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Oscars to celebrate film & aviation during 'Hollywood Takes to the Air' tribute

'Lilac Time' to be screened as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences weekend titled 'Hollywood Takes to the Air.'
'Lilac Time' to be screened as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences weekend titled 'Hollywood Takes to the Air.'
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be celebrating the work of filming aviation for film in a series the Academy has titled "Hollywood Takes to the Air," from Thursday, August 14 through Sunday, August 17 at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood, Calif. The four night event will be kicked off with a discussion of the film technology and the advancement of aviation with Oscar-winning sound designer Ben Burtt ("Indian Jones and the Last Crusade") and Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Craig Barron ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button").

Thursday’s discussion event titled, “The Illusions of Flight: Behind the Scenes of Hollywood’s Aviation Classics,” will include newly unearthed stunt and crash footage, film clips and vintage sound recordings presented by Barron and Burtt. They will show how capturing flight for motion pictures has advanced from open-cockpit camerawork to high-level CGI techniques.

On Friday through Sunday, “Hollywood Takes to the Air” will feature screenings of aviation-themed movies. On Friday, August 15 the silent film "Lilac Time," starring Colleen Moore and Gary Cooper will be screened at 7 pm at the Linwood Dunn Theater. On Saturday the war drama starring Gregory Peck, “Twelve O'Clock High” from 1949 will be screened and Sunday the epic aviation film “The Right Stuff” from 1983 will be presented on screen. Each film presentation will include an introduction by Burtt and Barron. During the weekend the lobby of the Linwood Dunn Theater will also have airplane miniatures and other production materials from landmark aviation films. Click here for more information

Craig Barron has worked in visual effects for more than 100 films, including "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Star Wars" and "Hugo." He was nominated for an Academy Award for his work in "Batman Returns" and he finally received an Oscar for the visual effects in the film "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

Ben Burtt received two special Oscars for his achievement for creating the an alien, creature and robot voices for "Star Wars" and for sound work he performed on “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” He won Oscars for his other work on Steven Spielberg's "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” and was nominated for Oscars for the films “Return of the Jedi,” “WALL-E” and “Willow."