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OSCARS: Picks For Acting Categories

By | Saturday February 23, 2013 @ 12:09pm PST

Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond talks with ENTV’s Brian Corsetti about his picks for likely winners in the four Oscar acting categories. All the precursor awards suggest that a favorite has largely locked up the win in two categories, Pete says. But the other two categories remain wide open, particularly the race for Best Supporting Actor, where five previous Oscar winners are vying.

Related:
Best Director, Picture Picks
Original, Adapted Screenplay Picks
Animated Feature Predictions
Documentary Feature Picks
Technical Awards Picks
Design And Style Predictions
Ceremony’s Ambitious Music Plans
This Year Has Much In Common With 1962 Race

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Oscars: Original, Adapted Screenplay Picks

By | Saturday February 23, 2013 @ 9:09am PST

Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond talks with ENTV’s Brian Corsetti about his picks for the likely winners in the hotly contested Oscar races for Best Original and Best Adapted screenplays. With scripts for several highly regarded Best Picture nominees duking it out, Pete has a dark-horse candidate he thinks may just find some Academy love.

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OSCARS: Animated Feature Predictions

By | Friday February 22, 2013 @ 4:20pm PST

Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond talks with ENTV’s Brian Corsetti about what pic he thinks is likely to nab the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, a category dominated this year by Disney-made films. Can one of the three stop-motion animated nominees grab the gold, or will it be the computer-animated Wreck-It Ralph or Brave, which split most of the precursor awards?

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OSCARS Q&A: Tim Burton
Best Director, Picture Picks
Picks For Acting Categories
Original, Adapted Screenplay Picks
Documentary Feature Picks
Technical Awards Picks
Design And Style Predictions
Ceremony’s Ambitious Music Plans
This Year Has Much In Common With 1962 Race

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OSCARS: Documentary Feature Picks

By | Friday February 22, 2013 @ 12:36pm PST

Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond talks with ENTV’s Brian Corsetti about his pick to win the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. Nominees include four powerful issue-oriented films and one that tracks a long-lost musical star. The winner, Pete says, likely will be not only the year’s best documentary but one of its best films of any kind.

Related:
Best Director, Picture Picks
Picks For Acting Categories
Original, Adapted Screenplay Picks
Animated Feature Predictions
Technical Awards Picks
Design And Style Predictions
Ceremony’s Ambitious Music Plans
This Year Has Much In Common With 1962 Race

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OSCARS: Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman Set As Presenters

By | Friday February 22, 2013 @ 6:34am PST

Oscars producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have completed their roster of presenters for Sunday’s show with a pair of Hollywood heavyweights. Three-time Academy Award winner Jack Nicholson last presented a montage of previous Best Picture winners at the 80th Academy Awards in 2008. He’ll be back on stage this Sunday as will two-time winner Dustin Hoffman, who last handed out a prize in 2006. The official release follows: Read More »

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OSCARS: Technical Awards Picks

By | Thursday February 21, 2013 @ 5:22pm PST

Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond talks about his picks for likely winners in several of the more technically oriented categories including cinematography, editing, sound design and sound mixing. For most of them, Pete says, he expects one film to scoop up several victories.

Related:
Best Director, Picture Picks
Picks For Acting Categories
Original, Adapted Screenplay Picks
Animated Feature Predictions
Documentary Feature Picks
Design And Style Predictions
Ceremony’s Ambitious Music Plans
This Year Has Much In Common With 1962 Race

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OSCARS: Show’s Ambitious Music Plans

By | Wednesday February 20, 2013 @ 6:59pm PST

Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond and ENTV’s Brian Corsetti preview Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron‘s ambitious musical plans for this Sunday’s show:

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OSCARS: Academy Sets Backstage Hosts

By | Thursday February 14, 2013 @ 3:03pm PST

The Academy and Disney/ABC Television Group’s Digital Media team today announced the hosts for their ‘Backstage Pass’ on Oscar.com and the official Oscars app. Hosts and correspondents include: returning co-hosts, ABC The View’s Sherri Shepherd and ABC soap star Cameron Mathison, plus ABC Modern Family’s Rico Rodriquez, Entertainment Weekly’s Jess Cagle, and People’s Peter Castro. The Backstage Pass will also debut a multimedia first-ever Red Carpet Digital Lounge anchored by Radio Disney’s Jake Whetter, Popsugar’s Allison McNamara, and Mashable’s Brian Anthony Hernandaz. The Oscars Backstage Pass features more than 20 live cameras placed on the Red Carpet and throughout the backstage area of the Dolby Theatre during the telecast. They will capture sound bites, backstage action, short interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. On Oscar Sunday, the Backstage Pass feature goes live from the Red Carpet to the end of the show. Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on February 24 at the Dolby Theatre hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

Related: Barry Diller’s Oscar Party On, Dani Janssen’s Off

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DGA Awards: ‘Argo’ Increases Its Hold On Oscar’s Best Picture Prize With Affleck Win

By | Sunday February 3, 2013 @ 1:19am PST
Pete Hammond

By all coventional signals, Warner Bros is sitting with a hot hand right now with Argo.

