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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 […]

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 & 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 […]

'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 […]

Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Finalists Announced

Post-'Twilight' Ashley Greene 2013 in 'Random.' Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting 2013 finalists announced 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 […]

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 […]

'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 […]

DGA Awards: Ben Affleck + Milos Forman & Michael Apted

Ben Affleck: DGA Awards. Ben Affleck Tops DGA Awards' 2013 winners Ben Affleck, not nominated for a Best Director Academy Award this year (or any other year), has won the Directors Guild of America's 2013 DGA Award in the feature-film category. Vying for the same award were multiple DGA Award […]

Daniel Radcliffe 'Horns' + Seth MacFarlane Oscar Host: Good Idea?

Daniel Radcliffe: Horns. Daniel Radcliffe 'Horns': 'Equus' to Capricorn Daniel Radcliffe has gone from Equus to Capricorn – or from horn-rimmed glasses to horns, period (apologies for the horrible pun) – in Horns, Alexandre Aja's film adaptation of Joe Hill's novel about a young man, Ig Perrish, who wakes up […]

Academy's Film Preservation: Film-to-Film Festival

Film-to-Film Festival Schedule [See previous article “Brazil Movie Director's Cut: Film-to-Film Festival.”] See below the complete “Film-to-Film” Festival schedule via the Academy's press release. (Above image: John and Faith Hubley's Of Men and Demons.) THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27: Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 7:30 p.m. BRAZIL (1985), Original Director's Cut (35mm, color, 142 […]

Steven Spielberg & Kate Capshaw + Sean Young vs. The Academy: The Oscars

Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw attend the Governors Ball following the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, CA Feb. 26, 2012. Along with Kathleen Kennedy, Spielberg produced Best Picture nominee War Horse, which he also directed, and which features Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, and Tom Hiddleston. (Image: […]

Brian Grazer Replacing Brett Ratner as Oscar Producer

Brian Grazer will replace Brett Ratner as co-producer of the 2012 Academy Awards, according to “sources” cited in The Hollywood Reporter. So far, there has been no official word from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Ratner was out after using the word “fag” at a q&a for […]

Vanessa Redgrave Academy Salute: From Oscar Speech Pariah to Honoree

Vanessa Redgrave The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will celebrate the career of Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave, one of the most distinguished performers of the second half of the 20th century, with its “first-ever European tribute to an actor.” The Redgrave salute will take place on Sunday, November […]

Academy Museum: AMPAS Joins Forces with LACMA; Art Deco May Company Building Is Proposed Site

Some in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have been trying to build a film museum for a number of years. Earlier in this century, the proposed location of the increasingly ambitious project was going to be a lot next to the Academy's Pickford Center for Motion Picture […]

Highest Paid Actresses & Zooey Deschanel vs. 'Los Angeles Times' Columnist

Angelina Jolie in Salt: $293 million worldwide. July 5: Forbes magazine has come up with a list of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood. This “top-ten actresses” list includes five Academy Award winners (Angelina Jolie, Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep), one of the stars of Sex and the […]

Academy Award Rule Changes: Animation, Documentary, Visual Effects Categories

Ryan Reynolds in Green Lantern, a possible 2012 Oscar contender in the Best Visual Effects category In addition to the restructuring of the Best Picture nominations, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have approved the following rule changes (from the Academy's press release): […]

Best Picture Oscar Rule Change

Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side, a surprising 2009 Best Picture nominee Rules for the Best Picture Academy Award nominations have just been changed. According to the Academy's press release, the governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted on Tuesday, June 14, “to institute a system […]

Jennifer Garner Announces Student Academy Award Winners

Front row (left to right): Hallvar Witzø, Julian Higgins, Avner Geller, Stevie Lewis, Tal S. Shamir, Wonjung Bae, Soham Mehta; back row (left to right): Theo Rigby, Anthony Weeks, Shawn Wines, Max Zähle, Karzan Kader, Zach Hyer, Bernardo Warman, Shaofu Zhang The winners of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts […]

Electronic Oscar Voting: Problems and Pitfalls

Electronic balloting for the Oscars could theoretically mean a Best Picture Oscar for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, if a Robsten fan-cum-computer hacker decides that it's about time the Academy recognizes their idols. Or, if we get an art-house hacker, why not a Best Picture Oscar for […]

Stanley Kubrick's THE SHINING - “Cuban Film Posters: From Havana to the World”

Stanley Kubrick's The Shining Hand-silkscreened Cuban posters for Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange and The Shining, in addition to 125 other Cuban and international films will be on display in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' new exhibition “Cuban Film Posters: From Havana to the World,” beginning Friday, […]

'A Clockwork Orange' & 'Z': Cuban Film Posters Exhibition

Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange Here's something unusual: hand-silkscreened Cuban posters for Vittorio De Sica's Bicycle Thieves (right), Costa-Gavras' Z, Ernesto Daranas Serrano's Fallen Gods, Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange and The Shining, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío's Oscar-nominated Strawberry and Chocolate, and about 125 other Cuban and […]

