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It’s certainly not uncommon for the Academy’s best picture nominees to start out as popular novels. In fact, the adapted screenplay category often serves as a reflection of some of the best movies of the year — with historical tomes or novels serving as creative starting points for award-winning filmmakers.
This year is no different, with several of the best picture nominees starting out as fiction as far back as 60 years ago. The Martian was a best-selling novel long before it won best comedy at the Golden Globes – even though several fans on Twitter were convinced the story was based on a true story. Room began as a heartbreaking tale before actors Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay brought it to life. And countless others now sit on store displays of "staff picks" touting the movie version to lure in book lovers.
Below are five of those books to get on your reading list before Oscars night.
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