Cinemas bring back Oscar nominees

Cinemas bring back Oscar nomineesMahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen in a scene from “Green Book,” coming next week to Ridgecrest Cinemas.

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By BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

Oscar weekend is just around the corner — the prestigious Academy Awards ceremony will be held Feb. 24. And if you haven’t had a chance to catch up on this year’s Oscar-nominated films, the Ridgecrest Cinemas is bringing some of them back for a limited time.

From Feb. 15-22, the theater will be showing “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” starring Melissa McCarthy who was nominated for best actress in a leading role. McCarthy plays Lee Israel, a biographer fallen on hard times who discovers she has a penchant for forging letters allegedly written by famous authors. Other nominations include Richard E. Grant for best actor in a supporting role and best adapted screenplay.

Best picture nominee “Green Book” will be showing Feb. 22-28. The film stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali (nominated for best actor in a leading role and best actor in a supporting role, respectively).

Based on a true story, accomplished African-American concert pianist Dr. Donald Shirley (Ali) hires Italian-American bouncer Tony Lip (Mortensen) to drive him during his 1962 tour of the southern U.S. as protection against the racism he’s sure to encounter. The film is also nominated for best film editing and best original screenplay.

Finally from March 1-7, Ridgecrest Cinemas will show “Favourite” tells the story of Lady Sarah and her cousin Abigail vying for the favor of an increasingly unstable Queen Anne during Great Britain’s war with France.

The film stars Olivia Colman (nomination for best leading actress) as Queen Anne, Emma Stone (best supporting actress) as Lady Abigail Masham and Rachel Weisz (best supporting actress) as Lady Sarah Churchill. It also received nominations for best cinematography, costume design, directing, film editing, production design and original screenplay.

For more information, find Ridgecrest Cinemas on Facebook.

Story First Published: 2019-02-15