91st Academy Awards Show

It’s Oscar Time!

The 91st Academy Awards aired on Sunday February 24, 2019 on ABC at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT.

1929 Oscars

The very first Academy Awards were held on May 16, 1929 at the Roosevelt hotel.  The very first host was Douglas Fairbanks, who was also the president of the Academy of Motion pictures that year.  The best picture award in 1929 went to the silent movie “Wings.” It has been the only silent movie to have ever won the Best Picture award.  

The Aurora Public Library District has many of the films that won an Oscar or were nominated this year:

A Star is Born

A Star is Born

A Star is Born tells the story of the relationship between a struggling artist and a musician.

A Star is Born won the Best Original Song for “Shallow.” 

Bradley Cooper was nominated for Best Actor in a leading role, Lady Gaga for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Sam Elliott was nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

A Star is Born was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay,  Best Cinematography, and Best Sound Mixing.

Black Panther

Black Panther

Black Panther  won Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, and Best Production Design.

Black Panther was nominated forBest Original Song for “All The Stars”,  Sound Mixing  and Sound Editing.

The hero, Black Panther, tries to fight adversaries to avoid a world war from happening.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

Rami Lalek won Best Actor in a Leading Role. 

Bohemian Rhapsody also won for Best Film Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

Bohemian Rhapsody follows Queen’s rise to fame and their lead singer Freddie Mercury’s solo career.

The Incredibles 2

The Incredibles 2

The Incredibles 2 was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film

A new villain and a dangerous plot help our favorite family of superheros learn to work together.

Isle of DogsIsle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Score.

Dogs are exiled to a garbage dump called Trash Island.  A 12 year old boy goes to the island in search of his dog.

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Ralph Breaks the Internet was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film.

Ralph goes into the internet to search for a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game.

The Wife

The Wife

Glenn Close was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role.  Close plays the role of Joan Castleman, wife of an acclaimed writer about to receive the Nobel prize for literature.  Joan dutifully plays the role of  a supportive and loving wife. But what secrets and ambitions of her own are hiding behind her calm exterior?

The following films are on their way soon…Look for them in our new release DVD section:  

BlackkKlansman

BlackkKlansman

BlackkKlansman tells the true story of Ron Stallworth, the First African American detective to serve on the Colorado Springs Police Department.  Stallworth goes undercover and infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan.

BlackkKlansman won for Best Adapted Screenplay

Director Spike Lee was nominated for Best Directing, Adam Driver was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Blackklansman was also nominated for Best Film Editing and Best Original Score.

The Favourite

The Favourite

Set in the 18th century during the English/French war.  The Favourite follows the close friendship between two favorite cousins of Queen Anne.

Olivia Colman won Best Actress in a Leading Role

Director Yorgos Lanthimos was nominated for Best Director,  Emma Stone nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role., Rachel Weisz nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

The Favourite was also nominated for Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.

Green Book

Green Book

Green Book tells the adventure of an African-American pianist who is on a tour of the south in 1962.

Green Book won for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay

Mahershala Ali won Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Viggo Mortensen was nominated for Best Actor.

Green Book was also nominated for Best Film Editing.

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Ralph goes into the internet to search for a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game.

Ralph Breaks the Internet was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won Best Animated Feature Film

This movie is set in a multiverse.  Teenager Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man and comes across five other Spider-Mans from different realities.

Vice

Vice

Vice is about Dick Cheney’s vice presidency.

Vice won for Best Makeup and Hair styling.

Director Adam McKay was nominated for Best Director.  

Vice was nominated for Best Film Editing.

Christian Bale was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Sam Rockwell Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Amy Adams Best Actress in a Supporting Role

 

So which movie were you rooting for?  We would love to hear from you in the comments below.

Happy Viewing!  🙂

 

Who is Oscar?

Movie Reel

On Sunday February 24th, the Oscars will be handed out to those who have achieved success in film.   I started wondering why winners of the Academy Awards are given this strange gold statue of a man? Why is the statue called “Oscar?”  

The award is officially called the “Academy Award of Merit.” Since 1929, over 3,000 people have won an Oscar.

No one really knows why or how “Oscar” got his name. There are two theories.  According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences website, Librarian Margaret Herrick remarked that the statue looked like her Uncle Oscar.

Another theory is that journalist Sidney Skolsky called the statue “Oscar” when Katharine Hepburn won Best Actress in 1934.  

The one thing that is fact, is that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences started calling the Statue “Oscar” in 1939.

Here are some facts I learned in my research about this prestigious award:

Oscar

The statue is not solid gold.  It is bronze and only plated with 24-karat gold.  

MGM art director Cedric Gibbons is the one who designed the statue to resemble a knight.  To this day statues are made holding a sword as a tribute to Gibbons original design.

Each statue is 13½ inches tall.  They are heavier than I imagined as well, weighing 8 ½ pounds.

Due to a metal shortage during WWII, Oscars were made out of plaster.  

One “Oscar” takes 10 days to make.  

Today, the Polich Tallix art foundry in New York is the one who makes the statues.  They were made in Chicago by R.S. Owens until 2016.

The winners are kept private.  The plaques are not affixed to the statue until after the award ceremony to ensure that word does not get out about a winner.

It is very popular today for stars to kiss Oscar when they win him.  Did you know that the first star to give “Oscar” a kiss was Audrey Hepburn in 1954?

If you are interested in what movies and stars have been nominated for this year, you can click here for a full list.      

Happy Viewing 🙂

It’s Oscar time.

Books-Oscar-2016-nominations-are-based-onNominees have been announced, and excitement builds as everyone rushes to watch the most recent prospects still in theaters. But did you know 9 of the movies were based on books? I love going to the theater to see a movie, it’s a special treat in my family, one we don’t do very often. Popcorn with butter, soda, and sometimes candy and we settle in to immerse ourselves in another persons’ life for 90 minutes or so. Reading gives me the same thrills, chills, joy and excitement, and when you use your public library, is much more affordable than a cinema.

All five nominees for the best-adapted screenplay were based on or inspired by books.

  1. Brooklyn directed by John Crowley, boasts three nominations; Best Picture, Best Actress and of course, Best Adapted Screenplay. The novel was written by an Irish author, Colm Toilin.
  2. Carol tells the story of Therese, a young stage designer in a department store, and her passionate affair with Carol, a housewife entangled in a hostile divorce. The book is titled The Price of Salt  by Patricia Highsmith.
  3. The Martian , written by Andy Weir, and the movie starring Matt Damon.
  4. Room written by Emma Donoghue was the basis for the movie of the same name and has earned 4 nominations; Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The other 4 books that made their way to the big screen and to the Oscars are The Danish Girl, written by David Ebershoff, Steve Jobs written by Walter Isaacson, The Revenant by Michael Punke and last but not least the film Embrace the Serpent, a story based on diaries written by two scientists, Theodor Koch-Grunberg and Richard Evans Schultes, who spent 40 years in the Colombian Amazon in search  of an elusive healing plant.

The Big Short starring Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale is based on the book of the same name written by Michael Lewis.

So before you settle in to watch the 88th Academy Awards on February 28th come see us at the library and check out the books. The movies will be available for check out as soon as they are released on DVD.