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In honor of this year’s Academy Awards, we thought it would be interesting to highlight some films in the library’s Kanopy collection that may otherwise be overlooked. The list below includes films and documentaries that have inspired this year’s crop of nominees for Best Picture.

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La La Land (2016) | Kanopy Pick: A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

A Hard Day’s Night, which reconceived the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time.

Arrival (2016) | Kanopy Pick: Solaris (1972)

Ground control has been receiving mysterious transmissions from the three remaining residents of the Solaris space station. When cosmonaut and psychologist Kris Kelvin is dispatched to investigate, he experiences the same strange phenomena that afflict the Solaris crew, sending him on a voyage into the darkest recesses of his consciousness. With Solaris, the legendary Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky created a brilliantly original science-fiction epic that challenges our conceptions about love, truth, and humanity itself.

Hidden Figures (2016) | Kanopy Pick: The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Written and presented by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., director of W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, this six-hour series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed — forging their own history, culture, and society against unimaginable odds.

Moonlight (2016) | Kanopy Pick: In The Mood for Love (2000)

With its aching musical soundtrack and exquisitely abstract cinematography by Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee Ping-bin, this film has been a major stylistic influence on the past decade of cinema and is a milestone in Wong’s redoubtable career. Check out what Moonlight director, Barry Jenkins, has to say about how In the Mood for Love influenced him.

Fences (2016) | Kanopy Pick: In Black And White – Six Profiles of African American Authors: August Wilson

In 2005, playwright August Wilson published the final installment of his ten-part magnum opus, Pittsburgh Cycle-ten separate but thematically-linked plays about African-American life, each set in a different decade of the 20th century. “I think my plays offer white Americans a different way to look at black Americans,” he told The Paris Review. The plays went on to win two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. In this program, filmed before Pittsburgh Cycle was complete, Wilson discusses his ongoing work on the project.