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OSCAR® NOMINEES TO BE HONORED AT ACADEMY LUNCHEON

February 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

LOS ANGELES, CA – More than 175 Oscar® nominees will come together at noon on Monday, February 5, at the Beverly Hilton when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors this year’s Oscar contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon.

Among the Lead Actor and Actress nominees, Timothée Chalamet, Sally Hawkins, Daniel Kaluuya, Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman, Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan and Meryl Streep are expected to attend the pre-Oscars® event. Supporting Actor and Actress nominees Mary J. Blige, Willem Dafoe, Allison Janney, Richard Jenkins, Laurie Metcalf, Sam Rockwell and Octavia Spencer also will join in the celebratory lunch.

All five nominees in the Directing category – Paul Thomas Anderson, Guillermo del Toro, Greta Gerwig, Jordan Peele and Christopher Nolan – are expected to attend as well. There are 200 nominees and five countries represented in this year’s class.

The 90th Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 8,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.

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ACADEMY REVEALS WINNING NICHOLL SCREENWRITERS

October 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Scripts to be performed at live read in November
LOS ANGELES, CA – Four individuals and one writing team have been selected as winners of the 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition.  The fellows will each receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read on Thursday, November 2, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  For the fifth consecutive year, an ensemble of actors will be reading selected scenes from the winning scripts.

The 2017 winners are (listed alphabetically by author):

Vigil Chime, “Bring Back Girl”

SJ Inwards, “Jellyfish Summer”

Max Lance and Jen Bailey, “The Queen of Sleaze”

KG Rockmaker, “Last Days of Winter”

Cesar Vitale, “The Great Nothing”
A total of 7,102 scripts were submitted for this year’s competition. Nine individual screenwriters and one writing team were selected as finalists.  Their scripts were then read and judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, who ultimately voted the winners.

The 2017 finalists are (listed alphabetically by author):

Donn Kennedy, “Roll the Bones”

Lillian Wang, “P.O. Box 1142”

Sharon Walker, “The Cutting Season”

Michael A. Wright, “Still Life”

Chris Ryan Yeazel, “The Savage”
Fellowships are awarded with the understanding that the recipients will each complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year.  The Academy acquires no rights to the works of Nicholl fellows and does not involve itself commercially in any way with their completed scripts.

The Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee is chaired by writer Robin Swicord.  The members of the committee are writers Tina Gordon Chism, Larry Karaszewski, Dan Petrie Jr., Eric Roth, Misan Sagay, Kirsten Smith and Tyger Williams; animation director Jennifer Yuh Nelson; cinematographer Steven Poster; executives Marcus Hu and Bill Mechanic; producers Stephanie Allain, Albert Berger, Julia Chasman, Julie Lynn and Robert W. Shapiro; and sound Bobbi Banks.

The global competition, which aims to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters, has awarded 152 fellowships since it began in 1986.  In 2017 several past Nicholl fellows added to their feature film and television credits:

  • Allison Anders directed and Nikole Beckwith co-wrote “Beaches,” which aired on Lifetime. Allison also directed episodes of “Riverdale” and “Time After Time.”  Nikole co-wrote “Three Generations,” which opened theatrically in May.
  • Destin Cretton and Andrew Lanham wrote and Destin directed “The Glass Castle,” which opened theatrically in June. Destin and Andrew co-wrote “The Shack,” which opened theatrically in March.
  • Sean Robert Daniels was on the writing staff of “High Rollers” and was head writer on “Grit,” both of which aired on South African television.
  • Bob Edwards co-wrote and produced the feature documentary “The Last Laugh,” which opened theatrically in March.
  • Jacob Estes co-wrote “Rings,” which opened theatrically in February.
  • Ken Kristensen is a writer on the forthcoming TV series “The Punisher” on Netflix and “Happy” on SyFy.
  • Tianna Lanham co-wrote “Il Nido” (“The Nest”), which had its North American premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
  • Karen Moncrieff directed and Rebecca Sonnenshine wrote “The Keeping Hours,” which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Rebecca is a co-executive producer of the television series “Outcast.”
  • Eric Nazarian co-wrote “Three Christs,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
  • Mike Rich co-wrote “Cars 3,” which opened theatrically in June.
  • Abel and Burlee Vang wrote and directed “Bedeviled,” which opened theatrically in June.

Tickets for the 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read are now available at Oscars.org/Events.  Casting for the live read will be announced at a later date.

 

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THE ACADEMY CELEBRATES THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF WALT DISNEY’S “BAMBI”

May 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will host a special screening of the Oscar®-nominated animated feature “Bambi” in honor of the film’s 75th anniversary on Monday, May 15 at 7:30p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Hosted by film critic Leonard Maltin, the evening will feature a panel discussion with voice actors Donnie Dunagan (voice of young Bambi), Peter Behn (voice of young Thumper), animator Andreas Deja and production designer Paul Felix.

“Bambi” earned three Oscar nominations for Music – Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture, Music – Song, and Sound Recording.

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10 LIVE ACTION SHORTS ADVANCE IN 2016 OSCAR® RACE

November 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 89th Academy Awards®.  One hundred thirty-seven pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

“Bon Voyage,” Marc Wilkins, director, and Joël Jent, producer (Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduction)

“Ennemis Intérieurs,” Sélim Azzazi, director (Qualia Films)

“Graffiti,” Lluis Quilez, director (Participant Media, Euphoria Productions and Ainur Films)

“La Femme et le TGV,” Timo von Gunten, director (arbel gmbh)

“Nocturne in Black,” Jimmy Keyrouz, director (Columbia University)

“The Rifle, the Jackal, the Wolf and the Boy,” Oualid Mouaness, director (Tricycle Logic)

“Silent Nights,” Aske Bang, director, and Kim Magnusson, producer (M & M Productions)

“Sing (Mindenki),” Kristof Deák, director (Meteor Filmstudio)

“Timecode,” Juanjo Giménez, director (Nadir Films)

“The Way of Tea (Les Frémissements du Thé),” Marc Fouchard, director, and Matthieu Devillers, producer (Existenz, BlackBox and P904)

Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting.

Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist.  Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in December.

Nominations for the 89th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.  The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

ABC SIGNS EXPANSIVE NEW AGREEMENT TO BROADCAST THE OSCARS®, HOLLYWOOD’S BIGGEST ENTERTAINMENT CEREMONY, THROUGH 2028

August 31, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

LOS ANGELES, CA – ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that they have expanded their agreement for eight more years, in which the Network will remain home to the Oscars®, Hollywood’s biggest entertainment ceremony of the year, through 2028. The new agreement for the domestic network of the Academy Awards® adds eight years to the existing contract, which was scheduled to expire in 2020.

“We’re honored to continue our storied and successful partnership with ABC in broadcasting the most watched live entertainment event of the year,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “In 2028, we’ll mark the Oscars 100th anniversary, and ABC is the perfect partner to help us celebrate the magic of movies with our fans. On behalf of the Academy, I thank Jim Gianopulos, our Academy Treasurer and chair of the Board’s Finance Committee, and Disney/ABC’s Ben Sherwood, for leading these efforts.”

“After hosting the Academy Awards more than 50 times, ABC has become the home for Hollywood’s most prestigious and glamorous night of television. With this new landmark agreement, ABC is proud to showcase the Oscars all the way to their Centennial celebration in 2028,” said Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group. “Broadcast television brings together the biggest audiences with high-quality live events, and ABC has the brightest, boldest lineup in the business,” Sherwood said. “We look forward to teaming with the Academy to bring Oscar Sunday to even greater creative heights as we spotlight motion picture magic and honor the achievements of the most talented members of the film industry.”

“The Academy’s partnership with ABC has been one of the most enduring in Hollywood,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “Both the Academy and ABC set high bars for excellence, and ABC has a proven passion to help us deliver a great show to our global audience. We couldn’t think of a more trusted collaborator to further our mission of inspiring and connecting the world through film.”

“We are elated the Oscars will continue to call ABC home,” said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment. “The ceremony is an important part of network programming, and we’re looking forward to continuing our partnership with the Academy and delivering a multi-faceted, and multi-platform, ceremony celebrating the world’s biggest stars and honoring excellence in filmmaking.”

The Academy’s negotiating team was led by Boone Isaacs, Hudson, Gianopulos, attorneys Chris Tayback and Ken Ziffren, economic advisor John Sandbrook and Academy in-house counsel Scott Miller.

The Disney/ABC Television Group’s negotiating team consisted of Sherwood; Dungey; Jana Wingrade, head of Business Operations; Jennifer Mayo, senior vice president, Business Affairs; Grant Michaelson, vice president, Business Affairs; Mark Mazie, chief counsel, Media Networks; and Stewart Harrison, deputy chief counsel.

The 89th Academy Awards will be held Oscar® Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
About the Academy
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 7,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.

About the Disney|ABC Television Group
Disney|ABC Television Group is comprised of The Walt Disney Company’s global entertainment and news television properties, owned television stations group, and radio business. This includes ABC Studios, the ABC Owned Television Stations Group, and the ABC Television Network, which provides entertainment, news and kids programming to viewers via more than 200 affiliated stations across the U.S. It also includes Disney Channels Worldwide, a portfolio of 107 kid-driven, family-inclusive entertainment channels, including Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Radio Disney brands, as well as cable network Freeform (formerly ABC Family.) Disney|ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution and Disney Media Distribution round out the portfolio. Disney|ABC Television Group also has equity interests in A+E Networks and Hulu.

