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Oscar-Nominated Film Now Aiming To WIN An Emmy For Netflix – How Is It Eligible For Both?

By | Monday July 21, 2014 @ 11:39am PDT
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Oscar-Nominated Film Now Aiming To WIN An Emmy For Netflix – How Is It Eligible For Both?The Squarea harrowing documentary about the Egyptian revolution as seen through the eyes of six of its participants, was Oscar-nominated in the 2013 Best Feature Documentary race. So how come it is suddenly a major contender at the Emmys too? Inquiries have come to our attention, including one calling for its withdrawal from Emmy competition, so I decided to check it out.

Daytime Emmy Awards WinnersThe film, which accounts for four of the impressive 31 Emmy nominations Netflix received this year, was picked up by the streaming service and qualified last year for the Oscar race with a seven-day run, according to the Television Academy, which has assured me they thoroughly examined this one. “The Square was not in general release prior to it TV appearance; rather, it qualified for the Oscars under the ‘one week NY-LA limited screening rule’ which would not have affected Emmy eligibility. Please know that we and the documentary peer group vetted the hell out of this one, and it’s good to Emmy go,” according to John Leverence, SVP Awards for the TV Academy. Read More »

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Oscars: Controversy Erupts Over New Documentary Branch Rules – Are Smaller, More Serious Films Being Pushed Out Of Race?

Pete Hammond

Oscars: Controversy Erupts Over New Documentary Branch Rules – Are Smaller, More Serious Films Being Pushed Out Of Race?The June 27th announcement by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences regarding new and tweaked rules for the 87th Academy Awards seemed pretty much by-the-numbers at the time, but in the days since has engendered controversy over a new requirement in the Documentary Feature category that now requires even stiffer regulations for a film’s seven-day qualifying run. Instead of the previous requirement of two shows a day without specifying times, the new rule calls for a minimum of four shows per day at theatres in LA and NY with screenings beginning between noon-10 PM including at least one “prime” show beginning between 6-10 PM. Sources at the Academy tell me this is an effort to get the films seen by the public in a theatrical setting.

“The main reason was to get those documentaries to be seen by paying audiences,” an Academy executive told me. “As you know a lot of those (qualifying runs ) movies are basically four-walled at 11 AM and nobody sees them in a theatre. So by allowing  four showings daily for a week it allows so much greater access for the consumer and the public to see these movies.” I am told the docu branch leadership was passionate about the change because “it really allows the movie fan to see documentaries with so much more opportunity.” It also reinforces the idea that these Oscar-qualifying films are indeed theatrical experiences, something the Academy has always been rightfully concerned about emphasizing in their annual competition. Read More »

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Academy Sues Auction House & Oscar Winner’s Heirs For Selling 1942 Statuette

By | Tuesday July 1, 2014 @ 7:14pm PDT

Academy Sues Auction House & Oscar Winner’s Heirs For Selling 1942 StatuetteAs it has dozens of times before, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has sued in response to someone trying to make a buck hawking an Oscar. This time the case involves a statuette sold to an unknown buyer for nearly $80,000 just one week ago. In a suit filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here), the Academy takes umbrage to Briarbrook Auction Services auctioning off the Oscar awarded to Joseph Wright in 1942 for his color and 220px-Mygalsal02art direction on My Gal Sal. The Academy’s bylaws strictly spell out that neither the recipients of the awards nor their successors — Wright died in 1985 — can sell the statuettes without first offering them to the Academy. The suit says Academy officials sent a letter explaining its rules to the Rhode Island-based auction house and followed with calls — one of which, it says, ended with the woman who answered hanging up with she learned it was Hollywood calling. The suit says Briarbrook auctioned off the Oscar on June 24 anyway, netting $79,200. Now the Academy is suing for that amount and other damages and seeking a jury trial. Attorneys Gary Gans, Christopher Tayback and William Rollins of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan are representing the Academy.

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Academy Reveals Submission Dates For 87th Oscars

By | Tuesday July 1, 2014 @ 11:02am PDT

Academy Reveals Submission Dates For 87th OscarsThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced category submission deadlines for 87th Academy Awards consideration.

