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Feast Your Eyes: The Academy Launches Digital Exhibition of 84 Iconic Films

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood January 23, 2012 at 2:10PM

As a teaser before the 84th Academy Award nominations announcement (Tuesday, January 24), the Academy has launched a digital exhibition with images from 84 iconic films. (The Oscars 2012 trailer, another albeit rather unsatisfactory teaser, is posted below.)
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As a teaser before the 84th Academy Award nominations announcement (Tuesday, January 24), the Academy has launched a digital exhibition with images from 84 iconic films. (The Oscars 2012 trailer, another rather unsatisfactory teaser, is posted below.)

Beginning with “Bride of Frankenstein” from 1935 and culminating with “Avatar” (2009), this collection offers a taste of what wowed the Academy in years past.  The span of movies highlights decades of film, from “Gone with the Wind” (1939), “Casablanca” (1942) and “Sunset Boulevard” (1950) to “Shrek” (2001), “Ray” (2004), and “The Dark Knight” (2008).

These 84 film stills will be showcased here online and in outdoor galleries, prominently glowing from digital billboards all across Los Angeles and on ABC’s digital “SuperSign” in Times Square, New York.

This article is related to: Academy Awards, Oscars


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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.