Check out the Oscar winners from the library
April 8, 2009
Oscar-winning films on DVD are arriving at the Summit County libraries. Sean Penn, best actor winner, is outstanding as gay activist Harvey Milk in Milk. His performance is so convincing that in his introduction at the Academy Awards Robert De Niro said, How for so many years, did Sean Penn get all those jobs playing straight men? Milk was also recognized as best original screenplay.Although Anne Hathaway did not earn the Oscar for best actress, she is not to be missed in Rachel Getting Married. This is a complete turnabout for her, playing a recovering drug addict returning to her family after rehab. You wont recognize the silly girl from The Princess Diaries.The Woody Allen comedy Vicky Christina Barcelona provides Penelope Cruz with her best supporting actress role as Javier Bardems feisty, unbalanced ex-wife. The Barcelona setting, with its fantastic architecture by Gaudi, plays another starring role in this film.Another feast for the eyes is The Duchess, winner of the Oscar for costume design. The newest Batman movie, The Dark Knight not only won Heath Ledger a posthumous award as best supporting actor, but it received the Academy Award in sound editing as well.Man on Wire, best documentary feature, is the story of French daredevil, Philippe Petits illegal tightrope walk between the two towers of the World Trade Center in New York City in 1974. A local police officer said the walk could more accurately be called a dance.The libraries own all three nominees for animated feature. Bolt, with John Travolta as the voice of the title dog, is at the North Branch Library in Silverthorne. Jack Blacks Kung Fu Panda may be found at the main library in Frisco, and the category winner, WALL-E, is at the South Branch Library in Breckenridge.Other nominees at the libraries include The Visitor, Changeling, Frozen River, Australia, Encounters at the End of the World, Hellboy II, Iron Man, Wanted, Happy-Go-Lucky and In Bruges. On order are Frost/Nixon, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Wrestler, Doubt, The Reader and the big winner on Oscar night, Slumdog Millionaire.While you are waiting for these last few to arrive, you might enjoy reading the play Frost/Nixon in The Best Plays Theater Yearbook, 2006/2007 available at the main library, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in collections of F. Scott Fitzgerald short stories, and The Reader by Bernhard Schlink both available at all three libraries. Slumdog Millionaire, which won best adapted screenplay as well as best picture, director and more, is based on the book Q & A by Vikas Swarup.DVDs are split equally among the three libraries, so if you cant find a title at one library, ask us to have it sent from one of the others. DVDs may be checked out for one week and may be renewed twice for a total of three weeks. You may also download videos for free to your home computer or portable device by visiting the Summit County Library web site at http://www.co.summit.co.us/library, and clicking on Downloadable Books & Music on the left-hand side of the page.