolki J

Mystic River (2003) – nominated
FIC Lehan Denni

Seabiscuit (2003) – nominated
SF355.S4 H56 2002

Brokeback Mountain (2005) – nominated (winner for Best Adapted Screenplay)
Book: FIC Proul Annie (a short story contained in a collection)
Movie: PN1995.9 .L6 B765 2006

Atonement (2007) – nominated
FIC McEwa Ian

There Will be Blood (2007) – nominated
Based on the novel Oil!: FIC Sincl Upton

No Country for Old Men (2007) – winner
FIC McCar Corma

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) – nominated
Book: On the library Kindle
Audiobook: PS3511.I9 G7 1995

The Reader (2008) – nominated
FIC Schli Bernh

The Blind Side (2009) – nominated
GV939 .O44 L49 2009

The Help (2011) – nominated
FIC Stock Kathr

Hugo (2011) – nominated
Adapted from The Invention of Hugo Cabret: YA Selzn Brian

Moneyball (2011) – nominated
GV880 .L49 2003

War Horse (2011) – nominated
YA Morpu Micha

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011) – nominated
FIC Foer Jonat

Argo (2012) – winner
Book: E183.8 .I55 M46 2013
Movie on Swank

Lincoln (2012) – nominated
Based on Team of Rivals: E457.45 .G66 2006

Life of Pi (2012) – nominated
FIC Marte Yann

12 Years a Slave (2013) – winner
E444 .N87 2013

The Theory of Everything (2014) – nominated
Ebook available via Ebsco

The Imitation Game (2014) – nominated (winner for Best Adapted Screenplay)
Based on Alan Turing: the Enigma: QA29.T8 H63 2014

The Big Short (2015) – nominated (winner for Adapted Screenplay)
HC106.83 .L5 2011

The Martian (2015) – nominated
FIC Weir Andy

The Revenant (2015) – nominated
FIC Punke Micha

Room (2015) – nominated
FIC Donog Emma

Hidden Figures (2016) – nominated
QA27.5 .L44 2016

The Irishman (2019) - nominated
Based on I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt
HV6446 .B73 2019

Dune (2021) - nominated
FIC Herbe Frank

The Power of the Dog (2021) - nominated
FIC Savag Thoma

We Can Get These

Obviously we have a substantial number of works that were turned into Oscar nominated/winning movies. Here are some of the ones we don’t, but can request from other libraries in our consortium.We do have some of the movies.

Arrowsmith (1931) – nominated 
Elmer Gantry (1960) – nominated (winner for Best Adapted Screenplay)
Dodsworth (1936) – nominated 
All contained in: Three Lewis Sinclair Novels

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) – winner and (1962) – nominated
Book by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall

Ninotchka (1939) – nominated
Based on the play by Menyhert Lengyel

Our Town (1940) – nominated
Play by Thornton Wilder

Double Indemnity (1945) and Mildred Pierce (1945) – nominated
Both based on books by James Cain

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) – winner
Based on Glory for Me by MacKinlay Kantor

The Yearling (1946) – nominated
Book by Margorie Kinnan Rawlings

Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) – nominated (winner for Best Adapted Screenplay)
Book by Bruno Traven

The Snake Pit (1948) – nominated
Book by Mary Jane Ward
Movie: PN1997 .S592 2004

A Place in the Sun (1951) – nominated (winner for Best Adapted Screenplay)
Adaptation of An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

Doctor Zhivago (1965) – nominated (winner for Best Adapted Screenplay)
Book by Boris Pasternak

M*A*S*H (1970) – nominated (winner for Best Adapted Screenplay)
Book by Richard Hooker

The Godfather (1972) – winner
Novel by Mario Puzzo

Terms of Endearment (1983) – winner
Novel by Larry McMurty
Movie: PN1997 .T47 2009

Dangerous Liaisons (1988) – nominated (winner for Best Adapted Screenplay)
Book by Choderlos de Laclos
Play by Christopher Hampton

Born on the Fourth of July (1989) – nominated
Book by Ron Kovic

A Few Good Men (1992) – nominated
Play by Aaron Sorkin
Movie: PN1997 .F49 1997

Forrest Gump (1994) – winner
Novel by Winston Groom (this is a rare instance where everyone agrees that the movie was better)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – nominated
Short novel by Stephen King available on audio
Movie: PN1995.9 .P68 S528 2007

Apollo 13 (1995) – nominated
Based on Lost Moon by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger

Babe (1995) – nominated
Book by Dick King-Smith and Mary Rayner
Movie: PN1995.9 .A5 B334 2003

The Green Mile (1999) – nominated
Book by Stephen King
Movie: PN1995.9 .P68 G7446 2007

The Pianist (2002)– nominated (winner for Adapted Screenplay)
Memoir by Wladyslaw Szpilman

Master and Commander (2004) – nominated
Book by Patrick O’Brian
Movie: PN1997.2 .M378 2004