Here are the dates:

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Academy Approves New Rules For 87th Oscars, But They’re Not Earth-Shaking

By | Friday June 27, 2014 @ 12:27pm PDT
Pete Hammond

Academy Approves New Rules For 87th Oscars, But They’re Not Earth-ShakingThe new rules that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences‘ Board of Governors approved for the 87th Oscars are minor tweaks to existing rules and won’t greatly affect this year’s race. The most significant change allows producer duos who meet certain criteria to compete as a single producer, which creates the possibility of more producing nominees for Best Picture. Also, if a music group opts to submit a song for Oscar consideration under the group’s name, its members will receive only one statuette rather than one for everyone in the band. And in what sounds like a no-brainer, studios and production companies now have a cap on the number of actors and actresses they can nominate from a single film. This will curb the common practice of simply submitting an alphabetical list of a pic’s entire cast. Here is today’s AMPAS release: Read More »

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DeadlineNow: Oscars — New Academy Members & New Rules

By | Thursday June 26, 2014 @ 4:01pm PDT
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AMPAS Invites 270-Plus, Makes Tweaks

It's been a busy week for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which unveiled new Oscar rules and invited 271 folks to join up, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the Duplass brothers and Olivier Assayas. Deadline's Awards Columnist Pete Hammond and Dominic Patten discuss all the news.

Related: Oscar Music Branch Rules Changed In Wake Of ‘Alone Yet Not Alone’ Controversy Last Year

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Movie Academy Invites 271 New Members

Movie Academy Invites 271 New MembersThe Oscar organization has unveiled its annual invitees list for 2014. Check out the release below:

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014. “This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”

The 2014 invitees are:

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Oscar Music Branch Rules Changed In Wake Of ‘Alone Yet Not Alone’ Controversy Last Year

By | Wednesday June 25, 2014 @ 12:04pm PDT
Pete Hammond

Oscar Music Branch Rules Changed In Wake Of ‘Alone Yet Not Alone’ Controversy Last YearThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced updated rules and regulations in how contending movies can be promoted and marketed to members, but other than a specific addition to rules concerning the music branch, there wasn’t much new in the announcement except a tweak here and there. Publicists and Academy consultants were invited to a meeting earlier this month led by Academy CEO Dawn Hudson and marketing head Christina Kounelias. As is the case each year following Oscar season, they are given the opportunity to offer feedback on the rules and serve up any improvements that might be needed. But the only real change came about because of the controversy over the Best Song nomination for the obscure, then-unknown “Alone Yet Not Alone” from the film of the same title (which finally was released to theaters this month). As first reported on Deadline just hours after nominations were announced, Former Academy Governor and Music Branch head Bruce Broughton had contacted several members of the branch via email to urge them to give consideration to the song he co-wrote with lyricist Dennis Spiegel. This ran afoul of accepted Oscar campaigning behavior and raised eyebrows within — and outside of — the branch. It led to a near-unprecedented disqualification of the song, despite vigorous protests from Broughton, who previously had hired a music publicist to help with his grass roots campaign before deciding to contact members (at least 70) on his own. Because of his insider connectionsalone-yet-not-alone in the Academy it appeared he had an unfair advantage over other contenders (“Let It Go” from Frozen was the eventual winner). In an obvious, and inevitable, reaction to this, the Academy has now decided to spell out this new rule very clearly: Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Focus Features’ ‘The Boxtrolls’ Aims To Join DWA’s ‘Dragon’ As Early Animated Oscar Bet (Video)

Pete Hammond

It looks like the 2014 Oscar race for Best Animated Feature is already heating up. Boxtrolls First Official TrailerDreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 opens today and could be No. 1 for the weekend. At any rate, it is getting such superlative reviews  (especially for a sequel) that it is already looking like a front-runner for that Oscar that was denied to the original in 2010, when it had to compete against the Disney/Pixar juggernaut Toy Story 3, which also benefited from a Best Picture nomination.  That movie of course was a second sequel and it obviously wasn’t hurt by the label. how-to-train-your-dragon-2-trailerDWA has already started its campaign with mailings to various awards groups of the hardcover coffee table book The Art Of  How To Train Your Dragon 2 (I have already gotten two copies including one yesterday that came in a black leather backpack that looked suspiciously like Toothless, the star Dragon of the title).

