Oscar will make an Island appearance for the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. Or, at least, a 1949 copy of the famous gold-plated statuette will be there. The occasion is a live screening of the awards ceremony in Hollywood during an Oscar Night party at the center.
The special appearance by a coveted Oscar statuette has been made possible by Chilmark resident Robert George, whose late father, George L. George, won the award in 1949 for his film short, “Toward Independence.” Made for the U.S. Army Signal Corps, the film takes as its subject military men with disabilities returning home after World War II.
The Army retained the statuette until 1988, when a tribute to Mr. George Sr. by the Screen Director’s Guild led to its return to the director. Mr. George Sr., helped found the Screen Director’s Guild in 1936, as well as the Screen Director’s International Guild. After his death in 1992, the Oscar went to his son.
Edgartown photographer David Welch will be present with a photo booth to photograph attendees with the George statuette. Those who attend Oscar Night will also have the opportunity to stroll down a red carpet to the live screening, as well as to enjoy snacks, sweets, and libations by Herring Run Kitchens. Prizes will go to whoever comes closest to guessing the 2013 Oscar winners after submitting a ballot of the nominees. Surprise gifts will also be awarded. Tickets are limited, and proceeds from the event will go to support the M.V. Film Center and its International Film Festival.
In a special presentation on Saturday, Feb. 23, the Film Center will screen a National Theatre of Great Britain revival of the Victorian farce, “The Magistrate.” The production is part of the Best of British Theatre Onscreen series. The filmed version of the 2012 live performance stars John Lithgow, an Oscar nominee and Tony award-winner.
Mr. Lithgow plays a proper, good-natured magistrate, Posket, who marries the widow Agatha Farringdon, played by British stage actress Nancy Carroll. The catch is that Agatha has subtracted five years from both her and her son Cis’s ages. Instead of being 14, Cis is at 19 already a smoker, a flirt, and a gambler who gets his dignified stepfather in hot water. One deception after another leads to a series of farcical mishaps.
British actor and playwright Arthur Wing Pinero wrote the popular 1885 comedy, and Timothy Sheader, artistic director for the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in London, directed. Both Mr. Sheader and Ms. Carroll have won Laurence Olivier awards, the British equivalent of the American Tony awards.
Returning to the Film Center this weekend are the Oscar-nominated documentary shorts; the full-length documentary “Searching for Sugar Man;” and the French-language Oscar-nominated feature film “Amour.” “Trouble in Paradise,” Ernst Lubitsch’s romantic comedy, will play on Wednesday, Feb. 27, as part of the Classic Film Night series.
“Oscar-nominated Documentary Shorts,” Thursday, Feb. 21, 7:30 pm.
“Amour,” Friday, Feb. 22, 4 and 7 pm; Saturday, Feb. 23, 7:30 pm.
“The Magistrate,” Saturday, Feb. 23, 4 pm.
“Searching for Sugar Man,” Sunday, Feb. 24, 4 pm.
85th Academy Awards Viewing Party, Sunday, Feb. 24, 7:30 pm. $30 donation to MV Film Center; $25 for MV Film Society members. Call 508-696-9369 for reservations or email email@example.com. Limited number of tickets available.
“Trouble in Paradise,” Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7:30 pm.
All events at the M.V. Film Center, Tisbury Marketplace, Vineyard Haven. Tickets (unless otherwise indicated) are $10; $7 for MV Film Society members. For more information, visit mvfilmsociety.com.