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December 31, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Thomas Horn, 14, was standing in the middle of a cocktail party populated with adults when director Brett Ratner walked over to the teenager to offer him a congratulatory pat on the shoulder. Days before the late December release of "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" - in which Horn stars as Oskar Schell, a boy struggling to come to grips with the loss of his father, played by Tom Hanks, in the Sept. 11 attacks - he and other cast members were being feted in the lobby of a building that houses the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Film Archive.
August 8, 1992
Selling an Oscar smacks of commercialism, protests Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Karl Malden ("Harold Russell Selling 'Best Years of Our Lives' Oscar,' " July 31). The movie industry has bronzed commercialism and Malden. Why didn't Malden quietly buy the Oscar and return it to the academy? JIM SKEESE San Diego
June 29, 2012 | By Julie Makinen
This post has been updated, as indicated below. TheĀ  Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited 176 new members into the organization on Friday, including Octavia Spencer, Terrence Malick, Matthew McConaughey, Kristen Wiig, Kerry Washington, Will Packer, Wong Kar Wai andĀ Michelle Yeoh. A Los Angeles Times study published earlier this year found that academy voters are markedly less diverse than the moviegoing public and even more monolithic than many in the film industry may suspect.
February 18, 1989
I do not understand why the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences believes that it owns any awarded Oscar; do bowling leagues own the trophies they present to noteworthy keglers? If, as academy President Richard Kahn said, the awards "are given" for individual achievement, the recipients should be able to keep, give away, lend, sell, bequeath or discard said awards. MARTHA ABELL Seal Beach
April 2, 2006
Regarding "Now Showing: Declining Sales at Theater Snack Bars," March 18: Instead of telling the public how wonderful it is to see a movie on the big screen (as it did during the Oscar telecast), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences should shout to the theater owners to lower their prices. Sharon Beirdneau Mission Viejo
October 1, 2005
THE decision of the Tony Award authorities to recognize the contribution of replacement stars to the success of Broadway shows [Quick Takes, Sept. 24] contrasts with the refusal of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to create an Oscar category for casting directors and stunt coordinators -- two areas that make an enormous and obvious contribution to the magic of the movies that directors and producers now claim, by default, as the result of their vision and talent. GODFREY HARRIS Los Angeles
July 1, 2010
A memorial service will be held July 27 for Robert B. Radnitz, a movie producer who received an Academy Award nomination for best picture for "Sounder." Radnitz, 85, died June 6 from complications of a stroke. The service, open to those who worked with and admired Radnitz, will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Linwood Dunn Theater, 1313 N. Vine St., Hollywood. For more information, call (310) 374-3737.
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