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Academy Awards Countdown

The 83rd Academy Awards are coming! Come to Dufferin Clark library every Monday night at 6:30 pm as we lose ourselves in celebrated, past Oscar-winning films and some of this year’s eager contenders. Refreshments will be provided. Please note: some films may not be appropriate for children. Parental discretion is advised.


January 3 – Dick Tracy (1990), [PG – Parental Guidance]
105 min (1:35)
7 nominations (including Best Picture), 3 wins (Best Art Direction, Best Makeup, Best Original Song)

Fun fact: This is the comic book movie with the most Oscars to its name (yes, even beating out The Dark Knight)!

Starring Warren Beatty, Al Pacino and Madonna, this 1930s noirish police actioner starts legendary police detective Dick Tracy as the only man tough enough to take on gangster boss Big Boy Caprice and his band of menacing mobsters. Dedicated to his work but at the same time devoted to his loyal girlfriend, Tess Trueheart, Tracy find himself torn between love and duty. His relentless crusade against crime becomes even more difficult when he gets saddled with an engaging orphan and meets seductive and sultry Breathless Mahoney, a torch singer determined to get the best of Tracy. A faceless character, known as the Blank, threatens both Tracy and Big Boy, and it takes all of Tracy’s skills to save the city.

With its highly stylized art direction — keeping a colour palette limited to just six basic colours that the original comic strip appeared in — its wild costumes, and its intricate facial prosthetics, plus an atmosphere soaked with 1930s, film noir-ish camera work, this movie looked beautiful. And with its music by Broadway-master Stephen Sondheim, including the Oscar winning “Sooner or Later” crooned by Madonna, it sounds amazing as well. [Action, Adventure]


January 10 – March of the Penguins (2005) [G – General Audiences]
85 min (1:25)
1 nomination, 1 win (Best Documentary Feature)

Think you’re a great parent? You’re a total deadbeat if you compare yourself to the awesome struggle the Emperor penguins of Antarctica go through in order to breed and rear their young. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this captivating, awe-inspiring and occasionally heartbreaking nature documentary wowed the world in 2005 with its intimate depiction of the hardships the penguins endure when they embark on their epic journey across the frozen ice to their traditional breeding grounds. Not to be missed! [Documentary]


January 17 – Tootsie (1982) [PG – Parental Guidance]
116 min (1:56)
10 nominations (including Best Picture), 1 win (Best Supporting Actress, Jessica Lange)

Michael Dorsey is a talented actor, but his demanding nature and stubborn temperament have antagonized every producer in New York. Now his agent insists no one will hire him. So Michael Dorsey proves he’s got acting chops by taking on the most challenging role of his life: actress Dorothy Michaels, the new star of a popular soap opera. Dustin Hoffman stars with Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning, Bill Murray and Geena Davis in director Sydney Pollack’s heart-filled classic that heralded a new era of Hollywood wig-flipping and set a new standard for unpredictable laugh-out-loud comedy. [Romance, Drama, Comedy]


January 24 – Babe (1995) [G – General Audiences]
92 min (1:32)
7 nominations (including Best Picture), 1 win (Best Visual Effects)

In this charming, heartwarming and uplifting story, a little pig with big dreams teaches himself to be a sheepdog in this marvelous fantasy based on Dick King-Smith’s children’s novel The Sheep-Pig. When an old farmer wins a piglet at a carnival by guessing its weight, be brings the oinker, named Babe, home. At first, the little animal feels confused and lonely. But a maternal collie, who just delivered her own litter, welcomes Babe into her family, and teaches him about farm life. Soon the precious pig proves that he can be a pretty valuable asset to the farmer and his wife – in a most unexpected way. Special effects allow the entire menagerie of farm animals to speak throughout this magical live-action tale. [Family]


January 31 – A Beautiful Mind (2001) [PG – Parental Guidance]
136 min (2:16)
10 nominations, 4 wins (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress, Jennifer Connelly)

Starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly. From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing dicovery early on in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery, eventually triumphing over this tragedy, and finally-late in life-receiving the recognition that had always eluded him. Movie inspired by the true story about the legendary life of one man, based on Sylvia Nassar’s acclaimed book. [Biography, Drama]


February 7 – Rocky(1976) [PG – Parental Guidance]
119 min (1:59)
10 nominations, 3 wins (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Editing)

Mark Walhberg’s The Fighter is almost certain to be nominated for a slew of Academy Awards this season, including Best Picture. And if it is, it will join classics like Raging Bull and Million Dollar Baby as contemporary Oscar-winning boxing films. But the who could ever forget the boxing film that started it all?

