The Ayn Rand Institute (ARI) announced today the formation of the Committee for Naming Facts to support the awarding of an honorary Oscar to Elia Kazan at this yearís Academy Award ceremony. The Committee plans to hold a demonstration of support of the Academy and Elia Kazan outside the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion during the March 21 ceremony.

“Elia Kazan helped make Hollywood and America aware of the truth about the Communist threat in Hollywood,” said Scott McConnell, ARI director of communications and a member of the Committee. “The fact that Kazan testified about the danger of Communism should be applauded and honored. He is a man of integrity.”

Kazan testified as a friendly witness for the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1952.

For the last 50 years, McConnell said, leftists have refused to face the Facts about Hollywood’s Communist past:

The Hollywood Communists were members of the Communist Party. The Communist Party’s mission was financed and directed by the Soviet Union for the violent overthrow of the U.S. government, which, if successful, would have ended all freedom in America.

The Hollywood Communists were not only enemies of free speech but also worked to bring about a political system that would have destroyed free speech along with all other freedoms.

The Hollywood Communists inserted Communist propaganda into Hollywood films.

The Hollywood Communists refused to condemn not only major Soviet atrocities such as the invasion of Poland and Finland but also supported Nazi Germany from 1939 to 1941.