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October 11, 2000 | CHARLES SOLOMON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Finally. One Sunday evening in March 2002, a mere 64 years after Shirley Temple presented Walt Disney with a special Oscar for "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"--advising him, "Don't be nervous, Mr. Disney"--the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will give its first award ever for best animated feature. Or at least it might. The new award, the first to be added since the makeup category in 1981, comes after more than a decade of lobbying and debating within the academy.
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August 1, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
As a teenager in the 1960s, Cheryl Boone Isaacs would often spend summers visiting her older brother, an advertising and publicity executive at United Artists in New York City. He would leave her in a screening room to watch movies all day long, fueling her love of film - and a career ambition. After graduating from Whittier College, she landed a job at Columbia Pictures as a film publicist. She remembers pinching herself when she first walked onto the studio lot, then in Burbank.
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April 9, 2011 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
It's a sea change at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In a surprise move announced late Thursday night, the academy went outside its organization and named Dawn Hudson, the head of Film Independent, to fill the chief executive position being vacated by retiring executive director Bruce Davis. Davis' longtime second in command, Ric Robertson, will be chief operating officer and will report to Hudson. The two will take over on June 1. The Board of Governors made the decision after a six-month search process in which the academy's officers — including producer Sid Ganis, screenwriter Phil Robinson, producer Hawk Koch, director Jim Brooks, actress Annette Bening and academy President Tom Sherak — interviewed a slew of potential candidates.
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July 31, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Veteran Hollywood marketer Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been elected the first African American president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that hands out the film industry's Oscars each year. Isaacs, a longtime academy insider who most recently held the job of first vice president, will serve a one-year term with eligibility to stay in the role for three additional years. She was elected Tuesday evening by the academy's 48-member board of governors over Rob Friedman, a board member and Lionsgate motion picture group co-chair.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 2009
Films may have been silent a century ago, but the film projectors weren't. Back in 1909, projectionists would stand in the middle of a venue and hand crank 10-minute one-reelers. Some moviegoers would even sit near the projector because they liked the intermittent click-click sound of the cranking. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is re-creating the sights and the sounds of the moviegoing experience 100 years ago with its "A Century Ago: The Films of 1909 -- The Stars Are Born" on Monday evening and "A Century Ago: The First Films of Mary Pickford" on Tuesday.
HEALTH
February 23, 2009 | Jeannine Stein
It seems the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is not too happy with another, somewhat homonymous ceremony. The academy filed a petition last August with the appeal board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office seeking to have the trademark for "Hackademy Awards" revoked. Those annual awards are given out by Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails, a nonprofit group that promotes clean air and a tobacco-free environment.
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January 27, 2009 | Susan King
Dreams revolving around childhood, religion, relationships and death permeated Federico Fellini's classic films, such as "La Dolce Vita," "8 1/2 " and "Amarcord." So it's no surprise the Oscar-winning Italian filmmaker had a vivid dream life. From the early 1960s until 1990 -- three years before his death in 1993 at age 73 -- he kept a journal by his bedside. Every time he woke up, he quickly wrote down his dreams in prose and drawings. Pages from two of Fellini's journals are making their U.S.
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June 16, 2009 | Susan King
Dick Smith brought the devil out of Linda Blair, transformed Marlon Brando into a jowly Mafia don and punked out Robert De Niro with a startling Mohawk. So what's next for the 86-year-old special effects makeup artist? How about a tribute from his friends and colleagues? Smith's innovative work on "The Exorcist," "The Godfather," "Taxi Driver" and "Amadeus" (for which he won an Oscar) among others has had a huge influence on the field.
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March 27, 2013 | By Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Times
Fay Kanin, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter for the 1958 Clark Gable-Doris Day comedy "Teacher's Pet" and former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, died Wednesday. She was 95. In a writing career that spanned more than four decades, Kanin penned screenplays for movies such as the 1954 Elizabeth Taylor romantic drama "Rhapsody" and television specials such as "Tell Me Where It Hurts," for which she won two Emmy Awards in 1974. She won another Emmy in 1979 for producing "Friendly Fire," a critically acclaimed Carol Burnett TV movie based on the true story of an American soldier killed in the Vietnam War. Kanin served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1979 to 1983, and was its second female president after actress Bette Davis.
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January 6, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Something like a glammed-up re-imagining of the United Nations, year-in, year-out the foreign-language film category at the Oscars is a home to diplomacy, drama, intrigue and heartbreak. And that's just the process to secure a nomination and then the award, to say nothing of the actual storytelling portrayed on-screen. The recently announced shortlist of nine films vying for the nomination in the category did nevertheless contain the two presumed front-runners, the Austrian awards-magnet "Amour" and France's international box office sensation "The Intouchables.
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September 26, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Because so many feature films are being shot on digital these days, more and more theaters across the country have abandoned film projectors for digital ones. So what becomes of existing 35mm films? For archives, revival theaters, art houses and other small venues, it has become a struggle to obtain 35mm prints of vintage, experimental, independent and short films for programming purposes. PHOTOS: Behind-the-scenes of Classic Hollywood "There is one studio that when you ask for a print they will say, 'Show the DVD,'" said film noir historian Alan Rode.
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September 9, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Stepping into the vast vaults of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study in Hollywood on a hot summer day can be a shock to the system. About 77,000 titles are stored at the site located at 1313 N. Vine St. Motion picture materials don't do well in the heat, so the film vaults are kept nicely chilled at temperatures varying between 40 and 60 degrees. The Pickford Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and for the occasion the academy is giving movie fans a special behind-the-scenes look at the facility.
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June 29, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik and Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited 176 new members on Friday, including actors Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain and Kerry Washington; directors Terrence Malick and Asghar Farhadi; producers Grant Heslov and Letty Aronson; and writers Stephen King and Annie Mumolo. Among the new invitees are some high-profile minorities, including actors Demián Bichir, Octavia Spencer and Michelle Yeoh, "Think Like a Man" producer Will Packer and Chinese director Wong Kar Wai. Overall the list includes about 14% nonwhites, academy leaders say, with 30% of the invitees female.
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June 4, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Movies were in their infancy when British director Cecil Hepworth put his family's pet, a collie named Blair, in the 1905 thriller "Rescued by Rover. " Not only is Blair credited with being the first canine film star, but "Rescued by Rover" proved so popular that the film had to be reshot twice because the negatives wore out after so many prints were made. And so began a great love affair between movie audiences and dogs. Since Blair's screen debut, fans have fallen for the faith, devotion and sheer beauty of such four-legged superstars as Rin Tin Tin and the dogs who played Lassie Toto, Asta and Benji.
OPINION
February 25, 2012
Recently on this page we observed that despite the nomination of two black women for acting Oscars this year, leading roles and influence in the entertainment industry continue to be largely out of reach for African Americans. Now, a months-long investigation by The Times into the membership of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which votes on who should receive Oscars, reveals that the organization is overwhelmingly white and male. We're not surprised, and neither are Academy officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Don't worry if you're one of the 100 or so Academy Award nominees who will go home empty-handed Sunday night. On Tuesday, you'll be able to buy yourself an Oscar. A record 15 Oscar statuettes will be sold to the highest bidders during an online and telephone sale conducted by a Brentwood auction house. The sale of the statuettes, which include those awarded for such classics as "Citizen Kane," "How Green Was My Valley" and "Wuthering Heights," is expected to generate as much as $4 million in bids, according to auctioneer Nate D. Sanders.
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