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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.): Articles


Eddie Redmayne, Bong Joon-ho: Academy Invites Eclectic International Talent

Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything: Academy Actors Branch invitee. Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals “who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.” According to the Academy's press release, “those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015.” In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 “our […]


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Eddie Redmayne, Bong Joon-ho: Academy Invites Eclectic International Talent



Honorary Award: Marlene Dietrich & Rita Hayworth Among Women 'Snubbed' by Academy

Honorary Award non-winner Marlene Dietrich. Honorary Award: Academy 'snubbed' Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich and dozens of other women (See previous post: “Honorary Oscars: Doris Day, Danielle Darrieux 'Snubbed.'”) A sizable chunk of part three of this three-part article about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Award bypassing women consists of a long, long – and for the most part quite prestigious – list of deceased women who, some way or other, have left their mark on the film world. Some of the names found below are still well known; others were huge in their day, but are now all but forgotten. Yet just because most people (and the media) suffer from long-term – and even […]


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Honorary Award: Marlene Dietrich & Rita Hayworth Among Women 'Snubbed' by Academy



'Finding Hillywood': Rwanda Film Industry Documentary Screening

'Finding Hillywood': Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to present documentary about Rwanda's budding film industry The 2013 documentary Finding Hillywood, which offers a glimpse into the budding film industry in Rwanda, will be presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Bpeace, the Business Council for Peace, at a special screening on Monday, October 21, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater in New York City. The Finding Hillywood screening will be followed by an onstage discussion with Leah Warshawski, who directed and produced the documentary with Christopher Towey, and production designer Wynn Thomas (Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind, Spike Lee's Inside Man), who was a member of the Academy's International Outreach delegation to Rwanda […]


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'Finding Hillywood': Rwanda Film Industry Documentary Screening



Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Finalists Announced

Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting 2013 finalists announced (image: post-'Twilight' Ashley Greene 2013 in 'Random') The finalists for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting 2013 competition, selected from a record 7,251 scripts, have been announced. Next, their scripts will be read and judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, which, according to the Academy's press release, may award as many as five $35,000 fellowships. This year's finalists, the majority of which hail from California, are the following (listed alphabetically by author): Scott Adams, Menlo Park, CA, “Slingshot" William Casey, Los Angeles, CA, “Smut" Frank DeJohn and David Alton Hedges, Santa Ynez, CA, “Legion" Brian Forrester, Studio City, CA, “Heart of the Monstyr" Noah Thomas […]


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Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Finalists Announced



Alex Gibney, Women Majority: Academy's New Board of Governors Members

Alex Gibney, more women: Academy's new Board of Governors members (image: Alex Gibney) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the names of the 2013-2014 Board of Governors contingent. As per the Academy's press release, ten first-time governors have been elected this time around. Besides, eight current Board of Governors members have been reelected and one previous member is coming back. This year's election increased the Academy's Board of Governors from 43 to 48 members. The Academy's release adds that AMPAS's “16 branches, including the recently created Costume Designers Branch, are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. For the first time, the Make-Up Artists and Hairstylists Branch is represented […]


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Alex Gibney, Women Majority: Academy's New Board of Governors Members



JURASSIC PARK 3D Preview: Academy Highlights Visual Effects Breakthroughs

Jurassic Park 3D preview, Life of Pi: Academy focuses on 'breakthroughs in visual effects' Jurassic Park 3D, the 3D-converted version of Steven Spielberg's 1993 (sort of) classic horror / sci-fier Jurassic Park, will have a “special advance screening” sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on April 2 at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. (Image: Tyrannosaurus Rex in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park 3D.) The Jurassic Park 3D preview is part of a series of events “focused on the breakthroughs in visual effects” in Hollywood movies. The series will come to a close with a screening of another 3D entry, Ang Lee's global blockbuster Life of Pi, on May 6, also at the Samuel Goldwyn […]


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JURASSIC PARK 3D Preview: Academy Highlights Visual Effects Breakthroughs



Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Competition 2013

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2013 Nicholl Fellowship competition (above, Gerard Butler in Olympus Has Fallen) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that it is currently accepting entries for the 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. According to the Academy's press release, up to five $35,000 fellowships will be awarded in November. (Image: Gerard Butler Olympus Has Fallen.) The AMPAS release adds that “the Nicholl Fellowships competition is open to any individual who has not earned a total of more than $25,000 from the sale or option of screenplays or teleplays, or received fellowships or prizes of more than $25,000 that include a 'first look' clause, an option or any other quid pro […]


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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Competition 2013



Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting 2012: First South African Finalists

Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting 2012 finalists announced The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the ten finalists for the 2012 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Those ten scripts – from a record 7,197 submissions – will be judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, which may award up to five $35,000 fellowships. (Image: Jennifer Garner in Butter, written by Nicholl fellow Jason Micallef.) Curiously, four of the ten selected scripts were written by California residents. Only one is from outside the United States: “Killers,” from South Africa – a first for that country. The ten Academy Nicholl Fellowships finalists are (listed alphabetically by author): Nikole Beckwith, New York City, NY, “Stockholm, Pennsylvania" Ryan Belenzon & […]


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Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting 2012: First South African Finalists





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