November 8, 2001
Elmer Bernstein will be honored at 8 tonight at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Carl Reiner will host the event, which will include tributes from directors John Landis ("National Lampoon's Animal House") and Carl Franklin ("Devil in a Blue Dress"); producer Noel Pearson ("My Left Foot"); actor James Coburn ("The Magnificent Seven"); composer Terence Blanchard; and Cecelia DeMille Presley, granddaughter of director Cecil B.
October 3, 2003 |
Responding to restrictions on the distribution of DVDs and videos during Oscar season, Fox Searchlight Pictures said Thursday that it would get its next film seen by awards voters the old-fashioned way: in theaters. Searchlight, the art-house arm of 20th Century Fox, plans a heavy schedule of screenings starting next week of its November release, "In America." The company said it would show the film every Thursday night at four Los Angeles theaters, including the upscale Arclight in Hollywood.
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.
February 10, 2006 |
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rejected Thursday an appeal by Bob Yari, the financier of best-picture nominee "Crash," ruling that the film's Oscar-night producer credits would exclude Yari in favor of director Paul Haggis and Yari's estranged producing partner Cathy Schulman. In turning down Yari's appeal, the academy accepted the "Crash" credits as determined in December by the Producers Guild of America, which had named Haggis and Schulman as the only two producers of "Crash."
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.