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In the coming weeks we will be sure to fill in our ranks of movies with some of the surprise winners at the 84th Annual Academy Awards, aka the 2012 Oscars. In the meantime, whet your appetite with this glimpse of what we have available at the library right now:

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Bridesmaids
Melissa McCarthy, nominated, best actress in a supporting role
After taking on the maid of honor role in her best friend's wedding, a woman struggles to balance her wedding duties and her own romantic relationships.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Not the version released in 2011. In Swedish with English Subtitles
Forty years after a woman vanishes from a gathering of a powerful and secretive family, a journalist and a computer hacker are asked to solve the mystery of her disappearance.

The Help
Nominated for best picture
Octavia Spencer, winner, best actress in a supporting role
Jessica Chastain, nominated, best actress in a supporting role

After a white woman graduates from college in the 1960s, she returns to her home in Jackson, Mississippi and begins her writing career by interviewing the African-American servants in her neighborhood and sharing their stories with the public.

Kung Fu Panda 2
Nominated for best animated feature
Newly anointed Dragon Warrior Po must look to his past in order to prevent Lord Shen from taking over China and eliminating kung fu.

Midnight In Paris
Nominated for best picture
While in Paris on vacation, a writer travels back in time each night at midnight and discovers what he truly wants from life.

Moneyball
Nominated for best picture
Tells how the Oakland Athletics general manager, Billy Beane, tried to use statistics to find better players without resorting to the larger budgets big-market teams were able to employ.

Rango
Winner, best animated feature
A pet chameleon gets loose in the wild and ends up in a town that desperately needs a sheriff and hero.

Warrior
Nick Nolte, nominated, best actor in a supporting role
An ex-Marine with a tragic past returns home, enlisting his recovering alcoholic father to train him for a mixed martial arts tournament where he will face his brother in competition for the biggest purse in the history of the sport.

 

Books the movies were based on

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
By Jonathan Safran Foer
Nominated for best picture

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is a precocious Francophile who idolizes Stephen Hawking and plays the tambourine extremely well. He's also a boy strggling to come to terms with his father's death in the World Trace Center attacks. As he searches New York City for the lock that fits a mysterious key he left behind Oskar discovers much more than he could have imagined.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
By Steig Larsson
Rooney Mara, nominated, best actress in a leading role
Forty years after the disappearance of Harriet Vanger from the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family, her octogenarian uncle hires journalist Mikael Blomqvist and Lisbeth Salander, an unconventional young hacker, to investigate.

The Help
By Kathryn Stockett
In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret
By Brian Selznick
Hugo - nominated for best picture
When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toy seller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.

Moneyball : the art of winning an unfair game
By Michael Lewis
An insider profile of Billy Beene, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, and an examination of how a really successful baseball team competes even when the economic odds are stacked against it.

War Horse
By Michael Morpurgo
Nominated for best picture
Joey the horse recalls his experiences growing up on an English farm, his struggle for survival as a cavalry horse during World War I, and his reunion with his beloved master.