Did You Know? Award Winning Films

It’s award season in Hollywood! The Academy Awards ceremony will take place on February 24. Appleton Public Library regularly offers award-winning films for your viewing pleasure at our Thursday Movie Series. Admission is free and we serve popcorn! Come join us for these upcoming screenings:

February 7  | 4:00-6:00pm | Retro Classics featuring The American President

Nominated at the 1996 Academy Awards for Best Music. Rob Reiner was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Director. Starring: Annette Bening, Michael Douglas, Richard Dreyfuss, Michael J. Fox, and Martin Sheen.

Widower Andrew Shepherd decides it's time to get back into the dating game, but there is one slight problem: he is the President of the United States. He falls for an environmental lobbyist and is lofted even more into the public eye.

February 14 | 6:00-8:00pm | Film Discussion featuring Bully-Co-sponsored by the Appleton Area School District

Winner of the Films of Conflict and Resolution Award from the Hamptons International Film Festival.

This is a character-driven documentary following five kids and families over the course of a school year. Offering insight into different facets of America's bullying crisis, the stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter, who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. The documentary provides an intimate and often shocking glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals' offices.

February 21 | 4:00-6:00pm | Argo

Nominated for seven Academy Awards including: Best Picture, Supporting Actor-Alan Arkin, Editing, Original Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Screenplay. Starring Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, and John Goodman.

On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal. There's a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escaped and a midlevel agent named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them.

February 28 | 6:30-8:30pm | High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Film Discussion

Co-sponsored by Lawrence University

Written and directed by Rachel Liebling, a student of Ken Burns, this documentary provides an overview of the growth and development of bluegrass music from its Appalachian roots, through its 1940s heyday, rock-era demise, psychedelic-era revival, on up to today's innovators. Bluegrass personalities include Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, and Mac Wiseman.

March 7 | 4:00-6:00pm | Beasts of the Southern Wild

Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director-Benh Zeitlin, Actress-Quvenzhane Wallis, and Screenplay. Starring Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry.

Hushpuppy is a six-year-old living in an isolated bayou community. When her father Wink becomes ill, she sets off for the outside world in an attempt to help him. The journey to save her father is delayed by a 'busted' universe that reverses weather patterns and brings about long-extinct animals. Can Hushpuppy save the day?

March 14 | 6:00-8:00pm | Robot and Frank

Winner of the Alfred B. Sloan Film Prize for Director Jake Schreier, Sundance Film Festival. Starring Frank Langella. Susan Sarandon and Liv Tyler.

Frank is an aging ex-jewel thief, and his two grown children are worried that he can no longer care for himself. In deciding what to do with Frank, the most likely option appears to be putting him in a nursing home. But Frank's son comes up with another option: buy Frank a walking, talking robot programmed to look after him and improve his physical and mental health. Frank resists the robot at first, but he warms to it after realizing that it could be the perfect heist companion.

March 28 | 4:00-6:30pm | Lincoln

Nominated for 12 Academy Awards including: Best Picture, Director-Steven Spielberg, Cinematography, Costume Design, Editing, Original Score, Production Design, Sound Mixing, Actor-Daniel Day-Lewis, Actor in a Supporting Role-Tommy Lee Jones, Actress-Sally Field, and Screenplay. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, and Hal Holbrook. 

A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th president's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country, and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.



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