Film Independent's Dawn Hudson, Academy's Ric Robertson to Replace AMPAS Director Bruce Davis

Dawn Hudson The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is replacing retiring executive director Bruce Davis with two people: former Film Independent head Dawn Hudson and long-time Academy executive Ric Robertson, who will become the organization's CEO and COO, respectively. Robertson will report to Hudson in the new leadership […]

Sophia Loren Academy Tribute

Sophia Loren ca. 1958 Sophia Loren will be honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wednesday, May 4, at 8 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. “An Academy Tribute to Sophia Loren” will feature film clips and personal remarks from friends and colleagues, […]

Jean-Luc Godard Honorary Oscar: Filmmaker Missing in Action?

Oct. 25 update: Shocking news. Jean-Luc Godard has “regretfully” notified Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak that he will not pick up his Honorary Award in person at the Governors Awards on Nov. 13. The notification followed “a two-month-long cordial exchange of correspondence” between Godard and […]

Jean-Luc Godard, Eli Wallach Honorary Oscar Recipients

Jean-Luc Godard (above), Eli Wallach (right), Kevin Brownlow, and Francis Ford Coppola have been chosen as the recipients of the 2010 special Academy Awards. Godard, Brownlow, and Wallach will receive Honorary Awards; Coppola will be handed the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. No Jean Hersholt Award (for “good deeds”) will […]

AMPAS Members Roster Gets New Blood

Oscar winners Christoph Waltz (above), Mo'Nique, Geoffrey Fletcher, Bob Murawski, Mark Boal, and Davis Guggenheim (right), and Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Neill Blomkamp, Carey Mulligan, Gabourey Sidibe, Saoirse Ronan, Lee Daniels, Nick Hornby, and Jeremy Renner are some of the 135 film industryites invited by the Academy of […]

Burt Lancaster & Ava Gardner: 'The Killers' Academy Screening

Robert Siodmak's The Killers (1946), the film noir that catapulted Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner (above) to stardom, will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' series “Oscar Noir: 1940s Writing Nominees from Hollywood's Dark Side.” The Killers will be shown on […]

3D Movie Technology at the Academy: “Getting Perspective III” Panel Series

Movies in 3D were a sensation back in the early 1950s: Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder (1954); Bwana Devil (1952) with Robert Stack; and House of Wax (1953) with Vincent Price under the direction of Andre De Toth, who had only one eye and thus could not get the […]

Demi Moore Age? Actress to Publish Book of Memoirs + Penelope Spheeris & Guillermo del Toro News

Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze in Jerry Zucker's Ghost Demi Moore Memoirs Coming Out Demi Moore's memoirs will be (tentatively) published by HarperCollins in 2012, according to The Associated Press. Moore, whose age is reported to be 47 – old enough for her to write a book of memoirs, it seems […]

Sydney Pollack & Jane Powell, Norma Talmadge & Alan J. Pakula: Academy Library Acquisitions

James L. Brooks, among whose films are Terms of Endearment (1983), Broadcast News (1987), and As Good as It Gets (1997) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Margaret Herrick Library celebrated the acquisition of 12 unique collections on Wednesday, May 19. Among the collections are the Joseph L. […]

Lawrence Kasdan 'The Maltese Falcon' Academy Screening & 'Illuminating the Future'

Lawrence Kasdan, whose neo-noir Body Heat starring William Hurt and Kathleen Turner has become a 1980s classic, introduced a screening of John Huston directorial debut, The Maltese Falcon, starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, and Sydney Greenstreet, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills on Monday, […]

'Double Indemnity' & 'The Dark Mirror': Oscar Noir

Good news for LA-based film noirs fans: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will kick off a summer screening series, “Oscar Noir: 1940s Writing Nominees from Hollywood's Dark Side,” on Monday, May 10, with a big-screen presentation of John Huston's The Maltese Falcon, starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, […]

'The Hurt Locker' Oscar Controversy: Producer Nicolas Chartier Vote-Soliciting Email

Feb. 27 update Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker The Hurt Locker producer Nicolas Chartier will be facing some sort of punishment from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences following multiple e-mails he sent out asking Academy members to vote for the Kathryn Bigelow-directed Iraq War […]

Sandra Bullock: From Razzie to Oscar?

