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The Anatomy of Award Shows, Why They Matter… Or Don’t

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent With Award Season around the corner, here’s everything you need to know about how these shows work. Maybe not everything, but from November to February in the US, this is the time of year when everyone in Hollywood switches into high gear.  The Academy Awards is the sine qua non of any future classic movie, driven by approximately 6000 industry voting members who vote in 25 categories. Last year, host Ellen Degeneres “broke...

The 86th Academy Awards Trailer

By Maria Esteves - December 30, 2013 The 86th Academy Awards hosted by Ellen DeGeneres will be held at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre & Highland Center and televised live on ABC Network and in over 200 countries worldwide on Sunday, March 2, 2014. Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the 2014 Oscar Nominations for outstanding film achievements in 2013 will be announced at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, CA, Thursday, January 16, 5:30 AM (PT). ...

Oscar Nominee "Beasts of the Southern Wild" Goes Back on Release

By Liza Foreman Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced Wednesday that the company will re-release director Benh Zeitlin’s Academy-Award nominated film "Beasts of the Southern Wild" in select cities for a special return engagement on Friday, January 18. Nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director, the film’s return to theatres marks the one-year anniversary of its...

'The Invisible War': How to Get an Oscar Nom on 30 Screens

By Liza Foreman As conventional wisdom would have it, for a film to even get an Oscar nomination, it would first have to make at least $5 million to $10 million at the box office and be released on three-hundred-plus screens. Remember all of those lavish campaigns by Oscar kingpin Harvey Weinstein? Well, how things have changed. Consider “The Invisible War,” the first acquisition for the digital powerhouse Cinedigm, which was nominated earlier this week for an Academy Award in th...

Frank Pierson: another legend goes...

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The news broke yesterday, legendary writer and director, Frank Pierson passed away. He was 87 years old. Sometimes I'm glad to be some kind of a "hoarder". I have religiously kept the interview I made of him in 1996. We spent nearly 2 hours chatting over lunch next to his office. In these days, I was fresh off the university, and it was a big deal that he so kindly accepted to be interviewed by a swooning rookie with a thick French accent.  As a side note, he was ...

Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg Opens Meet the Oscars Exhibit in New York

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By Maria Esteves - February 24, 2011 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, New York program director Patrick Harrison introduce host Academy Award winning actress Whoopi Goldberg at Meet the Oscars, Grand Central Terminal Vanderbilt Hall Opening Ceremony, Wednesday, February 23, 2011. New York Oscar Week 2011: Meet the Oscars, Grand Central staff member describes How An Oscar Is Made Exhibit on display. The Oscar statuette manufactured by R.S. Owens &...

127 Hours Red Carpet In Sydney, Australia; Nominated For 6 Oscars, by Eva Rinaldi - 7th February 2011

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Danny Boyle's 127 Hours did the red carpet at Sydney's Event Cinema, George Street, Sydney earlier this evening. The highly acclaimed film has been nominated for six 2011 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (for James Franco) and Best Adapted Screenplay (for Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy).   The Fox Searchlight flick tells the story of Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who amputated his own arm to free himself after being trapped by ...

Top Ten Oscar Snubs And Surprises

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  While most of the Oscar nominations announced last week were rather predictably the names and titles that we have been expecting, there were a number of surprises and snubs. Although the Academy has expanded the Best Film contender list to ten titles in order to spread the love, the acting and directing categories still can only include five people, so invariably there are those worthy of attention who fall off the list. Maybe there were number 6 or number 7, but if they did not make t...

The King’s Speech and True Grit Lead the 83rd Academy Award Nominations

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By Maria Esteves – January 26, 2011 The 83rd Academy Award Nominations were announced by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) President Tom Sherak and 2009 Academy Award winner for supporting actress Mo'Nique in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," on Tuesday, January 25, 2011. The King's Speech, directed by Tom Hooper received twelve Oscar nominations including best picture, best director, best actor, and best supporting actor. True Grit, directed...

83rd Race Heats Up: A Dozen Oscar Nods for KING'S SPEECH & Full Script

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By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent  Oscar 2011: Expect Natalie Portman & Colin Firth to Win Today the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced this year's Oscar(r) nominations. With few surprises, Colin Firth's festival run in THE KING'S SPEECH, written by David Seidler, is poised to take most of the honors with a record-vying 12 nominations. Fourteen (14) is the record for Oscar noms (i.e.; TITANIC), but if this picture wins in every ...

