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Academy Hosts New 20th Anniversary Print of Thelma and Louise and Q & A

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood July 27, 2011 at 8:10AM

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.
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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 Oscars.org, 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.

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Hollywood, Ridley Scott, Action


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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.