BELFAST — “Best Picture Oscar Winners” is the theme for March at the Belfast Free Library’s “Friday Night Flix” film series. The month features four Academy Award winners from four different decades, spanning the 1960s to the 1990s.
All the movies are free and take place at 7 p.m., in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.
March 1: Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Based on the play by Alfred Uhry, Driving Miss Daisy begins in 1948 and tells the story of Daisy Werthan, an elderly, white Southern Jewish woman and Holk Colburn, her African-American chauffer.
Initially wary of each other, Daisy and Hoak will address their differences and form a tender bond over the next 25 years.
Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman bring these two endearing characters to life.
Driving Miss Daisy won four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Jessica Tandy.
March 8: Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Even William Shakespeare (played by Joseph Fiennes) experienced writer’s block. So what’s the most famous writer in the English language to do? Find a muse, of course – and then fall in love with her.
There’s just one catch. His muse, Viola, (played by Gwyneth Paltrow) really wants to act. But back in those days, only males took to the stage. So much like Shakespeare’s comedies, Viola disguises herself to achieve her dreams.
This movie won seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Gwyneth Paltrow.
March 15: No Movie
March 22: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Some movies are a perfect for their time. Kramer vs Kramer is one such movie, according to Belfast Free Library, in a news release.
Released in 1979, it dramatically explores the pressing issues of the 1970s – divorce, gender roles, womens’ rights, a father’s rights and single parenthood.
Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep star in this beautifully written tale of a family torn asunder by divorce, with a young child caught in the middle.
Kramer vs. Kramer won five awards including Best Picture and acting Oscars for Hoffman and Streep.
March 29: In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Released in the heat of the Civil Rights’ movement, it tells the story of Virgil Tibbs, a black Philadelphia police detective who works alongside a white, Southern police officer in the town of Sparta Mississippi to investigate a murder.
Needless to say, the racial tension between the two men creates antagonism and a tug of war.
Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger star in this simmering clash of cultures.
Winner of five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Rod Steiger.