After winning a key SAG award for Cast, a very predictive Producers Guild honor for Best Picture and now tonight an all-important DGA win for Ben Affleck as Best Director, the writing would seem to be on the wall. The Oscar award for Best Picture would seem to be Argo‘s to lose.

Voters really seem to like this picture. You could feel it in the room tonight at Hollywood And Highland’s Grand Ballroom where in three short weeks the Governors Ball for the Oscars will be held, and you can just feel Ben Affleck will be celebrating once again even though he was snubbed for Best Director at the Oscars.

This is a rare year.

Related: DGA Awards 2013: Ben Affleck And ‘Argo’ Lead Winners List

Affleck won Best Director for Argo at the DGA even though he is not Oscar nominated. That means that this year the winner of the Best Director Oscar will not match up with DGA for only the seventh time since the DGA has been handing out their awards. And with all those other Guild awards it has been racking up, Argo is an unquestioned front-runner for the Best Picture Oscar. Add to that the Golden Globe and Critics Choice Movie Award and you have a juggernaut. Who would have predicted that early in  the season?

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OSCARS: Nominees Luncheon Monday

By | Friday February 1, 2013 @ 2:50pm PST

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Seventeen of the 20 nominees in the acting categories will be among more than 160 Oscar nominees who will gather at noon on Monday, February 4, at the Beverly Hilton when the Academy honors this year’s Oscar contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon.

From the Lead Actress and Actor categories, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Quvenzahané Wallis, Naomi Watts, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix and Denzel Washington are expected to attend. Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams, Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Helen Hunt and Jacki Weaver will represent the Supporting Actor and Actress categories.

Four of the five nominees in the Directing category – Ang Lee, David O. Russell, Steven Spielberg and Benh Zeitlin – also are expected to attend. Three of the Academy’s four 2012 Governors Awards recipients, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Hal Needham and George Stevens, Jr., will join this year’s nominees.

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

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‘Life Of Pi’ Exclusive Featurettes With Four Of The Multi-Oscar Nominated Film’s Contenders

Pete Hammond

Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi has turned into a success story for 20th Century Fox which had the Yann Martel book in development for several years but could never crack the supposedly “unfilmable” property until Lee got involved five years ago and figured out a way to bring to the screen this epic story of a young man and a tiger trying to survive after a disastrous shipwreck. Earlier on Wednesday the film passed the half billion dollar mark worldwide for Fox and also just passed the $100 million milestone in America alone. Nevertheless this is a strong international smash and with 11 Academy Award nominations, a remarkable feat since none were for acting, it promises to keep growing the total and has emerged as a genuine threat at the Oscars. If anything Life of Pi stands as a testament to the art and science of motion pictures, a film the director says could not have been made even five years ago. Now it has thanks to the efforts of a group of dedicated craftsmen.  Below Lee talks of the challenges as do the film’s Oscar nominees for Visual Effects, Cinematography and Music in a series of exclusive new featurettes premiering now on Deadline.

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ENTV: Pete Hammond On Oscar Nominations – And Snubs

By | Thursday January 10, 2013 @ 7:20pm PST
Pete Hammond

Watch Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond talk about Best Picture Oscar nominees with ENTV’s Brian Corsetti, followed after the jump by looks at Best Actor/Actress nominees, Best Animated Feature and other hopefuls plus a discussion of Oscar nominations snubs. After the videos you’ll also find a collection of links to all of Deadline’s Oscar nominations coverage.

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OSCARS: TV Ad Prices Rise To Pre-Recession Levels: Ad Age

By | Thursday January 10, 2013 @ 4:10pm PST

Commercials during this year’s Oscarcast are commanding higher rates than they have for some time. ABC has been getting between $1.65 million and $1.8 million for a 30-second spot, Advertising Age reports. That’s up slightly from the $1.6 million to $1.7 million the network charged last year. Additionally, sales are also brisk for ads on Oscars.com and ABC’s Oscars app for mobile devices. ABC has nearly sold out ad inventory, and that scarcity has ABC trying to see whether latecomers might pay as much as $2 million for a 30-second ad. (By comparison, CBS has sold some February 3 Super Bowl spots for more than $4 million. Ad agency execs estimate that CBS has averaged $3.7 million to $3.8 million for 30-second spots.) For the past few years Oscar ads sold had declined from the 2008 figure of about $1.82 million per 30-second spot to $1.3 million in 2009. Prices rose to about $1.5 million in 2010 and then to between $1.6 million and $1.7 million in 2011 and 2012.

