Monthly Archives: January 2013

BARBRA STREISAND TO PERFORM ON THE OSCARS® FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 36 YEARS

header_awardsBEVERLY HILLS, CA – Two-time Academy Award® winner Barbra Streisand, who has sung on the Oscars only once before, will perform on the upcoming Oscar® telecast on February 24. Streisand last sang the love theme from “A Star Is Born” on the March 28, 1977 show, winning the Best Original Song Oscar for “Evergreen” that same night.

“In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music,” said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, “how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand? We are honored that she has agreed to do a very special performance on this year’s Oscars, her first time singing on the show in 36 years.”

Streisand won her first Oscar for Best Actress in “Funny Girl” (1968), and was nominated again in 1973 for her lead performance in “The Way We Were.” She was also nominated for producing the Best Picture nominee “The Prince of Tides” (1991), which she also directed, and for co-writing the original song “I Finally Found Someone” from “The Mirror Has Two Faces” (1996).

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The Recording Academy® Announces The Season Debut of GRAMMY Label

Portion Of Proceeds Will Benefit GRAMMY Camp®

The Recording Academy® announces the new season debut of GRAMMY Label, a luxury basics collection that celebrates the power of fashion and music.

Each season GRAMMY Label, by appointment of The Recording Academy, donates a new set of instruments to GRAMMY Camp®, a GRAMMY Foundation® program that brings aspiring young music students together with working professionals for extraordinary musical experiences. GRAMMY Label will be available at specialty boutiques nationwide starting in February 2013.

“Together with The Recording Academy, our vision was to develop a collection that was in line with the creative process of making music,” said GRAMMY Label Creative Director Caroline Rothwell. “This is not a promotional line. This is a style that is truly inspired by musicians.”

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Bucky Covington Blazes a Path toward Fire Safety

Bucky Covington and members of the Nashville Fire Department film the “Be a Hero/ Save a Hero” PSA. Photo credit: Tim Miller Spectacular entrances are traditional at the CMA Awards along the Macy’s Walk of Stars, but it’s safe to say no one will soon top the 2012 arrival of Bucky Covington, who showed up aboard a vintage Nashville Fire Department truck as red flashers whirled.

Aside from fulfilling every kid’s fantasy, Covington chose this vehicle to inspire support for firefighters who lost their lives or suffered debilitating injuries while on the job.

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THE ACADEMY AND MoMA TO CELEBRATE OSCAR’S DOCS

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will present “Oscar’s Docs, 1955–2002: American Stories” from February 2 through February 14 at MoMA in New York City. This annual collaboration highlights Oscar®–winning and nominated short and feature-length documentary films that explore the history, culture and politics of the United States. All prints are from the Academy Film Archive’s collection. The filmmakers will be present at several screenings (visit MoMA.org for details).

The schedule is as follows:

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Norah Jones to Perform Nominated Song from “Ted” Live on Oscar® Telecast

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Grammy® Award-winning singer-songwriter Norah Jones will perform “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from the motion picture “Ted,” telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. “Everybody Needs a Best Friend,” with music by Walter Murphy and lyrics by Seth MacFarlane, is nominated for an Original Song Oscar. This will be Jones’s first time performing on an Oscar show.

“I had such a great time recording this song with Seth, and was thrilled to find out that it was nominated for an Oscar,” said Jones. “Getting to perform it at such a prestigious event, which my friend is hosting, is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

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The Academy Creates Branch Fof Costume Designers

Two New Governor Positions Added to Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the creation of the Costume Designers Branch. Costume designers had previously been a part of the Designers Branch, which also includes production designers, art directors and set decorators. Academy Governor Jeffrey Kurland will transfer to the newly created branch and eventually be joined by two additional governors.

“History was made at the Board of Governors meeting on Wednesday night with the formation of a Costume Designers Branch,” said Kurland. “Costume designers have waited a long time for recognition with branch status. As a governor representing these designers, I’m thrilled and grateful for the Academy’s support.”

At the same meeting, the governors voted to increase the representation of the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch from one to three governors. Two new governors will be chosen by election later this year to join current governor Leonard Engelman. The Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch, the most recent branch to be created, was formed in 2006.

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Oscars® to Feature Tribute to Movie Musicals of the Last Decade

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Oscars will include a special celebration of movie musicals of the last ten years, the telecast’s producers announced today.

“The musical as a motion picture genre has had a remarkable renaissance in the last decade,” said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “We are excited to showcase three musical films—‘Chicago,’ ‘Dreamgirls’ and ‘Les Misérables’— on our Oscar® show.”

Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24 at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

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TOP ATHLETES CREATE “A CHAMPION’S PLAYLIST” TO INSPRIRE FANS

Motivating Music Offers Fans a Chance to Win Tickets to Music’s Biggest Night®

Top athletes have teamed with The Recording Academy® to create motivating music playlists featuring GRAMMY® -winning recordings. Ike Davis (MLB player for the New York Mets), Frankie Edgar (UFC competitor), Tracy Little (Olympic synchronized swimmer), Jason Richardson (NBA player for the Philadelphia 76ers), and Aldon Smith (NFL player for the San Francisco 49ers) have each created “A Champion’s Playlist,” which will be streaming online via digital music service Rdio.

The sports stars will present their individual playlists through their respective Twitter handles and the athlete whose playlist receives the most votes will then choose a winner, at random, who will receive two tickets to the 55th Annual GRAMMY® Awards and a two-night stay courtesy of Hilton Hotels & Resorts. The leader board and complete contest rules can be found at www.grammys.kred.com. The contest runs Jan. 25 – Feb. 1, 2013.

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“BEHIND THE BALLOT” VIDEO SERIES NOW LIVE ON OSCAR.COM AND THE OFFICIAL OSCARS® APP

Academy Members Break Down Oscar® Categories: Production Design, Cinematography, Makeup and Hairstyling, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Costume Design

Entertainment Weekly’s Geoff Boucher, Anthony Breznican and Adam Vary to Host

For Oscar fans that just can’t seem to win their Oscar ballot pool because of that one craft category, Oscar.com today launched “Behind The Ballot,” a six-part video series that explores how Academy members view and ultimately determine who’ll win Oscars for Production Design, Cinematography, Makeup and Hairstyling, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Costume Design.

Hosted by Entertainment Weekly’s Geoff Boucher, Anthony Breznican and Adam Vary, each episode, shot in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library, features a panel of experts discussing what it takes to be a strong contender in each category. A new video will debut each week for the next five weeks on www.oscar.com, as well as on the official Oscars app for iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle Fire devices. Link to embeddable video file: http://oscar.go.com/video/PL55161146/_m_VD55266156

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