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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Oscar-nominated movies at the library

by Beth Cronk, head librarian
3/24/11
How many of the movies nominated for this year’s Oscars have you seen?  If you’d like to watch some more of the winners or nominees, you can find some of those movies at the library now, and more will be coming in soon.
Toy Story 3 was the winner in the categories of best animated feature film and best original song.  This very popular family movie is available at the Litchfield Library.  If you find that it’s checked out, which happens often with this title, you can reserve it online or with the help of our staff. 
The Johnny Depp/Tim Burton movie Alice in Wonderland was the winner for both art direction and costumes.  This imaginative film draws from both Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.  We have this DVD available at our library.
The Social Network, a film about the creator of Facebook and his social and legal troubles on the way to becoming a billionaire, won Oscars in the categories of adapted screenplay, film editing, and original score.  It is available now, as well.
Inception is another multi-Oscar winner, for cinematography, sound editing, sound mixing, and visual effects.  This mind-bending movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, involves espionage inside people’s dreams.  It’s currently available at the Grove City Library, and I’ve ordered a copy for Litchfield.
We also have some of the movies that were nominated but did not get enough Academy votes to win.  We have The Kids Are All Right, Winter’s Bone, How to Train Your Dragon, and Gasland here at Litchfield.  The Grove City Library also has the movie Salt available now.  Movies available anywhere in the Pioneerland Library System, or even from other library systems in Minnesota, can be ordered for you to pick up at our library.
Many of the movies that won have just been released on DVD or are not available yet.  Several of them will be coming in for our collection in the next couple of months.  If you are interested in watching the movies we have on order, we can usually place holds on them for you even before they arrive.  Just ask our staff for assistance.
The big winner, for best picture, best director, best original screenplay, and best actor, was The King’s Speech.  This movie about King George VI and his speech therapist isn’t available on DVD yet, but I’m sure I’ll be ordering it for the library when it is. 
The best actress Oscar went to Natalie Portman for playing a disturbed ballerina in Black Swan.  The Litchfield Library will be getting this DVD.
The supporting actor and actress Oscars went to Christian Bale and Melissa Leo for The Fighter.   This film is about two brothers, an up-and-coming boxer and his manager, and their chaotic family dynamics.  This was just released on DVD and has been ordered for our library.
The Oscar for make-up went to The Wolfman, starring Benicio del Toro and Anthony Hopkins.  This is a remake of the 1941 Lon Chaney, Jr., werewolf movie of the same name. 
The Academy named Inside Job the best documentary of 2010.  Narrated by Matt Damon, this film covers the global financial crisis of 2008.
Both of these will be coming soon for our collection, as well. 
Whether you’re looking for movies to entertain or enlighten you, I hope you’ll find what you’re looking for at the library.