THE ACADEMY FOCUSES A “SPOTLIGHT ON SCREENWRITING” IN NEW YORK CITY

May 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Screenwriting Series to Feature Films by Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder, An Evening with Walter Bernstein, and a Special Sneak Preview of “Ghostbusters”
New York, NY – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present “Spotlight on Screenwriting,” a summer series illuminating the art of writing for motion pictures, beginning May 15 at various venues in New York City. The programs include onstage conversations and screenings of acclaimed films spanning nine decades.

Hollywood’s Happiest Couple: Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett
May 15 and 16 at Film Forum, 209 W. Houston Street

The series launches with a two-day celebration one of Hollywood’s most famous creative partnerships. Jim Moore, biographer and grandson of writer, producer and former Academy President Charles Brackett, will introduce three films co-written by the legendary team: “Ninotchka,” “The Lost Weekend” and “Sunset Blvd.,” all of which won or were nominated for multiple Oscars®.

Hollywood’s Darkest Moment: “The Front” Screening and Q&A
June 7 at the SVA Theater, 333 W. 23rd Street

A 40th anniversary screening of “The Front” will be followed by an onstage conversation with screenwriter Walter Bernstein, who received a 1976 Oscar® nomination for his original screenplay. Bernstein, who was among dozens of screenwriters blacklisted during the 1940s and ’50s, will discuss his personal experiences and the lasting legacy of one of Hollywood’s darkest periods with Michael Barker, co-president and co-founder of Sony Pictures Classics.

Ghostbusters: A Sneak Preview
July TBA at the SVA Theater, 333 W. 23rd Street

The series will conclude in July with a preview screening of this year’s much-anticipated summer release “Ghostbusters.” Screenwriter Katie Dippold will discuss the process of adapting the screenplay from the 1984 film of the same name.

For more information on “Spotlight on Screenwriting” and to purchase tickets, please visit the Academy’s event pages at www.oscars.org/events

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The Academy Opens the Pod Bay Doors for “2001: A Space Odyssey” in 70mm

July 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the 1968 science fiction epic “2001: A Space Odyssey” as the fifth film in its series “The Last 70mm Film Festival” on Monday, August 6, at 7 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The film was nominated for four Academy Awards®, including Art Direction (Tony Masters, Harry Lange, Ernie Archer), Directing (Stanley Kubrick), and Writing – Story and screenplay written directly for the screen (Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke), and won an Oscar® for Special Visual Effects (Kubrick).

The 70mm short “To Be Alive!”, which won the Academy Award® for Documentary Short Subject in 1965, will be screened prior to the film. Shot over an 18-month period in Italy, Nigeria and the United States, the film traces the journey from childhood to adulthood in different cultures.

“The Last 70mm Film Festival,” showcasing 70mm classics from different genres as well as rarely screened 70mm short subjects, concludes on Monday, August 13, with a screening of a new 70mm print of another film directed by Stanley Kubrick, “Spartacus” (1960).

All remaining tickets for “The Last 70mm Film Festival” are now sold out. A standby line will form on the day of the event, and standby numbers will be assigned starting at approximately 5:30 p.m. Any available tickets will be distributed shortly before the program begins. Ticket holders should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the event to ensure a seat in the theater. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For the latest pre-show details, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

“GRAND PRIX” PICKS UP SPEED IN 70MM

July 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the 1966 racing spectacular “Grand Prix” as the third film in its series “The Last 70mm Film Festival” on Monday, July 23, at 7 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The evening will also welcome Academy Award®-winning actress Eva Marie Saint, who played love interest Louise Frederickson, and actress Evans Evans, widow of director John Frankenheimer, for an onstage discussion prior to the film.

The film won Academy Awards® in all three of the categories in which it was nominated: Film Editing (Fredric Steinkamp, Henry Berman, Stewart Linder, Frank Santillo), Sound (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio Sound Department, Franklin E. Milton, sound director) and Sound Effects (Gordon Daniel).

The 70mm short “The March of Todd-AO” (1959), a follow-up to “The Miracle of Todd-AO,” will also be screened before the film. This spectacular short follows the United States Navy Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean during the summer of 1958. The camera captures every moment of flight from takeoff from the aircraft carrier Essex to a flyover of Beirut. The film also includes a visit to the Brussels World’s Fair and scenes of Vatican City during the coronation of Pope John XXIII.

“The Last 70mm Film Festival,” continues on Mondays through August 13, showcasing 70mm classics from different genres as well as rarely screened 70mm short subjects.  The remaining screenings in the series are:

July 30    “The Sound of Music” (1965)
August 6    “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968)
August 13    “Spartacus” (1960)
Series passes and tickets for “The Last 70mm Film Festival” are now sold out. A standby line will form on the day of the event, and standby numbers will be assigned starting at approximately 5:30 p.m. Any available tickets will be distributed shortly before the program begins. Ticket holders should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the event to ensure a seat in the theater. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For the latest pre-show details, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

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