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Academy Celebrates Oscar Week with Special Public Events

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 31, 2013 at 3:05PM

The Academy will celebrate the week leading up to the Oscars with five public events celebrating this year's nominees. The events are as follows:
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The Academy will celebrate the week leading up to the Oscars with five public events celebrating this year's nominees. The events are as follows:

Tuesday, February 19, 7:30 p.m. - OSCAR CELEBRATES: SHORTS

Hosted by actor Jason Schwartzman. Schwartzman’s feature credits include “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “The Darjeeling Limited,” “I Heart Huckabees” and “Rushmore.”

“Oscar Celebrates: Shorts” includes screenings of all of the 2012 Oscar-nominated films in the Animated and Live Action Short Film categories, plus onstage discussions with the filmmakers (schedules permitting).

Wednesday, February 20, 7:30 p.m. - 

Hosted by Documentary Branch governor Michael Moore. Moore won the 2002 Documentary Feature Oscar for “Bowling for Columbine” and also was nominated in 2007 for “Sicko.”

“Oscar Celebrates: Docs” spotlights the work of the nominated filmmakers in the Documentary Short Subject and Documentary Feature categories. The program includes clips from all of the nominated documentaries in both categories, and panel discussions with filmmakers from each group (schedules permitting).

Thursday, February 21, 7:30 p.m.

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“Oscar Celebrates: Animated Features” spotlights the nominated achievements in the Animated Feature Film category.  The nominees (schedules permitting) will discuss how their films were developed, reveal their creative processes, and present clips illustrating their techniques.

Saturday, February 23, 10 a.m. - 

Moderated by Oscar-winning producer Mark Johnson. Johnson, a two-time Academy Award® nominee, won the 1988 Oscar for “Rain Man.”

The directors of the motion pictures nominated in the Foreign Language Film category (schedules permitting) will discuss their experiences developing their projects, and address such wide-ranging topics as art, politics and the challenges of their profession.  This two-hour event also features brief clips from each of the nominated films.

Saturday, February 23, 2:30 p.m. - 

Moderated by Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch governor Leonard Engelman. Engelman’s feature credits include “Burlesque,” “Heat” and “The Accidental Tourist.”

Oscar Week’s culminating public event celebrates the nominated achievements in the Makeup and Hairstyling category.  The nominees (schedules permitting) will discuss their creative processes and present film clips, photographs and displays of their work, including appliances, molds and wigs.

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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.