Chicago exhibition opens

Academy President Sid Ganis was in Chicago Friday to open the "Meet the Oscars, Chicago" exhibition. He was at The Shops at North Bridge on Michigan Avenue downtown.

All Chicago people need to see this! My friends and I went to the one adjacent to the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood last year. It was awesome to be able to hold an Oscar statuette - albeit for a limited time. Make sure you get there quick, though. Remember, this is the only exhibit this year so it will probably be packed.

The exhibition closes next Sunday, Feb. 22nd (Oscar Sunday). Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

The president of the statuette maker, R.S. Owens, Scott Siegel helped cut the ribbon.

Other notes:

  • Some singing drama, as reported by E!: Peter Gabriel announced to Laurence Mark, producer of this year's ceremony, that he will be attending the Oscars, but he won't be performing during the Best Song medley with "Jai Ho" and "O Saya," both from Slumdog Millionaire. Gabriel was asked to cut his almost six-minute song to a measly 65 seconds. (I will agree with him there. It's only three songs, but I guess we'll have to wait and see what Mark has planned.)

    "We completely get where's he's coming from," Mark said of Gabriel to E!. "It wasn't any sort of bad blood going on. It was just a difference of opinion of how he felt things needed to be done."

  • We filmed the Oscar® Special for my talk show, "Chatting up a STORM." The special airs this Friday on Also, check out a new episode, entitled "Rethink." and inspired by the blog, this Monday evening. Our special guest tells Sarah and me some ways to rethink how to live a life.

That's all for now. Check back for more news and notes as the ceremony gets closer. I'll post behind-the-scene photos and news on preparations in Hollywood.


Photo of Chicago exhibition: Richard Harbaugh / ©A.M.P.A.S.


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