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Three Unique Oscar Inspired Events Around New York City

Outside watching as many Best Picture and Acting nominated movies as possible, there’s more than one way to get prepped for the Oscars.  Below are three unique Oscar inspired events happening around New York City.

Oscar Docs, 1950-87: Creative Expression at MoMA

Trust the Museum of Modern Art to have one of the more intriguing Oscar inspired events in the city.  A film exhibition that is an annual collaboration between the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and MoMA’s Department of Film, Oscar Doc’s features various nominees and winners from Best Documentary Feature and Short categories.  Some of the featured films include: Paul Robeson: A Tribute to An Artist, Woodstock, Dylan Thomas, From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China, and Gravity is My Enemy.  The exhibition started on Wednesday, February 1 but runs through to Monday, February 13.  For more information and tickets, check out MoMA’s website.

IFC Presents the Nominated Shorts

If you’ve ever had an Oscar betting pool, the categories that always stump everyone is the Oscar nominated shorts, but the IFC can give you a leg up on the competition.  It’s one of the IFC’s most popular annual traditions and starting this Friday, February 10, you can catch a screening of all the Oscar nominated shorts.  Here are the premiere lineups, each group together by category: Animated, Live Action, and Documentary.  What’s also nice is that each lineup also includes other highly praised shorts.  For more information on tickets, go to the IFC website.

Film Forum Honors William Wellman

William Wellman is the stuff of Oscar legend, having directed the first Best Picture winner of all time, Wings.  This month, the Film Forum is honoring this Hollywood genius by featuring a wide retrospective of his work.  Nicknamed “Wild Bill” from his days in the Lafayette Flying Corps, Wellman directed films in almost every genre and worked with stars such as Ginger Rogers, Clark Gable, Loretta Young, and Gary Cooper just to name a few.  From Friday, February 10 to Thursday, March 1, some of the films you can catch from Wellman’s prolific portfolio are  Wings, Island in the Sky, The High and the Mighty, Chinatown Nights, Woman Trap, You Never Know Women, A Star is Born, Nothing Sacred, and The Ox-Bow Incident.  More information on this event can be found via Film Forum’s website.