Westport Library to screen this year's Oscar-nominated films
Updated 1:35 pm, Sunday, March 1, 2015
Eight films that produced nominations for Academy Awards this year, including Best Picture winner "Birdman," will be screened on consecutive Tuesday afternoons at the Westport Library.
The free Oscar film fest begins this Tuesday and continues weekly through April 28.
The films will be screened at 2 p.m. each Tuesday in the library's McManus Room.
The schedule follows:
Tuesday, March 3: "Boyhood." Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's film is a groundbreaking story of growing up seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen.
Tuesday, March 10: "The Judge." Big-city lawyer Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) returns to his childhood home, where his estranged father, the town's judge (Robert Duvall), is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.
Duvall was nominated for a supporting-actor Oscar.
Tuesday, March 24: "Gone Girl." Based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn, this mystery unearths the secrets of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), is missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and odd behavior have everyone asking the same question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?
Pike was nominated for best actress in a leading role.
Tuesday, March 31: "Foxcatcher." This chilling, true crime drama tells the story of Olympic wrestling champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) and their relationship with the eccentric John du Pont (Steve Carell) that led to murder.
The film produced Oscar nominations for best actor (Carell), supporting actor (Ruffalo) and director (Bennett Miller).
Tuesday, April 7: "Birdman." This black comedy tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) -- famous for portraying an iconic superhero -- as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself.
The film won Oscars for best picture and best director (Alejandro G. Iñárritu), and garnered nominations for best actor (Keaton) and supporting actress (Emma Stone).
Tuesday, April 14: "Big Hero 6." This Disney comedy-adventure is about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius, thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Francisco, Hiro turns to his closest companion and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.
"Big Hero 6" won the Oscar for best animated feature film.
Tuesday, April 21: "Theory of Everything." The film tells the extraordinary story of astrophysicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne), who falls in love with fellow collegian Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). At 21, Hawking learns he has motor neuron disease. With Jane at his side, he begins an ambitious study of time, of which he has very little left. He and Jane defy odds and break new ground in the fields of medicine and science, achieving more than either could hope to imagine.
Redmayne won the best actor award and Jones was nominated for best actress. The film also was nominated for best picture and music original score.
Tuesday, April 28: "Whiplash." A first-year music student (Miles Teller) wins a seat behind the drums in a jazz band led by a teacher (J.K. Simmons) who uses fear and intimidation to push his students to perfection.
Simmons won the Oscar for best supporting actor, and the film took another statue for sound mixing. It also was nominated for best picture.