And the Winner Is... Oscars 2024 Reflections from YPL

From the notebook of B at Will Library, 

I love movies, but I really love movies I can relate to. Whether it’s a person who is in love with someone they can never be with, or who doesn’t even know they’re alive. Or if it’s a comedic film where something is funny because it just hits home. In film, like with music, I seek the relatable, as it makes you feel less alone in the world. You see that other people go through and feel what you feel too.

At the end of the day, I hope the winning films are films that are not just entertaining, but are films that we can all relate to in some way as human beings. Is it the pain of Bernstein? What drove him to write those songs? Or is what truly haunts Oppenheimer? 

From the desk of Eileen Fusco (she/her), YA Librarian,

There are few experiences that surpass an evening with a tub of popcorn and a story that takes me to another place and time.

One of my favorite things to do is go to the movies. Seeing all the Oscar nominees before the big Hollywood night is an annual mission. This year's Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 10th. There are many Oscar worthy choices among the nominees this year. "Oppenheimer", "Killers of the Flower Moon", "Maestro", and "American Fiction" are at the top of my list this year.

My favorite was "American Fiction". This movie had it all. The acting was phenomenal, especially Jeffrey Wright and Sterling Brown. I laughed, I cried, and I left the theater identifying with much of the family dynamics. This was definitely my top pick, but Hollywood is predictable. "Oppenheimer" will probably take home the Oscar.

"Oppenheimer" details the controversy brought on by the creation and use of the nuclear bomb in the 1940s, an issue that will never find resolution. The characters were interesting and the acting was exceptional but the movie was long and slow at times.

"Killers of the Flower Moon" is a story that should never be forgotten about the Osage murders in Oklahoma. It took me days to recover from this dark and depressing retelling of disturbing events in our history.   

"Maestro" depicted Leonard Bernstein's life and exuded a love that came through in his music. It broadened my understanding of his genius in the music world.

Need some help deciding what to watch before the big night? Check out these trailers for the nominees.

2024 Oscar-Nominated Movie Trailers

With a coda from Z at Crestwood Library,

Movies unite us. They offer us a glimpse into another world and sometimes we see ourselves reflected back. We encourage you to check out some of these film nominees from our library catalog and to make movies a regular part of your library life. Be sure to check out films on our catalog or on our digital platforms like Hoopla, Kanopy and The Shelf.

Play along with us and tell us your award-winning predictions! Pick up your ballot at any YPL Circulation Desk and return it by Sunday, March 10 at 5:00 PM to be entered into our raffle for ONE $25 Gift Certificate to The Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers. Each location will have a winner and the most correct entries wins. In the case of a tie, a drawing will be held. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, March 12. 

Can’t swing by our libraries? Enter your predictions online here.