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Oscar Snubs in Movie History

north by northwest minimalist posterThe goal of the Academy Awards is to honor the best of the best in film and, the majority of the time, they do just that. But sometimes they might get it a little bit wrong. In retrospect, maybe the best picture winner wasn’t quite as outstanding as it seemed. Maybe one of the other nominated films has proven itself an enduring classic, a movie worth re-watching time and again. And sometimes, the best film of the year, the one that reaches classic movie status, wasn’t even nominated.

As happens every year, this year’s Oscar nominees have been met with mixed feelings. There can only be so many nominees in the best picture category and, each year, there are wonderful movies that are left off of the final ballot. This year’s favorite movies not up for a best picture nomination include, among others, a bestselling book made into a film (Gone Girl), a beloved stage musical made into a film (Into the Woods), an inspiring biographical account (Unbroken), and a science fiction epic (Interstellar). But perhaps one of the biggest mysteries of this year’s Oscars is, of course, the absence of The LEGO Movie from the best animated feature nominees. Maybe everything isn’t as awesome as it should be at the Oscars?

If you are suffering from awards season burnout, check out one of these classic films instead! They may not have received a best picture nomination, but they are more than worthy of a second (or third, or fourth…) look!

2015 Oscar Nominations: Best Actor & Best Supporting Actor

academy awardIn just a few short weeks, the winners of this year’s Academy Awards will be announced in a live telecast. Of the ten actor nominees this year, half have previously received Academy Award nominations, but only one, Robert Duvall has won an Oscar. Also of note, half of the actors are nominated for their portrayal of real people, proving, yet again, that the Academy loves a biopic.

Some years the acting awards seem like a lock, with one person sweeping their category. This year J.K. Simmons seems like a sure bet for the supporting actor win, but there voting seems divided in the best actor category. It will be interesting to see who will take home the award at the end of the month. I have yet to see all of the nominated films, but I already have my favorites. Who would you like to see take home the Oscar this year?

Most of the nominated films are still in theaters so not yet available in HCPL’s catalog, but make sure to check out previous works by the actors!

Best Actor:

AARP Tax Aide

taxesApril 15th will be here before you know it! Have you filed your taxes yet? AARP is back at the library this year to help individuals with simple tax returns. Assistance is on a first come first serve basis, so get here early to secure your spot. AARP Tax Aide will be provided on Mondays from 12:00-4:00pm, Wednesdays from 10:00am-2:00pm and Saturdays from 11:00am-3:00pm until April 15.

Please bring these items with you:

Animated Films at the Oscars

snow white academy awardHistorically, animated feature films never quite received the recognition they deserved at the Academy Awards. Occasionally, animated films that broke technological barriers, like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the 1930s, and Toy Story in the 1990s, were given special awards in recognition of their achievements. But it wasn’t until Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in 1992, that an animated feature film was nominated for best picture.  Since then, only two other animated feature films, Up and Toy Story 3, have been nominated for best picture, both after the category was expanded to a possible ten nominees. It seemed that, no matter how beloved the movie and how outstanding the reviews, animated films simply did not receive the same level of critical acclaim during awards season as live-action films.

In 2001, however, all of that changed. Aided, in part, by the increasingly diverse selection of animated films released in theaters each year and the overwhelming popularity of some of these films, the Academy added the Best Animated Feature category. The very first Oscar in this category was awarded to the DreamWorks Pictures film Shrek in 2002 at the 64th Academy Awards. Since then, a diverse group of animated films have been recognized for their contribution to film.

Some of the current Oscar nominees in this category are not yet available on DVD, but I have included all of the previous winners at the end of this post. Remember: you’re never too old to love an animated film!

A Comparative Look at the 2015 Movie Awards Season

academy awardLast Thursday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards. Honoring achievements in film, the Oscars are highly anticipated by Hollywood and movie goers alike. This announcement was the last for the movie awards season, coming after nomination announcements for the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA Awards), the Critics Choice Awards, and the various guild awards (Screen Actors Guild, Producers Guild, and Directors Guild).

Every year, I find it interesting to compare the lists of nominees in the major categories at these awards shows. Sometimes the nominations are strikingly similar (as with this year’s nominees for lead actress and supporting actor), and sometimes they are completely different (as with this year’s nominees for best film and best director). Below, I have listed all the nominees for film, director and the four major acting awards, along with the awards for which they were nominated. 

Library Closed on Martin Luther King Day

MLK MemorialThe library will be closed on Monday, January 19th in honor of Martin Luther King Day. It will reopen normal hours on Tuesday, January 20th. Make sure to stock up on books and DVDs for the holiday weekend. As always, HCPL's digital media, including Hoopla, our newest streaming media service, will be available while the library is closed.

For more information, call the library at 832-559-4200.

Flickr CC: Martin Luther King Memorial at Night Photo by: Will Marlow

2014: A Movie Retrospective

box office signThe New Year is a time not only for looking ahead and setting goals for the upcoming year, but for reflecting on the year left behind. Since January at the movie theater generally tends to be much quieter, I usually spend part of it evaluating my movie experiences from the year before.

Last year at the movies was fairly typical. It was full of the movies we have all come to expect: superhero movies, movies based on popular books, animated offerings, comedies, action thrillers, and Oscar favorites. Big budget action movies ruled the box office, but there were plenty of quieter, more contemplative films for those who weren’t attracted to the spectacle.

Below I have listed the top ten movies at the domestic box office in 2014, as well as my own list of favorite movies. There is some crossover, because I admit to loving the blockbusters as well as the independent films. Did your favorite movie of 2014 make either list? If these kinds of movies just aren’t your cup of tea, stay tuned for our awards season coverage, starting in the next couple of weeks!

Birthday Book Bargains

booksThis month at the Tomball Library, we are celebrating our 10th Anniversary in our beautiful building on the Lone Star College-Tomball campus. We will be kicking off celebrations with a book sale, hosted by the Friends of the Tomball Library. We have been hard at work, sorting books in all genres and for all age levels, so stop by and see what goodies are waiting to be read!

The book sale will be held in the front lobby on Saturday, January 10th between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Check back for more updates on fun birthday activities, and don’t miss the big celebration on Saturday, January 31st!

For more information, call the library at 832-559-4200.

Post-It Note Murals

post it notesBattle the winter blues and help us make a post-it note mural in the Teen Room! For teens & tweens 10 & up. Meet in the Teen Room on Monday, January 5 from 1:00-2:00 pm.

For more information, call the library at 832-559-4200.

A Made-for-TV Christmas

christmas sceneI love Christmas! As the song says, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year” and I’m not one to argue. With brightly colored lights and decorations everywhere, familiar Christmas carols playing on the radio, and sugary treats baking in the oven, Christmas is a feast for the senses.

As a child, I grew up in a household that embraced everything about Christmas. We had many wonderful holiday traditions, but my favorites all involved watching Christmas movies together. Each year, we would watch all of the classic Christmas movies like White Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I still love those movies and watch them every year, but recently, I have added a few new movies to my seasonal viewing: made-for-TV Christmas movies.

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