'Avatar' Best Picture Chances & Sandra Bullock from Razzie to Oscar At this year's Oscars, James Cameron's mega-budget fantasy adventure Avatar tied with Kathryn Bigelow's low-budget Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker. Each film received nine Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. That makes Avatar one of […]

Meryl Streep & George Clooney Win More Awards + Only One Oscar Ballot Selection Counts

George Clooney and Vera Farmiga in Up in the Air (Dale Robinette / Paramount). Usual suspects Up, Up in the Air, Kathryn Bigelow, George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Mo'Nique, and Christoph Waltz are the Kansas City Film Critics Circle's choices for best of 2009. Jason Reitman's comedy-drama Up in the Air […]

Michael Feinstein & Rose Marie + Dame Edna & Doris Roberts: Johnny Mercer Tribute

Michael Feinstein, Rose Marie, Oscar-nominated songwriter Arthur Hamilton at Johnny Mercer Tribute. Michael Feinstein, Rose Marie attend Academy's Johnny Mercer Tribute On Nov. 5, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented a tribute to lyricist/songwriter Johnny Mercer at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The evening […]

Best Film Editing: The Art of Anne V. Coates & Walter Murch

“Perspectives on Editing”: Animation Sept. 23:The art and craft of editing animated films will be explored in the second installment of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' four-part seminar series “Perspectives on Editing” on Tuesday, September 29, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Academy's Linwood Dunn Theater […]

Caleb Deschanel, Allen Daviau: Academy's 'Behind the Motion Picture Canvas' Presentation

Pictured above are (left to right): host and council member Rob Hummel, Oscar-nominated cinematographer Stephen Burum (The Untouchables, Mission Impossible), Oscar-nominated cinematographer Allen Daviau (

Joey Luft (Judy Garland Son) + Marsha Hunt Remembers Anthony Dexter & Rick Carter Honor

Lollipop Guild member Jerry Maren, Judy Garland's son Joey Luft Judy Garland's son Joey Luft, Garland's grandchildren Jesse and Vanessa Richards, Lollipop Guild member Jerry Maren, and Emerald City manicurist Dorothy Barrett were present at the “Hollywood's Greatest Year” screening of The Wizard of Oz presented by the Academy of […]

Adam Beckett Salute & Edward Zwick in Academy Board of Governors

Animator and visual effects artist Adam Beckett will be celebrated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with the special program “Infinite Animation: The Work of Adam Beckett” on Monday, August 17, at 8 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. The evening will include a screening […]

'Gunga Din' Movie 1939: Cary Grant & Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Adventure Classic

Gunga Din movie 1939: Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. George Stevens' rousingly politically incorrect – and for the most part much admired – action-adventure tale Gunga Din will have a special screening on Friday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and […]

Irish Film Festival & Artivist + Oscar-Winning Make-Up Artists & Hairstylists Seminar

Irish & Artivist Film Festivals: Los Angeles Screenings The Irish Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFF), the first “stand-alone” Irish film fest to be presented in the city, begins today and runs until Sunday, October 5, at the Clarity Theater in Beverly Hills. The festival will open with the West […]

'Dreamgirls' & 'There Will Be Blood': 'Second-Best' Oscar Nominees Revived

Bill Condon's Dreamgirls, a shoo-in for one of the five Best Picture slots in 2006 (a shoo-in that failed to make the cut), will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated” series on Monday, Aug. 18, at 7:30 […]

Annette Bening Elected to Academy's Board of Governors + Moscow Film Festival Winners

Being Julia and American Beauty actress Annette Bening, representing the Actors Branch, was the sole first-time governor elected this year for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Board of Governors. Eight incumbents were reelected, along with six others who will return to the Board after a time away. […]

Academy Invites 105 New Members

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is inviting 105 artists and executives to join its ranks of voting members in 2008. Among the invitees are several of this year's Oscar nominees and winners, including best actress winner Marion Cotillard, best supporting actress nominee Ruby Dee (right, who should […]

Student Academy Awards: Caleb Deschanel, Jason Reitman Among Presenters

'Simulacra.' 'Simulacra,' 'On the Line' among Student Academy Award winners The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 35th Annual Student Academy Awards ceremony was held earlier this evening, June 7, '08, at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. (See further below images from the Student Academy Awards […]

'2001: A Space Odyssey' in the (Actual) 21st Century: A Cinematic Odyssey

"2001 in 2008: A Cinematic Odyssey” is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' next event dedicated to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Special effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull (right) and actor Tom Hanks will discuss the making of 2001 at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, at the […]

Swedish Cinema Icon Bibi Andersson Returns + Actress-Director Helen Hunt Audience Award Winner

Swedish cinema icon Bibi Andersson in Arn: The Knight Templar. Seen in 11 Ingmar Bergman features (in addition to three made-for-TV productions), Swedish cinema icon Bibi Andersson was the 2008 Guldbagge Awards' Best Supporting Actress for her performance as a less than saintly abbess in Peter Flinth's costly (by Swedish cinema standards) […]

Rape of Nanking + Abused Haitian Workers: Oscar Documentary Semifinalists

For the Bible Tells Me. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the list of 15 films in the Documentary Feature category that will move forward to the next voting phase for the 80th Academy Awards. Seventy feature documentaries had originally qualified in that category. Those were […]

