Academy Awards Movie Week and Gala Oscar Night By Democrats Abroad

Democrats Abroad Costa Banderas Chapter
February 2, 2014

Join the Democrats Abroad Costa Banderas Chapter for the week of Academy Awards nominated movies to begin nightly on February 22 and continuing until March 1, culminating on March 2 with live-streaming of the Gala Oscar Night.

The venue for the screenings will be Paradise Community Center in Old Town Vallarta and the shows begin at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 5:00, so arrive early to take advantage of PCC's great food and beverage court.

Her  - Saturday, February 22 - Theodore is a lonely man in the final stages of his divorce. When he's not working as a letter writer, his down time is spent playing video games and occasionally hanging out with friends. He decides to purchase the new OS1, which is advertised as the world's first artificially intelligent operating system, "It's not just an operating system, it's a consciousness," the ad states. Theodore quickly finds himself drawn in with Samantha, the voice behind his OS1. As they start spending time together they grow closer and closer and eventually find themselves in love. Having fallen in love with his OS, Theodore finds himself dealing with feelings of both great joy and doubt. As an OS, Samantha has powerful intelligence that she uses to help Theodore in ways others hadn't, but how does she help him deal with his inner conflict of being in love with an OS? This film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay. It has also been nominated for 5 Academy Awards, including Best Film, Best Achievement in Music for Original Score and Original Song, and Best Original Screenplay. Written and Directed by Spike Jonze. Stars Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, and Scarlett Johansson.  

American Hustle - Sunday, February 23 - A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation. American Hustle tells the story of a brilliant con man, Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. This film won the Golden Globe for Best Picture, Best Actress (Amy Adams), and Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence). Nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporing Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Achievement in Costume Design, Directing, Editing, Production Design, and Best Original Screenplay.

Captain Phillips - Monday, February 24 - Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is - through director Paul Greengrass's distinctive lens - simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama's commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award winner, Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips' unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control. This film has been nominated for 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Barkhad Abdi), Best Achievement in Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Blue Jasmine - Tuesday, February 25 - Jasmine French ( Cate Blanchett) used to be on the top of the heap as a New York socialite, but now is returning to her estranged sister in San Francisco utterly ruined. As Jasmine struggles with her haunting memories of a privileged past bearing dark realities she ignored, she tries to recover in her present. Unfortunately, it all proves a losing battle as Jasmine's narcissistic hangups and their consequences begin to overwhelm her. In doing so, her old pretensions and new deceits begin to foul up everyone's lives, especially her own. Directed and Written by Woody Allen. Stars Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, and Peter Sarsgaard. This film won the Golden Globe for Best Actress (Cate Blanchett). It is nominated for 3 Academy Awards, including Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress (Sally Hawkins), and Best Original Screenplay.

Dallas Buyers Club - Wednesday, February 26 - An American biographical drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and starring Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner. The film is based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, an AIDS patient, who began smuggling unapproved pharmaceutical drugs into Texas when he found them effective at improving his symptoms. The film has been critically acclaimed and received several awards and nominations, including Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award wins for McConaughey and Leto, and six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor for McConaughey, Best Supporting Actor for Jared Leto and Best Original Screenplay

Gravity  - Thursday, February 27 - A British-American science-fiction thriller. Directed, co-written, co-produced and co-edited by Alfonso Cuarón, Mexican director, screenwriter, producer, and editor (best known for his films Y tu Mama Tambien and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban). Cuaron and Gravity have been nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Editing. The film stars Sandra Bullock, nominated for Best Actress, and George Clooney as astronauts involved in the mid-orbit destruction of a space shuttle and their attempt to return to Earth. Gravity has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards. The film also scored big at the 2014 Critics Choice Awards winning seven awards and a Golden Globe Award for Best Director.

The Wolf of Wall Street - Friday, February 28 - A black comedy directed by Martin Scorsese, based on Jordan Belfort's memoir of the same name. The screenplay was written by Terence Winter, and the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Belfort, a New York stockbroker who runs a firm that engages in securities fraud and corruption on Wall Street in the 1990s. The film also features Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey and Jean Dujardin. The film received positive reviews from critics, but was also controversial for its moral ambiguity, presence of drugs, and use of animals. The film has been nominated for five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director for Scorsese, Best Adapted Screenplay for Winter, Best Actor for DiCaprio, and Best Supporting Actor for Hill. It has also been nominated for four BAFTAs, including Best Director, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay, and two Golden Globe Awards, including Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. DiCaprio won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. Audience alert: The film has an R rating for excessive nudity, drug use, and foul language.

12 Years a Slave - Saturday, March 1 - A 2013 British-American epic historical drama and an adaptation of the 1853 memoir of the same name by Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free negro who was kidnapped in Washington DC in 1841 and sold into slavery. He worked on plantations in the state of Louisiana for twelve years before his release. The film opened to critical acclaim, being named the best film of the year by several media outlets, and receiving several awards and nominations including the 2014 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, and nine Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director (Steve McQueen), Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender) and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o).

Oscar Night Gala Celebration - March 2 - The week will culminate in the live-streaming of the Awards Ceremony and an awards gala celebration, produced by the Paradise Community Center. (More details about the gala will be shared when pricing and specifics are available).

Tickets are available for a donation of 75 pesos in advance or 6 films for 400 pesos. Tickets may also be purchased at the door one hour before each film for 100 pesos, subject to availability. VIP seating is available for 200 pesos, which includes 2 free drinks. Only 10 VIP tickets per show.

Paradise Community Center is located at 127 Pulpito, Puerto Vallarta, directly across from Coco's Kitchen in the Zona Romantica.

REQUEST FOR VOLUNTEERS: We are in need of volunteers to help on the Film Nights and the Oscar celebration. If you are interested, please let us know which of the events you are interested in by contacting Tobe Jensen at or David and Judy at for helping with box office and ticket taking or Joy Lehman at for the Gala event.

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