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Oscar Winners of the past . . .

The recent Oscar show got me thinking of past awards, and my mind jumped to wondering what/who won the awards the year I was born.  My homework reveals the winners that year were:
Best Director:  John Ford, The Quiet Man
Best Actor:  Gary Cooper, High Noon
Best Actress:  Shirley Booth, Come Back, Little Sheba
Best Supporting Actor:  Anthony Quinn, Viva Zapata!
Best Supporting Actress:  Gloria Grahame, The Bad and The Beautiful
Keep in mind that Gardiner Public Library has a great movie collection both on DVD and VHS formats and that if we do not have a title in our collection that the chances we can borrow any item via interlibrary loan are excellent.  We already have many of the winning films from last year.  Come on in and borrow an award-winning film today!
 Scott Handville, Assistant Library Director

Nominated Short Films

Watching the Oscars each year reminds me how disappointed I am that we are not able to readily view the animated short films that are nominated each year.  The library has been able to add to our collection here in Gardiner three compilations of these winners and nominees, “A Collection of Academy AwardNominated Short Films”.  The years covered are 2005, 2006, and 2007.  But what about all the other years and other films?  Last year’s winner for Best Animated Short Film was “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr.Morris Lessmore”.  A friend who knew I worked in a library passed a link on to me that allowed me to watch this wonderful short film.  It is a heartwarming story of a man who takes care of books.  It was such a success that it was turned into a picture book by William Joyce and Joe Bluhm, and the library now owns that book.  Wouldn’t it be a boon to film fans for some publishing company to make this and other nominated films available for public purchase so we could enjoy what the Academy has deemed worth merit? 
Scott Handville, Assistant Director