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February 26, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Top female lawmakers in the California Legislature said Wednesday that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences “struck a new low in its treatment of women” by choosing controversial comedian Seth MacFarlane to host the Oscars ceremony on Sunday. MacFarlane's jokes “reduced our finest female actresses to caricatures and stereotypes, degrading women as a whole and the filmmaking industry itself,” wrote Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) and Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)
August 23, 2012 |
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have been preparing to produce the Oscars for a decade. First the New York-born, L.A.-based duo, best known for producing stage-to-screen musicals such as "Hairspray," "The Music Man" and "Annie," would casually discuss how they would do the Academy Awards show should they ever land the gig. Those conversations turned into serious brainstorming sessions during which they would solidify specific concepts for the big night....
August 8, 2012 |
Jimmy Fallon says it's an honor to be nominated … but, as he put it in an awkward exchange with Matt Lauer on Wednesday morning on the “Today” show, he's “not going to do the Oscars.” And since newly elected film academy president Hawk Koch has repeatedly said that finding a new Oscar host and producer rates as his top priority, we thought we'd offer a few suggestions so he can cross that item off his to-do list and move on to other things....
August 1, 2012 |
Hawk Koch became president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences on Tuesday night, following in the footsteps of his father, Howard W. Koch. Hawk Koch's given name was Howard W. Koch Jr., but as he neared age 50, he decided to make a change. The younger Koch recalled the story in a 2000 interview with the L.A. Times, a year before his father -- who was a well-known Hollywood producer, director and Motion Picture Academy president -- passed away. As he approached his big 5-0, the younger Koch had an epiphany.
August 1, 2012 |
Hawk Koch remembers sitting with his family at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in 1989 and watching as his father, Hollywood producer Howard W. Koch, received the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Oscars. The elder Koch had served as academy president in the 1970s and had worked on films as diverse as"The Manchurian Candidate"and "Airplane. " He addressed his son - who by then had produced "Gorky Park" and had served as first assistant director on"Chinatown" - from the dais.
July 25, 2012 |
The best thing you can say about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is that it's impossible to imagine it ever being investigated for campaign finance violations. While our two political parties are expected to each spend nearly a billion dollars in negative advertising to elect a president this November, the academy's upcoming presidential election proceeds with polite, almost quaint, rules. Next Tuesday, someone will be named as the academy's new president, succeeding Tom Sherak, who is termed out after three productive years as chief.