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.
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!