Admit it, haven't you been practicing your Academy Award acceptance speech in front of the mirror since you were 11? Now here's your chance to get up close and personal with an Oscar. You can even be photographed holding one of these eight-and-a-half pound puppies.
In L.A., the exhibit at the Hollywood/Highland Center runs from Feb. 1 to 23 and includes the Oscars to be handed out at the upcoming 80th ceremony as well as two given out at the very first awardsfest back in 1929. That inaugural event was held in the Roosevelt Hotel, which sits across the street from Oscar's new home, the Kodak Theater. While war movie "Wings" won what we know as best picture, the melodrama "7th Heaven" took home 2 and 1/3 awards. The Academy Awards won by director Frank Borzage and screenwriter Benjamin Glazer will be on display. While both old and new are gold-plated, today's Oscars are made of britannia metal, while the originals were solid bronze.
As for that 1/3, "7th Heaven" star Janet Gaynor won best actress for her performance in that weepie and another, "Street Angel," as well as "Sunrise," which won the award for unique and artistic picture (a category eliminated, along with comedy direction and title writing, after the first year).
In NYC, the exhibit at the ABC Times Square studio runs from Feb. 14. While no details were given of that show, last year it included the fifty Oscars being given out this year as well as Clark Gable's award for "It Happened One Night" and one of two won by Bette Davis.
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