Academy Plans ‘Princess and the Frog’ 10th Anniversary Screening

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its fall programming lineup this week for both Los Angeles and New York. Kicking off the season will be a special 10th anniversary presentation of Walt Disney Animation Studio’s The Princess and the Frog in Beverly Hills — with stellar voice talent and creative leads from the film joining the celebration — on September 5. Of course, the Student Academy Awards ceremony will reveal the medal placements on October 17 .

The fall slate will highlight two new programming series. The Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library created a new speaker series, Words on Film, that invites writers and filmmakers to discuss their work and their creative and research processes with the public in a casual, dynamic way. Animation admirers should check out the Nov. 14 tribute to graphic designer Saul Bass. In addition, the Academy presents the inaugural Robert Osborne Celebration of Classic Film, a new series funded by the Robert Osborne Estate designed to return classic films to the big screen for new audiences.

Hosted by Quvenzhané Wallis. Featuring a live performance by Anika Noni Rose (voice of Tiana) and musicians Kenny Sara & the Sounds of New Orleans. With director Ron Clements, producer Peter Del Vecho, screenwriter Rob Edwards, voice actors Keith David, Michael-Leon Wooley and Jenifer Lewis, composer Randy Newman, effects animation supervisor Marlon West and character animator Bruce W. Smith.

46th Student Academy Awards will be held on Oct  17. The winning student filmmakers will receive their medal placements – gold, silver, bronze – in seven award categories. Gold medal-winning films will be screened after the ceremony.

2019 SAA finalists: Animation (Domestic Film Schools) Aviv Mano, Game Changer (Ringling College of Art and Design); Kalee McCollaum, Grendell (Brigham Young University); Emre Okten, Two (University of Southern California); Liukaidi Peng, CRUNCH (School of Visual Arts); Sanghyun Kim, Misguided (Ringling College of Art and Design); Trilina Mai, Push (California State University – Long Beach); Asher Horowitz, why z? (School of Visual Arts). Animation (International Film Schools) Veronica Solomon, Love Me, Fear Me (Film University Babelsberg, Germany); Mohamad Houhou, The Ostrich Politic (Gobelins, l’école de l’image, France); Daria Kashcheeva, Daughter (FAMU – Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic)

Words on Film: A Tribute to Saul Bass will be held on Nov. 14. A discussion with individuals who worked with the late graphic designer and filmmaker Saul Bass, designer of iconic film title sequences including Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, Spartacus and Casino. Featuring a display of original materials from the Saul Bass papers preserved at the Margaret Herrick Library.

Tickets for Los Angeles-based events are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid I.D. and will be available online at

By: Mercedes Milligan

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