By Kathy L. Collins

The Tampa Theatre is proud to announce an all new classic movie series and the return of Hollywood Awards Night. This is a unique Academy Awards viewing party.

According to Jill Witecki with the Tampa Theatre, “The Best Picture Classics Series features seven iconic Best Picture winners that span 10 decades of cinematic excellence.” The films will be shown on Sundays at 3 p.m.

The first up Sunday, January 10 is the 1950 film, All About Eve. This acclaimed story of deceit received a record breaking 14 nominations and won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

On Sunday, January 17 come see the 1975 classic One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. This film became the first to sweep the major categories of Best Picture, Director, Actor and Screenplay.

My Fair Lady will be shown on Sunday, January 24. This film is adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s comedy Pygmalion. It was nominated for 12 Academy Awards. Rex Harrison, who reprised his stage role, won Best Actor.

On Sunday, January 31 come see the sensational 2011 film, The Artist. This silent film won five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Costume Design.

Amadeus, which is a gripping human drama, sumptuous period epic and a glorious celebration of the music of Mozart, will be shown on Sunday, February 7. You will not want to miss this 1984 film which won eight Academy Awards.

The 1998 romantic comedy, Shakespeare In Love, will be shown fittingly on Sunday, February 14. Winner of seven Academy Awards, this witty box office smash won a Best Actress Award for Gwyneth Paltrow and features Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush and Ben Affleck.

On Sunday, February 21, come see the 1927 film Wings. This was the first film to win an Academy Award and is the only fully silent film to do so. The silent film will be accompanied by the renowned theatrical organist, Dr. Steven Ball, on the Tampa Theatre’s original 1926 Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ.

Then on Sunday, February 28, the Tampa Theatre will celebrate Hollywood’s biggest night of the year with a VIP watch party for the live telecast of the 88th Academy Awards at 7 p.m.

Tickets to the Best Picture films (except Wings which is $12 and $10) are $10 for general admission and $8 for Tampa Theatre members. Hollywood Awards Night Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for members.

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