With a sterling 92% fresh score at Rotten Tomatoes, Dragon 2 is definitely in play and many pundits are already predicting it to win, even though it’s only June and there’s more to come including the latest from Focus Features, The Boxtrolls. Focus started its campaign for their animated film even earlier by sending select media a big toy box container with special slots for the various characters in the film starting with Eggs and Fish and the promise of two more shipments. Yesterday, a second shipment arrived containing Winnie and Shoe. Yes folks, the campaign has started in earnest. Here’s the first full trailer:

Laika, the Portland, OR-based animation studio behind Boxtrolls, received Oscar nominations for its first two animated features ParaNorman and Coraline, and now are hoping the third time is the charm with The Boxtrolls, which opens September 26 as the company’s third stop-motion release with Focus Features. Read More »

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Academy Announces Medal Placements At The 2014 Student Oscars

By | Saturday June 7, 2014 @ 7:19pm PDT

oscars 45Fifteen student Oscar winners from colleges and universities across the globe were named tonight by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which unveiled medal placements in the Alternative, Animation, Documentary, Narrative, and Foreign selections. Adrian Grenier, Nate Parker, Demian Bechir, and Frozen directing/producing team Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck, and Peter Del Vecho unveiled the winners at the ceremony held at the DGA:

Alternative
Gold Medal: Person, Drew Brown, The Art Institute of Jacksonville, Florida
Silver Medal: Oscillate, Daniel Sierra, School of Visual Arts, New York

Animation
Gold Medal: Owned, Daniel Clark and Wesley Tippetts, Brigham Young University, Utah
Silver Medal: Higher Sky, Teng Cheng, University of Southern California
Bronze Medal: Yamashita, Hayley Foster, Loyola Marymount University, California

Documentary
Gold Medal: The Apothecary, Helen Hood Scheer, Stanford University
Silver Medal: White Earth, J. Christian Jensen, Stanford University
Bronze Medal: One Child, Zijian Mu, New York University

Narrative
Gold Medal: Above the Sea, Keola Racela, Columbia University, New York
Silver Medal: Door God, Yulin Liu, New York University
Bronze Medal: Interstate, Camille Stochitch, American Film Institute, California

Foreign Film
Gold Medal: Nocebo, Lennart Ruff, University of Television and Film Munich, Germany
Silver Medal: Paris on the Water, Hadas Ayalon, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Bronze Medal: Border Patrol, Peter Baumann, The Northern Film School, United Kingdom

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DeadlineNow: Early Frontrunners In The Oscar Race (Video)

By | Thursday May 29, 2014 @ 4:50pm PDT
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The 2014 Oscar Season Has Begun

The Oscars are a long way off, but with Cannes having just finished, already some potential contenders for Hollywood's biggest prize could be emerging. Deadline's Pete Hammond and Dominic Patten discuss who could nab a nomination.

Related: Oscars: How Cannes May Have More Impact Than Ever On The 2014 Race

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`The Sting’ Will Sing On Broadway In Latest Film-To-Stage Adaptation

By | Wednesday May 28, 2014 @ 10:52am PDT
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1973 Oscar Winner 'The Sting' Coming To The Great White Way

A musical version of Robert Redford starrer 'The Sting' is coming to Broadway in the latest film-to-stage adaptation. Chief theater columnist Jeremy Gerard reports.

Screen Shot 2014-05-27 at 7.34.54 PMUPDATES WITH MORE DETAILS — EXCLUSIVE: Professor Harold Hill, Bill Starbuck, Max Bialystock — Broadway loves a con artist, especially one with a sense of humor. I’ve learned that the latest film tapped to tap its way to the Broadway stage is George Roy Hill’s 1973 Oscar winner The Sting. That was, of course, his second outing with the rainmaking team of Robert Redford and Paul Newman (after Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid in 1969). Set in Depression Era Chicago, the film set up Redford as a low-rent swindler who strikes a deal with Newman’s Mr. Big Time to set the stage for an elaborate revenge scam. The Sting won Oscars for Best Film along with director, screenplay (David S. Ward), costumes (Edith Head), editing (William Reynolds) and that sublime score, fashioned by the late  Marvin Hamlisch with no small assist from Scott Joplin (among other things the film did so well was spark a resurgence of interest in ragtime music). Redford was a best-actor nominee.

bobmartinThe trio set to turn the movie into a stage show betrays a slightly cocky sensibility on behalf of the producing team headed by Broadway’s Araca Group (A Raisin In The Sun, 56th Annual Tony Awards - PressroomCinderella), newly-appointed EuropaCorp president Matt Gross’s Gross Entertainment (Body of Proof, Dirty Sexy MoneyAcross The Universe, ) and Universal Stage Productions (Bring It On: The Musical): Bob Martin, who won a Tony as co-writer of the nostalgia drenched The Drowsy Chaperone, will team with Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann, who won Tonys for the decidedly unconventional, entertainingly agitprop musical Urinetown, which recently opened in London. Read More »

