August 1, 1991 |
A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that the familiar Oscar statuette that universally symbolizes the Academy Awards is protected by federal copyright laws, striking down an earlier decision that the Oscar had entered the public domain. The ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals was a victory for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which had been fighting a court battle to preserve its trademark rights to the Oscar for more than eight years.
February 18, 1989 |
MGM/UA's decision to jump the gun by running an advertisement touting "Rain Man" as an Academy Award nominee before the nominations were officially announced has prompted a complaint from academy President Richard Kahn. "We regard this as a serious matter and we have communicated our concern to (the studio)," Kahn said in a prepared statement Friday, without providing further details.
March 23, 1996 |
Limousines disgorge fashionable people as the paparazzi move in to snap pictures. It's Oscar night--in Charlotte, N.C. The $75-a-plate bash planned Monday night for the city's Mint Museum of Art is one of a dozen parties nationwide licensed by the motion picture industry as part of a new program to boost excitement about the Oscars. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hopes local publicity about the bashes will spark greater interest in the nationally televised awards show.
November 8, 2007 |
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Academy Museum of Motion Pictures moved one step closer to reality with the announcement today that French architecture firm Atelier Christian de Portzamparc will design the project. The academy's board of governors approved the selection based on the recommendations of an architecture subcommittee whose members include Steven Spielberg, Curtis Hanson, producer Kathleen Kennedy and production designer Jeannine Oppewall. "We did it!"
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June 8, 1997 |
And the Oscar goes to: Nobody. For the second year in a row, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences can thumb its nose at Christie's after the auction house failed Saturday to sell Claudette Colbert's 1934 Oscar for the film "It Happened One Night." Last year, Christie's ignored the Academy's protests and auctioned off Clark Gable's gold-plated statuette from the same film for $607,500.
January 27, 1994 |
Closing the door on a controversy that erupted more than a year ago, leaders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have decided to continue awarding Oscars for short live-action films and short documentaries. The Academy's Board of Governors voted unanimously in favor of both categories late Tuesday night after a brief discussion.
February 3, 2005 |
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wednesday settled disputes about the recipients of producer credit on two nominees for best picture, "The Aviator" and "Million Dollar Baby." The academy was spared a third deliberation because the filmmakers behind "Ray" had independently whittled the credited producers down to three -- the maximum allowed under new rules. The rules are part of an effort to limit the number of producers who come onstage to collect the top Oscar.
September 21, 2007 |
Film history buffs take note: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences plans to open an exhibition featuring more than 110 color and black-and-white storyboards, sketches and watercolor renderings celebrating the works of three illustrators on Sept. 28. The exhibition, which will feature storyboards for Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds," Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments," the 1942 animated classic "Bambi" and dozens of other films, is a first for the academy.
March 22, 1998 |
Have you ever wondered just what actually is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and how you can become a member? Well, here's a brief nuts-and-bolts guide to the 71-year-old organization: Purpose: The academy is a professional organization of more than 6,000 motion picture professionals.
February 6, 2007 |
Oscar the statue, meet Oscar the Grouch. Lawyers for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last week ordered the editor of the 7-year-old OscarWatch.com website to give up the name or face a lawsuit. At issue: The academy owns the "Oscar" trademark and warned founding editor Sasha Stone that she has no legal right to the name and that her website "is likely to confuse visitors searching the academy's site." Stone, who has run OscarWatch.