On January 10 in Beverly Hills, California, nominations were announced for the 85th Annual Academy Awards. The following films in Merrick Library's DVD collection were among the nominees:
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" - Best Picture, Best Actress (Quvenzhane Wallis), Best Director (Behn Zeitlin), Best Adapted Screenplay - At age nine, Miss Wallis is the youngest person ever to be nominated for an Academy Award.
"Brave" - Best Animated Feature
"Frankenweenie" - Best Animated Feature
"Marvel's The Avengers" - Best Visual Effects
"Mirror Mirror" - Best Costume Design
"Moonrise Kingdom" - Best Original Screenplay
"ParaNorman" - Best Animated Feature
"The Pirates! Band of Misfits" - Best Animated Feature
"Prometheus" - Best Visual Effects
"Snow White and the Huntsman" - Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects
"Ted" - Best Original Song ("Everybody Needs a Best Friend")
The Academy Awards will air on ABC television Sunday evening, February 24. The first-time host will be Seth MacFarlane, creator of and chief voice artist for the animated Fox TV series "Family Guy" plus writer/director/stuffed bear voice for the movie "Ted."