'Saturday Night Fever' Actress Karen Lynn Gorney Today + Mark Isham & Lalo Schifrin Discuss 'The Music Soundtrack'

'Saturday Night Fever' actresses Karen Lynn Gorney and Donna Pescow. Saturday Night Fever actresses Karen Lynn Gorney and Donna Pescow at Academy screening Actresses Karen Lynn Gorney and Donna Pescow, costume designer Patrizia Von Brandenstein, and casting director Shirley Rich were present for an onstage discussion following the Academy of […]

Academy Invites New Members

The biggest surprise in the list of 2007 membership invitations sent out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the presence of Christopher Plummer (above). I'd have thought that Plummer had been an Academy member since – at least – 1966. Perhaps the veteran Canadian actor – […]

AMPAS/UCLA Contemporary Documentary Series

Fifteen short and feature-length documentaries, including the Academy Award-winning La Marche de l'empereur / March of the Penguins and five Oscar nominees, will be screened in part two of the 2006–2007 Contemporary Documentaries series, presented by the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the […]

John Howard Lawson & Lupita Tovar + Jules Dassin Honorary Oscar? + 'Bonnie and Clyde' Editor Dede Allen Tribute

John Howard Lawson Remembered “First Writers Guild president. Playwright. Screenwriter. Oscar nominee. Organizer. Teacher. 'Premature antiracist.' Blacklistee. 'Dean of the Hollywood Ten.' Jailbird. 'Tinseltown's cultural commissar.' Film theorist. 'Grand Pooh-Bah of the Communist movement.' Author. 'Gauleiter of the Hollywood Communist Party.' “Who was this 'man of outstanding courage and integrity,' […]

Otto Preminger Centennial: Academy Tribute for Two-Time Best Director Oscar Nominee

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “A Centennial Tribute to Otto Preminger” will be hosted by filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich at 8 p.m. on Nov. 2 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills. The tribute will include a selection of film clips and comments from Preminger's colleagues and […]

Harold Lloyd Rare Pictures: Academy Exhibition Showcases Silent Era Comedy Star

Harold Lloyd: Bespectacled, go-getting 'Average Joe' of silent comedies. Academy showcases rare Harold Lloyd photographs More than 100 rarely seen photographs of Harold Lloyd – along with Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton, one of the top silent film comedy stars – will be showcased in the Academy of Motion Picture […]

The Academy's Monsters

Dock-Ock from Spider Man 2 © A.M.P.A.S. Press Release: Beverly Hills, CA –  The creatures, monsters, aliens and furry animals residing in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Fourth Floor Gallery have extended their stay in Beverly Hills through Sunday, September 10. “It's Alive! Bringing Animatronic Characters […]

Leo McCarey 'Going My Way' Oscar for Sale

Via the Associated Press / Leo McCarey's Best Director Academy Award for the 1944 Best Film winner Going My Way is going to be auctioned by an anonymous collector. The opening bid is US$25,000. (The McCarey Oscar statuette was later revealed as counterfeit.) McCarey, who died in 1969 at […]

Academy Invites 120 New Members + Jerusalem Film Festival Winners

Academy Invites 120 to Membership Among the Academy's interesting choices for new members are former child star Hayley Mills, who won a special Oscar in 1961 for playing Pollyanna the year before; child star Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds), who won't have to wait decades to become an Academy […]

Movie Magic + 3-D Film Series

Press Release: Movie Magic screening series As promised, the Science and Technology Council is bringing to the big screen four very special films, in their entirety, each recognizable for special technological innovations made in motion pictures and highlighted at the Councils "Movie Magic: 180 Years of Cinema Technology" program in 2004 and […]

'The Moon Is Blue,' 'Advise and Consent' To Be Restored

Press Release: Academy Film Archive Receives $100,000 for Film Preservation March '06 - Beverly Hills, CA –  The Andrew J. Kuehn Foundation has presented the Academy Film Archive with $100,000 for film preservation, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' President Sid Ganis has announced. The grant will be […]

Chávez Ravine & Autism Shorts + Civil Rights Movement's Only White Woman Martyr: L.A. Screenings

Chávez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story. As found in the description of photographer Don Normark's book Chávez Ravine, 1949: A Los Angeles Story, in 1949 he “walked up into the hills of Los Angeles, looking for a good view. Instead, he found Chávez Ravine, a ramshackle Mexican-American neighborhood tucked away in […]

'Night Moves' 1975 Movie: Arthur Penn Academy Tribute

'Night Moves' 1975 movie with Gene Hackman. Gene Hackman in 'Night Moves' 1975: Arthur Penn Academy tribute The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will host a special screening of Arthur Penn's 1975 crime drama Night Moves, starring Gene Hackman. The screening, to be held on Thursday, Nov. 17, […]