The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled new details of its Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is set to open in 2016. (Click on the photos to enlarge.) It also said it has met its first fundraising goal of $100 million by this week’s deadline. Below in the release is a list of contributors too:
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that it has reached its initial goal of $100 million toward a $250 million capital campaign to fund the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Concurrently, the Academy unveiled its vision for the first major U.S. museum dedicated exclusively to the history and ongoing development of motion pictures. Designed by award-winning architects Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali, the non-profit museum which will be located in the historic May Company Wilshire building in Los Angeles, is slated to open in 2016.
“The Academy museum will be a landmark that both our industry and our city can be immensely proud of,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “I appreciate the unwavering support of our board, our members, and especially our campaign chairs, all of whom have led us through this crucial stage.”
Launched in early 2012 by Campaign Chair Bob Iger and Co-Chairs Annette Bening and Tom Hanks, the campaign has raised $100 million through private donations towards a $250 million goal. “The early response to our fundraising campaign has been outstanding and is incredibly encouraging,” said Iger. “We are so grateful to the founding supporters of the campaign, who share our vision and passion for creating the Academy Museum.”
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EXCLUSIVE: Every Oscar season the race is on to see who can put out the first DVD screener sent to Academy members. Well, the race is over for 2012: The Weinstein Company is mailing screeners today of their hit French import The Intouchables to the entire membership of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association got one over the weekend. The Intouchables, which has grossed more than $360 million worldwide, is the official French entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar (screenings of the record 71 films in that contest begin Friday night at the Academy). It is the second-highest-grossing non-English-language film of all time after The Passion Of The Christ.
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Last year, Summit was first out of the gate in getting Academy members a screener of A Better Life. The strategy paid off, resulting in a surprise Best Actor SAG and Oscar nomination for star Demian Bichir. Putting those screeners in Oscar voters’ hands early certainly didn’t hurt his chances. Millennium mailed a commercial DVD of Bernie to press a couple of weeks ago with Oscar aspirations attached, but this is the first official manufactured screener for Oscar voters (the Academy has strict rules about packaging and does not allow commercial DVDs to be sent to members). Read More »
“Disaster” is the word an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences executive used in describing for me the current state of this year’s competition for Best Documentary Feature. Yes, there’s trouble in River City and this is after new rules were put into place in January that were meant to democratize the process. Every year it seems one branch or another in the Academy creates major controversies, and this year it is again the Documentary branch’s turn in the hot seat. And we haven’t even seen the list of nominees yet, so fasten your seat belts.
Those new rules, as first reported on Deadline at the time, changed the nomination voting process. Instead of several groups of small mysterious committees each watching a set number of films, the whole documentary branch now has the opportunity to see and vote on every eligible film. Then final voting is opened up to the entire Academy to be pick a winner — just as they do on Best Picture and other categories. The new rules also attempted to trim the number of entries, specifically targeting films not really meant for theatrical release by requiring a one-week run in New York and Los Angeles as well as a review in either the New York Times or Los Angeles Times. This was seen as a way to discourage TV documentaries or vanity projects from getting into a race designed for movies that are truly meant for theaters first. HBO was a culprit, and now others are jumping into the docu world including today’s announcement regarding a new documentary unit from CNN.
The new system hasn’t worked out the way its main architect, Oscar-winning documentarian and Academy Doc branch Governor Michael Moore, envisioned, and he is the first to agree at least part of it has been a disaster. “I told them (the Academy) to use that word”, he said. “It’s a miserable failure.” Moore, who serves with co-governors Rob Epstein and Michael Apted, said this after branch members, who had already received a steady but manageable stream of movies to view on DVD through the first 9 months of the year, suddenly had about 80 new titles dumped on their doorsteps with only a month to go before ballots for the first wave of voting are due. Read More »
Beginning with a performance of Monty Norman’s iconic James Bond theme by Vic Flick — the original guitarist who performed it on the Dr. No soundtrack in 1962 — the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences threw a smashing salute, “The Music Of Bond: The First 50 Years”, in front of a packed house Friday night. It was part of a worldwide celebration known as Global James Bond Day; it was on October 5, 1962, that the first Bond film, Dr. No, starring Sean Connery, debuted in the UK. The franchise has continued through six different actors playing the title role including current Bond Daniel Craig, whose third outing as 007 in the 23rd film in the series, Skyfall, opens November 9th.
