February 17, 2009

Universal debuts Oscar nod prop exhibit

Costumes and props from the Oscar-nominated films Frost/Nixon, Milk and Hellboy II are now on display at Universal Studios Hollywood, the theme park said.

Items from the movies went on display at The Universal Experience: Behind the Scenes of Universal Pictures attraction Tuesday.

In addition to the wardrobes donned by cast members from Frost/Nixon and Milk, the exhibit also includes original prosthetic masks, props and costumes from Hellboy II.

Universal said this attraction was created to offer a close-up view of many of the memorable items seen in its films, which are part of a library of more than 6,000 titles dating back to the studio's early beginnings in 1913.

Standing tall at the center of the attraction is the best picture statuette from The Sting, awarded to Universal Pictures in 1973.

Other movie memorabilia featured in the exhibit are costumes worn by Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan in the blockbuster, Mamma Mia! and the miniature stop-motion animation set pieces and figures from the upcoming release, Coraline.

The Universal Experience will be updated regularly with material from new movies and artifacts from the studio's vast archives, the theme park said.