Giddyup! Academy Rides “Stagecoach” into Hollywood’s Greatest Year

Beverly Hills, CA (RPRN) 5/21/2009 – The 1939 Best Picture nominee “Stagecoach” will be screened as the second feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ series “Hollywood’s Greatest Year: The Best Picture Nominees of 1939” on Monday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The screening will be introduced by director John Ford’s grandson, Dan Ford.

Pre-show elements, which begin at 7 p.m., include the second and third chapters of the 1939 serial “Buck Rogers,” starring Buster Crabbe and Constance Moore, and the animated short “The Film Fan,” starring Porky Pig.

In his first lead role for legendary director Ford, John Wayne turned in a star-making performance as the Ringo Kid, an escaped prisoner bent on revenge. The film received six Academy Award® nominations and won Oscars® for Actor in a Supporting Role (Thomas Mitchell as Dr. Josiah Boone) and Music – Scoring (Richard Hageman, Frank Harling, John Leipold, Leo Shuken). “Stagecoach” also received nominations for Best Picture (Walter Wanger Productions), Art Direction (Alexander Toluboff), Black-and-White Cinematography (Bert Glennon), Directing (Ford) and Film Editing (Otho Lovering, Dorothy Spencer).

Tickets for “Stagecoach” and other individual films in the series 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. For the latest updates on guests, cartoons, and other surprises, visit www.oscars.org.

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