Meet the Oscars, Los Angeles
Fifty Oscars, four statuettes that belonged to a Hollywood legend, two Testimonial Awards and one statuette for the public to hold will be on display at "Meet the Oscars, Los Angeles," located on the third level of the Hollywood & Highland Center, beginning on Friday, Feb. 9, 2007, at 10:00 am. The exhibition will remain open through Saturday, Feb. 24. "Meet the Oscars, Los Angeles" will provide visitors the opportunity to walk among the displays and be photographed holding an Oscar, and see the statuettes that were awarded to Katharine Hepburn for her performances in MORNING GLORY (1932/33), GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER (1967), THE LION IN WINTER (1968) and ON GOLDEN POND (1981). The Honorary Academy Award that will be presented to composer-conductor Ennio Morricone and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to be presented to former Paramount Pictures chairman Sherry Lansing will also be on display. The remaining 50 Oscar statuettes featured in the exhibition will be presented to winners at the 79th Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 25. The exhibition will also feature interactive "Oscar trivia" kiosks, where visitors can test their knowledge of Oscar winners, movie quotes and Academy Awards factoids. Each Oscar weighs in at 8-1/2 pounds and stands 13-1/2 inches tall. Handmade annually by R.S. Owens & Co. in Chicago, the statuettes are made of britannia, a metal alloy, and are plated in copper, nickel, silver and 24-karat gold. "Meet the Oscars, Los Angeles" will be open Sunday to Thursday from noon to 8:00 pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. On Saturday, Feb. 24, the exhibition will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network at 5:00 pm PST (8:00 pm EST), beginning with a half-hour arrivals segment, "The Road to the Oscars." For more information, visit www.oscars.org.