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Almost Spring is the perfect time for movies!

March is one of my favorite months. It’s not only the month that weather usually gives us a break and days start getting warmer but also it’s the month that the Academy Awards Ceremony known as the Oscars takes place.

Through the years a lot has been said about the Oscars, some people believe them to be shallow and just a casual meeting between friends giving each other pats on the back but for me they have always held this special meaning.

As a child, my father introduced me to movies through the Oscars. I was too young to understand the categories  (some of them have even now disappeared ) but i know it was family time. We’d gather around our tv (one of those big tube color tv’s, I’m sure you remember them! ) and we’d watch the 2 hours plus of entertainment. Later growing up we’ll try to guess the winners and have our favorites. As kids we’d believe in the glamour and the gala dresses  seemed  almost unreal. Nowadays dresses are more daring and movies may not be as wholesome but one thing is still true, the Oscar ceremony is still about honoring performers and people in the movie industry whom beyond movies have given us experiences and sometimes lifetime memories.

At the Derry Public Library, we have taken the work to collect some of the Best Picture Academy Award winners through the years and in honor of Oscars month, we’d love to help you revisit all those memories.

Here’s a list of some of my favorite Best Picture winners that we currently carry at the Derry Public Library , we have many others.

It happened one night ” (1934), “Gone with the wind” (1939) , “Casablanca” (Greatest classic films collection. Best picture winners ) (1943), “An American in Paris” (1951), “From here to eternity” (1953), “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962), “My fair lady” (1964), “Gandhi” (1982) , “Amadeus” (1984), “Driving Miss Daisy” (1989), “Titanic” (1997) , “Gladiator” (2000) , “Lord of the rings, the return of the king” (2003) , “No country for old men” (2007), “The king’s speech” (2010) , “The artist” ( 2011) , “Argo” (2013)

We’d love to hear about your memories related to the Oscar ceremony or maybe your favorite family movie growing up. Please, share your comments or suggest your favorites or even take a guess at the 2014 Best Picture winner.


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