The Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences said today that it will screen its first Best Picture Oscar winner, the 1927 silent film Wings, on January 18 next year as part of a celebration of Paramount Pictures’ 100th anniversary. Tickets are available beginning today. The movie, which starred Clara Bow, Charles “Buddy” Rogers, Richard Arlen and Gary Cooper, first premiered in 1927. It also was the only silent film to win the Best Picture Oscar, something worth noting especially this year with the awards buzz surrounding Michel Hazanavicius’ black-and-white silent The Artist, which the Weinstein Co is distributing and mounting a series Oscar campaign for after sweeping it up at Cannes; it already won the Best Pic award from the New York Film Critics Circle earlier this week. The Wings screening next month will be a premiere of a restoration by Paramount with the help of the Academy Film Archive, complete with live-music accompaniment on the organ by Clark Wilson. It’s part of the Academy’s Paramount celebration that includes the exhibition “Paramount’s Movie Milestones: A Centennial Celebration,” which features photographs, posters, design sketches and personal correspondence in conjunction with the studio’s birthday. The exhibit will run January 6-February 5 in the Academy’s Grand Lobby Gallery.
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