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Oscar Nominees 'Out of Character' at the Academy's Portrait Exhibition

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 9, 2012 at 2:36PM

The Academy will exhibit portraits of all 20 of this year's acting nominees in "Out of Character," shot by photographer Douglas Kirkland. You can view the portraits in the Academy's Grand Lobby Gallery in Beverly Hills from February 11 - March 18. You can also check out the portraits and behind the scenes shots here. By their clothes it's clear that most of these portraits were taken during the Oscar Nominees Luncheon ,where the actors and actresses chatted up the press.
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Oscar Portraits 2012
Douglas Kirkland

The Academy will exhibit portraits of all 20 of this year's acting nominees in "Out of Character," shot by photographer Douglas Kirkland. You can view the portraits in the Academy's Grand Lobby Gallery in Beverly Hills from February 11 - March 18. You can also check out the portraits and behind the scenes shots here. By their clothes it's clear that most of these portraits were taken during the Oscar Nominees Luncheon ,where the actors and actresses chatted up the press.

More on the exhibition and Kirkland below:

Following the exhibition, the portraits will become part of the Academy's Margaret Herrick Library photograph collection.

Kirkland has been capturing iconic images of motion picture luminaries for more than five decades, revealing as well as immortalizing such legends as Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Orson Welles, Audrey Hepburn and Paul Newman. Also well known as a set photographer, he has worked on more than 100 films, including "The Sound of Music," "Out of Africa," "Titanic" and "Moulin Rouge."  He recently traveled to Australia to serve as special set photographer on Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," scheduled for release in 2012.

"Out of Character" will be open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free. The Grand Lobby Gallery is located at the Academy's headquarters at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.

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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.