For the past few years, Cinema Capitol has presented an OSCARS Viewing Party. This event allows cinephiles to watch the awards on the big screen, alongside others who are excited to hear the outcomes.

This year, an event was not feasible. However, the Cinema is pleased to continue showing two of the best movies of the year, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science. These are NOMADLAND and THE FATHER.

Both of the movies were well-received at film festivals around the world. NOMADLAND received “Best Picture” at both the GOLDEN GLOBES and the BAFTA AWARDS, while THE FATHER was nominated for four GOLDEN GLOBES and its star, Anthony Hopkins, was named “Best Actor” at this year’s BAFTA AWARDS.

The award which carries the most prestige at Cinema Capitol, however, is the OSCAR. The Cinema was thrilled with the outcomes of the ceremony. “We try to run the top ‘Best Picture’ contenders the week of the awards. We really believed that NOMADLAND would win ‘Best Picture’ and that THE FATHER would garner several wins as well. We were right!”

NOMADLAND indeed won “Best Picture,” along with “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role” (Frances McDormand) and “Best Achievement in Directing” (Chloé Zhao). Meanwhile, THE FATHER was nominated in six categories and won for “Best Adapted Screenplay” and “Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role” (Anthony Hopkins).

The two movies are very different. NOMADLAND follows a middle-aged widow as she loses her job from deindustrialization. Unable to afford a home, she packs up and lives out of her van, learning along the way about the many reasons people choose a nomadic lifestyle. THE FATHER is a drama about an elderly man with dementia, who is confused about what is reality and what is not.

Despite their differences, both movies have been well-received by patrons at Cinema Capitol. “Many people have been hesitant to see these movies because they think they are sad. But it’s really not the case. They are both touching and, in many spots, comedic. I strongly encourage anyone to see them both.”

Shows will take place on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. The show times will be the same for both movies: Friday and Saturday at 4:00 and 7:00, Sunday at 1:00 and 4:00, and Monday at 7:00. Screenings will include captions for the deaf for Friday’s 4:00 and Sunday’s 1:00 show times.

All patrons are required to wear masks for the duration of the movie, unless eating or drinking. Parties will be socially-distanced at least 6 feet apart.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at Admission is $8.00 for adults; $7.00 for students and military; and $6.00 for Capitol “Friends.”

NOMADLAND runs 118 minutes and is rated R. THE FATHER runs 97 minutes and is rated PG-13.

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