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OSCAR® HOST SETH MACFARLANE JOINS EMMA STONE TO ANNOUNCE OSCAR NOMINATIONS

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Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards® will be announced by the show’s host, Seth MacFarlane, and actress Emma Stone on Thursday, January 10. This will be the first time since 1972 that an Oscar show host has participated in the nominations announcement.

MacFarlane and Stone will unveil the nominations at a 5:30 a.m. PT news conference at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, where hundreds of media representatives from around the world will be gathered.

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85TH OSCARS® TO FEATURE SPECIAL CELEBRATION OF JAMES BOND

The 85th Academy Awards® will include a tribute to the James Bond movie franchise, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, the telecast’s producers announced today.

“We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday,” said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “Starting with ‘Dr. No’ back in 1962, the 007 movies have become the longest-running motion picture franchise in history and a beloved global phenomenon.”

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The Academy Extends Oscar Nominations Voting Period to January 4

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended the deadline for members to vote for Oscar nominations by one day to Friday, January 4, 2013, 5.p.m. PT. (The original date was Thursday, January 3, 5 p.m. PT). Members may vote online or submit a paper ballot. Any votes received after the deadline will not be counted.

“By extending the voting deadline we are providing every opportunity available to make the transition to online balloting as smooth as possible,” said Ric Robertson, Academy COO. “We’re grateful to our global membership for joining us in this process.”

In order to accommodate the extension and maintain security, the online voting system will be closed for two hours only (5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. PT) on Thursday, January 3. The system will re-open at 7 p.m. PT on January 3 and remain available to members until 5:00 p.m. PT January 4.

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9 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS VIE FOR OSCAR®

Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 85th Academy Awards®. Seventy-one films had originally qualified in the category.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Austria, “Amour,” Michael Haneke, director;
Canada, “War Witch,” Kim Nguyen, director;
Chile, “No,” Pablo Larraín, director;
Denmark, “A Royal Affair,” Nikolaj Arcel, director;
France, “The Intouchables,” Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, directors;
Iceland, “The Deep,” Baltasar Kormákur, director;
Norway, “Kon-Tiki,” Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, directors;
Romania, “Beyond the Hills,” Cristian Mungiu, director;
Switzerland, “Sister,” Ursula Meier, director.

Foreign Language Film nominations for 2012 are again being determined in two phases.

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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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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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Animated Feature Entries Due November 1 for 2012 Oscar® Race

To qualify in the Animated Feature Film category for the 85th Academy Awards®, filmmakers must submit entry forms and supporting materials to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by 5 p.m. PT on Thursday, November 1.

Complete 85th Academy Awards rules and submission forms are available at www.oscars.org/rules. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Meredith Shea by phone at (310) 247-3000, ext. 1190, by fax at (310) 247-2600, or by e-mail at mshea@oscars.org.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

“Show People” to Receive Star Treatment at the Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a restored version of the comedic silent film “Show People” (1928) on Thursday, November 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Kevin Brownlow, who received an Honorary Award (an Oscar® statuette), will introduce the film, which was restored under his supervision and features a stereo musical score by composer Carl Davis.

Produced and directed by King Vidor, “Show People” served as a key inspiration for the 2011 Best Picture winner, “The Artist.” Venturing behind the scenes into Hollywood filmmaking of the 1920s, “Show People” features not only wonderfully comedic performances by Marion Davies and William Haines, but a unique string of cameo appearances by the biggest stars of the day, including Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and Norma Talmadge. Davies stars as Peggy Pepper, who arrives in Hollywood from Georgia to claim the film stardom that her father believes is rightfully hers. Haines portrays a comic performer who helps her find work even though Peggy sees herself as a “dramatic” actress.

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15 Documentary Features Advance in 2011 Oscar® Race

Out of the 124 pictures that had qualified in the Documentary Feature category, 15 films will advance in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards® Read the rest of this entry