Watch Oscar hopefuls at Derby Quad

life of piThe 2013 OSCAR nominations have been announced and QUAD in Derby has anticipated some of the films featured in the lists with screenings in January and February.

Five of the Best Film nominees: Django UnchainedLes MisérablesLife of PiLincoln and Zero Dark Thirty will screen in January and February.

The four other Best Film nominees: Amour, Argo, Beasts Of The Southern Wild and Silver Linings Playbook have already screened at QUAD in 2012 and will be returning in March.

Nominated for a total of seven Oscars, Les Misérables is set in 19th century France, as Hugh Jackman is ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted by ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) after he breaks parole. When he agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Anne Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives are changed forever. This sweeping and spectacular interpretation is by The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper. Les Misérables (12A) screens at QUAD from Friday 11th January until Thursday 31st January.

Nominated for a total of twelve Oscars and directed by Steven Spielberg, Lincoln is set amidst the backdrop of the American Civil War, America’s president Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day Lewis) struggles with the violence and bloodshed on the battlefield and the internal conflict in his cabinet over his decision to emancipate the slaves. Lincoln (12A) screens at QUAD from Friday 25th January until Thursday 7th February.

Nominated for four Oscars, Django Unchained is the latest from director Quentin Tarantino, is a plantation slave film that harvests influences from Spaghetti Westerns and starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio. Django Unchained (18) screens at QUAD from Friday 1st until Thursday 14th February.

Nominated for eleven Oscars, Life Of Pi is based on the worldwide bestselling Booker Prize winning novel by Yann Martel and adapted by director Ang Lee. A young Indian boy named Pi is a zookeeper’s son who, after a devastating shipwreck while transporting the animals, finds himself adrift in the Pacific ocean on a boat with a hyena, a zebra, an orang-utan and a Bengal tiger. Life Of Pi (PG) screens at QUAD from Friday 8th until Thursday 14th February.

 Nominated for five Oscars, Zero Dark Thirty is director Kathryn Bigelow’s follow up to Oscar winning The Hurt Locker. This is a dramatic account of the hunt for Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden from the attacks on 11thSeptember, 2001 to his death at the hands of Navy S.E.A.L Team 6 in May 2011. Zero Dark Thirty (15) screens at QUAD from Friday 8th until Thursday 21st February

Adam Buss, QUAD’s director Of audience engagement said: “No major surprises in this year’s Oscar nominations but interesting to see ‘Amour’ getting a few nominations and also that Quvenzhané Wallis (aged nine) is the youngest ever leading actress nominee while Emmanuelle Riva (aged 86) is the oldest ever nominee in the same category. All of the Best Picture films have been or are going to be on screen at QUAD in the next couple of months.

“It was also fantastic to see Eve Stewart, a guest at QUAD’s iD Fest in 2012, nominated once again for production design at the Oscars for ‘Les Misérables’. This is the third nomination for this fantastically talented lady.”

BAFTA nominations have also been announced and Lincoln received ten nominations. Les Misérables and Life of Pi were each nominated in nine categories; Skyfall had eight nominations, Argo seven nominations and Anna Karenina received six. Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty were each nominated five times.

Tickets for QUAD’s regular film screenings are £7.60 and £6 concessions. For screening times, to book seats or for more information on QUAD’s film programme, please see QUAD website http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/whats-on-listing/ or call QUAD box office on 01332 290606. For a full list of nominations please see: http://oscar.go.com/nominees