“Hollywood’s Greatest Year” Travels to NYC for Summer Run
Beverly Hills, CA (June 4, 2009) — “Gone with the Wind,” the 1939 Best Picture winner, will kick off the New York presentation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ latest screening series, “Hollywood’s Greatest Year: The Best Picture Nominees of 1939,” on Saturday, June 20, at 12:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Theater in New York City. Robert Osborne, television host, columnist and Academy biographer, will host the event.
“For a number of years, the Academy nominated 10 films, not 5, for Best Picture,” said Osborne. “While there are many great years in terms of filmmaking, what is really astounding about 1939 is that so many of the movies made that year have become genuine classics.”
The series will continue through mid-October and showcase all 10 Best Picture nominees from 1939. Screenings will be on Monday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 12:30 p.m., or Saturday at 3:30 p.m. with Osborne as host.
The complete schedule for “Hollywood's Greatest Year” is as follows:
Saturday, June 20 “Gone with the Wind”
Saturday, June 27 “Dark Victory” and “Wuthering Heights”
Monday, July 20 “Ninotchka”
Saturday, July 25 “Love Affair” and “Goodbye, Mr. Chips”
Monday, August 10 “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”
Saturday, August 15 “Stagecoach” and “Of Mice and Men”
Monday, October 12 “The Wizard of Oz”
Each screening includes a preshow consisting of one of the year's animated shorts and a chapter of the 1939 serial “Buck Rogers,” starring Buster Crabbe and Constance Moore. The preshow will start one-half hour before the feature.
Tickets for each screening are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased online at www.oscars.org or by mail (a printable order form is available in the Events & Exhibitions section of the Web site). Tickets may also be purchased at the box office prior to the event (subject to availability). All seating is unreserved.
The Academy Theater is located at 111 East 59th Street in New York City. Doors open one hour prior to the feature. All seating is unreserved. For more information and show times, visit www.oscars.org or call (212) 821-9251.