January 16, 2014 |
We're presuming that if you're reading this that you're awake (and if you're here on the West Coast, may we ask "why?" or is that a little nosy?) and ready and raring to devour the motion picture academy's Oscar nominations when they're revealed beginning at 5:38 a.m. PST this morning. (Streaming begins live at 5:30 a.m. PST here on Movies Now .) How will the major races shake out? Here are five key areas to watch once you're properly caffeinated: OSCARS: Live blog | Full coverage Best picture.
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Is Strong, Not Silent") incorrectly stated that the motion picture academy's Nicholl Fellowship is given to "young, unpublished screenwriters."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
June 8, 2013 |
Sixteen young filmmakers took home prizes Saturday night at the 2013 Student Academy Awards at a ceremony at the Motion Picture Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Comedian and former Student Academy Award winner Bob Saget served as emcee for the evening. Writer-director Kimberly Peirce and actors Clark Gregg, Jason Schwartzman and Quvenzhané Wallis presented the awards. The academy established the awards in 1972 “to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level.” Past Student Academy Award winners include filmmakers John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Robert Zemeckis, Trey Parker and Spike Lee. Winners have gone on to receive 46 Oscar nominations and have won eight awards. Thirteen student filmmakers from the U.S. and three international student filmmakers were named winners in the alternative, animation, documentary, narrative and foreign film categories.
September 17, 2013 |
The Chinese media conglomerate the Dalian Wanda Group has donated $20 million to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for its film museum. In recognition of the gift -- the museum's second-largest to date -- the museum's film history gallery will now be named the Wanda Gallery. The Dalian Wanda group owns AMC Theatres, and its head, Wang Jianlin, has said he wants to invest $10 billion in U.S. companies in the next decade. "The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is a global cultural institution and the Dalian Wanda Group's support of the project speaks to the worldwide importance and the appeal of the movies," said museum campaign chair Bob Iger, chairman and chief executive of the Walt Disney Co. "Their gift to the academy museum is a huge boost to our efforts to design and build the world's leading movie museum.
June 16, 2011 |
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.
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.