There are lots of ways to celebrate the Academy Awards (this Sunday, Feb. 22) at local theaters.
You can also see surefire Best Actress winner, Julianne Moore, in Still Alice — “a challenging yet compelling film that casts a subdued light on Alzheimer’s disease without softening its devastating effects.” Moore’s fellow actress nominee, Reese Witherspoon, pulsates with wit and pathos in Wild, playing a recovering addict ridding herself of demons while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. And Marion Cotillard shines in Two Days, One Night, playing an assembly-line worker who goes door-to-door, asking her colleagues to give up their bonuses so she can keep her job. As Nick Rogers of the Indiana Film Journalists Association wrote, "the usually luminous Cotillard gives us a woman whose light teeters on extinction. She’s not just trying to keep her job; she’s trying to find existential validation of her worth, value and purpose. As her weekend grinds on, Cotillard alternates between workaday perseverance and chafing against the bootstraps with which she knows she must lift herself up." Two Days, One Night is also playing at IU Cinema Saturday at 7 and Sunday at 6:30.
Three Best Actor hopefuls from three Best Picture nominees can be seen at the Keystone as well: Benedict Cumberbatch as scientist-turned-war hero, Alan Turing, in The Imitation Game; Bradley Cooper as the most lethal sniper in U.S. history in American Sniper; and Michael Keaton as an actor haunted by blockbuster demons in Birdman.
Finally, if you want to celebrate the Oscars, you could go old-school with the Historic Artcraft Theatre’s screening of the 1963 Best Picture winner, Lawrence of Arabia. Following the flamboyant British military figure, T.E. Lawrence (Peter O’Toole) during his World War I service in the Middle East, the film swept the Oscars with seven wins out of ten nominations. Sponsored by Canines in Action, screenings are Feb. 27 and 28 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.