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And the Winner is...

Diablo salutes the best pictures and actors—with an East Bay twist.


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Long before (and ever since) Mrs. Doubtfire dined in Danville, our backyard has shined brightly on the silver screen. This month, we’re getting a head start on the Oscars by looking at a near century of movie history with an East Bay angle—from Charlie Chaplin’s Tri-Valley masterpieces to Pixar’s box office blockbusters. We also caught up with Walnut Creek–raised screen icon Katharine Ross and got Berkeley legend Rita Moreno’s tips for a good Oscar speech.

But the fun isn't limited to just these pages. We're thrilled to be working with the California Independent Film Festival on a Classic Movie Series at the gorgeous Orinda Theatre. We kicked off in January with a screening of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Oscar-winning actress Louise Fletcher, who played the infamous Nurse Ratched, delighted audiences with a Q&A following the screening.

On February 13, we will screen To Kill a Mockingbird, and actress Mary Badham (Oscar-nominated for her performance as "Scout") will attend for a Q&A. March 13 brings the Best Picture-winning West Side Story, and Oscar-winner Rita Moreno will be on hand for a Q&A before the film. From April 22–25, the California Independent Film Festival will bring many great films from Hollywood legends and up-and-coming filmmakers to the Orinda. Then on May 22, Cindy Williams will visit for a screening of George Lucas' breakthrough smash,  American Graffiti. Join Diablo's A-list for bonus interviews and behind-the-scenes scoop, and to win free tickets to these wonderful movie nights.

And now, the featured attraction: our picks for the best movies and biggest stars with a connection to Diabloland. The envelope—and Red Vines—please….

 (CLICK HERE to vote for your favorites for this year's Oscars)

 

Best Picture

Best Director

Best Actor

Best Actress

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