Oscars roll into Grand Central Terminal

Feb 15, 2011 by Ian Evans

New York’s Oscar® fans will get a chance to see the actual statuettes that will be presented to the Best Actor and Best Actress winners at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, February 27. They’re a part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Meet the Oscars, Grand Central” at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal. The exhibition will open on Wednesday, February 23, with an opening ceremony hosted by Oscar-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg. Public viewing hours are 1—7 p.m. on February 23, and 7—7 p.m. through Sunday, February 27. Admission is free.

The exhibition will give movie fans the opportunity to have their picture taken holding an actual Oscar statuette. In addition, the exhibition will feature a display of Oscars in various stages of completion, as manufactured by R.S. Owens & Company in Chicago. The Best Picture Oscar awarded to Billy Wilder for The Apartment (1960) will also be on view.

Visitors who “check-in” at “Meet the Oscars, Grand Central” via the Foursquare app on their cell phone and show the screen to a “Meet the Oscars” staffer will receive a limited edition 83rd Academy Awards Poster Collection 83rd Academy Awards poster. Guests who tweet their “Meet the Oscars” photo along with the hashtag #Oscars to @TheAcademy will be entered to win an official Oscar t-shirt.

Oscar fans in New York can also visit the “Oscars Red Carpet Experience” at 1333 Broadway to take pictures with a virtual Oscar. For more information, visit http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/83/red-carpet-experience.html.

The 83rd Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre.