Category Archives: Academy Awards

ACADEMY TO FETE PEDRO ALMODÓVAR IN LONDON

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will celebrate the groundbreaking career of Oscar®-winning filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar with an intimate retrospective on Thursday, December 13, at the Curzon Soho Cinema in London. Hosted by Sir Christopher Frayling, the evening features a conversation with Almodóvar and discussions with friends, colleagues and family members including Agustín Almodóvar, Stephen Frears, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Alberto Iglesias, Peter Morgan, and Sally Potter.

Excerpts from many of Almodóvar’s films will illustrate the breadth of his artistic explorations, his passionate engagement with the human heart, and a worldview often articulated by powerful female leads.

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15 DOCUMENTARY FEATURES ADVANCE IN 2012 OSCAR® RACE

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 85th Academy Awards®. One hundred twenty-six pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

“Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” Never Sorry LLC
“Bully,” The Bully Project LLC
“Chasing Ice,” Exposure
“Detropia,” Loki Films
“Ethel,” Moxie Firecracker Films
“5 Broken Cameras,” Guy DVD Films
“The Gatekeepers,” Les Films du Poisson, Dror Moreh Productions, Cinephil
“The House I Live In,” Charlotte Street Films, LLC
“How to Survive a Plague,” How to Survive a Plague LLC
“The Imposter,” Imposter Pictures Ltd.
“The Invisible War,” Chain Camera Pictures
“Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God,” Jigsaw Productions in association with
Wider Film Projects and Below the Radar Films
“Searching for Sugar Man,” Red Box Films
“This Is Not a Film,” Wide Management
“The Waiting Room,” Open’hood, Inc.

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The Academy Extends Deadline for Requesting Paper Ballots for Oscar Voting

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended the deadline for members to request a paper ballot to vote for the 85th Academy Awards® by two weeks, to Friday, December 14. (The original date was November 30.) This is being done to ensure that all Academy members fully understand all the voting options that are available to them this year.

“In past years, once our members paid their dues, they would automatically be sent a ballot at the appropriate time,” said Ric Robertson, Academy COO. “With the introduction of electronic voting this year, members must either register to vote electronically or request a paper ballot. We’re extending the deadline for requesting paper ballots to make completely sure that no member who prefers this method misses the boat.”

The majority of Academy members have already registered to vote online. Those who have not may still register to vote through Wednesday, January 2, 2013. The voting period for nominations begins on Monday, December 17 and closes on Thursday, January 3.

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ACADEMY’S TECH COUNCIL ADDS EIGHT NEW MEMBERS

Doug Cooper, Paul Debevec, Ray Feeney, Josh Pines, David Stump, Steve Sullivan, Bill Taylor and Beverly Wood have accepted invitations to join the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, bringing the Council’s 2012–2013 membership roster to 25.

Doug Cooper is a visual effects supervisor at DreamWorks Animation whose credits include “Shrek Forever After,” “Bee Movie” and “Shark Tale.” He has been a member of the Academy’s Short Films and Feature Animation Branch since 2008.

Paul Debevec is currently the associate director for graphics research at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies, a research professor at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Computer Science, and the chief scientific consultant at Light Stage, LLC. In 2009 he received a Scientific and Engineering Award for the Light Stage capture devices and the image-based rendering system for character relighting. Debevec, whose work has been seen in such films as “Avatar” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” has been a member of the Visual Effects Branch since 2010.

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Rob Ashford to Choreograph 85th Academy Awards®

Emmy® and Tony® Award-winning choreographer Rob Ashford has been tapped to provide musical staging and choreography for the 85th Academy Awards telecast, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.

“Rob successfully directed and choreographed both of our recent Broadway revivals Promises, Promises and How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. Not only is he uniquely gifted, but we’ve developed a working shorthand,” said Zadan and Meron. “We are excited to collaborate with him on the Oscars®, where we will be utilizing all his talents.”

Ashford’s work has been seen on “The Kennedy Center Honors” and “The Tony® Awards,” and in 2009, he won an Emmy for his work on the 81st Academy Awards show. He has been nominated for eight Tony Awards and won for Best Choreography in 2002 for Thoroughly Modern Millie. Ashford’s other Broadway choreography credits include The Wedding Singer, Curtains, Cry-Baby and Evita. Currently, Ashford is directing a revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof starring Scarlett Johansson.  Read the rest of this entry

21 ANIMATED FEATURES SUBMITTED FOR 2012 OSCAR® RACE

Twenty-one features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 85th Academy Awards®.

