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Oscars to feature a spotlight on screenwriting in NYC

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced in a press release today that they will present “Spotlight on Screenwriting,” which will be a summer series illuminating the art of writing for motion pictures on May 3, 2016, in New York, New York. This series will feature films by Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett and an evening with Walter Bernstein, along with a special advance sneak peek preview of "Ghostbusters." This series will occur in several venues in the New York city area and will include exclusive onstage, in-person conversations with screenings of renowned films covering nine decades of motion pictures.

"Hollywood’s Happiest Couple": Charles Bracket and Billy Wilder

May 15 and 16 at Film Forum, 209 W. Houston Street

The series commences with a two-day celebration of one of Hollywood’s most famous and creative partnerships: Charles Bracket and Billy Wilder. Jim Moore, grandson of writer, producer, biographer and former Academy President Charles Brackett, will introduce three films co-written by the legendary team: “Ninotchka,” “Sunset Blvd.," and "The Lost Weekend.” Each of these film either won or were nominated for muliple Academy Awards.

Hollywood’s Darkest Moment: “The Front” screening and Q&A

June 7 at the SVA Theater, 333 W. 23rd Street

Featuring an 40th anniversary screening of “The Front” will be followed by an onstage Q&A with screenwriter Walter Bernstein, who received a 1976 Academy Award nomination for his original screenplay. Bernstein, who was among dozens of screenwriters blacklisted during the 1940s and 1950s, will discuss his personal experiences and the legacy of one of Hollywood’s darkest periods with Michael Barker, co-founder and co-president of Sony Pictures Classics.

"Ghostbusters": A Sneak Preview

July (TBA) at the SVA Theater, 333 W. 23rd Street

The series will wind up in July with a preview sneak peek screening of this year’s much-anticipated summer release “Ghostbusters,” featuring an all-star female cast. Screenwriter Katie Dippold will discuss the course of adapting the screenplay from the 1984 film, which has become a cult classic.

For more information on “Spotlight on Screenwriting” series and to purchase tickets, please visit the Academy’s event pages at

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