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Academy Ventures To Middle Earth For The Lord Of The Rings

The 2001 Best Picture nominee THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' "Great To Be Nominated" series. The fantasy about a hobbit and his epic quest to end the reign of evil in his land by destroying an ancient ring will screen on Monday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Following the screening, producer Barrie Osborne, executive producer Mark Ordesky, film editor John Gilbert, supervising sound editor Ethan Van der Ryn, Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Jim Rygiel and U.S. casting director Victoria Burrows will participate in a discussion about the film.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING earned a total of 13 Academy Award nominations and won Oscars for Cinematography (Andrew Lesnie), Makeup (Peter Owen, Richard Taylor), Music -- Original Score (Howard Shore) and Visual Effects (Rygiel, Randall William Cook, Taylor, Mark Stetson).

The film also received nominations for Best Picture (Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Osborne, producers), Actor in a Supporting Role (Ian McKellen), Art Direction (Grant Major; Set Decoration: Dan Hennah), Costume Design (Ngila Dickson, Taylor), Directing (Jackson), Film Editing (John Gilbert), Music -- Original Song (MAY IT BE, Music and Lyric by Enya, Nicky Ryan and Roma Ryan), Sound (Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Gethin Creagh, Hammond Peek) and Writing -- Screenplay based on material previously produced or published (Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Jackson).

The Oscar-nominated animated short STRANGE INVADERS will be screened prior to the feature.

Passes for part five of "Great To Be Nominated" are $30 for the general public and $25 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Including THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, there are eight films remaining in the series. A $5 discount is available for those who wish to renew their passes from parts one, two, three or four of the series.

Individual tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Passes and tickets may be purchased online at www.oscars.org, by mail, in person at the Academy during regular business hours or, depending on availability, on the night of the screening when the doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Curtain time for all features is 7:30 p.m., and pre-show elements will begin at 7 p.m. The Academy is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call 310-247-3600.