Living as close to Hollywood as we do, one can’t help but get caught up in all the Oscar hype: the closing of Hollywood Boulevard, the endless motorcades of limos, and the celebrity-frenzied press that happens every year in the last days of February. But there’s more than just the Best Picture and Best Actor categories, and the Academy of Motion Pictures offers the general public some insight into a few of the less covered categories in its Oscar Week events.
Oscar Week events are open to the public for a minor $5 fee but tickets need to be reserved online. All events take place at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Bl (between LaPeer and Almont) in Beverly Hills.
Tuesday, February 19, 7:30 p.m.
OSCAR CELEBRATES: SHORTS
Hosted by actor Jason Schwartzman. Includes screenings of all of the 2012 Oscar-nominated films in the Animated and Live Action Short Film categories, plus onstage discussions with the filmmakers (schedules permitting). Get tickets.
Wednesday, February 20, 7:30 p.m.
OSCAR CELEBRATES: DOCS
Hosted by Documentary Branch governor Michael Moore. Spotlights the work of the nominated filmmakers in the Documentary Short Subject and Documentary Feature categories. The program includes clips from all of the nominated documentaries in both categories, and panel discussions with filmmakers from each group (schedules permitting). Get tickets.
Thursday, February 21, 7:30 p.m.
OSCAR CELEBRATES: ANIMATED FEATURES
Host to be announced . Spotlights the nominated achievements in the Animated Feature Film category. The nominees (schedules permitting) will discuss how their films were developed, reveal their creative processes, and present clips illustrating their techniques. Get tickets.
Saturday, February 23, 10 a.m.
OSCAR CELEBRATES: FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS
Moderated by Oscar-winning producer Mark Johnson. The directors of the motion pictures nominated in the Foreign Language Film category (schedules permitting) will discuss their experiences developing their projects, and address such wide-ranging topics as art, politics and the challenges of their profession. This two-hour event also features brief clips from each of the nominated films. Get tickets.
Saturday, February 23, 2:30 p.m.
OSCAR CELEBRATES: MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Moderated by Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch governor Leonard Engelman. Celebrates the nominated achievements in the Makeup and Hairstyling category. The nominees (schedules permitting) will discuss their creative processes and present film clips, photographs and displays of their work, including appliances, molds and wigs. Get tickets.