The 21 submitted features, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

“Adventures in Zambezia”
“Brave”
“Delhi Safari”
“Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”
“Frankenweenie”
“From Up on Poppy Hill”
“Hey Krishna”
“Hotel Transylvania”
“Ice Age Continental Drift”
“A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman”
“Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”
“The Mystical Laws”
“The Painting”
“ParaNorman”
“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
“The Rabbi’s Cat”
“Rise of the Guardians”
“Secret of the Wings”
“Walter & Tandoori’s Christmas”
“Wreck-It Ralph”
“Zarafa”

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The Academy Screens Coppola’s “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” And Hitchcock’s “The Ring”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents following events in the month of November:

“Bram Stoker’s Dracula” (1992)
Thursday, November 15, at 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

The Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a 20th anniversary screening of director Francis Ford Coppola’s “Bram Stoker’s Dracula.” Hosted by Variety tech columnist David S. Cohen, the evening features the premiere of a newly struck print courtesy of Sony Pictures and the Academy Film Archive and an onstage discussion with members of the film’s crew, including Academy Award®-winning makeup artists Greg Cannom, Michèle Burke and Matthew W. Mungle, and Academy Award-winning sound effects editors Tom C. McCarthy and David E. Stone.

Largely set in London during the waning years of the Victorian Era, “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” follows the conflicted vampire, played by Gary Oldman, as he searches for the reincarnation of his long-lost love and leaves behind a trail of victims. The creative team’s visual and sound integration efforts were rewarded Oscars® for Costume Design, Makeup and Sound Effects Editing, as well as a nomination for Art Direction.

http://www.oscars.org/events/dracula

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“Hunger Games” Screenwriter Billy Ray to Give Keynote Address at Academy Nicholl Fellowship Ceremony

Screenwriter Billy Ray will deliver the keynote address at the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting ceremony on Thursday, November 8, at the Beverly Wilshire.

Ray, who co-wrote this summer’s “The Hunger Games,” also wrote and directed “Breach” (2007) and “Shattered Glass” (2003). He is the writer of “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks, which is scheduled for release in 2013.

The Academy annually awards up to five Nicholl fellowships of $35,000 each. This year’s recipients are:

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ACADEMY TO SALUTE STANLEY KUBRICK

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will celebrate the life and career of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick on Wednesday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Hosted by Malcolm McDowell, the evening features film clips and personal remembrances by his friends and collaborators, including Paul Mazursky, Ryan O’Neal and Matthew Modine. The salute is presented in association with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), leading off its retrospective screening series “2012: A Kubrick Odyssey,” and in conjunction with its exhibition “Stanley Kubrick.”

Kubrick, a 13-time Academy Award®–nominated director, writer and producer – who also won an Oscar® for Special Visual Effects for “2001: A Space Odyssey” – was one of the world’s most visually innovative, thematically operatic and intellectually challenging filmmakers. His movies, such as “Lolita,” “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,” “A Clockwork Orange,” “Barry Lyndon,” “The Shining,” “Full Metal Jacket” and “Eyes Wide Shut,” have consistently defied audiences’ expectations and expanded the boundaries of visual storytelling with wit, style, humor and intelligence.

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WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR ACADEMY NICHOLL FELLOWSHIPS

Five writers have been selected as winners of the 2012 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Each writer will receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills on November 8.

This year’s winners are (listed alphabetically by author):

Nikole Beckwith, Brooklyn, NY, “Stockholm, Pennsylvania”

Sean Robert Daniels, Laezonia, Gauteng, South Africa, “Killers”

James DiLapo, New York, NY, “Devils at Play”

Allan Durand, Lafayette, LA, “Willie Francis Must Die Again”

Michael Werwie, Los Angeles, CA, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile”

The winners were selected from a record 7,197 scripts submitted for this year’s competition. This is the first time entries from Louisiana and South Africa have been selected as winners.  Read the rest of this entry