'Airport': Oscar-Nominated Blockbuster

Airport (1970) directed by George Seaton, starring Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean Seberg, Helen Hayes, George Kennedy, Van Heflin, Maureen Stapleton
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Press Release:

Beverly Hills, CA – The 1970 Best Picture nominee Airport will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated" series. Based on the novel by Arthur Hailey, the film will be shown on Monday, July 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Actress Jacqueline Bisset and castmates Damian London and Quinn K. Redeker, along with the film's publicist, Robert Werden, will participate in a panel discussion following the screening.

In Airport, Burt Lancaster stars as Mel Bakersfeld, manager of Lincoln International Airport, who is struggling to keep his facility open despite a severe snowstorm, complaints from angry nearby homeowners and his own personal problems. Airport received a total of 10 Academy Award® nominations, including two nominations in the Actress in a Supporting Role category. Helen Hayes ultimately took home the Oscar® for her performance as Ada Quonsett, beating out castmate Maureen Stapleton, nominated for her performance as Inez Guerrero. The film also was nominated for Best Picture (Ross Hunter, producer), Art Direction (Alexander Golitzen, E. Preston Ames; Set Decoration: Jack D. Moore, Mickey S. Michaels), Cinematography (Ernest Laszlo), Costume Design (Edith Head), Film Editing (Stuart Gilmore), Music – Original Score (Alfred Newman), Sound (Ronald Pierce, David Moriarty) and Writing – Screenplay based on material from another medium (George Seaton).

Oscar-nominated animated short The Further Adventures of Uncle Sam: Part Two (1970) will be shown prior to the screening.

Passes for “Great To Be Nominated" are still available at a cost of $30 for film buffs wishing to see the rest of the series. A $5 discount is available for those who wish to renew their passes from Parts One and/or Two of the series. Inclusive of Airport there are 7 screening dates remaining in Part Three.

Tickets for each individual screening may be purchased at a cost of $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased by mail, in person at the Academy during regular business hours or, depending on availability, on the night of the screening when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. Curtain time for all features is 7:30 p.m., and pre-show elements will begin at 7 p.m. The Academy is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600.

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