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February 22, 2013

Hello Oscar

This weekend, all eyes will be on Hollywood for the 85th Academy Awards… But with the Arts Festival sweeping into town and a number of world-class exhibits on show, Hong Kong will be hosting a star-studded extravaganza of its very own. From local theatre productions to globally celebrated musicians, walk the red carpet with us for a glimpse of the hottest picks on the arts and culture calendar. And the nominees are…

Hello OscarBest Animated Feature
Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal Exhibit
HK Museum of Art, Through March 31
Best known for his iconic celebrity paintings including Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, Liz Taylor, James Dean and so many more, and for his quirky recreations of everyday household items including a minor obsession with Campbell’s soup cans, Andy Warhol was the most prominent Pop Artist in the US from the 1950s through the 1980s. See his most famous paintings, drawings, screen prints and photographs, as well as pictures of his illustrious life, including a personal Time Capsule filled with mementos of his 1982 visit to Hong Kong, which has been brought out especially for this exhibit (audio tour highly recommended). Details here

Best Directing
HK Players present The Graduate
HK Arts Centre, March 6-9
Get ready to be seduced by a new stage adaptation of the 1960’s screen drama, The Graduate. Vintage California coastline sets the scene and searing modern humour sizzles in this iconic coming of age classic. And here’s to you Mrs. Robinson… (2111 5999,

Best Documentary Feature
Intelligence Squared Debate
HKCEC, April 11
This April, the ever-popular Intelligence Squared debate presents the motion “Religion is Good for Us.” This heated and timely debate will ask the poignant question: In a world of globalization and rapid social change, does religion provide the common values and ethical foundations that societies need? (3128 8288,

Best Cinematography
Dirty Dancing
HK Cultural Centre, From April 19
Filled with all the passion and smooth moves of the cinematic classic, the multi award-wining show will take you back to the “time of your life” when Patrick Swayze was the hottest thing on the silver screen. Songs like “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” and “Do You Love Me?” will have you spinning into the aisles. Nobody puts baby in the corner… (2111 5999,

Best Production Design
Fabergé: Legacy of Imperial Russia Exhibit
HK Heritage Museum, Through April 29
Ann egg-cellent exhibit featuring rare and exceptional artwork and jewellery created by the House of Fabergé in the former Russian Empire. Feast your eyes on the magnificent collection of Imperial Easter eggs originally designed as an Easter surprise for the royal family, now world renowned for their exquisite and delicate beauty. Details here

Best Visual Effects
Damien Hirst
White Cube Gallery, Feb 21 – May 4
Check out this just-opened exhibit of new works by famed British artist Damien Hirst at the stunning White Cube Gallery in Central. Explore life and death, desire and fear, beauty and horror through his iconic butterfly motifs, scalpel blades and colour juxtaposition. All hail the prints… (

Best Costume Design
American Ballet Theater’s Romeo and Juliet
HK Cultural Centre, Feb 27 – March 3
See one of New York’s most celebrated dance companies perform their star studded and expertly choreographed crown jewel production of Romeo and Juliet. This is one romance it would be a tragedy to miss… (2111 5999,

Best Sound Editing
Esperanza Spalding
HK Cultural Centre, March 15 & 16
After beating out Justin Bieber for the title of Best New Artist at the 2011 Grammy’s and being invited by Obama to perform at the Nobel Peach Prize Ceremony, celebrated jazz musician, bassist, composer and vocalist Esperanza Spalding is making her next stop Hong Kong. Experience her versatile feminine voice and dynamic bass playing in a scintillating “big band” format during this year’s Arts Festival. (2111 5999,

Best Music Original Score
Goran Bregovic Champagne for Gypsies
HK Cultural Centre, March 23 & 24
Hailed as “the best musical party of the year” by the San Francisco Examiner, European music star Goran Bregovic and his wild Wedding and Funeral Orchestra will bring together an energetic mix of gypsy strings, brass band, traditional Bulgarian polyphony, Orthodox chant, electric guitar and ethnic percussion for an unconventional night of champagne fueled fun. (2111 5999,

Get your tuxes out and your gowns ready, the Academy is waiting!

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