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A Comparative Look at Awards Season

OscarsThis morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 86th Academy Awards. Honoring achievements in film, the Oscars are highly anticipated by Hollywood and movie goers alike. These nominations come several weeks after announcements of nominees for the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG Awards) and the British Film Academy Awards (BAFTA Awards).

Every year, I find it interesting to compare the lists of nominees in the major categories at these three awards shows. Sometimes the nominations are strikingly similar (as with this year’s nominees for best director and lead actress), and sometimes they are completely different (as with this year’s nominees for best supporting actor). Below, I have listed all the nominees for film, director and the four major acting awards.

Although the Bafta Awards and the SAG Awards are always handy indicators of what is likely to win at the Academy Awards, there are always surpries at each show. It will be interesting to see how the wins compare at the end of awards season.

For a look at the entire list of nominations for each awards show, visit the Academy Awards website, the BAFTA Awards website, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards website.

Best Film or Performance by a Cast:

  • 12 Years a Slave: Academy Award, BAFTA, SAG
  • American Hustle: Academy Award, BAFTA, SAG
  • August: Osage County: SAG
  • Captain Phillips: Academy Award, BAFTA
  • Dallas Buyers Club: Academy Award, SAG
  • Gravity: Academy Award, BAFTA
  • Her: Academy Award
  • Lee Daniels’ The Butler: SAG
  • Nebraska: Academy Award
  • Philomena: Academy Award, BAFTA
  • The Wolf of Wall Street: Academy Award

January Book Clubs

booksIt’s the start of a new  year, which means New Year’s resolutions. If your goal is to make new friends, read more books, or tiptoe out of your comfort zone, come to the library! With six book clubs for adults, covering a variety of genres and reading interests, the library is here to help you make your goals a reality.

For more information about the book clubs or to pick up a copy of this month’s selection, stop by the first floor Reference Desk and talk to a librarian.

After Austen Book Club (Monday, January 27, 7:00 pm) The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Afternoon Book Discussion (Tuesday, February 4, 3:00 pm) House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus
Inspirational Book Club (Thursday, January 16, 7:00 pm) The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans
Mystery Book Club (Thursday, January 23, 1:00 pm) The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson
Nonfiction Book Club (Tuesday, January 21, 3:00 pm) Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard
Paranormal Book Club (Monday, January 13, 7:00 pm) City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte

Hope to see you this month in one of our book clubs!

A Modern Christmas

Christmas at DisneyworldChristmas is here again,
Stand up and cheer again.
Let’s leave our heartaches and sorrows behind.
- "Christmas is Here Again", Roger Whittaker

I know I say this every year, but it bears repeating: Christmas is my most favorite time of year! I love everything associated with the Christmas season and have since I was a little girl. I love decorating the Christmas tree with White Christmas playing in the background, baking cookies while singing along to my favorite Christmas tunes, and wrapping piles of presents late into the night. There are so many traditions associated with the Christmas season, but perhaps my favorite of these involves gathering around the TV with my family and watching beloved Christmas movies.

Last year, I wrote about the classic movies that had shaped my childhood Christmases. I still love those movies today and cherish the memories they bring (e.g., like the year I first discovered White Christmas and watched it every day for two weeks straight!), but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my love for some of the more recent Christmas movies Hollywood has brought us. Some of the movies are funny and some are bittersweet. Some of the movies focus on the holidays, while others only happen around Christmas. But no matter the story, the joy of Christmas can be felt running through each movie. 

If you’re in the mood for a more modern take on the holidays this year, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!

Turkey Day

thanksgiving cookiesWith its tradition of big meals and family gatherings, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It is also the most overlooked of the fall holidays, stuck in between the fun of Halloween and the cheer of Christmas. No sooner has the Halloween candy been eaten, than we are skipping ahead and preparing for Christmas, with only a meal and shopping to celebrate Thanksgiving. Even Hollywood seems to have bypassed Thanksgiving for the more obvious Christmas plots. Thanksgiving movies may be few and far between, but there are still enough to remind us what the holiday is really about: food, family, thankfulness, and pie. Always pie.

If you are in the mood for a Thanksgiving movie this season, browse the HCPL catalog and request one today!

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

hunger gamesIt’s an opening night watch party! Dress as your favorite Hunger Games character, play games, win prizes, and watch The Hunger Games (the first movie in the trilogy). Bring pillows, snacks and friends. Party is open to all ages, but movie is PG-13. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Thursday, November 21 from 6:30-9:00 pm.

For more information, call the library at 832-559-4200.

