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HOLLYWOOD — No one breathed the word “Oscar,” but it was in the air July 10 as DreamWorks and Fox packed in the VIPs for a “Road to Perdition” screening at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Tom Hanks and Tyler Hoechlin jetted back from the previous night’s New York preem, as did “Perdition” producers Richard and Dean Zanuck. Also on hand for a pre-screening party were cinematographer Conrad Hall, composer Thomas Newman and DreamWorks’ David Geffen, Michael Grillo and Terry Press.

Fox, which will distribute “Perdition” overseas, showed up with a sizable contingent, including chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman, plus international distrib chief Scott Neeson.

Gianopulos revealed “Perdition” will bow in a competish slot at the Venice Film Festival in August. He dubbed it “the next evolution of (Sam Mendes’) unique visual style and talent.” Rothman chimed in, “I adore the film.”

Among the guests were Naomi Watts, Mena Suvari, Thora Birch, Natasha Gregson Wagner, D.V. DeVincentis, Frank Darabont and Mark Abraham.

The low-key event did not feature any pre-pic speeches. As attendees settled into their seats, the lights went down, the curtain parted and the film hit the screen between the Samuel Goldwyn Theater’s twin gold Oscar statues.

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