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Guardian Film Club Oscar Discussion + The Apartment (Thursday 19 February 2015, 6:00pm, Ritzy)


Thursday 19 February 2015, 6:00pm
Ritzy Cinema, London, SW2 1JG 

Tickets and details here.


The Guardian's new membership programme includes regular film events, but this one looks like being something special. The Guardian's film team - Peter Bradshaw, Catherine Shoard, Henry Barnes and Andrew Pulver- will be gathered under one roof to discuss with the audience and each other all the rights and wrongs (and outright crimes) of this year's Oscar crop of nominations. There will also be a screening of Billy Wilder's The Apartment.

The membership programme is open to non-members, you just won't get the same discount.

From the Guardian:

Join the Guardian Film team to discuss the nominations, give their verdicts, and make their predictions ahead of this year’s Oscars ceremony. 

The Panel
Birdman and Grand Budapest Hotel lead the pack for this year’s Academy Awards, scoring nine nominations apiece. But who will be the winners and losers on 22 February? Will Michael Keaton, nominated for the first time this year, take the Best Actor gong, or will it go to British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, or Eddie Redmayne? Can Linklater’s Boyhood take the top prize? Why wasn’t Inherent Vice nominated, and what happened to the Lego movie?? And most importantly who will make this year’s Oscars selfie? Join the debate with Peter Bradshaw, Catherine Shoard, Henry Barnes and Andrew Pulver.

The Film: The Apartment

Billy Wilder’s bittersweet comedy won Best Picture and Best Director at the 33rd Academy Awards in 1960. Good-natured salaryman CC “Bud” Baxter (Jack Lemmon) is bullied into letting out his apartment for sleazy executives to entertain their girlfriends. But things get complicated when he realises the woman he loves, chirpy elevator assistant Fran (Shirley MacLaine) has been there with his boss. The panel will introduce a special screening of this surprisingly dark comedy with a heart of gold, and discuss what makes it one of the best Oscar-winners of all time. 

Running order: 60 minute panel discussion and Q&A followed by screening of The Apartment 

Wheelchair users and disabled visitors who require a carer may bring a companion free of charge. To book a free carer ticket please email guardianlive.events@theguardian.com