Academy Wants You: "Invited to Share the Oscars?!"

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Oscar Goes Public?: As If!  As everyone with a pulse knows, the Academy Awards annual Oscar ceremony is fairly exclusive. They even provide journalists with a list of ways the image of the show can be used and how the material must be presented. But this year, something unusual is happening in Hollywood. Behind the scenes, the Oscar marketing machinery is either missing a cog or has thrown together a whole new internal mechanism ...

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London Film Festival Points To The Oscars

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  Inevitably, any major film festival that occurs in the Fall season has a role play in determining eventual Oscar nominees and even winners. It all starts off at the Venice and Toronto film festivals, where Oscar hopefuls get their debuts, and continues into the season, presumably climaxing with nominations that come at the first of the year. With the Academy’s recent expansion of the Best Picture category to include 10 films, it is very likely that several of the films present...

Oscars Return To February in 2011

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  The Oscars are returning to February come 2011, after holding off until March this past year due to the Winter Olympics. By thus shortening the "Oscar season", and still expanding the list of Best Picture nominees to ten films, look to this next year to be a shorter but more intense Oscar marathon. The 83rd annual ceremony will take place on the last Sunday in February, which falls on February 27th, 2011.  For decades, the ceremonies were held in late March or early A...

Oscar Red Carpet is ready

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The Red Carpet for the 82nd Academy Awards was rolled out on Hollywood Blvd on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 outside the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood, CA, in preparation for March 7 ceremony.                                               ...

The Global Film Village: You’ve Never Seen Oscar Like This

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by Marla Lewin You’ve Never Seen Oscar Like This: 82nd Academy AwardsThis year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences under the stewardship of  President Tom Sherak has dedicated their energies to ensure that the ratings slide that the Oscar telecast has suffered over the last several years comes to an end. They have increased the list of Best Picture nominees from five to ten to make sure that more popular films make it into the show. They have chosen two exceptionally popular comed...

Oscar Snubs and Surprises

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    Yes, we all expected AVATAR and THE HURT LOCKER to have good showings for this morning's Oscar nomination announcements (they are both tied at 9 nominations each) and we were not surprised when the names George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep were intoned at the 5:30am ceremony in Los Angeles. And yes, even the six nods for PRECIOUS (including well-deserved nominations for Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, director Lee Daniels and screenwriter Geoffrey Flet...

2010 Oscars: Been There, Done That

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  Well, after watching the Golden Globe Awards ceremonies last evening, I had the distinct feeling: who needs the Oscars? I've already seen the winning films, directors and actors and heard their acceptance speeches. The Oscar ceremony, which is not scheduled until six weeks from now, seems quite besides the point. Except for the fashion ("who are you wearing?" is the question of the moment), I am imagining that last night's Golden Globe winners will be simply re-doing their &...

Michael Moore Snubbed On Oscar Doc Shortlist

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    Michael Moore's name and his latest film CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY were stark omissions when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named 15 films that have made the short-list in the Documentary Feature category for the 82nd Academy Awards. Of 89 films submitted, the Oscar race has been pared down to these fifteen. “The Beaches of Agnes” Agnes Varda, director (Cine-Tamaris) “Burma VJ” Anders Ostergaard, director (Magi...

An Interview with Hungarian Film Director, Krisztina Goda - by Brigitta Bokor

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by Brigitta Bokor November 5, 2009 will mark the opening night of the 9th Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles. The audience at the Laemmle's Monica 4-plex in Santa Monica has the honor to watch the Hungarian Oscar-entry, "Chameleon" by Krisztina Goda. The film is also in competition for the 67th Golden Globe Awards. This is an interview with the director of the film. 1) What is your directorial vision? I don't think I have one; I would rather skip th...

The Global Film Village: Academy Announces Short List of Shorts for 82nd Awards

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 82nd Academy Awards® has been narrowed to eight films, of which three to five will earn Oscar® nominations. Voters from the Academy's Documentary Branch viewed this year's 37 eligible entries and submitted their ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers for tabulation. The eight films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production compan...

80TH ACADEMY AWARD WINNERS LIST

By Maria Esteves - March 6, 2008 The 80th Academy Awards ceremony for outstanding film achievements of 2007, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and hosted by Jon Stewart was held at the Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, California. The Oscars were televised live by ABC Television Network, Sunday, February 24, 8:00 PM EST, and in more than 200 countries worldwide. This year's Oscar winners by category are: Best Picture NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, (Miramax and Paramount Vant...

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