If the Oscars Went to YA Books

It’s officially film awards season! The Oscars are happening on March 12th. However, if you’re like me and don’t watch a lot of the nominated movies, I present to you the Oscars for YA books. And there are so many great books to choose from! If you’re interested, the American Library Association also recently announced their awards for 2022, you can check out some of the winners in this teen list and this children’s list

Without further ado, I present to you the 2023 YA Oscar Awards! Each category includes the winner and two runners up.

Best Book (Best picture)

Winner: I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston

All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys

Best Director (Most Popular Author)

Winner: Alice Oseman

Leigh Bardugo

Adam Silvera

Best Main Character (Best Actor/Actress)

Winner: Nick Nelson (Heartstopper v. 4 by Alice Oseman)

Salama Kassab (As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow by Zoulfa Katouh)

Bree Matthews (Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn)

Best Supporting Characters (Best Supporting Actor/Actress)

Winner: Heat Wave by TJ Klune

Kiss & Tell by Adib Khorram

Beating Heart Baby by Lio Min

Best Debut Novel (Best Original Screenplay)

Winner: We Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammonds

Goth Girl, Queen of the Universe by Lindsey S. Zrull

The Summer of Bitter and Sweet by Jen Ferguson

Best Adaptation (Best Adapted Screenplay)

Winner: Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Best World Building (Best Cinematography)

Winner: Rust in the Root by Justina Ireland

The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas

The Honeys by Ryan La Sala

Best Graphic Novel (Best Animated Feature Film)

Winner: Squire by Sara Alfageeh

Demon in the Wood by Leigh Bardugo

Messy Roots by Laura Gao

Best Nonfiction (Best Documentary)

Winner: Queer Ducks (and Other Animals) by Eliot Schrefer

Murder Among Friends by Candace Fleming

Unequal by Michael Eric Dyson

Best Cover (Best Costume Design)

Winner: A Scatter of Light by Malinda Lo

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh

A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin

Best Novel in Translation (Best Foreign Language Film)

Winner: This Is Our Place by Vitor Martins (translated by Larissa Helena)

Dragonfly Eyes by Wenxuan Cao (translated by Helen Wang)

Amazona by Canizales (translated by Sofía Huitrón Martínez)

Best Short Story Collection (Best Short Film)

Winner: Man Made Monsters by Andrea L. Rogers

Eternally Yours edited by Patrice Caldwell

At Midnight edited by Dahlia Adler