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    'Star Wars' kicks off Academy screening series - Los Angeles Times 3/14/07

    'Star Wars' kicks off academy screening series

    Los Angeles Times
    March 14, 2007

    Want tickets? May the force be with you.

    "Star Wars" celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special screening April 23 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

    The evening kicks off the Academy's fourth annual "Great to Be Nominated" series that showcases best picture Oscar nominees that garnered the most nominations in a particular year but didn't win in the top category. "Star Wars" was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won six plus a special achievement award. "Star Wars" lost the best picture Academy Award to Woody Allen's romantic comedy "Annie Hall."

    George Lucas and others involved in the film are scheduled to be hand for a post-film panel discussion. Tickets go on sale April 9. Information: (310) 247-3600 or www.oscars.org.
    “Great To Be Nominated” to Blast Off with “Star Wars”


    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will launch part four of its popular "Great To Be Nominated" series with "Star Wars."

    Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will launch part four of its popular “Great To Be Nominated” series on Monday, April 23 with “Star Wars.” The 16-week series will once again showcase the Academy Award® nominees for Best Picture that garnered the most Oscar® nominations in a particular year but did not win the Oscar for Best Picture. This installment will cover films from 1977 to 1992. A different film will screen each Monday evening, plus one Tuesday night, at 7:30 p.m. in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

    The “Great To Be Nominated” screening of “Star Wars” coincides with the 30th anniversary of the breakthrough science fiction film that launched an empire. George Lucas and many of his fellow filmmakers will be present for a post-film panel discussion. The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards® and took home Oscars® for Art Direction (John Barry, Norman Reynolds, Leslie Dilley; Set Decoration: Roger Christian), Costume Design (John Mollo), Film Editing (Paul Hirsch, Marcia Lucas, Richard Chew), Music - Original score (John Williams), Sound (Don MacDougall, Ray West, Bob Minkler, Derek Ball), and Visual Effects (John Stears, John Dykstra, Richard Edlund, Grant McCune, Robert Blalack). Benjamin Burtt, Jr. received a Special Achievement Award for the creation of the alien, creature and robot voices in the film. The film was also honored with nominations for Actor in a Supporting Role (Alec Guinness), Directing (George Lucas), Best Picture (Gary Kurtz, producer) and Writing – Screenplay written directly for the screen (Lucas).

    Part four of the series will continue through August 20. “Great To Be Nominated” will then go on hiatus until Spring 2008, when part five will begin with “Remains of the Day” (1993).

    The complete screening schedule for part four of “Great To Be Nominated” is as follows:

    April 23 “Star Wars” (1977)
    April 24 (Tuesday) "Julia" (1977)
    April 30 “Heaven Can Wait” (1978)
    May 7 “All That Jazz” (1979)
    May 14 “Raging Bull” (1980)
    May 21 “Reds” (1981)
    June 4 “Tootsie” (1982)
    June 11 “The Right Stuff” (1983)
    June 18 “A Passage to India” (1984)
    June 25 “The Color Purple” (1985)
    July 9 “A Room with a View” (1986)
    July 16 “Broadcast News” (1987)
    July 23 “Dangerous Liaisons” (1988)
    July 30 “Born on the Fourth of July” (1989)
    August 6 “The Godfather, Part III” (1990)
    August 13 “Bugsy” (1991)
    August 30 “Howards End” (1992)

    Other elements from each year, such as short subjects, behind-the-scenes footage, trailers and music, will be incorporated into each evening’s program.

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    Re: 'Star Wars' kicks off Academy screening series - Los Angeles Times 3/14/07

    NICCCEEEE star wars for the win!!! gotta love lucas....gotta love em
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    Re: 'Star Wars' kicks off Academy screening series - Los Angeles Times 3/14/07

    Agree go Star Wars!

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    Re: 'Star Wars' kicks off Academy screening series - Los Angeles Times 3/14/07

    Each of those is a modern classic. I knew about Annie Hall beating Star Wars, I wonder which films these classics lost too.

