Beverly Hills, CA (RUSHPRNEWS) January 31, 2008 â€“ Fifty new OscarÂ® statuettes, two Academy AwardsÂ® belonging to filmmaking legends and one Oscar for the public to hold will be on display at â€œMeet the Oscars, New Yorkâ€ at Times Square Studios in New York City from Friday, February 15, through Saturday, February 23. The free exhibition will be open daily from noon to 7 p.m.
The Oscar won by Gary Cooper for his performance as the title character in â€œSergeant Yorkâ€ (1941) will be on display alongside Thelma Schoonmakerâ€™s Academy AwardÂ® for Film Editing for â€œThe Departedâ€ (2006). Cooper and Schoonmaker each have earned three Oscars in their career. One of Cooperâ€™s awards was a 1960 Honorary Award â€œfor his many memorable screen performances and the international recognition he, as an individual, has gained for the motion picture industry.â€ All of Schoonmakerâ€™s Oscars have come for editing Best Picture contenders directed by her frequent collaborator, Martin Scorsese.
The 50 new statuettes featured in the exhibition will be presented to winners at a future Academy Awards ceremony. (The statuettes on display in â€œMeet the Oscars, Los Angelesâ€ from February 1 through 23 will be presented at the 80th Academy Awards ceremony on February 24.)
Each Oscar weighs 8Â½ pounds and stands 13Â½ inches tall. Handmade annually by R.S. Owens & Company in Chicago, the statuettes are made of britannia, a metal alloy, and are plated in copper, nickel, silver and 24-karat gold.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2007 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2008, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland CenterÂ®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network at 5 p.m. PT, beginning with a half-hour arrivals segment. The Oscar presentation will also be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
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