'The Piano' Movie: Jane Campion Gothic Masterpiece at the Academy

Holly Hunter, Anna Paquin in The Piano

Jane Campion's masterful 1993 psychological drama The Piano, starring Holly Hunter, Sam Neill, and Anna Paquin, will kick off the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated” series, which begins its fifth and final installment on Monday, April 21.

The 17-week series, which will run through August 25, will showcase the film from each year between 1993 and 2007 that received the most Academy Award nominations without winning the Best Picture Oscar. All screenings will be held on Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Holly Hunter, Anna Paquin in The Piano

The complete screening schedule for part five of “Great To Be Nominated” is as follows:

April 21 The Piano (1993)
April 28 Pulp Fiction (1994)
May 5 Apollo 13 (1995)
May 12 Fargo (1996)
May 19 L.A. Confidential (1997)
June 2 Good Will Hunting (1997)
June 9 Saving Private Ryan (1998)
June 16 The Cider House Rules (1999)
June 23 Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000)
June 30 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings (2001)
July 14 Gangs of New York (2002)
July 21 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
July 28 The Aviator (2004)
August 4 Brokeback Mountain (2005)
August 11 Babel (2006)
August 18 Dreamgirls (2006)
August 25 There Will Be Blood (2007)

In 1997 there were two runners-up, L.A. Confidential and Good Will Hunting, each with nine nominations and two wins. In 2006 Babel received six nominations, including Best Picture, while the musical Dreamgirls received seven nominations, the most of any film that year, but (surprisingly) failed to get a Best Picture nod.

In addition to the feature film, the program will include short subjects, behind-the-scenes footage, trailers, and/or music.

Tickets and passes for “Great To Be Nominated” go on sale April 1. Passes for the entire series are $30 for the general public and $25 for students with valid ID and Academy members. Patrons wishing to renew passes from parts one, two, three or four will receive a $5 discount (patrons must bring or mail in their old pass to receive the discount).

Individual tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for students and members. 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. Tickets also may be purchased online at www.oscars.org/events. There are no minimum order requirements and no transaction or processing fees. Tickets may be purchased online until noon PT on the day of the event.

Curtain time for all features is 7:30 p.m., and pre-show elements will begin at 7 p.m. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310)-247-3600.

Holly Hunter, Anna Paquin The Piano photos: Courtesy of Miramax Films

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  1. Lamb

    My fave film of all time