Jeffrey Kurland to Chair Academy's 2012 Governors Ball

Beverly Hills, CA (February 16, 2012) – Jeffrey Kurland, an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences governor representing the Art Directors Branch, will chair the Governors Ball, the celebration that will follow the 84th Academy Awards® on Oscar® Sunday, February 26, 2012. This will be his third year as the chair of the event.

"This year's Governors Ball re-envisions the celebration. We will offer a radical departure from the traditional sit-down affair, reinforcing the Academy's commitment to originality and excellence," said Kurland.

The open format, created by Ball producer Cheryl Cecchetto, will allow the Ball's 1,500 guests to circulate among a variety of seating configurations while enjoying the cuisine created specifically for the event by master chef Wolfgang Puck. Guests will include Academy Award® winners and nominees, show presenters and other telecast participants.

In addition to overseeing the décor, menu and entertainment planning for the Ball, Kurland will design the attire to be worn by the evening's staff. He received an Oscar nomination for Costume Design for "Bullets over Broadway."

Kurland's other feature credits include "Hannah and Her Sisters," "Radio Days," Crimes and Misdemeanors," "My Best Friend's Wedding," "Erin Brockovich," "Ocean's Eleven," "Collateral," "Law Abiding Citizen," "Inception" and the upcoming "The Dictator."

The Governors Ball will take place in the Grand Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood & Highland Center® immediately following the telecast.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

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