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Cannes: Harvey Weinstein Plans Big Oscar Push For ‘Eleanor Rigby’, Jessica Chastain And James McAvoy

Mike Fleming

After a 10-minute standing ovation at its Cannes premiere this week,elean Harvey Weinstein is going to make a big awards-season push on The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby, and in particular the performances of Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. Following that thunderous ovation and glowing reviews, Weinstein told his marketing team it has been a long time since he’d seen performances like these, and that they were to start working on the Oscar campaign strategy and go for it.

Cannes2014_badge__140417160328-150x150 (1)The new strategy will be to release the Ned Benson-directed film on September 26 at the start of awards-season films. I mean Them, the version that played Cannes, the one that Benson cut to tell a straight narrative story. Some six weeks later into Oscar season, TWC will release Him and Her, the two versions of the love story that played to acclaim at Toronto last fall. I saw Them at its later premiere screening, and came away feeling that Weinstein has a lot to work with. It is a moving story of a married couple on the rocks which showed sides of Chastain and McAvoy I hadn’t seen before. I came away actually wanting to see the other two versions, something I never expected.

Related: Cannes: How New Version Of ‘Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby’ Found Its Way To Croisette

disapOne of the most interesting occurrences of the festival is how some of the best reviewed films here found their groove, something my colleague Pete Hammond has been chronicling all week. It’s clear that Bennett Miller was smart to avoid the last Oscar season so that he could take the time to make Foxcatcher as good as he could, a move done in concert with Sony Pictures Classics and producer/financier Megan Ellison. That movie also played like gangbusters here and will be right there in the Oscar mix.

Related: Cannes: Hollywood Arrives In Force As American Films And Stars Crash The Competition

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Cannes: ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ Director’s Suicide Hits Hard

Malik BendjelloulTuesday’s suicide of Malik Bendjelloul, director of the Best Documentary Feature Oscar winner Searching For Sugar Man, became a topic at two Cannes press conferences today. At this afternoon’s session with the competition jury members, fellow Scandinavian director Nicolas Winding Refn called it “a very tragic affair. I read about it this morning. He was a wonderful filmmaker, and I feel very sorry for what he’s left behind. Cannes2014_badgeIt’s a terrible thing. Life is a beautiful gift.” Another of this year’s jurors, Mexican actor-director Gael Garcia Bernal also was shaken up by the news. “I met him last year at the Oscars,” he said. “It’s very shocking news. I am very sad that it has to end like that.”

Related: R.I.P. ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ Oscar Winner Malik Bendjelloul

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Deadline Awards Watch 73 – The Hammond Hits Broadway Episode

By and | Saturday May 10, 2014 @ 1:47pm PDT

Deadline Awards Watch ep 73In this week’s podcast, Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond and host David Bloom get the latest from Pete’s annual Broadway pilgrimage to see as many awards contenders (beginning with that ultimate contender, Rocky) as possible ahead of the Tonys, before heading to France for the Cannes Film Festival. With Cannes just days away, we survey the summer Oscar contenders and ponder whether any of them can “reverse the curse” of poor awards-season showings in recent years. Read More »

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OSCARS: Dawn Hudson Gets New Three-Year Contract; Is Cheryl Boone Isaacs Re-Election Next?

Pete Hammond

The Board Of Governors of the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Tuesday night renewed, as expected, CEO Dawn Hudson‘s contract 2013 Governors Awards: Dawn Hudsonfor another three years.  The fact that it was a three-year renewal is seen as a real vote of confidence on the part of the Board. There were rumors that some only wanted to re-up her for a year, but this never panned out. She’s in for the long haul. Her predecessor, Bruce Davis, served for 30 years. This new contract will take Hudson through the planned opening of the Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures, which is scheduled to be unveiled in 2017. It’s only appropriate since she has been a main mover and shaker in the drive to make the long-dreamed-of museum a reality.

