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1927 Best Picture Winner "Wings" to Screen in January

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood December 5, 2011 at 3:22PM

The first Academy Awards were handed out in 1927, when the silent World War I epic "Wings" took home the prize for Outstanding Picture, the precursor to today's Best Picture.
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Wings
Wings

The first Academy Awards were handed out in 1927, when the silent World War I epic "Wings" took home the prize for Outstanding Picture, the precursor to today's Best Picture.  Starring Clara Bow, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, Richard Arlen and Gary Cooper, "Wings" tells the story of two young rivals from the same small town who join the war effort as fighter pilots.

On Wednesday, January 18, the Academy will screen a new, professionally restored copy of "Wings" at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills as part of a celebration of Paramount Pictures' 100th anniversary.  The restoration, a collaboration between Paramount and the Academy Film Archive, recreates the original Handschiegl process to achieve the closest approximation of the film's original colors.  The screening will also feature live organ accompaniment by Clark Wilson.

Tickets for the event are available at oscars.org, and cost $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.