Library counts down to the Oscars

The Cariboo Regional District’s Williams Lake Area Library Branch is getting Oscar fever.

The Cariboo Regional District’s Williams Lake Area Library Branch is getting Oscar fever.

The CRD announced three, free film screenings of 2013 Oscar nominees and winners, in anticipation of the 2014 Oscar Awards Ceremony on March 2. All screenings take place in the Williams Lake Lobrary program room.

The first film Amour, the 2013 winner for Best Foreign Language Film, directed by Michael Haneke, will be featured on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. This unforgettable and tragic love story focuses on Georges and Anne, an octogenarian couple, who are cultivated, retired music teachers.

Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple’s bond of love is severely tested.

On Wednesday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m., David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook will be screened. For her performance in this film, Jennifer Lawrence won the 2013 Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.

The film centres on former teacher Pat Solitano, who moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife after a stint in a mental institution.

Whilst portraying the reality of living with mental illness, at its heart this film is a big, generous, happy-making ensemble comedy.

Best Picture of the Year 2013 nominee Zero Dark Thirty will be screened on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.  Directed by Kathryn Bigeolow (The Hurt Locker), Zero Dark Thirty chronicles the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its nominations for the 2014 Academy Awards on Thursday.

Nine films are nominated this year for Best Picture; American Hustle, Captain  Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, The wolf of Wall Street and 12 Years a Slave.