Category Archives: Academy Awards

ACADEMY TO CELEBRATE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHAPLIN’S “LIMELIGHT”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a 60th anniversary screening of “Limelight,” Charlie Chaplin’s final masterpiece, on Wednesday, October 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Presented as an installment of the Jack Oakie Celebration of Comedy in Film, the evening will welcome co-stars Claire Bloom and Norman Lloyd, who will discuss their work with Chaplin and the influence he had on their distinguished careers.

“Limelight” offers a poignant portrait of the music halls where Chaplin, one of the screen’s first comedic geniuses, developed his craft. Produced just before Chaplin’s re-entry permit to the United States was revoked during his travels abroad, the film is a bittersweet time capsule, reflecting the mindset of an artist whose world was changing around him.

Featuring Bloom in what was only her second film, “Limelight” is a tender and often humorous love story that revels in the details of life on the stage. A brief, but tantalizing, scene between Chaplin and his closest comedic rival, Buster Keaton, is yet another facet of the film’s charm.  Read the rest of this entry

GUILLERMO DEL TORO TO HOST “UNIVERSAL’S LEGACY OF HORROR” OPENING AT THE ACADEMY

The Academy is hosting an October-long celebration of classic horror films in honor of “Universal’s Legacy of Horror”- part of the studio’s year-long 100th anniversary celebration.

“The Bride of Frankenstein ” (1935) and “Dracula ” (1931)
Tuesday, October 2, at 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

Hosted by writer-director Guillermo del Toro

Del Toro, a true aficionado of the horror-genre will host the kick-off screening celebrating the studio that defined “horror films. ” The Academy will screen newly restored prints from Universal.

“The Man Who Laughs ” (1928)
Monday, October 8, at 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

Special guests scheduled include producer Chris Weitz, grandson of producer, Paul Kohner. This rarely screened silent horror feature stars Conrad Veidt and Mary Philbin.  Read the rest of this entry

ROBIN SWICORD ELECTED TO THE ACADEMY’S BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Oscar®-nominated screenwriter Robin Swicord has been elected to the Board of Governors, representing the Writers Branch, of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy President Hawk Koch announced today.

Swicord, who will fill the seat left open by the passing of governor Frank Pierson, joins current Writers Branch governors Bill Condon and Phil Robinson. Per Academy bylaws, Swicord will remain on the Board until the next regularly scheduled election in June 2013.

Swicord earned an Adapted Screenplay nomination for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (shared with Eric Roth). Her credits also include “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Matilda,” “Little Women” and “The Jane Austen Book Club,” which she also directed.

ACADEMY TO LAUNCH FIRST “FILM-to-FILM” FESTIVAL

In celebration of its recent film preservation efforts, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will launch the first-ever “Film-to-Film” Festival, which will run September 27 through September 29, in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills and the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.

A year ago the Academy Film Archive launched an ambitious effort called “Project Film-to-Film,” aimed at preserving as many films on film as possible over a two-year period. The initiative’s main goal is to take advantage of the current, but threatened, availability of film stock to create new prints of a diverse range of motion pictures, encompassing the whole history of the art form.

More than 390 new prints have already been created from the best available film elements, covering significant narrative features and documentaries, as well as experimental, animated and short film titles. The wide variety of titles range from “Navajo,” the only film to receive Oscar® nominations for both Documentary Feature and Cinematography, to “Naked Yoga,” a short once presumed lost, and “Carnival of Souls,” a cult favorite that has been rescued from late-night television and restored to the big screen.

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A Salute to Ann Roth

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Hamptons International Film Festival will honor Academy Award®-winning Costume Designer Ann Roth as part of the festival’s 20th anniversary

Ann Roth To Receive The Hamptons International Film Festival’s Golden Starfish Award for Lifetime Achievement in Costume Design

Special Guests include Ann Roth, Nathan Lane, and Mike Nichols, the event will be hosted by CNN’s Alina Cho

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will co-present a special evening honoring the career of costume designer Ann Roth during The 20th Hamptons International Film Festival. Special guests include Ann Roth, Nathan Lane and Mike Nichols with CNN correspondent Alina Cho serving as host and moderator. The celebration will take place at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Saturday, October 6th where Ms. Roth will receive The Hamptons International Film Festival’s Golden Starfish Award for Lifetime Achievement in Costume Design.

