March is Academy Awards month and Belfast Free Library’s Friday Night Flicks series will mark it with three films starring the most nominated actress in Oscar history, Meryl Streep. From “The Deerhunter” in 1979 to this year’s “Julie and Julia,” Streep has been nominated an amazing 16 times.

Friday Night Flicks are shown in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. All showings begin at 7 p.m. and are presented free of charge.

On March 5, the featured film will be “Out Of Africa.” Based on the memoirs of Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), this sweeping romantic epic won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director for Sydney Pollack. Streep and Robert Redford star as the Danish noblewoman struggling to run an East African coffee plantation and the English big game hunter who captures her heart.

What happens after you die? According to writer/director Albert Brooks in “Defending Your Life,” showing on March 12, you go through a process of deciding if you are worthy of moving on or if you have to return to Earth and try again. But what if, right in the middle of that process, you fall in love? Streep shows her lighter side, along with Brooks and Rip Torn in this delightful comedy.

“Doubt” is the selection for March 26. Streep received her 15th Oscar nomination for her role in this gripping drama, directed by John Patrick Shanley and adapted from his Tony winning play. Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis also were nominated for their roles in this story of suspected abuse in a New York Catholic school in 1964.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to