In addition to the Oscar-nominated documentary, live action and animated shorts already on the Hop Winter Schedule, five feature films on the calendar also received Academy Award nominations yesterday morning. If you are wondering how you could possibly tackle this list in less than a month, here’s a plan for you:
Saturday January 26th 7 PM: Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse
Winner of this year’s Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, Spider-Verse gathers a cast of spider-people from various dimensions. The result is a mix of silly and smart, cheeky and reverential, classic star-studded instantly recognizable superhero movie and something quite new. Watch this with your friends, partners, grand-aunts and nephews.
Friday February 1st 7 PM: The Favourite
It is difficult to not pun the film’s title with its already long list of awards, and 10 Oscar nominations this year: Best Picture, Lead Actress, Supporting Actress (x2), Director, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing, Production Design and Costume Design. It would seem that this cleverly written, beautifully shot and effortlessly rendered film is a “must-watch.”
*Also showing on Saturday Feb 2 at 7 PM
Saturday February 2nd 7 PM: Bohemian Rhapsody – Sing Along!
If not for your love for Queen, attend this screening for your love of sing-alongs. Song lyrics will appear on the screen along with the magnetic star of Mr. Robot, Rami Malek, playing Freddie Mercury, and everyone is encouraged to help him belt out the classic pop-rock songs. The film has received nominations for sound mixing and editing in addition to those for Best Picture and Lead Actor.
Friday February 8th 7 PM: Documentary Shorts
Saturday February 9th 5 PM: Animated Shorts
*Also showing on Saturday February 16th at 5 PM
8 PM: Live Action Shorts
*Also showing on Saturday February 16th at 8 PM
Friday February 15th 7PM: If Beale Street Could Talk
Moonlight director, Barry Jenkins and cinematographer, James Laxton reunited to make If Beale Street Could Talk, an adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel by the same name. And the Oscars recognize the film for their lyrical interpretation by nominating it for best Adapted Screenplay and Original Score. Expect to be moved in more ways than one by Jenkins’s complex layering of tragedy with warmth and joy.
*Also showing on Thursday February 14th 7 PM
Sunday February 24th 4PM: Mary Poppins Returns
The joyous musical makes it to the Oscar nominations because of its Original Score and Original Song, The Place Where Lost Things Go. More than fifty years after the original Mary Poppins starring Julie Andrews was released, Mary Poppins Returns promises the same fantastical musical extravaganza on screen, but revitalized by a star-studded cast including Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
And after catching this 4 pm show, you’ll be ready to watch the Oscars that night!