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    '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.


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

              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.
              'Annie Hall''The Deer Hunter'
              'Kramer vs. Kramer'
              'Ordinary People'
              'Chariots of Fire'
              'Gandhi'
              'Terms of Endearment''Amadeus'
              'Out of Africa'
              'Platoon'
              'The Last Emperor''Rain Man'
              'Driving Miss Daisy''Dances With Wolves''The Silence of the Lambs'
              '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

                VFXWorld
                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.
                http://www.vfxworld.com/?sa=adv&code...=news&id=19622
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