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The Oscars are over. However, even though the awards have all been given out and Best and Worst Dressed have been announced, you might still have movies on the brain. Well, fear not film fanatics, your need for an Oscar fix can still be satiated – at least through April 18.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (aka the Folks Behind the Oscars) was founded in 1927 and has grown from 36 founders to over 6,000 honorary members. Bearing the mission of advancing the arts and sciences of motion pictures, the Academy awarded its first honorary membership to Thomas Edison. In addition to their prestigious list of members both past and current, the Academy is also the keeper of an impressive library and film archive.

How does this satisfy your Oscar fix you ask? Well, the Academy is currently playing host to two fascinating film-related exhibits at this very moment.

The More the Merrier: Posters from the Ten Best Picture Nominees, 1936-1943

If you were paying attention to something other than the dresses this year, you may have heard that it was an historic Oscars before Bigelow became the first female to win Best Director. From the Academy’s founding through 1944, there was anywhere between three and twelve Best Picture nominees at the annual awards ceremony. However, in 1944, the amount was capped at five nominees. This year, for those of you playing at home, there were 10.

The More the Merrier showcases campaign art from the films nominated during the eight consecutive years that 10 films were up for the big prize. Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, Citizen Kane, A Star is Born, and a rare original painting for Gone With the Wind are all on display in this exhibit. Whether you’re nostalgic for the “Golden Age” of film, a general movie lover, or interested in seeing some of the (arguably) best movie posters ever created, then you should really swing by.

Star Quality: The World of Noel Coward

A touring exhibition – it will also make stops in Wisconsin, London, and San Francisco – Star Quality puts the talents and tales of the playwright, director, actor, composer, and artist on never-before-seen display. Time magazine once described Coward as having “a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise,” while others praise his noted wit and charm. Even Coward himself said: “Star Quality: I don’t know what it is, but I’ve got it.” The photos, audio and visual clips, costume designs, sheet music, letters, playbills, and Coward’s famous silk dressing gown assembled in The Academy’s Fourth Floor Gallery seek to reflect and describe how the man came to be such an icon of popular culture.

So, film fanatics, get thee to Hollywood, these exhibits are too good to miss.

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