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May 3, 2000


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Academy to Commemorate Oscar® Designer Cedric Gibbons

Beverly Hills, , CA -- The memorable art direction of Cedric Gibbons will be on display in "Pride and Prejudice" and "Lust for Life" when the films screen for the May 19 installment of the "Academy Standards" series, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Gibbons, head of the MGM art department for 32 years, set a standard of creative excellence that resulted in 11 Academy Awards® out of 39 nominations. Gibbons was no stranger to the Academy or the statuette that he received for his excellence in art direction; he was one of the 36 founding members of the Academy and oversaw the design of the award that would become known as the Oscar. The screening will be held in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater, beginning at 7 p.m.

"Pride and Prejudice" is a 1940 adaptation of Jane Austen's famous novel about five sisters seeking husbands in 19th-century England. The film stars Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier and Ann Rutherford. Produced by Hunt Stromberg and directed by Robert Z. Leonard, the screenplay was written by Aldous Huxley and Jane Murfin. The Academy Award® for Art Direction (Black and White) went to Gibbons and Paul Groesse.

"Lust for Life" is the film biography of Vincent Van Gogh, starring Kirk Douglas as the painter. Anthony Quinn's portrayal of Van Gogh's friend, Gauguin, won him the 1956 Academy Award for Actor in a Supporting Role. Douglas was nominated as Best Actor. Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters, Preston Ames and set decorators Edwin B. Willis and F. Keogh Gleason were nominated for Art Direction (Color). Produced by John Houseman and directed by Vincente Minnelli, the film tells the story of the tragic life of the Dutch painter in an Oscar-nominated screenplay written by Norman Corwin, based on the novel by Irving Stone.

Tickets for the May "Academy Standards" screening of "Pride and Prejudice" and "Lust for Life" are $5 for the general public, $3 for Academy members. They may be purchased in advance at the Academy during regular business hours, by mail, or on the night of the screening, if still available, when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Academy is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call 310-247-3600.

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