Meet the Oscars® Exhibition to Open in Hollywood
Beverly Hills, CA – The fifty Oscar® statuettes to be presented at the 80th Academy Awards® ceremony will be on display at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Meet the Oscars” exhibition beginning Friday, February 1. The exhibition will be located on the fourth level of the Hollywood & Highland Center® through Saturday, February 23. Admission is free.
“Meet the Oscars, Los Angeles” will allow visitors to have a red carpet-like experience and hold an actual Oscar statuette. The exhibition will also feature interactive Oscar trivia kiosks, where visitors can test their knowledge of Oscar winners, movie quotes and Academy Awards factoids and register their predictions in six categories on who the Academy will honor this year.
Included in “Meet the Oscars” will be the Honorary Award that will be presented to legendary production designer Robert Boyle. Samples of Boyle’s work also will be on display.
In addition, two statuettes presented at the very first Academy Awards ceremony will be featured in the exhibition. They were won by director Frank Borzage and screenwriter Benjamin Glazer for their work on “7th Heaven.” The miniature Oscar given to Judy Garland for her outstanding performance as a screen juvenile in 1939, the year she appeared in “The Wizard of Oz,” also will be spotlighted.
The Oscar statuette weighs 8 ½ pounds and stands
13 ½ inches tall. Manufactured by R.S. Owens & Company in Chicago, it is made of britannia, a metal alloy, and is plated in copper, nickel, silver and 24-karat gold.
“Meet the Oscars, Los Angeles” will be open Sundays through Thursdays from noon to 7 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m. On Saturday, February 23, the exhibition will close at 5 p.m.
In addition to the display in Los Angeles, a “Meet the Oscars, New York” exhibition will open on February 14 at Times Square Studios in New York City.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2007 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2008, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network at 5 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
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