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Meet the Oscars, Chicago

February 25, 2010 10:13:00 AM PST
Oscar fans in Chicago will be first in line to see the actual Oscar statuette to be presented to the Best Actor winner at the 82nd Academy Awards on Sunday, March 7. The statuette will be part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' "Meet the Oscars, Chicago," presented by Kodak, at The Shops at North Bridge on Michigan Avenue. The exhibition will open Thursday, February 25, and run through Sunday, March 7. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. "Meet the Oscars, Chicago" also will give movie fans the opportunity to have their picture taken holding an actual Oscar statuette.

"Kodak is proud to partner with the Academy and to help bring the excitement of the Oscars directly to the movie-loving audience," said Kim Snyder, president and general manager of Kodak's Entertainment Imaging Group Division. "This partnership is natural fit for Kodak and a great way to celebrate Kodak's and the Academy's shared history in filmmaking."

** The exhibition will include the statuette that actress Bette Davis won for her role in "Jezebel" (1939). Davis's Oscar was purchased at auction by an anonymous buyer in 2001 and returned to the Academy. The anonymous buyer was later revealed to be Steven Spielberg. (The statuette is one of three purchased by Spielberg and returned to the Academy.) "Meet the Oscars, Chicago" also will feature a display of Oscars in various stages of completion, as manufactured by Chicago's own R.S. Owens & Company, and the Oscar awarded to the DuPont Film Manufacturing Corporation and Eastman Kodak Company in 1930/31 for super-sensitive panchromatic film.

Meet the Oscars, Chicago
The Shops at North Bridge
520 N. Michigan Ave.
Thursday-March 7

WHERE: The Shops at North Bridge
520 N. Michigan Ave.
Level 1, Nordstrom Court

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