If you are one of those who find themselves annually disappointed in the number of Oscar contenders that come to Laramie, there is a solution. The Wyo Theater is offering a small, but nonetheless intriguing answer to some of your woes.
Playing every Sunday night at 7pm through May 2, the Wyo offers admission for one night special showings of select films that didnt make it to Laramies Fox Cinema. Playing on re-run, many films, including everything from Oscar contenders to foreign films to musicals, have become part of the Wyos annual Spring Film Series. Admission is $6.50 a ticket or $5.00 with the purchase of a $5.00 Members Card
The Oscar Nominations were announced February 2, leaving film fanatics everywhere speculating on the who will vs. who should win the awards. Unfortunately, Laramie did not host many of the smaller films included in the nominations, namely those with limited releases. Furthermore its going to be a while before the films, many of which were released in late 2009 for Oscar contention, will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray. Due to this, it is nearly impossible to see these films in Laramie before their fates are decided by the Oscars on March 7th. It is also virtually impossible for the average Laramie citizen to ever see them in their original format, on the big screen.
I just went to see the Best Picture Nominated British film An Education last Sunday night, and was pleased by a surprisingly quality print (considering its been traveling around from theater to theater for months now), and a film that was both challenging and entertaining. Playing this upcoming Sunday, February 21 is Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire. The film has already received critical acclaim along with garnering five Oscar Nominations, including nods for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Picture. Costar Monique is a sure to win Best Supporting Actress and the film itself promises to be one of the most excruciatingly potent and grittily authentic cinematic experiences of the year.
While Precious is the only film showing before the Oscars take place on March 7, many more promising features follow, all listed below with a brief description.
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Its earned five Oscar Nominations, is the favorite to win best Supporting Actress, and features only the second black Director ever to receive a Best Director Nomination in Lee Daniels.
This post-apocalyptic film features the gritty tale of a man and his family trying to survive in a desolate landscape. It stars one of Hollywooas première talents in the underrated Academy Award Nominated (2007, Eastern Promises) Viggo Mortensen, who many will recognize as Aragorn form The Lord of the Rings franchise.
Starring Academy Award Winner (2008, Vicky Christina Barcelona) Penelope Cruz, this Spanish film was Nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film.
A Single Man
Colin Firth received a Best Actor Nomination for his portrayal of a man dealing with the loss of his longtime partner.
The Young Victoria
This period drama about Queen Victoria received Nominations from the Academy for Art Direction, Costume Design, and Makeup.
The White Ribbon
This German film won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film, along with receiving an Oscar nod in the same category and an additional nod for Best Cinematography.
The Last Station
Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer both received acting nods from the Academy for their work in this historical drama.
Though critically bashed, this remake of Federico Fellinis musical 8 ½ earned another Academy Award Nomination for Penelope Cruz, alongside additional nods for Art Direction, Costume Design, and Original Song.
25: Crazy Heart
Jeff Bridges is practically guaranteed the Best Actor statue for his work in this character study about a C&W singer. Maggie Gyllenhaal, of Dark Knight fame, also received a Supporting Actress Nomination, complementing the films Best Original Song Nomination.
The Lovely Bones
Peter Jackson, Director of the infamous Lord of the Rings trilogy, received little critical support for his drama about a young girls murder and subsequent afterlife, but the film was able to snatch a best Supporting Actor nod for Stanley Tucci chilling antagonist.