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Best Supporting Actress Winners at the Algonquin Area Public Library

The Oscars are this weekend! Catch up on past award winners, like Academy Award winners for Best Supporting Actress. All of these films can be found at the Algonquin Area Public Library District.

Are you getting ready for the Academy Awards? 

Catch up on past award winners, like Academy Award winners for Best Supporting Actress.  All of these films can be found at the Algonquin Area Public Library District.

84th Academy Awards

Octavia Spencer, The Help: Find it in the Library @ Call # DVD HEL

Mississippi during the 1960s: Skeeter, a southern society girl, returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends' lives, and a small Mississippi town, upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen, Skeeter's best friend's housekeeper, is the first to open up, to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. (PG-13, 146 min)

 

83rd Academy Awards

Melissa Leo, The Fighter: Find it in the Library @ Call # DVD FIG

Micky Ward is a struggling boxer long overshadowed by his older brother and trainer, Dicky, a local legend battling his own demons. Their explosive relationship threatens to take them both down. However, the bond of blood may be their only chance to redeem their pasts, and, at last, give their hard-luck town what it's been waiting for: pride. (R, 116 min)

 

82nd Academy Awards

Mo’Nique, Precious: Find it in the Library @ Call # DVD PRE

In 1987, obese, illiterate, black 16-year-old Claireece 'Precious' Jones lives in Harlem with her dysfunctional family. She has been raped and impregnated twice by her father, Carl. She suffers constant physical, mental and sexual abuse from her unemployed mother, Mary. After getting pregnant for the second time, Precious is suspended from her school. Her principal arranges to have her attend an alternative school where her new teacher, Ms. Rain, helps Precious learn to read and she responds to this glimmer of hope. Precious is faced with the choice to follow opportunity and test her own boundaries. (R, 110 min)

 

81st Academy Awards

Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona: Find it in the Library @ Call # DVD VIC

Two American women, one engaged to be married and the other sexually flirtatious, both become romantically involved with a painter while on vacation in Barcelona, only to find they have competition in the form of the painter's ex-wife. (PG-13, 96 min)

 

80th Academy Awards

Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton: Find it in the Library @ Call # DVD MIC

Michael Clayton is an in-house fixer at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. A former criminal prosecutor, Clayton takes care of the law firm's dirtiest work at the behest of the firm's co-founder, Marty Bach. While burned out with his job as a fixer, his divorce, a failed business venture, and mounting debt have left Clayton inextricably tied to the firm. But when the firm's brilliant and guilt-ridden attorney Arthur Edens goes from advocate to whistleblower, Clayton faces the biggest challenge of his career and his life. (R, 119 min)

 

79th Academy Awards

Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls: Find it in the Library @ Call # DRE

Three young women Deena Jones, Effie White, and Lorrell Robinson desire to become pop stars. They get their wish when they are picked to be backup singers for the legendary James "Thunder" Early. When they are set free for leads, Curtis Taylor and Effie's brother C.C. decide that Deena should be the lead singer, which upsets Effie. The girls discover exactly what it takes to be in the music business and what they must give up to realize their dream. (PG-13, 130 min)

 

78th Academy Awards

Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener: Find it in the Library @ Call # DVD CON

In a remote area of Northern Kenya, activist Tessa Quayle is found brutally murdered. Tessa's companion, a doctor, appears to have fled the scene, and all the evidence points to a crime of passion. Members of the British High Commission in Nairobi assume that Tessa's widower, their mild-mannered and unambitious colleague Justin Quayle, will leave the matter to them. Haunted by remorse and jarred by rumors of his late wife's infidelities, Quayle surprises everyone by embarking on a personal odyssey that will take him across three continents. Using his privileged access to diplomatic secrets, Justin risks his own life and will stop at nothing to expose the truth - a conspiracy more far-reaching and deadly than Quayle could ever have imagined. (R, 129 min)

 

77th Academy Awards

Cate Blanchett, The Aviator: Find it in the Library @ Call # DVD AVI

One of the 20th century's most compelling figures, Howard Hughes was an industrialist, movie producer and innovator--but he also considered himself an aviator. (PG-13, 170 min)

 

76th Academy Awards

Renee Zellweger, Cold Mountain: Find it in the Library @ Call # DVD COL

Inman, a young Confederate soldier, is struggling to make his way home to Cold Mountain, NC, where his beloved Ada awaits him. In Inman's absence, Ada befriends Ruby, who helps her keep up her late father's farm. Meanwhile, in his travels, Inman encounters a menagerie of interesting and colorful characters. (R, 154 min)

 

75th Academy Awards

Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chicago: Find it in the Library @ Call # DVD CHI

At a time when crimes of passion result in celebrity headlines, nightclub sensation Velma Kelly and spotlight-seeking Roxie Hart both find themselves on Chicago's famed Murderess Row. They also share Billy Flynn, the town's slickest lawyer with a talent for turning notorious defendants into local legends. (PG-13, 113 min)

 

74th Academy Awards

Jennifer Connelly, A Beautiful Mind: Find it in the Library @ Call # DVD BEA

Dramatic biography of John Nash, a mathematical genius, who made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his schizophrenia, and finally, late in life, received the Nobel Prize. (PG-13, 135 min) 

 

73rd Academy Awards

Marcia Gay Harden, Pollock: Find it in the Library @ Call # DVD POL

"Fellow artists and lovers Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner are at the center of New York's 1940's art scene, but as Krasner neglects her work to push Pollock's career forward, Pollock begins to unravel emotionally. Pollock and Krasner escape to the country to marry, and soon, Pollock creates the work that makes him the first internationally-famous modern painter in America. (R, 122 min)

 

72nd Academy Awards

Angelina Jolie, Girl, Interrupted: Find it in the Library @ Call # DVD GIR

The fascinating true story of a young woman's life-altering stay at a famous psychiatric hospital in the late 1960's. (R, 127 min)

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