Academy Celebration Event of the 35th Anniversary of ‘A Christmas Story’

We are hours away from Christmas Eve and many of you are watching your favorite Christmas movies. There are hundreds of holiday themed movies, but there is only a select few that are universally considered classics, one of them being A Christmas Story. The movie with so many iconic scenes, lines and endless memories.

Recently the Academy held a celebratory screening event in honor of the 35 year anniversary of A Christmas Story. Ralphie himself (Peter Billingsley) was on hand to celebrate. I was fortunate to attend this event and speak to Peter, as well as the man who created the infamous “leg lamp”, Reuben Freed. My interview with them can be found below:

PETER “RALPHIE” BILLINGSLEY (ACTOR):

REUBEN FREED (PRODUCTION DESIGNER):

REAL TALK:

I had a blast at this event. You literally get to walk down memory lane with the people who were an integral part in making of this film. Peter, Reuben and costume designer Mary E. McLeod participated in a Q&A prior to the screening of the film. It was so neat seeing them reminisce and talk about stories, some of which they weren’t aware of themselves, about the making of the film.

Following the Q&A and screening there was a reception with cookies, coffee and cocoa. Memorabilia from the set of the film along with pictures with Santa! Overall, it was all a lot of fun. Very enjoyable event put together by the Academy in recognizing a true Holiday classic.

Written by Jim Alexander

Jim Alexander hails from Chicago where he started his journalism career as a film critic and founder of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle (CIFCC). He's a Rotten Tomatoes approved critic. Jim founded Reel Talker as a platform to share his love of movies and entertainment. Jim's favorite part of being a journalist is getting to meet and interview actors, filmmakers and entertainers. Jim is a host and on-camera personality for AfterBuzz TV. Aside from his work with Reel Talker, he's the site owner of the Bachelor Universe website, where he recaps and talks about all this ABC's 'The Bachelor'. He also runs the Reel Talker Podcast that can be found on iTunes. In his free time he enjoys attending sports events and playing in recreational leagues. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

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