Academy to Speak International Language with “Babel”

Brad Pitt in Beverly Hills, CA (RUSHPRNEWS) AUGUST 4, 2008 — The 2006 Best Picture nominee “Babel” will screen on Monday, August 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Great To Be Nominated” series.

This powerful, globe-spanning drama from writer Guillermo Arriaga and director Alejandro González Iñárritu comprises four interconnected stories about the difficulties of communication in contemporary life. Following the screening, producer Steve Golin, cast member Aaron Spears, and sound rerecording mixers Chris Minkler and Jon Taylor will participate in a discussion about the film.

“Babel” earned a total of seven Academy Award® nominations and won an Oscar® for Music – Original Score (Gustavo Santaolalla). The film also received nominations for Best Picture (González Iñárritu, Jon Kilik, Golin, producers), Actress in a Supporting Role (Adriana Barraza), Actress in a Supporting Role (Rinko Kikuchi), Directing (González Iñárritu), Film Editing (Stephen Mirrione, Douglas Crise) and Writing – Original Screenplay (Arriaga).

The Oscar-nominated animated short “No Time for Nuts” will be screened prior to the feature.

Including “Babel,” there are three films remaining in the series. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. 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.

Editors: Downloadable images are available at http://photos.oscars.org.

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