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Avon Theater Oscar Nominated Film Festival

View Oscar nominated films in Stamford between February 1 and March 2


Besides seeing who is wearing what designer frock on the Oscars’ red carpet; the sport of watching the annual Hollywood awards extravaganza is all about rooting for film favorites.

But sometimes a film or two that takes home a coveted golden statue from members of Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences gets overlooked by even the most devoted cinema fans.

So the Oscar Nominated Film Festival at Stamford’s downtown Avon Theater is designed to help fill in the viewing gaps before the Sunday, March 2 broadcast.

The Avon’s Director of Film Programming Adam Birnbaum says the month-long event, which opened Saturday, February 1, is intended to raise the curtain once again on major motion pictures viewers may have missed as well as showcase more obscure films (think documentaries and animated shorts) that never made it to Fairfield County or had abbreviated theater runs. “We’re excited about this year’s robust lineup,” he says.

The series also serves as a programming bridge between the Avon’s February 1 Oscar Red Carpet fundraising gala and its March 2 preview party.

To that comprehensive end, the festival includes films Fairfield County premieres such as Broken Circle Breakdown (nominated for Best Foreign Language Film) and Cutie and the Boxer (nominated for Best Documentary).

Official trailer for Broken Circle Breakdown

Other must-sees include in films such as The Grandmaster (Nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design) which Birnbaum notes “came and went quickly from local cinemas but really should be seen on the big screen.”

And of course, there will be several big name pictures such as Dallas Buyers Club (nominated for Best Picture and sever major acting prizes), the chilling Prisoners (for cinematography) and Captain Phillips (with multiple nominations including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor.)

Official Trailer for Dallas Buyers Club

For unlimited access to the special screenings — which include some special 11am Saturday morning show times — the Avon also sells badges ($35 for members, $75 for non-members); good for the entire series.

Series screenings will also be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

To see the entire month’s festival calendar as well as other film showings at the historic film house visit avontheatre.org/special_events.html

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