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The Artist

The Artist has become the first silent film to win the Oscar for Best Picture since 1929 when the film Wings won the award at the very first Oscars ceremony. For more great films of the silent era try some of these titles from the Library's collection:

Broken blossoms [videodisc] by United Artists — A young Chinaman in London's squalid Limehouse district hopes to spread the peaceful philosophy of his Eastern religion. There he befriends a pitiful street waif who is mistreated by her brutal father.

Hooray for Hollywood

The Academy Awards are the highest honors accorded by the U.S. film industry to the motion pictures, performers, directors and many others whose work we view on the Silver Screen. When the first Oscars were handed out in May, 1929, movies had just begun to "talk," and the Oscar wasn't yet called by that name. Dig into some movie history, whether you explore the resources in this collection year-round, or just during the days prior to this year's Oscar ceremonies.

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The bad & the beautiful: Hollywood in the fifties by Sam Kashner and Jennifer MacNair — The 1950s are often dismissed as a peaceful interval between the war-ravaged '40s and the socially stormy '60s.

Oscar Night is here

It's Oscar Night - will you be watching to see who wins? To find out more about the Academy Awards, check out one of the hundreds of items in CPL's collection. We've got official and unofficial histories, murder mysteries, red carpet fashion facts, and much more. You can also watch trailers for the nominated films online before the show airs tonight at 8:00PM.
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Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, The Cove documents the abuse of dolphins by fishermen in Taiji, a sleepy lagoon off the coast of Japan. Animal rights activist and filmmaker Richard O'Barry - a former animal trainer who once captured the dolphins used on the television series Flipper - has four decades later renounced his previous profession. Instead he has captured on film shocking images of how the dolphins' habitat has been poisoned by the fishermen and their marine ecology endangered. The film received its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009.

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Nominated for three Oscars ( Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay), An Education - based on the memoir by Lynn Barber - is set in 1961 London where suburban 16-year old Jenny is eager to start her adult life. Jenny gets the chance to shake things up when she comes under the spell of David - an older, urbane newcomer who introduces her to art auctions, classical concerts, and crowded pubs. The film stars Best Actress nominee Carey Mulligan as Jenny and Peter Sarsgaard as David.

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Nominated for six Oscars (including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay), Up in the Air is an adaptation of Walter Kirn's novel about a human resources administrator (George Clooney) who flies around the country firing people for bosses who don't have the stomach for it. Director Jason Reitman's cast also includes Jason Bateman and fellow nominees for Best Supporting Actress Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick. Some scenes were filmed last year in Detroit Metro Airport!

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Nominated for eight Academy awards, the biographical film Milk tells the story of Harvey Milk, California's first openly gay elected official. Elected as a San Francisco supervisor in 1977, he was assassinated along with Mayor George Moscone by San Francisco Supervisor Dan White in November, 1978. The nominations include Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Director.

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OscarsNominated for Best Documentary Feature, Man on Wire relates the story behind "the artistic crime of the century." In 1974 tightrope walker Philippe Petit attempted a daring, but illegal, high-wire walk between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers.

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The Duchess, starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes, has been nominated for two Academy Awards - Best Art Direction and Best Costume.

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Nominated for five Academy Awards, The Reader, starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes is set in post-World War II Germany where nearly a decade after his encounter with an older woman came to a sudden and mysterious end, a young law student discovers her as she defends herself in a war crimes trial.

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OscarsBased on the novel Q & A by Vikas Swarap, the film Slumdog Millionaire built on its positive buzz at the 2008  Toronto Film Festival to become this year's favorite underdog.

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Best known for her long running role in the acclaimed TV series Homicide, life on the street, veteran character actress Melissa Leo has been nominated as Best Actress for her role in the independent film Frozen River.

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Based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has been nominated for thirteen Academy Awards.  The film tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who is born in New Orleans at the end of World War I as a man in his eighties and proceeds to age backwards into the 21st century. The multiple nominations include Best Picture, Best Actor (Brad Pitt), Best Supporting Actress (Taraji P. Henson), and Best Director (David Fincher).

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Nominated for five Academy Awards, Frost/Nixon stars Michael Sheen and Frank Langella in the film version of the Broadway production of the same name.

2009 Academy Awards

Nominations for the 2009 Academy Awards have been announced, and many of the nominated films are already here at the Library.