Although it’s hard to believe that the fifth annual Day Before the Awards Festival is already upon us, the popular event is in fact preparing to roll out the red carpet for the fifth year in a year at the East Greenbush Community Library. On Saturday, February 23rd, six movies, all nominated for Academy Awards, will be shown free to the public on two screens at the library, along with one early, family-friendly feature to be screened at the Rensselaer Public Library.
The event is hosted by its co-organizer, local, internationally known film critic “Lights Camera” Jackson Murphy, a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and contributor to WAMC-FM. This writer, a writer for FilmInquiry.com and member of the Online Film Critics Society, will again be a guest critic at the event.
This year’s lineup is particularly diverse. In the East Greenbush Community Library’s Theatre 2, the festival will kick off at 10:15 AM with Can You Ever Forgive Me, the recipient of three Oscar nominations, including Best Actress for star Melissa McCarthy. Richard E. Grant, nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the film, co-stars.
The doors open at 9:00 AM at the Rensselaer Public Library for Ralph Breaks the Internet. The family-friendly sequel to Wreck-It Ralph nominated for Best Animated Film. The rest of the program will be at the East Greenbush Community Library.
At 10:25, The Wife unspools in Theatre 1. Star Glenn Close is nominated for Best Actress, as a wife questioning her choices as she travels with her husband (Jonathan Pryce) as they travel to Stockholm where he is slated to receive a Nobel Prize.
First Man, which tells the story of astronaut Neil Armstrong’s long journey to being the first man to walk on the surface of the moon, screens at 12:45 PM in Theatre 2. The film is nominated for four Academy Awards, including Visual Effects.
The story of the meteoric rise of the British rock group Queen is chronicled in Bohemian Rhapsody, showing at 1:00 PM in Theatre 1. Bohemian Rhapsody is nominated for 5 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for star Rami Malek.
The incredible true story of Denver’s first African American detective, and his crusade against the Ku Klux Klan is the subject of director Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, is nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture. It unspools in Theatre 2 at 3:50 PM.
At 4:00 PM, A Star is Born, nominated for eight Academy Awards, will screen in Theatre 1. This is the third remake of the Hollywood classic, first filmed in 1937, and marks the directorial debut of star Bradley Cooper, who is nominated for his performance in the movie, along with co-stars Lady Gaga and Sam Elliott.
Co-organizer and host Jackson Murphy is enthusiastic about the slate being screened: “This year’s Festival lineup is arguably the best yet! These seven films, a total of twenty-eight Oscar nominations, have fascinating stories, incredible performances from Hollywood A-list royalty and powerhouse music, And since we’ll be celebrating the fifth year, expect some big surprises at the event.”
Tickets for all movies at both locations are available in person at the East Greenbush Community Library or online at eastgreenbushlibrary.org/movies. Films shown subject to availability. Movie fans are urged to order their tickets ASAP, as they’re going fast.