Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Recording Academy Statement re: Mike Melvoin

Mike Melvoin was a talented pianist, composer and performer who worked with hundreds of artists during his 50-year-plus career. He was a GRAMMY®-nominated musician who collaborated with artists such as the Beach Boys, Quincy Jones, Bette Midler, and Barbra Streisand, among others. His musical talents extended into film and TV, including the scores of several movies and television specials. He was an active member of The Recording Academy® and served as Chairman/President from 1983–1985, and was instrumental in the creation and growth of the MusiCares® Foundation. The Academy is grateful for his contributions, his passion, and his unwavering belief in its missions. We have lost a dear friend, and our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and fans.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy

CHRISTIAN BALE, COLIN FIRTH, MELISSA LEO AND NATALIE PORTMAN TO PRESENT AT 84TH ACADEMY AWARDS®

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The four Oscar®-winning actors from the 83rd Academy Awards – Christian Bale, Colin Firth, Melissa Leo and Natalie Portman – will present at the 84th Academy Awards, telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced today.

Both Bale and Leo received Oscars® for their supporting roles in “The Fighter.” It was Bale’s first nomination and Leo’s second. Two-time nominees Firth and Portman took home Academy Awards for their lead performances in “The King’s Speech” and “Black Swan,” respectively.

TONY BENNETT TO PERFORM AT GOVERNORS BALL

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Tony Bennett will perform at the Governors Ball, the celebration that will follow the 84th Academy Awards® presentation on Oscar Sunday, February 26, Academy President Tom Sherak announced today.

“Tony Bennett is that rare artist who truly reaches across generations,” said Sherak. “Welcoming him to the Ball is an honor and privilege.”

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“OZ” RUBY SLIPPERS FIND THEIR WAY HOME

MAJOR ACQUISITION FOR ACADEMY MUSEUM OF MOTION PICTURES

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Leonardo DiCaprio spearheads effort with help from Steven Spielberg, Terry Semel

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has acquired a pair of the iconic ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio led a group of “angel donors” whose gifts to the Academy Foundation enabled the purchase. In addition to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, a component fund of CCF Environmental and Humanitarian Causes, donations came from producer-director Steven Spielberg and Terry Semel, co-chair of LACMA and the former chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. and Yahoo!, along with other donors.

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MERYL STREEP TO PRESENT AT 84TH ACADEMY AWARDS®

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Two-time Academy Award®-winning actress Meryl Streep will present at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony, telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced today.

Streep, who is nominated for her lead performance in “The Iron Lady,” has been nominated a total of 17 times – the most for any performer in Oscar history. She won a Supporting Actress Oscar in 1979 for her role in “Kramer vs. Kramer” and the Best Actress award in 1982 for her role in “Sophie’s Choice.” Her other film credits include “It’s Complicated,” “Julie & Julia,” “Doubt,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Adaptation,” “The Hours,” “Music of the Heart,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “The River Wild,” “Ironweed” and “Silkwood.” Streep will be seen next in “Great Hope Springs.”

Oscar Week Live Events

Oscar Week Events Streaming Live

SHORTS! – Hosted by director and two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird
Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. PT*
A screening of all ten nominated films in the animated and live action short film categories, and a panel discussion with each group of filmmakers.
(*The streaming of this event will begin at 9:30 p.m. PT due to the length of the clips.)

DOCS! – Hosted by Oscar winner and Documentary Branch governor Michael Moore
Wednesday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. PT
Clips from the nominated short subject and feature-length documentaries, and a panel discussion with each group of filmmakers.

ANIMATED FEATURE SYMPOSIUM – Hosted by actor Patton Oswalt
Thursday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. PT
Clips from the nominated films and an onstage discussion with the filmmakers.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM AWARD NOMINEES SYMPOSIUM – Hosted by Oscar-winning producer and Foreign Language Film Award Committee Chair Mark Johnson
Saturday, February 25 at 10 a.m. PT
A panel discussion with the directors of the movies nominated in the Foreign Language Film category, plus brief clips from the nominated films.

MAKEUP ARTISTS AND HAIRSTYLISTS SYMPOSIUM – Hosted by Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch Governor Leonard Engelman
Saturday, February 25 at 2:30 p.m. PT
A discussion with the nominees, clips from the nominated films, and displays of the nominees’ work.

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Dierks Bentley Comes “Home” At Last

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Imagine that you’re the president of a large record company. One of your most successful Country artists approaches you with the concept of making a bluegrass album. You’re pretty confident the album has little or no chance of radio airplay and that your artist could be talking about a year and a half or two off the charts, but he’s passionate and committed and willing to take the risk. What do you say?

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WILL FERRELL AND ZACH GALIFIANAKIS TO PRESENT AT 84TH ACADEMY AWARDS®

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis will present at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony, telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced today. Ferrell and Galifianakis recently wrapped shooting for “The Campaign.”

Galifianakis, who was recently seen in “The Muppets,” will be making his first Oscar show appearance. His other film credits include “Puss in Boots,” “Due Date,” “Dinner for Schmucks,” “Up in the Air,” “What Happens in Vegas,” “Into the Wild” and the two “Hangover” films.

Ferrell’s film credits include “Everything Must Go,” “Blades of Glory,” “Stranger Than Fiction,” “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” “The Producers,” “Bewitched,” “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” “Elf” and “Old School.”

Motörhead: Don’t Buy Our New Box Set, Band Says

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Call it “Overkill” if you must, but the iron-fisted metal band Motörhead doesn’t want its fans to buy its extravagant new 15-disc box set that comes out Tuesday.

Why?

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NEW YORK WELCOMES “MEET THE OSCARS®”

Oscar® fans in New York City will be the first to see the actual Oscars that will be presented to the Best Actor and Best Actress winners at the 84th Academy Awards® on Oscar Sunday, February 26. The statuettes will be part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Meet the Oscars, Grand Central” exhibition at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal. The exhibition will open on Wednesday, February 22 at 10 a.m., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by 2010 Academy Award®-winning actress Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”). Public viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, February 23, through Sunday, February 26. Admission is free.

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