Under Hudson’s tenure, ratings for the Oscar show have consistently gone up, and there has been stability in the selection of producers — a long-desired Academy goal — with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron re-upping for a third year to produce the show in 2015.Oscar_badge__140302212232 This is the longest tenure for Academy Award show producers since Gil Cates did it three times in a row 1995-97.  She also has been a leading voice for diversity in all aspects of the Academy since signing on for her gig in April 2011. And for the first time last year there was a general Academy membership meeting in May which also re-emphasized her goal of making the notoriously closed organization a little more democratic. Plans for a similar meeting this year have yet to be announced. Also for the first time this year, all 24 Oscar categories were open to all members and a mailing was sent with screeners including nominees for Best Foreign Language Film, Short and Feature Documentaries, Live Action and Animated shorts. Previously most of these categories were limited to members who attended special screenings.

Hudson got off to a shaky start in 2011 as staff shakeups and private complaints about her management style threatened to disrupt the normally quiet and conservative institution. All that has settled as the Academy membership started embracing change which was not always easy with this group. One example was the introduction of online voting in 2012. The first year was rocky indeed, but things were smoothed out in the last season and there were few complaints about its implementation. Learning curves can sometimes be difficult but Hudson and the Academy leadership weathered the storm. Read More »

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OSCARS: Craig Zadan & Neil Meron Return To Produce In 2015

86th Annual Academy Awards - ShowWe’re hearing the Academy is aiming for consistency and has nailed down Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to produce the Oscarcast for a third year running. Here’s how much consistency: the Academy announced the pair was returning for the 86th Oscars almost exactly a year ago (and they announced Ellen DeGeneres as host that August). It’s the first time since 1997-1999 (Gil Cates) that the Oscars has had the same producer three years in a row. In March, Meron, Zadan and DeGeneres together built a show that drew 43.7 million viewers with a 13.1/33 rating in adults 18-49, the most watched Academy Awards since 2000 and the highest-rated in the demo since 2010. The speculation right now is if the Academy wants consistency with the producers then they’d seek it with a host, but nothing has been set. Here’s today’s release:

Oscar_badge__140302212232BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Motion picture, television and theater producing team Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return to produce the Oscars for a third consecutive year, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today. The 87th Oscars will air live on the ABC Television Network on Oscar® Sunday, February 22, 2015.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Craig and Neil back to produce the Oscars again in 2015,” said Boone Isaacs. “Their showmanship has elevated the show to new heights and we are excited to keep the momentum going with this creative partnership.”

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Deadline Awards Watch 70: The Cannes Lineup Assessment Podcast

By and | Thursday April 17, 2014 @ 8:39pm PDT

Deadline Awards Watch podcast 70In this week’s podcast, Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond and host David Bloom assess the just-announced lineup for this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which competing films have serious Oscar hopes and which pics Pete can’t wait to see when he hits the Croisette for Deadline next month. Today also was the last day for would-be Emmy voters to make themselves eligible with the TV Academy, and Pete and David take a look at the Emmy campaigns that are heating up, while also grumpily acknowledging the first Oscar campaign of the 2015 season. Finally, Pete gives his take on the weekend’s notable movie debuts, including Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence, the Woody Allen-John Tuturro collaboration Fading Gigolo and faith-based hit-in-the-making Heaven Is For Real. Read More »

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Academy Sets 2015 Oscar Nominations Date For Jan. 15; Governors Awards Nov. 8

By | Thursday April 17, 2014 @ 10:07am PDT

Oscar_badge__140302212232The 2015 Oscars date was set last year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences when they announced the 2014 date, which shifted a week owing to a conflict with the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi Olympics. New today are dates for the nominations announcement — Thursday, January 15 — which gives voters about five weeks before final ballots are due February 17. The past couple of years members had six weeks to see everything and cast their ballots. The Governors Awards are set for November 8. Here is this season’s timeline:

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network today announced the dates for the 87th Oscars. The Academy Awards presentation will air live on ABC on Oscar® Sunday, February 22, 2015. Key dates for the Awards season are:

Saturday, November 8, 2014
The Governors Awards

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Official Screen Credits and music submissions due

Monday, December 29, 2014
Nominations voting begins 8 a.m., PT

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Nominations voting ends 5 p.m., PT

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Oscar nominations announced

Monday, February 2, 2015
Oscar Nominees Luncheon

Friday, February 6, 2015
Final voting begins 8 a.m., PT

Saturday, February 7, 2015
Scientific and Technical Awards

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Final voting ends 5 p.m., PT

Sunday, February 22, 2015
87th Academy Awards begins 7 p.m., ET/ 4 p.m., PT

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