Deadline Hollywood has always tried to innovate while other showbiz media outlets merely imitate. So I’ve created a two-day event completely free to participants and invitees called ‘THE CONTENDERS’. Each studio and distributor, major and indie, will make a presentation of their Award contender films directly to invited Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences members and select Hollywood Guild members. Invitees can choose to come for one day or both days. This entirely free event includes gratis Buffet Lunch catered by premium Los Angeles restaurants Craig’s (Saturday) and The Capital Grille (Sunday).

‘THE CONTENDERS’ has filled up so fast that we’re now opening a second theatre to accomodate the crowd. Those current AMPAS members who didn’t receive their invitations for whatever reason (we had a lot of complaints about our mailing house) can still gain admittance by emailing or calling the RSVP line at 310-484-2572. As a last resort current AMPAS members can come directly to the Landmark Theatre on 10850 West Pico Blvd in Los Angeles Saturday and/or Sunday. ‘THE CONTENDERS’ event has received official notification that it falls within the Academy’s approved guidelines.

Current AMPAS and select Hollywood Guild members should know that entrance and seating to ‘THE CONTENDERS’ is on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis and is by no means guaranteed. No guests allowed. Each invitee must pass through security clearance and show Academy or Guild identification cards to gain admittance throughout the day. But we suggest you get to the theatre as early as 9 AM on Saturday and/or Sunday to ensure prime seating. Check-in starts at 10 AM and presentations continue until 5 PM. Be aware that the Mogul Q&A Panels at 2 PM Saturday (majors) and Sunday (indies) will fill up quickly.

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