If you’d like to feel part of this year’s Oscars, The TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX® is opening the nominations to the public starting Thursday, January 28. While your ballot won’t really count in the finals, it can be a lot of fun to test your movie IQ. Ballots, featuring Best Motion Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories, will be handed out daily to theatre goers who take the tour, film-goers, and people who ask for a ballot at the door thru Feb. 20, 2016. Results will be announced Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. It’s all in fun with a few lucky winners awarded annual movie passes and other gifts. Hey tickets good for an entire year to one of the best movie theatres in the country.
The historic TCL Chinese Theatre, which opened in 1927, features an exciting VIP Theatre Tour, which operates most days, up to four times an hour, and now includes a number of Oscar® facts and trivia related to the historic movie venue. Three Oscar® ceremonies, in 1944, 1945 and 1946, were held at the TCL Chinese Theatre (known then as Grauman’s).
You will have a lot of competition since on average 20,000-plus people a day go to the movies at TCL Chinese Theatre, where more than 40 movie premieres are held and two of the top film festivals, the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival and the AFI Film Festival, take place yearly. The TCL Chinese Theatre handprints ceremony is rich in tradition and provides the over five million people a year who visit the site an opportunity to experience the lore of Hollywood up close, for here lay the handprints and footprints of Hollywood’s most notable talents. Comedian Bob Hope even left an imprint of his legendary ski jump-shaped nose.
Movie exhibitor Sid Grauman, who was one of Hollywood’s best known and most creative showmen, and is the only theatre owner to be given an Honorary Oscar®, opened The Chinese in 1927 and launched the handprint ceremony a year later, as a promotion to advertise his many premieres and first run films. Among the first handprints were those of Hollywood pioneers Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. Within a few years, the famous forecourt of handprints on Hollywood Boulevard was flourishing and has since become an international tourist destination. Recent celebrants have included Jennifer Lawrence, Quentin Tarantino, Vin Diesel, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Ben Stiller, Mel Brooks, Robert De Niro and Sandra Bullock.