Related: Billy Crystal-Hosted Oscars Watched By 39.3M, Up From Prior Year

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OSCARS: Nomination Voting Deadline Extended To 5PM January 4

By | Monday December 31, 2012 @ 2:39pm PST

Academy AwardsBEVERLY HILLS, CA – 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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OSCARS: Academy Extends Deadline To Request Paper Ballots

By | Thursday November 29, 2012 @ 6:50pm PST

Related: Oscar Voting Deadlines Loom – Friday Cutoff For Paper Ballot

OscarsBEVERLY HILLS, CA – 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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OSCARS: Sweeping Rule Changes Alter Academy’s Process And Season

By | Sunday November 4, 2012 @ 8:00pm PST
Pete Hammond

The times — and rules — they are a-changin’ for this year’s Oscar race. Every year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences refines the rules in an effort to keep the campaigning fair and maintain the integrity of the industry’s highest honor. But this year will debut some of the most sweeping changes Oscar has seen in decades.
Academy members will be voting electronically for the first time, which will allow a tightened schedule for determining nominations and an earlier nominee announcement. In addition, both the song and documentary feature categories received their own tuneups. The aggressive moves are an effort to make the nominees matter even more.
The earlier schedule means the eagerly anticipated nomination announcement will happen two weeks earlier than usual, on Jan. 10. And the period in which nominating ballots will be available is smack dab in the heart of the holiday season, Dec. 17-Jan. 2.

OSCARS: Studio-by-Studio Look At This Year’s Hopefuls

Although the actual process of casting a ballot will be easier for members with laptops or iPads, the real challenge is the truncated time period that members will now have to see all the movies, particularly those released in December.
In fact, on the very day the Academy announced this seismic change, Universal moved the release date of its big Oscar hopeful, Les Miserables, from Dec. 14 to Christmas Day, seemingly giving voters less time to see the film. However, the consultant I spoke with didn’t seem concerned. Read More »

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OSCARS: Studio-by-Studio Look At This Year’s Best Picture Hopefuls

By | Saturday November 3, 2012 @ 9:00pm PDT

With the awards season so dissected and examined these days, it might appear as though creating a successful campaign is simply a matter of shrewd marketing and a key release date. But even the most cynical strategist will admit that luck is still as much a part of earning an Oscar nomination as anything else. When asked about the plan for a particular film in the awards race, a veteran campaigner said simply, “Light candles, pray.” Whether they’re already on pundits’ lists or just looking for a little good juju, here’s a look at the films that are in the conversation, not including animation, documentaries, or foreign-language with a few notable exceptions. (Christy Grosz Is Editor of Awardsline):
Related: Oscar Nominations Shifted Ahead 5 Days to January 10 Read More »

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In Craig Zadan And Neil Meron, Oscarcast Gets Stability In Long-Running Team

By and | Thursday August 23, 2012 @ 1:08pm PDT

Craig Zadan & Neil Meron Named Producers Of 85th Academy Awards

Craig Zadan and Neil MeronBREAKING… In selecting Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to produce the Oscarcast, AMPAS president Hawk Koch has found the rare team that has been producing together since the beginning of the reign of another Koch. These guys actually go back to the origins of the Ed Koch administration, when their first real job together was producing a celebration of the Gotham mayor’s inauguration for Public Theater impresario Joe Papp.

While Tom Sherak’s recent inexplicable attempt to shoehorn Lorne Michaels as Oscar producer and Jimmy Fallon as host before he stepped down as AMPAS president wasn’t nearly as embarrassing as last year’s Brett Ratner-Eddie Murphy debacle, it certainly didn’t get Koch’s Academy administration off to a good start.

In Zadan and Meron, Koch has chosen producers who by their own admission have worked so long they finish each other’s sentences. They understand the feature game that the Oscarcast celebrates, and they boast a Broadway resume that indicates they know how to produce a live show, and their long resume of landmark TV miniseries and movies shows they know how to produce for the small screen. And they really, really wanted the job.

Now it remains to be seen whether they can overcome the restrictive format of an Oscarcast that almost guarantees that all but the opening and the last half hour will be boring … Read More »

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Oscar Right Where It Belongs: Hammond

By | Tuesday May 1, 2012 @ 12:48pm PDT
Pete Hammond

The bottom line, as Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences President Tom Sherak told me this morning, is that, “I wanted to stay in Hollywood. And the Board Of Governors said the awards should definitely stay in Hollywood. I think the Board always felt the awards belonged in Hollywood. There is a connection between the Oscars and Hollywood, and the feeling was it was the right place to stay.” January 11th when reports in other trades were strongly indicatingDolby Theatre a possible move by the Oscars out of the then-named Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland (to most likely the Nokia downtown), I said this was highly improbable. And now with today’s announcement, scooped by Deadline, that CIM has made a naming-rights deal with Dolby and signed a new 20-year lease for the Oscars with the Academy, no move happened. And quite frankly it never was seriously going to happen. As I wrote then, it took the Academy over 40 years to return to Hollywood after detours to the Santa Monica Civic and the Shrine and the Music Center, and the illustrious movie organization wasn’t about to give up so easily. Prior to the debut show at the Kodak Theatre in 2002, the last time the quintessential Hollywood awards show was actually in Hollywood was at the Pantages Theatre in 1961. Plus the Kodak, now Dolby Theatre, was and is a beautiful venue for the show even if … Read More »

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