The Fifth Annual Retroactive Academy Awards
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Things have been heavy lately. The news is horrible; if you’re like me, you have cut off a good portion of news for your sanity and self-care. The weather is hot and muggy; delightful June of cool nights and pool days will be a distant memory soon as we head into the dog days of summer. The pandemic has been long and is stretching out still, like a ghost over our heads. Changes have been made to our routines and to our relationships. Every decision right now takes a lot of brain power; inflation makes every dollar count. It’s all exhausting.
Then, bam! Dogfighting jets!
Well, that's one way to get people watching the Oscars again.
Last time we met like this, I introduced you to a snapshot of Kanopy, one of the streaming services available to you for free, with your library card.
Sometimes, the Academy gets it right.
The triumph of Bong Joon-Ho’s masterpiece, Parasite, at the 92nd Academy Awards was thrilling, gratifying, and – frankly – surprising. The joke about the Oscars is that rarely does the year's best picture win Best Picture. This is why I wrote a blog last year, The Retroactive Academy Awards, to sort of re-examine previous winners and see if they still cut the mustard.
In the grand 91-year long tradition of the Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, there has always been at least one category at which moviegoers and critics are shocked by a lack of nomination. Unfortunately, the final choice is not up to us as an audience, but rather to the the Academy. So with the Oscars coming up on Sunday, Feb. 9 and a DVD display about this exact topic at our Anythink Wright Farms location, it seems only fitting to look at some of the most infamous Oscar snubs.
Less than a month into 2020, in the midst of awards and ceremonies, critics and cinephiles are in an uproar over accolades given and not given to last year’s films and performances. So goes the passion for moving pictures. I have my own opinions on the best of 2019, and how it’s shaking out this award season.
Prep for one of the biggest nights in Hollywood as we screen the trailers for each Best Picture Nominee, discuss any gossip behind them, and make predictions about who will take home the coveted golden statue.
Refreshments provided. No registration required.
This year in movies had a bit of a slow start. At the halfway point, I could only think of a piddly few that would likely rank as favorites, come year’s end. Well, here we are at that point, and luckily things have sped up, allowing me to produce a list of 10 favorite films of 2019.
Reconnect with friends at movie night. Contact our teen guide Madeline by email at email@example.com to cast your vote for one of five book-to-movie adaptations. Votes accepted through Dec. 31. Appropriate for teens age 13 and older. Space is limited. Registration is requested. Please visit our online calendar to register.