The Art of The TV Marathon

tv remoteIt’s no secret that I love TV. I eagerly anticipate new episodes of my favorite TV shows each week and despair when they go on hiatus. Season premieres are cause for celebration, while season finales are crushing. But I have noticed that there are some shows that are simply better when watched all at once. I confess to collecting all the episodes in one season of some shows (Game of Thrones & Downton Abbey) on my DVR to watch one after another over a long weekend. This does, unfortunately, leave room for potential spoilers, but at least I don’t spend the days in between episodes in a state of cliffhanger-induced anxiety.

But there is something to be said about waiting until the series finale airs before tackling a whole TV show from start to finish. About building a pillow fortress on the couch, putting on comfy clothes, collecting tasty snacks and settling in for a no holds barred TV marathon. It’s sometimes my favorite way to experience a new TV show. With the last season of Breaking Bad in the bag and the DVDs set to release in a few weeks, I am looking forward to an epic marathon of what, I’ve been promised, is a spectacular show. No spoilers, please!

If you’re in the mood to take a break from family (or gather family together!) and marathon a TV show this holiday season, check out the list of great shows to watch from beginning to end!

The Hills are Alive...

music  notesIn 2004, the American Film Institute released a new list in their 100 Years series, this one celebrating iconic songs in movies. I have confessed my love for movie musicals many times on this blog, but there is something to be said for that one song that can define an entire movie. What would Dirty Dancing be without that final performance to (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life? How many of us still passionately sing along with Celine Dion and think of Jack and Rose when My Heart Will Go On plays on the radio? And is a Bond movie really complete without a new, killer theme song?

When AFI first released the 100 Years...100 Songs list, my college roommate and I were obsessed. It was our goal to collect all 100 songs and put them in one playlist and, by the end of the year, we had almost succeeded! Below, I have listed some of my favorite movie songs. Browse the entire list and let me know if your favorite song was included!

Space: The Final Frontier

full moonWe all know about fashion trends, but how often do we give thought to movie trends? One of this year’s most popular trends is movies set in space. This summer saw the release of a number of movies that fit this theme (e.g., Star Trek: Into Darkness and Elysium), and the trend continues with some of this fall’s most anticipated movies. Earlier this month, Gravity opened to high critical and popular acclaim and continues to smash box office records. And on November 1, Ender’s Game, based on the Orson Scott Card novel of the same name, hits theaters with a science fiction twist on the space trend. Whether the movie is a more realistic portrayal of space and mankind in space (e.g.,  Apollo 13) or a science fiction adventure that only tangentially reflects reality (e.g., Star Wars and Star Trek), it always manages to capture the imagination of Earthbound movie goers.

If you can’t make it to the theater this month, or want to see more cinematic adventures in space, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!

The Post-Apocalyptic World

wastelandThis month, Harris County Public Library, along with other libraries in the Greater Houston area, celebrates Gulf Coast Reads 2013. This year’s novel is The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. The Dog Stars follows the struggles of a man and his dog, taking refuge in a Colorado airport hanger after a flu pandemic wipes out most of the world’s population.

Novels depicting the world after apocalyptic events have always been prevelent, and television and movies are no different. Perhaps it is the conflicting emotions of the story that pull in readers and viewers: a fierce desire to survive and build a new civilization despite loneliness in the face of total devestation. The recent rise in popularity of books and movies about dystopian civilizations (e.g., The Hunger Games) feed this same desire to see a small group of people struggling together to overcome seemingly hopeless situations. Or maybe viewers just want to leave theaters knowing that no matter what happens, humanity will survive.

If you’re in the mood for a post-apocalyptic thriller this weekend, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie or television show today!

Lone Star College-Tomball 25th Anniversary

doorsdoors

Creative staff at the Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library are participating in a door decorating contest to kick off the Lone Star College-Tomball 25th Anniversary celebrations. Departments from all over campus have their creative juices flowing. Thanks to the library staff listed below for their creativity and hard work on this project. Our doors look awesome, so make sure you stop by the library and take a look! 

First Floor Doors (HCPL Library Staff): Brenda Maynard, Leah Curry, Krystal Schroeder, and Katherine C. Green

Second Floor Doors (LSC Library Staff): Pamela Shafer, Bobbye Silva, Alpana Sarangapani, Jill Moore, Christopher Grawl, Stephanie Riceman, Marilyn Howe, Vicki Bradley, Natalie Armantrout, and Christina Wilcher

For more pictures of our decorated doors, check out the library's Flickr page!

 

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