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And the Oscar Goes To…

The 89th Annual Academy Awards will soon be upon us!  Although most of the nominees are currently unavailable, we do have some books and movies relevant to this year’s ceremony, which you may want to try reading or watching:

Captain Fantastic (DVD)

A man who has raised his six children alone in the wilderness is suddenly forced to introduce his family to the rest of society.  Viggo Mortensen received a nomination for Best Actor in this movie.

Florence Foster Jenkins (Book and DVD)

This movie is based on a true story about a famous New York opera singer…who couldn’t sing.  When she decides to hold a concert at Carnegie Hall, her husband has his work cut out for him to make the performance a huge success!  It’s been nominated for Best Costume Design and Best Actress for Meryl Streep.  We have both the film and the biography about Florence Foster Jenkins.

Zootopia (DVD)

This year, Disney has two animated movies that were nominated for Best Animated Feature.  Unfortunately, Moana won’t be out on DVD until March.  But Zootopia is here and I recommend watching it.  It’s about a bunny named Judy who struggles to become a police officer, despite the world telling her that it’s only a job for large, tough animals.  In the process, she meets a con-artist fox named Nick, and the two of them must solve a kidnapping/conspiracy mystery in their city.  It’s a fun movie and the anti-prejudice message is very well-done.

Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism (Book)

At a young age, Owen Suskind was diagnosed with autism and appeared to have lost the ability to speak.  But then his family realized that he had found a new way to learn language and connect with people: through Disney movies such as The Little Mermaid.  This incredible story was turned into a documentary that has been nominated for Best Documentary Feature.  Although the film hasn’t been released yet, we have a copy of the book that’s worth checking out.

O.J. Made in America (DVD)

Another nominee for Best Documentary Feature is the story of O.J. Simpson’s career and infamous trial for murder.  It’s actually an eight-hour, five-part series, but it should be fascinating to anyone who remembers following the story as it happened.  As someone who grew up in the ’90’s, I remember hearing about the trial through family and pop culture. But I was too young to understand it at the time, so it’s interesting to learn more in retrospect.  I also recommend the TV series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, which is also available now on DVD.

Also, be sure to put your name on the waiting list for other movies coming soon to the West Chester Public Library, including Hacksaw Ridge, Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, Fences, and Moana!

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