Precious (2009) – nominee (winner for Best Adapted Screenplay)
Based on the novel Push by Sapphire

Up in the Air (2009) – nominated
Novel by Walter Kirn
Movie on Swank

127 Hours (2010) – nominee
Adapted from Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston

Winter’s Bone (2010) – nominated
Novel by Daniel Woodrell

Silver Linings Playbook (2012) – nominated
Novel by Matthew Quick
Movie: PN1997.2 .S55 2013

Fences (2016) – nominated
Play by August Wilson

Arrival (2016) - nominated
based on The Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang
Movie: PN1995.9 .S26 A77 2017

Call me By Your Name (2017) – nominated (winner for Adapted Screenplay)
Book by Andre Aciman

Jojo Rabbit (2019) – nominated (winner for Best Adapted Screenplay)
Based on Caging Skies by Christine Leunens

BlacKkKlansman (2018) – nominated (winner for Best Adapted Screenplay)
Based on the true story by Ron Stallworth

Black Panther (2019) - nominated
Comic book by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Nomadland (2020) – winner
Book by Jessica Bruder

Other Awards

Best Adapted Screenplay

These movies were not nominated for the biggest award, but the quality of their adaptation from books or plays was honored in this category.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) – nominated
FIC Steve Rober

Laura (1944) – nominated
Play by Vera Caspary
Movie: PN1997 .L37 P92 2004

East of Eden (1955) – nominated
Book by John Steinbeck

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) – nominated
FIC Capot Truma

Lolita (1962) – nominated
Book by Vladimir Nabokov

Mary Poppins (1964) – nominated
Based on a series of books by P.L. Travers

In Cold Blood (1967) – nominated
HV6533.K3 C3 2012

Ulysses (1967) – nominated
On the library Kindle

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969) – nominated
Included in a collection of Crime Novels of the noir era: PS648.D4 C695 1997

The Exorcist (1973) – winner
Novel by William Peter Blatty

Serpico (1973) – nominated
Book by Peter Maas

Murder on the Orient Express (1974) – nominated
Included with four other Hercule Poirot novels: FIC Chris Agath

Young Frankenstein (1974) – nominated
Adapted from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: FIC Shell Mary
Movie: PN1995.9 .C55 Y68 1998

The Man Who Would be King (1975) – nominated
Story by Rudyard Kipling

The Seven Per-Cent Solution (1976) – nominated
Book by Nicholas Meyer (based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series)

Equus (1977) – nominated
Play by Peter Shaffer

Norma Rae (1979) – nominated
Based on Crystal Lee, a Woman of Inheritance by Henry Leifermann

Das Boot (1981) – nominated
Book by Lothar Buchheim

Sophie’s Choice (1982) – nominated
FIC Styro Willi

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) – nominated
FIC Burro Edgar

The Color of Money (1986) – nominated
Book by Walter Tevis

Stand By Me (1986) - nominated
Based on The Body by Stephen King

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) – nominated
Book: FIC Flagg Fanni
Movie: PN1997 .F7 1999

A River Runs Through It (1992) – nominated
Book: FIC Macle Norma
Movie: PN1997 .R584 1999

Hamlet (1996) – nominated
FIC Shake Willi

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) – nominated
Contained in a collection of American crime novels: PS648.D4 C697 1997

Chocolat (2000) – nominated
FIC Harri Joann

O Brother Where Art Thou (2000) – nominated
Adapted from The Odyssey by Homer: PA4025.A5 F34 1996

Constant Gardener (2005) – nominated
Book by John LeCarre
Movie: PN1997.2 .C668 2006

Children of Men (2006) – nominated
Book: FIC James P
Movie: PN1995.9 .S87 C4553 2007

Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) – nominated
RC338.5 .B39513 1998

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) – nominated
FIC LeCar John

Carol (2015) – nominated
Adapted from The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith and Claire Morgan

Mudbound (2017) – nominated
Book by Hillary Jordan

If Beale Street Could Talk – nominated
Book by James Baldwin

Foreign/International Film

AKA Best Picture Not in English or Best Picture Not Made in the USA depending on the year and probably the mood of the Academy.

War and Peace (1965) – winner
FIC Tolst Leo

Z (1969) – winner
Book by Vasiles Vasilikos

The Brothers Karamazov (1969) – nominated
On the library kindle

Jacob the Liar (1976) – nominated
Book by Jurek Becker

The Tin Drum (1979) – winner
Book by Gunter Grass

Mephisto (1981) – winner
Book by Klaus Mann

Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) – nominated
Based on the play by Edmond Rostand

Raise the Red Lantern (1991) – nominated
Based on Wives and Concubines by Su Tong

Farewell My Concubine (1993) – nominated
Novel by Lillian Lee

Tsotsi (2005) – winner
Book by Athol Fugard

A Man Called Ove (2016) – nominated
FIC Backm Fredr