'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' & 'Bonnie and Clyde': 1967 Movie Classics' Academy Screenings

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner by Stanley Kramer, starring Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, Katharine HoughtonImage: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

Press Release: The 1967 Best Picture nominees Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and Bonnie and Clyde will be screened as the next features in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated" series. Both films received 10 Academy Award® nominations and took home Oscars® in two categories. A brand new print of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner will be screened on Monday, June 19, and an archival print of Bonnie and Clyde will be screened on Tuesday, June 20. Both screenings will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

In Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, the Draytons, a wealthy white family meet their daughter's black fiancé, portrayed by Sidney Poitier, for the first time. The film won Oscars for Actress (Katharine Hepburn) and Writing – Story and screenplay written directly for the screen (William Rose). Guess Who's Coming to Dinner also received nominations for Best Picture (Stanley Kramer, producer), Actor (Spencer Tracy), Actor in a Supporting Role (Cecil Kellaway), Actress in a Supporting Role (Beah Richards), Art Direction (Art Direction: Robert Clatworthy; Set Decoration: Frank Tuttle), Directing (Stanley Kramer), Film Editing (Robert C. Jones) and Scoring of Music – adaptation or treatment (DeVol).

Mrs. Karen Kramer, widow of the film's producer-director, and Marshall Schlom, script supervisor on the film, will attend the screening and participate in a panel discussion following the screening.

Bonnie and Clyde, based on the true story of notorious bank robbers who fell in love during a Depression-era crime spree, won Oscars for Actress in a Supporting Role (Estelle Parsons) and Cinematography (Burnett Guffey). The film also received nominations for Best Picture (Warren Beatty, producer), Actor (Beatty), Actor in a Supporting Role (Gene Hackman), Actor in a Supporting Role (Michael J. Pollard), Actress (Faye Dunaway), Costume Design (Theadora Van Runkle), Directing (Arthur Penn) and Writing – Story and screenplay written directly for the screen (David Newman and Robert Benton).

Evans Evans, who played Velma Davis in the film, and Dede Allen, the film's editor, will participate in a panel discussion following 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 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and Bonnie and Clyde, there are 11 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 I.D. 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.

'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' Screening

Who's Afraid of Henry VIII? vs. A Film for All Seasons: Director Mike Nichols and producer-screenwriter Ernest Lehman's 1966 adaptation of Edward Albee's play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? remains one of the best motion pictures of the 1960s. In fact, this intelligent, harrowing, exuberantly acted, marriage-is-hell free-for-all was the one that was robbed at the Oscars. As usual, the conservative Academy members opted for the more placid – and more conventional – choice: A Man for All Seasons, Fred Zinnemann and screenwriter Robert Bolt's adaptation of Bolt's play about Sir Thomas More.

Press Release: The 1966 Best Picture nominee Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated" series. Director Mike Nichols' debut film will be shown on Monday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler will participate in a discussion following the screening.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? offers a glimpse into the marriage of a New England professor and his wife, whose weaknesses are exposed as they play host to a younger academic couple. The film earned 13 Oscar® nominations, including nominations in all of the acting categories and took home five Academy Awards®. Elizabeth Taylor as Martha and Sandy Dennis as Honey earned Oscars® for Actress and Actress in a Supporting Role, respectively. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? also earned Oscars for Black-and-White Art Direction (Art Direction: Richard Sylbert; Set Decoration: George James Hopkins), Black-and-White Cinematography (Wexler) and Black-and-White Costume Design (Irene Sharaff). Other nominations for the film include Best Picture (Ernest Lehman, producer), Actor (Richard Burton), Actor in a Supporting Role (George Segal), Directing (Mike Nichols), Film Editing (Sam O'Steen), Original Music Score (Alex North), Sound (Warner Bros. Studio Sound Department, George R. Groves, sound director) and Writing – Screenplay based on material from another medium (Ernest Lehman).

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 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? there are 12 screening dates remaining in Part Three.

The Academy is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600.

Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? photo: © A.M.P.A.S.

'The Searchers' Academy Screening

Press Release: In a special 50th anniversary screening, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Gold Standard Series will present a newly remastered and restored digital version of The Searchers (1956), a John Ford film starring John Wayne, on Friday, June 23, at 8 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The evening will be hosted by film critic and commentator Pete Hammond.

The Searchers, set in the years following the Civil War, was shot on location in Monument Valley (as well as in Canada, California and Colorado) by three-time Oscar®-winning cinematographer Winton C. Hoch, directed by four-time Academy Award® winner Ford, and scored by two-time Oscar winner Max Steiner.

Ex-Confederate soldier Ethan Edwards, portrayed by Wayne, spends five years searching for his young niece Debbie (Natalie Wood), who was captured by the Comanches in a raid in which her family was massacred. Accompanied by his half-Indian nephew, Martin (Jeffrey Hunter), Ethan is forced to examine his own prejudices as his relentless pursuit leads him to Debbie, only to learn that she has assimilated with her captors.

This digital version has been completely remastered and restored from the original VistaVision elements by Warner Bros.

Tickets to “The Searchers" are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Free parking is provided in the garages located at 8920 and 9025 Wilshire Boulevard. For additional information, call (310) 247-3600.

Photos: © A.M.P.A.S.

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  1. Royal Tru Grape says:

    The Bonnie and Clyde movie was great to watch but I don't remember seeing the movie.