Animated Feature Film Nominees to Join Oscar® Week Festivities

Beverly Hills, CA (February 4, 2009) — In celebration of the 2008 nominees in the Animated Feature Film category, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present its first Animated Feature Symposium on Thursday, February 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The program, moderated by animator and animation historian Tom Sito, will feature onstage discussions with the nominated filmmakers (subject to availability) and clips from the films.

The 2008 Animated Feature Film nominees are:

“Bolt,” Chris Williams and Byron Howard, directors
“Kung Fu Panda,” John Stevenson and Mark Osborne, directors
“WALL-E,” Andrew Stanton, director

Admission is free, but advance tickets are required. This event is sold out. A standby line will form at the theater’s west doors on the day of the event. Standby numbers will be assigned at approximately 5:30 p.m. Any available tickets will be distributed shortly before the program begins.

The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved. For more information, please call the Academy at (310) 247-3600 or visit

Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Contact Information

For more information, contact

Teni Melidonian
(310) 247-3090

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