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April 30, 2000
The April 2 article by Charlotte Innes about Susannah Grant ("Her Type Is Strong, Not Silent") incorrectly stated that the motion picture academy's Nicholl Fellowship is given to "young, unpublished screenwriters." It does not discriminate by age; the only criterion is the quality of the writing. MARK ZIFCAK Redondo Beach
February 2, 1992
For the record, "Beauty and the Beast" was written by Giovan Francesco Straparola (c.1480-1557) and first published in "Piacevoli notti" in 1550. It was first set to music in Andre Gretry's opera "Zemire et Azor" in 1771. In their overt lust for recognition by the motion picture academy, Ms. Woolverton and the politically correct folks at Disney should acknowledge the guys who created their gold mine. MICHAEL O'MAHONY Beverly Hills
October 12, 1986
Lawrence Christon did a good job of capturing the essence of director Paul Mazursky's Oakie Lecture at the Motion Picture Academy, but he misrepresented the gist of Mazursky's statement that "the industry is anti-Semitic" ("Comedy Award to Mazursky," Oct. 1). Mazursky did say that, but went on--very significantly--to explain that studio executives want to make movies for the masses and that they fear that something "very Jewish" will not play in Dallas. So, it's demographics, not bigotry, that he was referring to. I think Christon and The Times owe the readers, as well as Mazursky himself, the courtesy of being more accurate.
February 19, 2002
It's wonderful to hear that the entertainment industry is giving animation "new respect" (Feb. 12). It has been 65 years since the first animated feature was recognized by the motion picture academy with an Oscar, but I guess critical respect takes time to build. It would also be wonderful if the industry would recognize the writers behind animated films and television programs with the same respect for professionalism that is paid to the writers of live action. Animation writers would like the same protections and benefits provided to live-action writers.
June 16, 2011 | By Nicole Sperling and Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Two years after expanding the best-picture race from five to 10 films in a bid to draw a larger audience to the Oscar telecast, the Motion Picture Academy has tweaked its rules again, switching to a more stringent, variable nominating system that will result in between five and 10 movies in the contest each year. The 2009 expansion to 10 films infuriated those in the industry who felt that the academy was diluting its prestige in hopes of larger audience for its show by offering more populist films a shot in the competition.
August 2, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Steven Miessner, 48, the motion picture academy's "keeper of the Oscars" who donned his signature white gloves to get the golden statuettes ready for their close-up, died of a heart attack Wednesday at his home. Miessner would take custody of the Oscars as they arrived from the R. S. Owens foundry in Chicago, log them into a computer file, keep them secure, and then on the big night, give them a last rubdown backstage before handing them to the show's trophy presenters. He would record which Oscar was presented to whom and later make arrangements with the winners to get their statuettes properly engraved.
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