BREAKING… The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says the new January 10 date, five days earlier than previously announced, will give members a longer period of time to see the films up for Oscars. It also makes the nominations three days before the Golden Globes, rather than after, as has been the norm in previous years. That makes for a very busy week in the heat of awards season. The shift comes as the Oscars’ governing body unveiled key dates for the 85th Academy Awards, which are February 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. As this is the first year members will have the opportunity to cast ballots electronically, the Academy also said today it is making resources available to members during the transition — including creating assisted voting stations in Los Angeles, New York and London; a 24-hour telephone help line during voting periods; and paper ballots. The longer stretch between nominations and the February 19 date for final voting ballots to be submitted also provides a cushion to further work out kinks with members over the new voting methods. Here are the 2013 Oscars’ key dates: READ MORE »
Now that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences has announced its campaign rules for the 85th Annual Academy Awards, I got on the phone with Academy COO Ric Robertson to clarify what they mean and why they were made. According to him, there was no major surgery involved this year. “I characterize these as tweaking and reacting to a couple of things we got feedback on last year,” he said, specifically mentioning input from Academy members and studios directly involved in campaigning for Oscars. Almost all of the “tweaking” is for the post-nomination period starting with the noms announcement January 15, 2013 through the return of final ballots on the previously unannounced date of February 19.
The most significant change is essentially refining last year’s new, rather revolutionary change that members are allowed to attend screenings with filmmaker Q&As. Previous to the 84th Oscar season they were forbidden at any time. As with last year, prior to nominations virtually anything goes and there are no limitations in terms of numbers of Q&As per film or participant, food can be served and parties are allowed. Events such as Deadline’s own The Contenders, which contains numerous Q&As, also is not affected by these new regulations according to Robertson.
Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science has promoted Andy Horn to the newly created position of Chief Financial Officer, Academy CEO Dawn Hudson announced today. Horn will report directly to Hudson. In his new position, Horn will help set the strategic vision for the Academy’s financial affairs while continuing to oversee their daily administration. He will be responsible for the finances of the Academy and its foundations, which hold the assets of the Margaret Herrick Library, the Academy Film Archive, the Science and Technology Council and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. For the Academy Museum, Horn will oversee all non-fundraising financial matters. The creation of the CFO position was enabled by a change to the Academy’s bylaws, which was approved by the Board of Governors at its most recent meeting, making Horn the most senior financial executive at the organization.
Beverly Hills, CA – Six first-time governors have been elected to the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – Dante Spinotti, representing the Cinematographers branch; Lisa Cholodenko, Directors branch; Dick Cook, Executives; John Knoll, Visual Effects; Scott Millan, Sound; and Bill Condon, Writers. In addition, seven incumbents were reelected and three other motion picture professionals will return to the Board after a time away.
Returning to the board after a hiatus are Michael Mann, Directors; Arthur Hamilton, Music; and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers. Mann previously served from 2000 to 2006. Hamilton most recently served from 2008 to 2011, he has served a total of 33 years. Kennedy was on the board from 1994 to 1997 and again from 2002 to 2011.
The reelected governors are Tom Hanks, Actors; Jim Bissell, Designers; Rob Epstein, Documentary; Mark Goldblatt, Film Editors; Leonard Engelman, Makeup and Hairstylists; Rob Friedman, Public Relations and Bill Kroyer; Short Films & Feature Animation.
With the Academy inviting 176 new members, it is interesting to note that being nominated or winning an Oscar may be the easiest way to gain entrance. A total of 47 of the new members announced today were nominated for or won the elusive statuette at the 84th Academy Awards this year — eight actors, including nominees Berenice Bejo, Demian Bichir, Jessica Chastain, Jonah Hill, Melissa McCarthy, Janet McTeer and winners Jean Dujardin and Octavia Spencer, made the roster. The Artist Best Director winner Michel Hazanavicius and Best Picture winner Thomas Langmann and Best Foreign Language Film director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation) were among other 2011 winners invited.
Also of note: Mathew McConaughey finally became a member (he’s not been a nominee yet, though); and in the writers branch, author Stephen King made the list even though his most recent actual screenwriting credits go back more than two decades for the likes of Pet Sematary and Creepshow – the two credits the Academy lists for him on its press release. Obviously his novels and short stories account for a lot of movies getting made. Also of note is the fact that elusive director Terrence Malick (The Tree Of Life) is among last year’s nominees to gain admittance even though his first two Oscar nominations came 14 years ago for writing and directing The Thin Red Line. Congratulations to all. Here’s the official release:
Palm Springs, CA (June 19, 2012) – The 2012 Palm Springs International ShortFest & Film Market, announced today that it will present the first public screening of the Gold Medal Award winners of this year’s Student Academy Awards. These five films chosen by the voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences represent the “best in class” from among all of the student films submitted to the Academy this year. The winning films were announced on Saturday, June 9 at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
The selected films are The Reality Clock, Amanda Tasse, University of Southern California; Eyrie, David Wolter, California Institute of the Arts; Hiro: A Story of Japanese Internment, Keiko Wright, New York University; Under, Mark Raso, Columbia University; For Elsie, David Winstone, University of Westminster, United Kingdom.
Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has named Jasmine Madatian to the newly created position of Managing Director, Communications, it was announced today by Christina Kounelias, Chief Marketing Officer. Madatian will report to Kounelias effective Monday, July 30.
“Jasmine is a smart, innovative and highly-regarded communications strategist with strong relationships throughout the film and media industry,” said Kounelias. “Her understanding of our mission and enthusiasm for the Academy is what really sets her apart and makes her such a great fit for this position.”
Madatian will oversee all of the Academy’s publicity and corporate communications campaigns, including the Academy Awards®, as well as outreach for the organization’s year-round programming, education, preservation and other key initiatives.
“I’m excited to join the energetic team at the Academy,” said Madatian. “I look forward to sharing its dynamic year-round story – from the Oscars to its public programs to its incredible educational and preservation efforts.”
Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition has received a record 7,197 entries for 2012, up from last year’s record of 6,730. The Academy will award up to five fellowships of $35,000 each in November.
This year, entries came from all 50 states in the U.S. as well as from 65 other countries. The competition includes first-time entries from Estonia, Indonesia, Latvia, Liechtenstein and Nicaragua.
Beverly Hills, CA – Ten students from nine U.S. colleges and universities have been selected as winners in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 39th Annual Student Academy Awards competition. Winners will be brought to Los Angeles to join the international student winners in the Foreign Film category for a week of industry activities. The festivities will culminate in the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 9, at 6 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, where the placements in each category will be announced.
The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title in each category):
“The Reality Clock,” Amanda Tasse, University of Southern California*
*Only one winner was selected in this category.
“Eyrie,” David Wolter, California Institute of the Arts
“The Jockstrap Raiders,” Mark Nelson, University of California, Los Angeles
“My Little Friend,” Eric Prah, Ringling College of Art and Design
“Dying Green,” Ellen Tripler, American University
“Hiro: A Story of Japanese Internment,” Keiko Wright, New York University
“Lost Country,” Heather Burky, Art Institute of Jacksonville
“Nani,” Justin Tipping, American Film Institute
“Narcocorrido,” Ryan Prows, American Film Institute
“Under,” Mark Raso, Columbia University
Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond will have more on the new open-air venue and screening slate that the Academy showed off today during a news conference. The group also announced a new $2 million film-preservation fund that will focus mostly on Oscar-winning and -nominated movies. Both releases follow:
Beverly Hills, CA – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak today unveiled the Academy’s new screening venue and announced its summer series, “Oscars Outdoors,” which will kick off on Friday, June 15 and run through Saturday, August 18. The open-air theater is part of the organization’s nearly 7.5 acre Academy Hollywood campus, which is also the site of the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study, home to the Academy Film Archive, the Science and Technology Council and the Linwood Dunn Theater.
Concurrently, the Academy announced a slate of summer and fall 2012 public programs at its other theaters, including 50th anniversary celebrations of the James Bond franchise and the Oscar®-winning epic “Lawrence of Arabia.”
Beverly Hills, CA – Thirty-five students from 20 U.S. colleges and universities have been selected as finalists in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 39th Annual Student Academy Awards competition. Academy members will view the finalists’ films at special screenings and vote to select the winners. Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards, along with accompanying cash grants of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 respectively, may be presented in each of four categories: Alternative, Animation, Documentary and Narrative. Winners will be brought to Los Angeles, along with the international student winners in the Foreign Student Film category, for a week of industry activities and social events that will culminate in the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 9, at 6 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
The finalists are (listed alphabetically by film title):
Bloomberg is reporting that Dolby Laboratories is in naming-rights talks with owners of the venue formerly known as the Kodak Theatre. Eastman Kodak filed for bankruptcy in January and was only halfway through a 20-year rights deal when …
My phone was ringing over the weekend with inquiries from more than one member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences asking if I knew why The Hunger Games was nowhere to be found on the Acad’s official Samuel Goldwyn Theatre screening members schedule for March — or even all of April (“I told my husband I guess we’ll have to go to an 11 AM showing and get the senior discount”, one disappointed member told me). Normally the Academy is given top priority by studios and distributors — whether it’s awards season or not — and it would seem to be a given (even if it’s not obvious Oscar material) to screen such an anticipated film, particularly one directed by a previous Oscar nominee (Gary Ross) and with a cast and crew full of past nominees and winners. But my sources tell me the Academy’s committee in charge of booking their weekend screening series did indeed approach Lionsgate distribution contacts twice in order to secure a March screening of the film for their NY and LA membership and were turned down. They also asked the distrib again before the March 15th cutoff for April screenings and were again turned down. I am told BAFTA-LA, which also has a screening program, was turned down as well.
Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has acquired a pair of the iconic ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio led a group of “angel donors” whose gifts to the Academy Foundation enabled the purchase. In addition to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, a component fund of CCF Environmental and Humanitarian Causes, donations came from producer-director Steven Spielberg and Terry Semel, co-chair of LACMA and the former chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. and Yahoo!, along with other donors.
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