January 9, 2014 |
Pound for pound, the relatively few members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. are some of the most powerful folks in show business come award season. Snicker all you want, but even if the Golden Globe Awards handed out by the HFPA don't match the Academy Awards in prestige, they do generate plenty of buzz, draw significant ratings and often serve as predictors of Oscar sentiment. And unlike the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which contains roughly 6,000 voting members, the HFPA's influence is concentrated in the hands of fewer than 100 people, meaning each of their Globe votes for carries a disproportionate amount of weight.
February 22, 2013 |
Unlike last year, people hoping to jazz up their Academy Awards viewing parties this weekend with an oversized statuette resembling Oscar are now out of luck. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has settled a lawsuit it brought against an Edwardsville, Ill.-based events rental company for copyright infringement stemming from the alleged renting and selling of eight-foot statues that looked like the Oscar statuettes. The case against TheEventLine.com and its president, Robert Hollingsworth, was settled late last year and dismissed Nov. 19. In a lawsuit filed March 9 in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, the Academy had alleged that Hollingsworth continued to market, sell and rent the eight-foot statues after he'd been notified of the alleged infringement in a letter sent in March 2011.
February 21, 2010 |
Certainly, Academy Awards night is one of the most glamorous of the year, but the ceremony does far more than offer up red carpet glitz and golden statuettes. Those three-plus hours of television also fund a year's worth of philanthropic endeavors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. With the license fee somewhere north of $65 million that ABC pays for the rights to air the Oscars, the academy funds an entire year's worth of projects that fulfill the organization's original mission: to promote the art and science of filmmaking.
February 22, 2013 |
The members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are always happy to acknowledge big action movies, franchise films and mega-hits - especially if there's a possibility they'll boost the ratings of the Oscars telecast and bring in the young folks. This year's producers tapped comic hipster and "Family Guy" Seth MacFarlane to host Sunday's ceremony. The super-cool cast of the "The Avengers" was asked to reassemble for the show, and James Bond will be feted for turning 50 years young.
December 31, 2011 |
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
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