The evening, produced by the Academy’s Ellen Harrington and flawlessly hosted by film music historian Jon Burlingame, author of the new book The Music Of James Bond, featured a series of terrific clips and several classic opening-credit sequences that highlighted the Bond songs that are a much-awaited part of every one of these films. Onstage guests included Oscar- and Tony-winning lyricist Don Black, who wrote five Bond songs; Bill Conti, who received an Oscar nomination for his title song to For Your Eyes Only (1981); Flick; and a special taped message from Bond star Roger Moore.
Burlingame saved the biggest surprise for last when he debuted a montage of scenes from Skyfall scored with Grammy winner Adele’s title song, which she just “secretly” recorded in London with a 77-piece orchestra. She also co-wrote the tune while 10-time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman got to score his first-ever Bond film. Burlingame noted that within the first 16 hours of the song’s release, it was already in the top 10 in 21 countries and No. 1 in 10 of them including the UK. Read More »
The 1991 Best Picture Oscar sweep of Silence Of The Lambs aside, one of the most egregiously overlooked genres when it comes to voting for Academy Awards is getting a big make-good the entire month of October from the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In honor of Universal‘s year-long 100th anniversary, the Academy tonight begins its celebration of classic horror films in “Universal’s Legacy Of Horror”, the genre in which the studio made its early reputation and a perfect Halloween treat for fans.
Modern horror-meister and enthusiast Guillermo del Toro will host tonight’s opening program, which includes a double bill of newly restored prints of The Bride Of Frankenstein (1935) and Dracula (1931). Among those expected to be in attendance this month is Carla Laemmle, who will turn 103 on October 20. She is the niece of Universal founder Carl Laemmle and an actress who appeared in Phantom Of The Opera (1925) — screening to close the series on October 30 –and tonight’s opener Dracula, a movie for which she is known for speaking the first line of dialogue ever heard in a horror film. She’s the last surviving cast member of both pics. Phantom, by the way, will be an original restoration with the color sequence intact and presented by Oscar-winning film historian Kevin Brownlow. Read More »
My phone started ringing off the hook shortly after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences sent out their press release today detailing key dates in the voting schedule for the 85th annual Academy Awards. Awards consultants I spoke to were clearly thrown for a loop and expressed dismay over the new dates — particularly the Academy’s switch from the previous Oscar nominations announcement date of January 15 to January 10, an unprecedented three days before the Golden Globes.
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Does this blunt the impact of the Globes? In some ways it definitely will as the Academy’s nomination announcement will get enormous attention just as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is drumming up attention for its own big night. Also, the usual window in which studios use Globes wins for newspaper, online and TV advertising is, well, out the window as Oscar nominations will likely take precedence. Last year, there was a week-and-a-half between the Globes ceremony and the Oscar noms. Now the two are much, much closer. The impact, if any, of Globes nominations on Oscar voters is also minimalized as the Globes noms are announced December 13 and Oscar nom voting starts four days later on December 17, with ballots now due back January 3.
And then there is the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Critics Choice Movie Awards, another big telecast movie awards show that usually falls on the Thursday or Friday before the Globes. No date has been announced for 2013, but the group’s decision will certainly be impacted by today’s Academy news. Certainly they don’t want to show to fall on the same day as Oscar nominations, but will they move earlier because of this? There’s only so much wriggle room here. Making things even more crowded and headache-inducing for awards consultants, The National Board Of Review also holds their awards ceremony in New York on January 10th Read More »
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.
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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. Read More »
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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.
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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.
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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: Read More »
As first revealed on Deadline, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is making good on its promise to liven up the official Academy weekend screenings by adding in-person filmmaker participation for the first time. On the June Los … Read More »