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UCLA faculty experts advisory: Academy Awards

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The 85th Academy Awards takes place Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The following UCLA faculty members are available to comment on the Oscars and Oscar-related topics.
 
Richard Walter, professor of screenwriting at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, is available to comment on a wide range of topics related to the entertainment industry, including popular culture, story and violence. He is the author of the novel "Escape From Film School" and the book "The Whole Picture: Strategies for Screenwriting Success in the New Hollywood."
Contact:
To interview Walter, call him directly at 310-206-6855 or contact Sandy Hall at 310-206-6835 or shall@tft.ucla.edu.
 
Deborah Nadoolman Landis, an Academy Award–nominated costume designer, directs the Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. She is the author of a number of books on the history and craft of costume design.
Media contact:
Sandy Hall | 310-206-6835 | shall@tft.ucla.edu
 
Sherry Ortner, a distinguished professor of anthropology at UCLA, has been observing the indie film scene for seven years, interviewing producers and filmmakers, attending festivals and working on her just-released ethnographic book "Not Hollywood: Independent Film at the Twilight of the American Dream" (Duke University Press, February 2013)
Media contact:
Meg Sullivan | 310-825-1046 | msullivan@support.ucla.edu
 
Nancy Richardson, a professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, is a longtime film editor whose most recent credit was the zombie movie "Warm Bodies," which opened at No. 1 at the box office after its Feb. 1, 2013, release. She has been a member of the Editors Guild board of directors for 10 years.
Media contact:
Sandy Hall | 310-206-6835 | shall@tft.ucla.edu
 
Kal Raustiala, professor of law and director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations, is an expert on international and copyright law who has written on "knockoffs" based on fashions highlighted on the red carpet at the Oscars. He is the author of the paper "The Piracy Paradox: Innovation and Intellectual Property in Fashion Design."
Media contact:
Alison Hewitt | 310-206-5461 | ahewitt@support.ucla.edu
 
Kim Elsesser, a research scholar at UCLA's Center for the Study of Women, studies issues of gender in the workplace. In 2010, she published an op-ed in the New York Times arguing that the Oscars should be gender-neutral — no more "best actor" and "best actress," just one award.
Media contact:
Meg Sullivan | 310-825-1046 | msullivan@support.ucla.edu
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