FREE FEST: The Day Before the Awards Film Festival @ East Greenbush Community Library


The 91st Academy Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday (February 24) at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and broadcast on ABC-TV at 8pm. But if you’re like most of us, you haven’t seen all of the films nominated in the major categories. And that’s where the fifth annual Day Before the Awards Film Festival comes to the rescue.

On Saturday (February 23) you can spend the day watching some of the amazing films that are up for awards at the Annual Academy Awards Ceremony on Sunday – all for free. Six Oscar nominated films will be screened at the East Greenbush Community Library and one film at the Renssleaer Public library. The festival will be hosted by Jackson Murphy with special guest critic Jim Dixon. In addition to the films, there will be games, prizes, ballots to test your Academy Award knowledge and a snack bar.

Admission to all movies is free, but registration is required for each film screening. GO HERE to register…

Here’s the schedule of Saturday’s screenings


10:25am: “THE WIFE”
(nominated for best actress)
After nearly forty years of marriage, Joan and Joe Castleman are complements. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man’s Wife. Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work. Joe’s literary star has blazed since he and Joan first met in the late 1950. The story interweaves the couple’s youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, 30-plus years later – a lifetime’s shared compromises, secrets, betrayals and mutual love. Starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce.

(five nomiantions, including best picture)
A foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Starring Rami Malek.

(eight nominations, including best picture)
The raw and passionate tale of Jack and Ally, two artistic souls coming together, on stage and in life. Theirs is a complex journey through the beauty and the heartbreak of a relationship struggling to survive with both parties enduring the trials of the music business. In this new take on the iconic love story Jackson Maine discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally. She has given up on her dream to become a successful singer, until she meets Jack, who immediately sees her natural talent. Starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.


(three nominations, including best actress)
Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who made her living in the 1970s and ’80s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estée Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee found herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the marketplace, she turned her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant).

12:45pm: “FIRST MAN”
(four nominations, including visual effects)
On the heels of their six-time Academy Award-winning smash, “La La Land,” Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie explores the sacrifices and the cost on Armstrong and on the nation of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

(six nominations, including best picture)
From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream. Produced by the team behind the Academy Award-winning “Get Out.”


(nominated for best animated feature)
Video-game bad guy turned good guy Ralph and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz leave the comforts of Litwak’s Family Fun Center and Arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush. Their quest takes them to the vast, uncharted world of the internet where they rely on the citizens of the internet – the Netizens – to help navigate their way. Lending a virtual hand are Yesss, the head algorithm and the heart and soul of the trend-making site “BuzzzTube,” and Shank, a tough-as-nails driver from a gritty online auto-racing game called Slaughter Race. Vanellope wholeheartedly embraces Slaughter Race – so much so that Ralph worries she may decide to stay in the game permanently. Featuring the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson and Gal Gadot.

HIGH MUD COMEDY FEST @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, March 29 & 30
TASTE OF COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 7-9
MOUNTAIN JAM @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, June 13-16
TAIL WINDS MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Hudson Valley Regional Airport, Wappingers Falls, June 29
FREIHOFER’S SARATOGA JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, June 29 & 30
GREEN RIVER FESTIVAL @ Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, July 12-14
WOODSTOCK 50 @ Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, August 16-18
BETHEL WOODS MUSIC AND CULTURE FESTIVAL @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, August 16-18 (cancelled)

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