"Driving Miss Daisy" Pulls Up at the Academy Theater in NYC

Beverly Hills, CA (December 7, 2010) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ "Monday Nights with Oscar®" will close the year with a screening of "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989), on Monday, December 13, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International in New York City. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Alfred Uhry, who received an Adapted Screenplay Oscar for "Driving Miss Daisy," will join the film’s director, two-time Academy Award® nominee Bruce Beresford, in an onstage discussion about the original play’s journey from Off-Broadway hit to Best Picture-winning film. The play’s current revival marks its Broadway debut.

"Driving Miss Daisy" produced two notable bits of Oscar history: it was the first time a movie based on an Off-Broadway play received the Best Picture award, and Best Actress winner Jessica Tandy became the oldest performer to win a competitive Oscar. The film also features an Oscar-nominated performance by Morgan Freeman, reprising his stage role as Hoke Colburn, Daisy’s longtime driver and unlikely best friend in segregated Atlanta at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement.

Tickets for "Driving Miss Daisy" 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 website). 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 at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved. For more information, visit www.oscars.org or call (212) 821-9251.

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