With six decades in the film industry and over 100 film credits to her name, legendary costume designer Ann Roth has earned numerous accolades for her diverse career, including an Oscar® for “The English Patient” (1996). Well-known for the depth of her creative vision and her rigorous attention to detail, Roth has designed costumes for a wide variety of genres and historical periods, with films as varied as “The Day of the Locust” (1975), “Hair” (1979), “The World According to Garp” (1982), “The Birdcage” (1996), “The Hours” (2002) and “Julie & Julia” (2009).  Read the rest of this entry

Don Mischer to Direct 85th Academy Awards® Telecast

Don Mischer will direct the 85th Academy Awards telecast, telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. This marks the continuation of Don Mischer Productions’ multi-faceted relationship with the Academy, which includes producing the Oscars® red carpet pre-show and producing the annual Governors Awards.

“For a very long time, we had always hoped to work with Don Mischer,” said Zadan and Meron. ‘His talent and reputation are unsurpassed and we’re so happy he will be our collaborator on the 85th Academy Awards.”

“I am so very excited to be directing the Academy Awards again this year and to be working with creative producers like Craig and Neil,” said Mischer. “All of us at Don Mischer Productions are also thrilled to be producing the Oscar® pre-show, and most significantly to continue a wonderfully gratifying relationship with the Academy.”

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Highlights September Events

The Academy celebrates the arts and sciences of movies with the following events in the month of September:

Both Sides of the Camera: The Innovative Genius of Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis will participate in the program
Thursday, September 13, at 7 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

The Academy’s Science and Technology Council presents “Both Sides of the Camera: The Innovative Genius of Jerry Lewis.” The evening features Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor Craig Barron and Academy Award-winning sound designer Ben Burtt for an onstage conversation with Lewis focusing on his love and mastery of technology.

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Jeffrey Katzenberg, Hal Needham, D.A. Pennebaker and George Stevens, Jr. to Receive Academy’s Governors Awards

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted tonight to present Honorary Awards to stunt performer Hal Needham, documentarian D. A. Pennebaker and arts advocate George Stevens, Jr., and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to philanthropist Jeffrey Katzenberg. All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 4th Annual Governors Awards dinner on Saturday, December 1, at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

Hal Needham is a legendary stunt performer and coordinator who has worked on more than 300 feature films including “The Spirit of St. Louis,” “How the West Was Won,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Little Big Man” and “Chinatown.” A pioneer in improving stunt technology and safety procedures, Needham also co-founded Stunts Unlimited, and is known for mentoring young stunt performers. In 1986, the Academy presented Needham with a Scientific and Engineering Award for the design and development of the Shotmaker Elite camera car and crane, which allows filmmakers greater versatility in shooting action sequences. Needham made his directorial debut with “Smokey and the Bandit.” He went on to direct such features as “Hooper” and the “Cannonball Run” films.

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The Academy and PAIFF Celebrate 30th Anniversary of “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”

The Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in conjunction with the Palo Alto International Film Festival (PAIFF), presents a 30th anniversary screening of Steven Spielberg’s “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” on Friday, September 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Outdoor Festival Village Stage in Palo Alto, CA. Hosted by Variety tech columnist David S. Cohen, the evening features an onstage discussion with members of the film’s crew. Admission is free.

Described by Spielberg as his “most personal film” and considered by many to be a benchmark in the science fiction genre, “E.T.” continues to delight audiences with its emotional story of the intense relationship between the young Elliott (Henry Thomas) and the loveable alien who is trying to return to his home planet.

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ACADEMY FILM SCHOLAR RICHARD JEWELL REVISITS RKO DEALS, DYNAMICS DURING HOLLYWOOD’S GOLDEN AGE

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Academy film scholar Richard B. Jewell, professor of critical studies at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, will present highlights from his book RKO Radio Pictures: A Titan Is Born on Tuesday, September 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Jewell’s presentation will be followed by a screening of a production typical of the RKO system, “Bachelor Mother” (1939), starring Ginger Rogers and David Niven, and directed by Garson Kanin. Admission is free.

The complex corporate history of RKO Radio Pictures has often been overshadowed by its cinematic gems, including “King Kong,” “Citizen Kane,” its sparkling screwball comedies and the Astaire-Rogers musicals.

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