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The Dark Knight Rises Gary Oldman’s “Out of Character” portrait as Oscar Nominee

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Oscar®-Nominated Actors Step "Out of Character" for Academy Portrait Exhibition

All the Oscar nominees for an acting Academy Award were captured by legendary Hollywood photographer Douglas Kirkland, including The Dark Knight Rises‘ own Commissioner Gordon, Gary Oldman, nominated for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.  While figures such as George Clooney and Brad Pitt seem very much their usual selves, others like Oldman are revealed in a truly new light in the aptly named portrait exhibition “Out of Character.”

Oscar®-Nominated Actors Step “Out of Character” for Academy Portrait Exhibition

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present “Out of Character,” a new exhibition featuring portraits of this year’s acting nominees by photographer Douglas Kirkland. The exclusive new photos of 2011’s Oscar-nominated performers will be on display starting Saturday, February 11, in the Academy’s Grand Lobby Gallery in Beverly Hills.

Kirkland photographed all 20 of the Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress nominees in the two weeks since the January 24 nominations announcement. His distinctive, large-format portraits will be on display through March 18. An online gallery of these portraits, along with behind the scenes shots, will be spotlighted at http://www.oscar.com beginning today.

Following the exhibition, the portraits will become part of the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library photograph collection.

Kirkland has been capturing iconic images of motion picture luminaries for more than five decades, revealing as well as immortalizing such legends as Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Orson Welles, Audrey Hepburn and Paul Newman. Also well known as a set photographer, he has worked on more than 100 films, including “The Sound of Music,” “Out of Africa,” “Titanic” and “Moulin Rouge.” He recently traveled to Australia to serve as special set photographer on Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby,” scheduled for release in 2012.

“Out of Character” will be open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free. The Grand Lobby Gallery is located at the Academy’s headquarters at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.

Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

Oldman has played James Gordon in the two previous Christopher Nolan Batman movies (Batman Begins and The Dark Knight) was well as the upcoming Dark Knight Rises, which is indicative of the actor’s ability to go from starring roles like Tinker, Tailor to supporting ones like those in the Batman and Harry Potter series.

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