Academy to celebrate 30th anniversary of Spielberg`s `ET`

Los Angeles: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Steven Spielberg`s science-fiction masterpiece "ET: The Extra-Terrestrial" with a special screening.

The Science and Technology Council of the Academy has teamed up with the Palo Alto International Film Festival (PAIFF) to present a screening of the 1992 release on September 28 at the Outdoor Festival Village Stage in Palo Alto, a release said.

Termed as Spielberg`s "most personal film" and considered by many to be a benchmark in the science fiction genre, "E.T." continues to delight audiences with its emotional story of the intense relationship between the young Elliott (Henry Thomas) and the lovable alien who is trying to return to his home planet.

The film also stars Dee Wallace, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore, and Peter Coyote in prominent roles.

The blockbuster was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won four.

It may be one of Spielberg`s most celebrated works but the director faced allegations that the film was inspired from a 1967 script `The Alien` by Indian director Satyajit Ray, which he could not make.


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