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Moving Pictures

We’ve all done it.  At one time or another, we’ve had to pack up and move.  No matter what situation or location we’re moving to, it can be a stressful time.  And not just the packing and moving part.  There’s always the question of adjusting to a new place and new people and maybe an entirely new job.  Whether across town or across the country or even another part of the world, a move is exciting and frightening and invigorating and frustrating – all at once.

89th Academy Awards


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Last night, this year’s movie awards season concluded at the 89th Academy Awards. The ceremony opened with a burst of energy with Justin Timberlake singing his Oscar-nominated and catchy hit “Can’t Stop the Feeling”. Host Jimmy Kimmel carried the momentum along with good natured jokes about the attendees (including initiating a sympathy standing ovation for Meryl Streep, a “lackluster actress”), pre-taped gags (nominees reading mean tweets about themselves), and tiny parachutes carrying snacks and candy periodically falling from the ceiling.

The funniest segment of the telecast came when Kimmel surprised a group of tourists on a Hollywood tour bus by bringing them into the theater, walking them along the front row, and introducing them to the A-list celebrities. I think we all wanted to be Gary from Chicago as he met Denzel Washington and took a selfie with Mahershala Ali’s brand new Oscar.

The biggest surprise of the night came at the end of the telecast when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, who were there to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bonnie & Clyde, came out to announce the Best Picture winner. After opening the envelope and stalling for a minute, they announced La La Land as the big winner of the night.

2017 Oscar Nominations: Best Actress & Best Supporting Actress

Academy AwardsThe Academy Awards are less than a week away, so it is time to take a closer look at the ten women nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. (If you missed Donna’s post earlier this week about the men nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, go here!) This year, the winner for supporting actress seems to be a lock, but there could still be some room for surprise in the best actress category.

This year, this is the first Academy Award nomination for three of the women (Isabelle Huppert, Ruth Negga, Naomie Harris). Of the remaining seven, three have not previously won (Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Michelle Williams), three have previously won once (Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Octavia Spencer), and one (Meryl Streep) has won three times.

Many of these films are still in theaters, so not yet available in HCPL’s catalog, but make sure to browse through previous works by the actresses. And don’t forget to tune in to the Academy Awards telecast this Sunday, February 26th on ABC!

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2017 Oscar Nominations: Best Actor & Best Supporting Actor

This year has given us an interesting mix of Academy Award nominees.  In the Actor categories, we have previous winners, previous nominees, and a strong showing by first-time nominees.  There are critics’ choices, sentimental favorites, and a few who make us think “it’s about time he got noticed and awarded.”

The movies featuring these actors are also a mix of comedy-drama, drama, thriller, and even musical.  But what I find most heartening is that most of the films are about challenges faced at various times of our lives.  Standing up for what we believe.  Caring about family and friends.  Looking out for others.  Making big mistakes.  Deciding where your future and your passions lie.

Watch & Learn with African American History movie nights.

Learn about African American history through film at High Meadows’ Black History Month movie nights. Monday, February 13 was fun and educational. We hope to see you Wednesday, February 15 and Monday, February 20 for more monumental movie madness and lighthearted learning.

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Galentine's Day

wafflesGet ready, you beautiful tropical fish, because Galentine’s Day is just around the corner. Never heard of Galentine’s Day? Don’t worry. It’s actually a fictional holiday, first introduced by Leslie Knope in a season two episode of Parks and Recreation. Held annually on the day before Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day celebrates friendships between women, generally over brunch.

But if brunch isn’t your favorite meal of the day, you can always celebrate Galentine’s Day with a movie featuring strong female friendships. Fortunately, there are plenty of fantastic examples of friendships to strive for in recent movies. In fact, one of my favorite movies this awards season, Hidden Figures, celebrates smart women supporting each other in the face of seemingly overwhelming adversity.

If you’re celebrating Galentine’s Day with your bestie this year, check out one of the movies on the list below. From teen girls to mature women, sisters to BFFs, lifelong friends to newly formed friendships, there is a movie for every female friendship.  

Football for All Ages

There’s no doubt about it.  All eyes are on Houston this weekend as we get ready for some football.

The 51st (or LI) Super Bowl will be played at NRG Stadium here in Houston on Sunday, February 5th.  People will tune in to see the New England Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons -- although some will tune in just for the commercials or the half time show featuring Lady Gaga.

A Comparative Look at the 2017 Movie Awards Season

oscarEarlier this week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 89th Academy Awards. Honoring achievements in film, the Oscars are the culmination of the film awards season, following on the heels of the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA Awards), the Critics’ Choice Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, and the various guild awards (Screen Actors Guild, Producers Guild, and Directors Guild).

Below, I have compiled a list of movies, directors, actors and actresses who have been nominated for each of the awards listed above. Personally, I like breaking down the awards in this fashion because it allows me to easily see trends and make predictions for which movies might win at the Academy Awards in February. To make filling out my annual Oscar party ballot even easier, the winners for some of these awards have already been announced. In these instances, the award is noted in bold.

For a look at the entire list of nominations for each award show, visit the Academy Award website, the BAFTA Awards website, the Critics' Choice Awards website, the Golden Globe Awards website, the Producers Guild Awards website, the Directors Guild Awards website, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards website.

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New Year’s Expectations…

It happens every year.  Somewhere or another you’ll find a cartoon depicting the old year as a very old man with a long beard – and the new year as a baby.

The idea of using a baby to represent a new year goes back to the 19th century.  Maybe even further back.  And it’s easy to understand why.  Babies are a new beginning.  A new life.  And for those involved in that life, a new way of looking at the world.  New joy.  And challenges.

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