In 1976, when Rocky, a low-budget film with an unknown actor named Sylvester Stallone, won the Academy Award for Best Picture, it was as emotional a finale as the film itself. A two-bit boxer gets a second chance in life by being offered an impossible shot at the heavyweight title. The story of how Rocky goes the distance is one of the warmest, most exciting, and stirring movies of all time.

[Action, Drama]


February 14 – The Social Network (2009) [PG – Parental Guidance]
120 min (2:00)
? nominations, ? wins

When the Oscar nominations are announced in late January, expect The Social Network to be leading the pack. The frontrunner for Best Picture, this film tells of the greed, lust for power, and betrayals surrounding the creation of the social networking behemoth, Facebook.

The year was 2003. Harvard undergrad and computer programming wizard Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) launched a website with the potential to alter the very fabric of our society and make Zuckerberg a very rich man. But his hearty payday would come at a high price, because despite all of Zuckerberg’s wealth and success, his personal life began to suffer as he became mired in legal disputes, and discovered that many of the people he had ‘friended’ during his rise to the top were eager to see him fall. Chief among that growing list of detractors was Zuckerberg’s former college best friend Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), Napster founder Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake), and the Winklevoss twins (Armie Hammer and Josh Pence). The Social Network was based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich.
[Biography, Drama, Comedy]


Don’t worry — Dufferin Clark’s Wednesdays at the Movies programming continues! Every other Wednesday evening, starting at 6:30 pm, we will screen a movie and offer coffee, tea, juice and popcorn to snack on. We hope to see you there!

Sunday Afternoon At The Movies

Join us every Sunday at the Pierre Berton Resource Library from 2 – 4 pm for a movie and light refreshments.  The movies we are showcasing this month, are great for the whole family!


September 12 – Babe

Farmer Hoggett wins a runt piglet at a local fair and young Babe,

as the piglet decides to call himself, befriends and learns about

all the other creatures on the farm. He becomes special friends

with one of the sheepdogs, Fly. With Fly’s help, and Farmer

Hoggett’s intuition, Babe embarks on a career in sheepherding

with some surprising and spectacular results.   Length: 89 minutes. 

Oscar Winner


September 19 – Meet The Robinsons

When 12-year old orphan Lewis can’t seem to get adopted or make

his inventions work despite repeated efforts, he sets off on

a time-traveling journey to find the family he never knew. In an

amazing twist, Lewis discovers that the fate of the future rests in

his hands, but he can’t save it alone he’ll need every bit of help he

can get from the wonderfully wacky family named the Robinsons, who help him learn to keep moving forward and never stop believing in himself. Length: 95 minutes.


September 26 – Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagements

Princess Mia has just turned 21 and is supposed to succeed her

grandmother as the Queen of Genovia. But Viscount Mabrey who

wishes that his nephew who is also in line to the throne to be

the new ruler, reminds everyone of a law that states that an

unmarried woman can’t be made queen.  Starring Julie Andrews

and Anne Hathaway.  Length: 113 minutes.

Sunday Afternoon Movies @ Pierre Berton Resource Library

Starting on March 7th Pierre Berton Resource Library will be hosting Sunday afternoon @ the movies.  Each week we will show a different movie in the boardroom starting at 2 pm.  

The March movies will be Oscar winners and nominees that are “G” rated for the whole family.

March 7th: ROCKY Won best picture in 1976.  It stars Sylvester Stallone who also wrote the script.It tells the story of Rocky Balboa an uneducated but good-hearted debt collector for a Philadelphia loan shark. Balboa, who is fighter, catches a break and gets a chance to fight for the world heavy weight championship. 
Rated G

babeMarch 14th: BABE Was nominated for best picture in 1996 and won an Oscar for best visual effects the same year.  Babe tells the story of a pig who learns to be a sheep dog with the help of a kindly farmer and his barnyard friends.  Babe learns that a pig can be anything that he wants to be.
Rated G

March 21st: Field of Dreams  was nominated for 3 Oscars in 1990 Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score.  Sadly, it did not win any of these.  Field of Dreams tells the story of a farmer in Iowa who hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago Black Sox including Shoeless Joe Jackson come.

beauty-and-the-beastMarch 28th: Beauty and the Beast was nominated for best picture and won best Original Song and Best Original Score.   Beauty and the Beast tells the story of Belle the daughter of an inventor who gives up her freedom to save her father.  Belle is imprisoned by the Beast who falls in love with her setting free the prince inside himself.

Please Join Us for this first installment of Sunday Afternoon Movies!