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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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71 COUNTRIES VIE FOR 2012 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OSCAR®

A record 71 countries, including first-time entrant Kenya, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 85th Academy Awards®.

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FIRST CHANCE TO WIN TICKETS TO THE OSCAR® FAN EXPERIENCE

Movie fans can soon vie for seats at the most glamorous spot on Hollywood Boulevard, Oscar’s Red Carpet.

Beginning on Monday, September 24, at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT fans from around the world may enter online for a random drawing for bleacher seats along the 85th Academy Awards red carpet.

There are only 700 seats available on the 500-foot-long walkway that leads into the DolbyTM Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®. Those who are selected will watch and cheer Oscar nominees, presenters and other ceremony guests as they arrive at the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 24, 2013. In addition to seats, winners of the Oscar Fan Experience will be invited to watch the Academy Awards® at a nearby theatre and will receive a fan gift bag.

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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.

Documentary Feature Film Entries Due September 24 for 2012 Oscars®

Monday, September 24, 5 p.m. PT is the deadline for filmmakers to submit documentary features to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for consideration for the 85th Academy Awards®.

To be eligible, the documentaries must complete seven-day commercial runs in both Los Angeles County and the Borough of Manhattan in New York between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2012. Films completing their qualifying runs after September 24 must still complete and submit all paperwork, including legal contracts, by the deadline.

Each completed entry form must be accompanied by supporting materials, including 200 DVD copies of the film without trailers or other extraneous materials, an English-language synopsis of the film, a list of film credits and proof of seven-day qualifying exhibitions.

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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

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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Oscar®-winning Screenwriter Frank Pierson

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Oscar-winning screenwriter Frank Pierson died today in Los Angeles of natural causes following a short illness. He was 87. 20120723-190559.jpg

A three-time Academy Award® nominee, Pierson won an Oscar for his original screenplay of “Dog Day Afternoon.” He received nominations for “Cat Ballou” and “Cool Hand Luke.” Pierson’s writing credits also include “Presumed Innocent” and “A Star Is Born,” which he also directed.

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ACADEMY NAMES COCHRAN AND KRAMER TO SENIOR MUSEUM POSTS

Heather Cochran and Bill Kramer have been named to two newly created senior positions as part of the continuing progress of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, it was announced today by Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Cochran has been elevated to Managing Director, Academy Museum Project, and Kramer will serve as Managing Director, Development. Both will report directly to Hudson.

“With Heather and Bill in place, the Academy is poised to move the museum to the next phase and beyond,” said Hudson. “Each brings a wealth of experience that will be critical as the museum project continues to gather momentum.”

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ACADEMY CELEBRATES FRENCH NEW WAVE WITH PHOTO EXHIBITION AND SCREENING OF GODARD’S “BREATHLESS”

20120320-113112.jpg The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a recently restored 35mm print of “Breathless” (“À bout de souffle”) on Friday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The screening is presented in conjunction with the opening of the Academy’s new exhibition “Photos de Cinéma: Images of the French New Wave by Raymond Cauchetier.” Cauchetier was the set photographer for this and many other key titles of the French New Wave movement. There will be special evening gallery hours from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and immediately following the screening.

“Breathless” (1960) launched a global passion for “La Nouvelle Vague” (“The New Wave”) and made actors Jean Seberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo international stars. The film also became an inspiration for a generation of legendary French filmmaking talent.

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