From its iconic sites and neighborhoods to the unmistakable rhythm of its streets, New York City has served as one of the world’s greatest and most recognizable movie sets since the early days of film. To help New Yorkers gear up for the 82nd Academy Awards, the City is celebrating its starring role in film history with Oscar Week NYC, an assortment of film-related events and exhibitions that let cinephiles view Oscar-winning pictures on the big screen, feel the weight of an Oscar statuette in their hands, visit the City’s renowned filming locations and more. Once you’re in the Oscar spirit, enjoy the awards in style at Oscar Night® and the City—New York’s first official Oscar-viewing fund-raising gala and the glamorous culmination of Oscar Week NYC—at Alice Tully Hall on March 7. (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit nycgo.com/oscarnight.)
And the Winner is…New York!
To give viewers the opportunity to watch cinema classics the way they were meant to be seen—projected on a big screen before a captivated audience—The Film Society of Lincoln Center will showcase some of the greatest New York stories ever shot on film. During the weekend leading up to the Academy Awards (March 5–7), catch classics such as West Side Story, The Godfather, Raging Bull and Annie Hall at the Walter Reade Theater. The French Connection director William Friedkin, Kramer vs. Kramer producer Stanley Jaffe and Ulu Grosbard, the director of The Subject Was Roses, will be on hand to introduce their films.
Meet the Oscars®
If you’ve always dreamed of clutching an iconic golden statuette and saying the words "I’d like to thank the Academy," here’s your chance. From February 25 to March 7, The Shops at Columbus Circle will host Meet the Oscars,® a rare opportunity for awards junkies to get acquainted with the famous golden trophy. Have your photo taken while holding a real Oscar, see the award that Judy Garland won for her performance in The Wizard of Oz and learn about Oscar’s intricate design process by examining several statues that are in various stages of completion.
A movie ticket and popcorn aren’t necessarily required to see inspiring works of film art. For the entire month of March, Posteritati—a SoHo gallery devoted to the art of movie posters—is showcasing the posters for classic New York films. The collection from more than two dozen movies—including Midnight Cowboy, On the Waterfront and Klute—is sure to stir up some nostalgia for lovers of classic films and New York City alike.
On Location Tours
Ever wanted to eat breakfast at Tiffany’s or have what she’s having at Katz’s? Want to know where that Ghostbusters firehouse is or where the gang from Seinfeld hangs out? Now’s the time to quench your curiosity. From March 1 to 7, On Location Tours is reducing prices for its New York TV & Movie Sites tour by 20% in honor of Oscar Week NYC (just use the promotional code OSCAR1). In addition, on March 7, the day of the Oscars, On Location Tours will launch its New York Movie Classics Tour (also at a 20% discount), highlighting locations prominently featured in a number of classic films, including Marilyn Monroe’s subway grate in The Seven Year Itch and Woody Allen’s scenic park bench in Manhattan.
See your favorite Hollywood stars in the (waxy) flesh at Madame Tussauds New York, where uncanny likenesses of cinema icons such as Steven Spielberg and George Clooney will be assembled together in a special Oscar Week NYC exhibit. For an out-of-the-ordinary way to navigate Madame Tussauds’ extensive collection of Hollywood sculptures and to learn some fun facts about film legends, grab a scavenger-hunt sheet and follow the clues as they lead you through the museum.
Plus: get in the mood for Oscar-night festivities with NYC TV’s That’s So New York, as host Kelly Choi visits delectable Flatiron restaurant Aldea and asks chef George Mendez to whip up a few dishes based on three of the nominated films. (Semi-spoiler alert: Mendez’s version of Pandora from Avatar is a salad.)
Also from NYC TV: an interview with Academy President Tom Sherak about what’s new at this year’s Oscars in L.A. and Oscar Night and the City, New York City’s official celebration. See the video below, and for more, watch episodes of That’s So New York online.