Thompson on Hollywood

The Academy will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Thelma & Louise by screening a new print of the iconic Ridley Scott movie that turned the traditional buddy movie on its head. Screenwriter Callie Khouri won an Oscar for this story of two Southern women (Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis) who escape their domestic traps and begin a whirl-wind crime spree. Released in 1991, the film was an immediate critical, commercial, and cultural success (the trailer is posted below). Scott was nominated for a best director Oscar for, among other things, an ensemble of great performances, including breakout Brad Pitt.

The Academy screening will unspool on August 25th at 7:30 PM at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, with an onstage discussion (moderated by our own Anne Thompson) with Davis, Khouri and producer Mimi Polk Gitlin.

Tickets for Thelma & Louise will only be available online at, starting August 1, and via snail mail at Academy Box Office, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211, postmarked by August 2 to be eligible for a random drawing.