January 13, 1999 |
Whoopi Goldberg will host the 71st Oscar ceremony, replacing reigning Academy Award quipster Billy Crystal, who has opted not to return for a seventh show this year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday. The announcement is a boon for Goldberg, who hosted the 66th and 68th Oscars and was credited for rescuing the show after David Letterman's one-time hosting stint (for the 67th awards) drew criticism.
January 14, 2004 |
A copy of "The Last Samurai" has surfaced online, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said the day after it announced it was investigating the appearance on the Internet of the comedy "Something's Gotta Give." The academy said Warner Bros., which distributed "The Last Samurai," reported the incident Tuesday. The studio declined to say whether it had identified the source of the unauthorized copy.
May 1, 2003 |
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has taken initial steps to rein in the aggressive Oscar campaigning of the past couple of years. The academy board of governors met Tuesday night for the first time since this year's awards ceremony, and academy President Frank Pierson said Wednesday that he will appoint a committee "to write some new rules."
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March 17, 2000 |
A shipment of Oscar statuettes for the upcoming Academy Awards have apparently been stolen, just weeks after thousands of Oscar ballots were lost, the academy said Thursday. "The statuettes have turned up missing in the city of Bell and we believe they have been stolen," Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences spokesman John Pavlik said late Thursday. He declined to elaborate, saying academy Executive Director Bruce Davis would discuss the matter further at a news conference this morning.
July 3, 2006 |
A series of changes in the rules governing the way foreign-language films are selected has been approved by governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In one change, entries in the best foreign-language category will no longer have to be in an official language of the country submitting the film. So long as the dominant language is not English, the academy noted, a picture from any country may be in any language or combination of languages.
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.