The Seventh Annual Savvies

Glass star

The InfoSavvy movie awards are upon us once again.  This year’s Savvies go to:

9 to 5 (1980). Dir. Colin Higgins, written by Patricia Resnick (story and screenplay) & Colin Higgins (screenplay). Starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, & Dolly Parton.

Hidden Figures (2016). Dir. Theodore Melfi, written by Allison Schroeder  & Theodore Melfi (screenplay), based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, & Janelle Monáe.

Quiz Show (1994). Dir. Robert Redford, written by Paul Attanasio (screenplay) & Richard Goodwin (book). Starring John Turturro, Rob Morrow, & Ralph Fiennes.

Slumdog Millionaire (2008). Dirs. Danny Boyle & Loveleen Tandan, Written by Simon Beaufoy (screenplay) & Vikas Swarup (novel). Starring Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, & Saurabh Shukla.

The first two films concern sexist workplaces, while the other two take place in the world of game shows.  The films share other commonalities, though.

The ACRL Framework draws attention to marginalized people or groups (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, p. 16).  The Hidden Figures mathematicians are doubly marginalized due to their race and their gender.  In Quiz Show a working class character is taken less seriously than is his wealthier counterpart.

Elsewhere the Framework describes authority that comes from different sources, such as one’s experiences (ACRL, 2016, p. 12).  Life experience helps the uneducated hero of Slumdog Millionaire win a game show.   On the flipside one of the 9 to 5 heroines, despite her work experience, is passed over for promotion.

As always I thank IMDb for the film credits.  As always I wish you fun and thoughtful viewing.


Association of College & Research Libraries. (2016). Framework for information literacy for higher education. Chicago, IL: Author.

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