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  Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
by icunme
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - Beverly Hills
      Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
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  • Academy close-up - Wilshire Blvd - Beverly Hills
      Academy close-up - Wilshire Blvd
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Founded on May 11, 1927 in California, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is a professional honorary organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of motion pictures.

The Academy is composed of over 6,000 motion picture professionals. While the great majority of its members are based in the United States, membership is open to qualified filmmakers around the world. As of 2004, the Academy roster included theatrical filmmakers from 36 countries.

The Academy used to have only one main building, the one on Wilshire. But in 1991, the Academy moved part of their operations (and treasures) into a second building on La Cienega - the Academy Center for Motion Picture Study. The Center is housed in a wonderful old structure resembling a Spanish Mission, which they found in disrepair and restored to its former glory.

The original Wilshire Boulevard office is also the place where the Oscar nominations are announced each February, at a news conference which always draws international media coverage. This is also the place where the stars pick up their actual Oscar awards (after the statuettes have been engraved).

The original Wilshire headquarters no longer has a giant Oscar statue outside (the gold figure now stands inside, near the elevator). Most of the building's six floors are now dedicated strictly to business.

However, on the 4th floor, you will find a small gallery which is open to the public, filled with exhibits related to the movie industry. To reach this modest exhibit hall, you must first walk through the barren lobby, sign-in with a guard at the front desk, then ride the elevator up to the 4th floor. I suggest you phone first to inquire about what exhibits are currently running or what events are planned. Ticket prices to screenings are usually $5 to $7. For screening times, call (310) 247-3600.

Sid Ganis is currently president of the Academy.

Address: Beverly Hills
Directions: North side of Wilshire Boulevard - between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Blvd
Phone: (310) 247-3600

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  • Updated Apr 21, 2006
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