Just in time, A.P.P.S. film council screens Oscar nominated films at I.G. Greer

Emma Speckman

Didn’t have time to see a lot of movies this year and feeling out of the loop? There’s still time before the 87th Academy Awards air Feb. 22 to see some of the most talked about films from 2014 on campus.

Many of the films nominated for the big categories this year – Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Picture and Best Director – are showing on campus at I.G. Greer through the months of January and February as part of Appalachian Popular Programming Society’s popular film series. All films in this series run Thursday to Saturday at various times. The screenings are $1 in advance and $2 at the door.

First up, David Fincher’s adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel Gone Girl plays this weekend. The film’s lead actress, Rosamund Pike, plays a calculating wife gone missing. Pike is up for Best Actress in a Leading Role at this year’s Academy Awards. Gone Girl will play at I.G. Greer Jan. 22 through Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. and again at 9:45 p.m.

The next weekend, Best Picture nominee The Theory of Everything will play at I.G. Greer. Both Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones are up for awards in the categories of Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Actress in a Leading Role, respectively. The film’s screenwriter, Anthony McCarten, is also up for the Best Adapted Screenplay award. McCarten adapted The Theory of Everything into a film from the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Wilde Hawking, the renown theoretical physicist’s ex-wife. Additionally, the film has been nominated for Best Original Score. The Theory of Everything will play at I.G. Greer Jan. 29 through Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

APPS will begin screening Birdman, which in addition to Best Picture, is up for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Original Screenplay, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing on Feb. 5. Three actors in the film have been nominated for their performance in Birdman as well—Michael Keaton was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Edward Norton for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Emma Stone for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Birdman will play at I.G. Greer Feb. 5 through Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

The following weekend, Big Hero 6, which was nominated for Best Animated Feature this year, will show at I.G. Greer. The film will run from Feb. 12 through Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. The screening will be sensory-friendly, meaning the lights will be turned up some and the sound lowered from that of a typical movie showing.

Other nominated films can be seen at the Regal Boone Cinema Center 7 off of Highway 421. Currently, nominees American Sniper, Into the Woods and Selma are playing at various times.

The 87th Academy Awards airs Feb. 22 on ABC and will be hosted by actor, producer, writer and comedian Neil Patrick Harris.

Story: Emma Speckman, A&E Editor