You’re invited to Oscar week at the Academy

For the five days leading up to the Oscars on Feb. 26, the academy will showcase nominees in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Short Film categories. The events at the academy’s Samuel Goldwyn theater will include screenings, film clips and discussions with the nominated filmmakers and artists.

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On the evening of Tuesday Feb. 21, director Tim Miller (“Deadpool”) will host a screening of the five nominees in each of the Animated and Live Action Short Film categories and lead a discussion with the filmmakers.

On Wednesday evening, Documentary Branch governor and two-time Oscar champ Kate Amend (“Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport” and “The Long Way Home.” ) along with fellow governor Rory Kennedy will steer a conversation with those nominated for both Documentary Short Subject and Documentary Feature awards.

On Thursday evening, director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera who collected Oscars last year for “Inside Out” will oversee a symposium with the Animated Feature Film creators who will discuss their process and present clips from their films.

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On Saturday morning, producer Mark Johnson, Foreign Language Film Award Committee chair, will lead a panel of the directors who helmed the nominees in this category.

And on Saturday afternoon, the three Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch governors, Kathryn L. Blondell, Lois Burwell and Leonard Engelman will present the nominees for Makeup and Hairstyling who will discuss their techniques using film clips, photos and models.

Tickets to the evening programs are $3 for academy members and $5 for the public while the Saturday events are free. Reservations are required and can be made online at

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