And the Oscar Goes To…

by Louise Hilton

<> on October 19, 2009 in Santa Clarita, California.

It’s that time of year again! The 85th Academy Awards ceremony airs this Sunday, February 24, at 6 p.m. Check out the official website for all things Oscar: recipe ideas for your very own Oscar viewing party, behind-the-scenes videos with the nominees, an Oscar app for your smartphone, and more.

Click here for a printable list of the nominees or try this interactive Oscar ballot from The Los Angeles Times here.

Don’t miss the official site of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (the governing body behind the awards) for the history behind this legendary night in Hollywood.

Most of this year’s nine Best Picture nominees are already in the library catalog, including Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Life of PiLincoln, and Zero Dark Thirty.

Speaking of Beasts of the Southern Wild, Quvenzhané Wallis, the star of the movie,  is a Louisiana native (she’s from Houma) who made history this year by becoming the youngest nominee ever – she is nine years old and was only six when the movie was filmed! Nominated for Best Actress, she steals the show as the plucky heroine in this drama set in the bayou.

The Library also offers a great selection of titles about the Oscars, including Bringing Up Oscar: The Story of the Men and Women Who Founded the Academy by Debra Ann Pawlak, Oscar Fever: The History and Politics of the Academy Awards by Emanuel Levy, Made for Each Other: Fashion and the Academy Awards by Bronwyn Cosgrave, 75 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards by Robert Osborne, and Behind the Oscar: The Secret History of the Academy Awards by Anthony Holden.

For fun fictional takes on the frenzy of Oscar season, try Murder at the Academy Awards by Joan Rivers, Celebutantes by Amanda Goldberg, and Oscar Season by Mary McNamara.

Don’t forget to tune in Sunday night!


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