Monthly Archives: May 2012

THE ACADEMY SELECTS ACCLAIMED ARCHITECTS RENZO PIANO AND ZOLTAN PALI FOR MUSEUM

Award-winning architects Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali will design the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science announced today.

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“Renzo’s track record of creating iconic cultural landmarks combined with Zoltan’s success in transforming historically-significant buildings is a perfect marriage for a museum that celebrates the history and the future of the movies,” said Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO.

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NEW ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Jana Kramer

Jana Kramer insists she has a Michigan accent, especially when she says “Oh, geez!” True, she does hail from Rochester Hills, north of the Motor City. But when she sings Country, she sounds like someone who’s right at home drawling “y’all.”

Just listen to “Why Ya Wanna,” from her self-titled debut album, scheduled to release June 5 on Elektra Nashville. Written by Catt Gravitt, Christopher Destefano and Ashley Gorley, it’s a tricky number in some ways, with a catchy swaying beat that contrasts with heartbreak lyrics. Yet Kramer finds the pocket between these two qualities, never losing hold of or overselling the melody. There’s a conversational element to her vocal, with dropped “g”s and artfully shaded vowels; listening, it feels like she’s both commanding the stage and sharing her thoughts with a best friend.

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The Recording Academy® Statement Re: Doc Watson

Seven-time GRAMMY® winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Doc Watson was a singer, songwriter and guitar player known for his masterful skills as a musician and his beautiful, emotion-filled voice. He toured the country with various acts and family members for nearly six decades bringing Americana music to fans everywhere, and he is highly regarded as a major influence on today’s country and folk artists. Watson’s immense talent and spirit will be deeply missed, and our sincerest sympathies go out to his family, friends and all who were inspired by his music.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy

ACADEMY DOC SERIES FINALE PEERS INTO PRIVATE LIVES OF JOAN RIVERS, ELIOT SPITZER

“Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer” and “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work” will screen as the final installment of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 30th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, May 30, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission is free.

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Directed by Alex Gibney, “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer” recounts the story of former New York governor Eliot Spitzer, who built his career as a crusading attorney general, leading investigations into the wrongdoings of the state’s powerful financial institutions. Spitzer’s subsequent downfall came when his name appeared on the client list of an infamous call girl ring during an investigation that may have been engineered by his political enemies. Producers Jedd and Todd Wider will be present to take questions from the audience following the screening.

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Joey + Rory Choose Honesty as a Success Strategy

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Rory Feek, Marcy Gary and Joey Martin gather at Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse.

Photo Credit: Randy Rudder

One morning at Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse, the meat-and-three restaurant owned by Rory Feek’s wife Joey Martin and Rory’s sister Marcy Gary in unincorporated Pottsville, Tenn., Joey was running late because she was trying to rescue a neighbor’s calf who had wandered onto their farm.

“I saw Joey go out this morning, and I came outside about 15 minutes later and I couldn’t see her anywhere. Then way over the ridge, I see her head pop up every few seconds and she was stripping,” Rory said, with a laugh. “When I went out to see what was going on, she was there with her jacket wrapped around a 6-hour-old baby calf that was freezing, trying to warm it up. So I tweeted about it this morning. I wrote, ‘My wife: the artist and cow whisperer. Another reason I love her.’”

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The Recording Academy® Statement Re: Eddie Blazonczyk Sr.

GRAMMY® winner and record label founder Eddie Blazonczyk Sr. was one of the true leaders and beloved voices of polka. His constant touring with the Versatones, the creation of his Bel-Aire Records label and his inclusion of rock, Tex-Mex and other sounds helped to evolve the polka genre and broaden its reach with audiences around the world. His unique style served as an influence to many, and our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends, fans and all who enjoyed his work.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy

The Recording Academy® Statement on Robin Gibb

Six-time GRAMMY® winner and GRAMMY Legend Award recipient Robin Gibb was a singer/songwriter best known as one-third of celebrated pop sibling group the Bee Gees. His distinctive vibrato voice was part of the trio’s signature harmony, and he and his brothers enjoyed many number one hits, including songs from the phenomenally successful album Saturday Night Fever — the GRAMMY-winning Album Of The Year that became the biggest-selling soundtrack of the day and one of the best selling soundtracks of all time. Robin has had an indelible impact on music, and our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends, and fans around the world who will continue to sing and dance to his music that will be ‘Stayin’ Alive’ for many generations to come.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy

RIP Bee Gee Robin Gibb

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Bee Gee Robin Gibb (62), who was taken to a London hospital (4.16.12) and reportedly in a coma and near death, passed away today after a long battle with cancer. This is sad news, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and fans around the world.

The Recording Academy® Statement Re: Donna Summer

Five-time GRAMMY® winner Donna Summer had a dynamic voice and unique musical style that helped define the dance music genre in the ‘70s. She also was an artist who crossed many musical genres, as evidenced by her GRAMMY wins in the R&B, rock, inspirational and dance categories. Her talent was a true gift to the music industry, and our thoughts and sympathies are with her family, friends and fans throughout the world during this difficult time.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy

ACADEMY ANNOUNCES U.S. WINNERS FOR 2012 STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS®

Ten students from nine U.S. colleges and universities have been selected as winners in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 39th Annual Student Academy Awards competition. Winners will be brought to Los Angeles to join the international student winners in the Foreign Film category for a week of industry activities. The festivities will culminate in the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 9, at 6 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, where the placements in each category will be announced.

The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title in each category):

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