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    Re: 'Star Wars' kicks off Academy screening series - Los Angeles Times 3/14/07

    What a way to kick off Star Wars 30th! This is going to be an exciting year for all things in the Lucas SW universe. The first trilogy was...let's just say...lightyears ahead of even the most enlightened Hollywood critics.

    Few remember anything about Annie Hall...other than it rhymes with Geritol.
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    Re: 'Star Wars' kicks off Academy screening series - Los Angeles Times 3/14/07

    Though it's a shame it'll likely be the 2004 version, which was nominated for nothing and missing most of the award winning effects.

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    Re: 'Star Wars' kicks off Academy screening series - Los Angeles Times 3/14/07

    Quote Originally Posted by sailerm View Post
    Each of those is a modern classic. I knew about Annie Hall beating Star Wars, I wonder which films these classics lost too.
    Best Picture Academy Award winners: (in bold)

    April 23 “Star Wars” (1977) 'Annie Hall'
    April 24 (Tuesday) "Julia" (1977)
    April 30 “Heaven Can Wait” (1978) 'The Deer Hunter'
    May 7 “All That Jazz” (1979) 'Kramer vs. Kramer'
    May 14 “Raging Bull” (1980) 'Ordinary People'
    May 21 “Reds” (1981) 'Chariots of Fire'
    June 4 “Tootsie” (1982) 'Gandhi'
    June 11 “The Right Stuff” (1983) 'Terms of Endearment'
    June 18 “A Passage to India” (1984) 'Amadeus'
    June 25 “The Color Purple” (1985) 'Out of Africa'
    July 9 “A Room with a View” (1986) 'Platoon'
    July 16 “Broadcast News” (1987) 'The Last Emperor'
    July 23 “Dangerous Liaisons” (1988) 'Rain Man'
    July 30 “Born on the Fourth of July” (1989) 'Driving Miss Daisy'
    August 6 “The Godfather, Part III” (1990) 'Dances With Wolves'
    August 13 “Bugsy” (1991) 'The Silence of the Lambs'
    August 30 “Howards End” (1992) 'Unforgiven'
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    Re: 'Star Wars' kicks off Academy screening series - Los Angeles Times 3/14/07

    Star Wars Celebrates 30th at the Academy

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    Tuesday April 24, 2007

    Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences began the fourth installment of its "Great to be Nominated" series on April 23, 2007, with the 30th anniversary screening of STAR WARS. The "Great To Be Nominated" series features the picture from each Academy Awards year that received the most nominations without winning the Best Picture award. Following the screening on the STAR WARS special edition, a post-film discussion was held, which included George Lucas, Robert Blalack, Richard Chew, John Dykstra, Richard Edlund, Paul Hirsch, Don MacDougall, Ray West, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill.

    For the vfx world, Dykstra commented on the many challenges that arose during the production, having to create many of the cameras and equipment for the complicated visual effects from scratch. After a year of working on the motion control unit, the fledgling ILM had only one shot in the can after spending $1 million of the film's $13 million budget.

    Fox exec Alan Ladd, Jr., who was one of the panelists, commented that, after a visit to ILM once, the cfo of the studio came into his office and said, "****, ILM."

    When asked about acting against bluescreen, Fisher expressed difficulty reacting to something she couldn't see. She said that during the scene where her home planet is blown up by the Death Star space station, all she had for reference was a crewmember, who was drinking tea, waving his hand by a circle on a piece of cardboard. However, Hamill said the surreal (and difficult) shoot in Tanzania helped get him into the world of the film. As an actor, he said acting in a fantasy is no more challenging than pretending you're really driving a car when in reality you're on a set and there are crewmembers rocking the automobile.

    Lucas commented part of the motivation for making the film was to bring a sci-fi adventure to the screen that had never been seen before using the state-of-the-art in special effects. He helped put together the award winning team, who had worked on 2001 and TV commercials, putting Dykstra in charge of working out the technical challenges. Edlund said that what made Dykstra such a great leader is that he left the various departments alone and allowed them to work with their strengths, not micromanaging every detail of the project.
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