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Wheeler shows Oscar contenders

Aspen Times Staff Report

OK, so the Oscars have been awarded and you missed out on some of the movies that took the little gold statuettes. Not to worry. Thanks to the Wheeler Film Society, you can still play catch-up – on the big screen, no less – with the top films of last year.

The Wheeler Opera House will play host to screenings of the five nominees for the Best Picture award over the next two weeks, beginning tonight. (See page 17-A for a recap of last night’s Academy Awards.)

The screenings, dubbed Oscar Fest, opens with two nights of Steven Spielberg’s World War II drama “Saving Private Ryan.” The film, which garnered a total of 11 Oscar nominations, plays tonight and tomorrow.

On March 26 and 28, Oscar Fest continues with director Shekhar Kapur’s “Elizabeth.” The film, set in the English court of the 16th century, picked up seven Oscar nominations, including a Best Actress nomination for Cate Blanchett.

Writer, director and actor Roberto Benigni’s “Life Is Beautiful” will play at the Wheeler on March 29 and 31. The Italian language film, half romantic comedy set in the Italian countryside and half tragic drama set in the Nazi concentration camps, earned seven nominations – the most ever for a foreign language film.

“Shakespeare in Love,” the period comedy set in the theater world of 16th century England, shows on April 1 and 4. The film, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes, earned 13 nominations.

Oscar Fest concludes with two screenings of “The Thin Red Line” on April 5 and 6. The World War II drama, set in the jungles of the South Pacific’s Guadalcanal, was nominated for seven awards.

All films begin at 8 p.m.


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