eSpotlight - Prepping for the Oscars

Oscar Statuette
Source: Martin Vorel

Ready for the Oscars?

The 91st Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019. Are you ready for the show? We've got plenty of eBooks, eMedia, and eResources to help you prepare, all available for free with a library card.

History of the Academy Awards

Interested in learning about the history of the Academy Awards? You can read an article on EBSCO or U.S. History in Context. Additionally, we have eBooks available to read online, as well as eMusic from Hoopla, featuring past winners for Best Original Song and Best Original Score.

Inside the Golden StatueThe OscarsBringing Up OscarAcademy Awards Winners: Best Original SongThe Academy Award WinnersAcademy Award Winning Songs

Who are the nominees?

If you're looking to learn more about some of the nominees, Biography in Context is a great place to start. Here are a just a few of the various nominees featured on this excellent database:

Score and Original Song

Hoopla has soundtracks available for some of the Best Original Score and Best Original Song nominees. Take a listen to some of these great soundtracks:

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)Black Panther (Original Score)Black Panther (Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture)Isle of Dogs (Original Score)Mary Poppins Returns (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)A Star is Born (Soundtrack)

Adapted Screenplay

Want to read or watch the inspiration for some of this year's nominees? We've got the source material for some of the Adapted Screenplay nominees available at our various eBook providers:

Black Klansman by Ron StallworthIf Beale Street Could Talk by James BaldwinA Star is Born

Watch Winners & Nominees

One of the current nominees for Best Documentary, RBG, is available to watch on Hoopla in addition to previous Best Documentary winners.

RBGKon-TikiThe Last DaysThe Living DesertMurder on a Sunday MorningThe Vanishing Prairie

Want to watch a previous Best Picture winner or nominee? Here are a few available to watch on Hoopla.

ChicagoChocolatThe English PatientFinding NeverlandGood Will HuntingNo Country for Old MenShakespeare in Love

Hoopla also has several Best Foreign Language Film winners available to watch. Check out a few:

Cinema ParadisoThe Discreet Charm of the BourgeoisieIdaLife is BeautifulPelle the ConquerorTsotsi

Planning Your Party

Now that you've learned about the nominees and the history of the awards, it's almost time for the big show. Are you hosting an Academy Awards viewing party? We've got plenty of cookbooks and party planning eBooks to help you out. Whatever you do for the evening, have fun!

The Party Food BibleParty VeganCelebrateSeriously Simple PartiesThug Kitchen Party GrubParty PopcornModern Cocktails

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