Oscar-nominated reel librarians

I know where I’ll be this Sunday, Feb. 26… ballot and red pen in one hand, Cherry Coke in the other. That’s right, the Oscars will be on! So don’t call me this Sunday, ‘kay?

If you know me, you know I love the Oscars. It’s a family tradition, librarian-style. My mom and I used to watch the Oscars together every year — no slackers in this family — complete with a side order of Cherry Coke and Swiss cake rolls. We have kept this up, even several time zones apart (even while I lived overseas). And I’m totally down with the tradition of griping about the Oscars… but just like with voting, you gotta participate to be able to complain! You gotta earn it.

Where was I? Oh, yes, waxing rhapsodic about the Oscars. So if you, too, are caught up in Oscar fever, then I’ve compiled a list below of Oscar-nominated reel librarians.

After compiling the list below, I noticed that I included all the films in my “Best Librarian Films by Decade” lists (click here and here).


Sam Jaffe as Doc Erwin Riedenschneider

Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in The Asphalt Jungle (1950)


Richard Burton as Alec Leamas

Nominated for Best Actor in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)


Ali MacGraw as Jennifer Cavalleri

Nominated for Best Actress in Love Story (1970)


Javier Bardem as Reinaldo Arenas

Nominated for Best Actor in Before Night Falls (2000)