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Academy's New York Oscar® Night Celebration to Benefit Filmaid International

February 15, 2012

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Academy's New York Oscar® Night Celebration to Benefit Filmaid International


Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and humanitarian aid organization FilmAid International will host an Oscar® Night event at the '21' Club in New York City in celebration of the 84th Academy Awards® on Oscar Sunday, February 26.

Since 1990, the Academy has hosted a New York Oscar celebration for its East Coast members, many of whom are previous Academy Award® winners or nominees.

This year's event marks the first time the New York party will benefit a charity. That organization, FilmAid International, uses the power of film and video to reach the world's most vulnerable communities and refugee camps with messages that inspire, address critical shared needs and effect social change.

"Giving back is always close to the Academy's heart, and in FilmAid International, we have the perfect partners," said Academy president Tom Sherak. "We're thrilled that we can all come together to both celebrate this year's nominees and advance the important work FilmAid is doing."

"I really can't overstate the impact of the Academy's financial support of FilmAid over the years, which has allowed us to reach much further in bringing critical information and hope to refugees and other communities in need," said Michael Angst, Chairman of FilmAid's board of directors. "Additionally, the personal involvement of Academy members, such as those that traveled with us during the delegation trip last summer to the Kakuma refugee camp on the border of South Sudan, is invaluable in demonstrating the commitment of professionals from the motion picture industry to leveraging the power of film to help these communities in crisis."

The '21' Club, located at 21 West 52nd Street, has served as a shoot location for many of Hollywood's most admired films including "All About Eve," "Breakfast at Tiffany's," and "Wall Street."

The evening's festivities will kick off with cocktails at 6:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 8 p.m. and the live telecast of the 84th Academy Awards begins at 8:30 p.m. ET.

For more information contact FilmAid International at info@filmaid.org or the Academy at ampasny@oscars.org.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar® presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

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ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world's preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards—in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners—the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

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ABOUT FILMAID INTERNATIONAL
Founded in 1999 during the Balkan crisis by award-winning producer Caroline Baron (Capote, Monsoon Wedding), FilmAid uses the power of film and media to transcend language and literacy, bringing life-saving information, psychological relief and much-needed hope to refugees and other communities in need around the globe. With strong support from both Hollywood and the humanitarian communities, FilmAid has brought critical information, training and empowerment programs to more than two million people worldwide. FilmAid works in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other global aid organizations.

Major funders and partners include the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. FilmAid International is a U.S.-based nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Its affiliates include FilmAid UK, based in London, and FilmAid Asia, based in Hong Kong.

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MEDIA CONTACT
Teni Melidonian
tmelidonian@oscars.org

Clare Anne Darragh
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Lina Plath
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