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Jessica Tandy-Morgan Freeman 'Driving Miss Daisy' Academy Screening

Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman, Driving Miss Daisy
Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd, Driving Miss Daisy
Driving Miss Daisy: Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman (top); Freeman, Dan Aykroyd (bottom)

Driving Miss Daisy, Bruce Beresford's 1989 Best Picture Oscar winner, will be the final 2010 presentation in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Monday Nights with Oscar” film series. Driving Miss Daisy, which stars Oscar winner Jessica Tandy, and Oscar nominees Morgan Freeman and Dan Aykroyd, will be screened on Monday, December 13, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International in New York City.

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Alfred Uhry, who received an Adapted Screenplay Oscar, will join Bruce Beresford in an onstage discussion about the play's journey from Off-Broadway hit to Best Picture-winning film. The current Driving Miss Daisy revival, starring Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones, marks its Broadway debut.

As per the Academy's press release, Driving Miss Daisy “produced two notable bits of Oscar history”:

  • It was the first time a movie based on an Off-Broadway play received the Best Picture award.
  • Best Actress winner Jessica Tandy (80) became the oldest performer to win a competitive Oscar.

Additionally, Driving Miss Daisy was the first Best Picture winner without a matching Best Director nomination since Edmund Goulding's Grand Hotel back in the period 1931-32.

Uhry's highly sentimental drama tells the story of a Jewish Southerner (Tandy) who is befriended by her black driver in Atlanta at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement.

Tickets for Driving Miss Daisy are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased online at www.oscars.org or by mail (a printable order form is available in the Events & Exhibitions section of the website). Tickets may also be purchased at the box office prior to the event (subject to availability). All seating is unreserved.

The Academy Theater is located at 111 East 59th Street in New York City. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved. For more information, visit www.oscars.org or call (212) 821-9251.

Photos: Courtesy of the Margaret Herrick Library

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  1. Santjago

    This film about loneliness. There are lonely all: Hoke, Daisy, Boolie, Idella… It is doesn`t depend from rich, famous, color of skin… Each of them are finded pastime for only doesn`t feel loneliness. Daisy is playing to game of dots and going to church. Idella is watching the video serials. And only Hoke does submit and to give yourself these women. Lonelines is the terrible felling… and director of movie to convey that…
    Fantastic game of Morgan Freeman and Jassica Tandy!