Pre-Oscar Presentation at University Extension Highlights Some of Hollywood’s Finest Films

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Two UCR faculty members will provide the Oscar commentary

By on February 21, 2014

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The red carpet rolls out at 5:30 p.m. for a pre-Oscar Academy Awards night hosted by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and UCR Extension Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the UCR Extension Center in Riverside.

Stu Krieger, chairman of the UCR Theatre Department, will lead an interactive discussion focusing on nominees for Best Picture, Best Actor and Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, and writing awards.  He will be joined by UCR Professor Robin Russin, who teaches screenwriting and playwriting, and Stacy Davies, who teaches film-related courses for Osher and UCR Extension.

“We’re bringing Hollywood to Riverside but without the paparazzi and the sequined gowns,” said Sandra Richards, UCR Extension’s Director of Science, Law and Humanities programs and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

The evening, which is free of charge, will touch on Oscar history and feature clips from nominees for Best Picture but the focus will be on interaction between the panel and the audience.

“We’ll talk about who the front runners are and why and whether or not we agree or disagree,” Krieger said.  “We’ll discuss other performances that folks saw and felt were worthy of nominations and why they didn’t get nominated.”

Robin Russin

Robin Russin

The evening will wind up with an Oscar trivia quiz. Audience members who know the answer will raise a hand to be chosen by the presenters. The first ones to guess correctly will win a prize.

The presentation kicks off the Windows on the World 2014 lecture/debate series hosted by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and sponsored by UCR Extension. The forums, featuring timely, thought-provoking and provocative topics, are designed to increase public awareness of the Osher program.

Upcoming forums include An Evening with Congressman Mark Takano on March 20 and the screening of “Girl Rising” in Palm Desert on April 15 and in Riverside on April 24. Money Matters, a unique series of financial workshops, begins April 10.

Osher courses are designed for adults, 50 years and older, who want to enjoy intellectually stimulating, and college-level courses and lectures without worrying about tests, grades, entrance exams or prerequisites.

Members pay an annual fee of $35, which entitles them to attend college-level courses on a variety of subjects including history and the arts for $20 or $25. Membership also gives them access to attend more than 30 lectures for an annual fee of $60.

To reserve a seat for the pre-Oscar Academy Awards presentation call (951) 827-4105 or go to www.extension.ucr.edu and click on Reserve Your Seat Today. 

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