Spend Your “Weekends With the Oscars” This Summer

Weekends with the Oscars are coming back to the Livingston Public Library! Each weekend from July 15 through August 19, we’ll be presenting Best Picture nominees from this year’s Academy Awards on the big screen in our Program Room. Screenings are free and open to all, with no registration required. All screenings begin at 1:30 PM. Plot synopses provided by the studios. Saturday, July 15 – The Fabelmans (directed by Steven Spielberg) Growing up in post-World War II era Arizona, young Sammy Fabelman aspires to become a filmmaker as he reaches adolescence, but soon discovers a shattering family secret and explores how the power of films can help him see the truth. Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress (Michelle Williams), and Best Supporting Actor (Judd Hirsch) at this year’s Oscars. Rated PG-13; 2 hours & 30 minutes. Saturday, July 22 – The Banshees of Inisherin (directed by Martin McDonagh) Two lifelong friends find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, with alarming consequences for both of them. Nominated for nine Oscars this year, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Colin Farrell), Best Supporting Actor (Brendan Gleeson and Barry Keoghan), Best Supporting Actress (Kerry Condon), and Best Original Screenplay. Rated R; 1 hour, 55 minutes. Sunday, July 23 – Top Gun: Maverick (directed by Joseph Kosinski) After thirty years, Maverick is still pushing the envelope as a top naval aviator, but must confront ghosts of his past when he leads TOP GUN’s elite graduates on a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those chosen to fly it. Winner of Best Sound, and nominated for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Visual Effects at this year’s Oscars. Rated PG-13; 2 hours, 10 minutes. Saturday, July 29 – Avatar: The Way of Water (directed by James Cameron) Jake Sully lives with his newfound family formed on the extrasolar moon Pandora. Once a familiar threat returns to finish what was previously started, Jake must work with Neytiri and the army of the Na’vi race to protect their home. Nominated for Best Picture, and winner for Best Visual Effects at this year’s Oscars. Rated PG-13; 3 hours, 12 minutes. Sunday, July 30 – Triangle of Sadness (directed by Ruben Östlund) Social hierarchy is turned upside down, revealing the tawdry relationship between power and beauty when a fashion model celebrity couple join an eventful cruise for the super-rich. Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay at this year’s Oscars. Rated R; 2 hours, 27 minutes. Saturday, August 5 – Everything Everywhere All At Once (directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert) A hilarious and big-hearted sci-fi action adventure about an exhausted Chinese-American woman (Michelle Yeoh) who can’t seem to finish her taxes. The film won Best Picture, Best Directors, Best Actress (Michelle Yeoh), Best Supporting Actor (Ke Huy Quan), Best Supporting Actress (Jamie Lee Curtis), and Best Original Screenplay at this year’s Oscars. Rated R; 2 hours, 19 minutes. Saturday, August 12: Tár (directed by Todd Field) Set in the international world of Western classical music, the film centers on Lydia Tár, widely considered one of the greatest living composer-conductors and the very first female director of a major German orchestra. Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Cate Blanchett), Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography at this year’s Oscars. Rated R; 2 hours, 38 minutes. Sunday, August 13: Elvis (directed by Baz Luhrmann) The film depicts the life of American music icon Elvis Presley, from his childhood to becoming a rock and movie star in the 1950s while maintaining a complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Austin Butler), Best Cinematography, and Best Sound at this year’s Oscars. Rated PG-13; 2 hours, 39 minutes. Saturday, August 19: Women Talking (directed by Sarah Polley) Do nothing, stay and fight, or leave: In 2010, the women of an isolated religious community grapple with reconciling a brutal reality with their faith. Winner of Best Adapted Screenplay, and nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars. Rated PG-13; 1 hour, 44 minutes. All films will be screened with English subtitles for the hard of hearing. Doors will open 30 minutes before showtime. Free popcorn and water will be provided while supplies last.