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April 2, 1998
The Oscars appear to be heading to Hollywood. In the past, the Oscar ceremonies have shuttled between the Shrine Auditorium near USC and the Los Angeles Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Now, Academy sources say, plans are in place to move the Oscars to a new venue on Hollywood Boulevard near Mann's Chinese Theatre as part of an effort to revitalize Hollywood.
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March 4, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Dallas Buyers Club" star and newly crowned Academy Award winner Jared Leto was the only Hollywood figure to address the current political unrest in Ukraine during the award show Sunday, but his words of support for the former Soviet republic weren't heard in Russia, where an edited, taped broadcast of the ceremony aired Monday. With tensions escalating between the two nations, Leto said in his acceptance speech for supporting actor, "To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight, in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say we are here.
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January 13, 1999 | AMY WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Whoopi Goldberg will host the 71st Oscar ceremony, replacing reigning Academy Award quipster Billy Crystal, who has opted not to return for a seventh show this year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday. The announcement is a boon for Goldberg, who hosted the 66th and 68th Oscars and was credited for rescuing the show after David Letterman's one-time hosting stint (for the 67th awards) drew criticism.
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March 3, 2014 | By David Ng
"The Lady in Number 6," which on Sunday won the Academy Award for documentary short subject, tells the story of Alice Herz-Sommer, the centenarian Holocaust survivor whose devotion to classical piano helped her survive a Nazi concentration camp. Herz-Sommer, who died just one week before the Oscar ceremony at the age of 110, performed concerts at the Terezin death camp and continued to play the piano the rest of her life despite health problems that made her unable to move some of her fingers.  In an interview, director Malcolm Clarke said that he was introduced to Herz-Sommer through pianist Caroline Stoessinger, who had written a book about her. The crew shot the documentary over a week-long period in Herz-Sommer's modest London apartment.  FULL COVERAGE: Oscars 2014 "I initially resisted largely because I had made a documentary film, 'Prisoner of Paradise,' on the Holocaust," said Clarke.  "That film had taken two years to make and it was very rough to work on. I didn't want to put myself through that kind of draining psychological experience again.
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February 16, 2000 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Faster, shorter and no dance numbers. That's the promise from the new producers of the 72nd annual Academy Awards, who are in the throes of designing a streamlined ceremony for viewers tuning in to watch the live telecast March 26. "I hate to use this cliche, but we want to take the show into the 21st century," Lili Fini Zanuck says. Fini Zanuck is producing the show with her husband, Richard D. Zanuck.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2008
Hey, lady! Jerry Lewis has been selected to receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Oscar ceremony in February. Going solo: Fox News host Sean Hannity, who is losing his liberal counterpart Alan Colmes at the end of the year, will not be getting a new on-air partner. Instead, the conservative commentator will headline his own show, called simply "Hannity," beginning Jan. 12, the network said Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2004
In his Counterpunch article of March 8 ("Shaking His Head Over Oscar Nod to Nazi Auteur"), Doug McIntyre disapproves of the acknowledgement during the recent Oscar ceremony of Leni Riefenstahl's passing. Bemoaning the show's narrow scope of concern, he says that Riefenstahl "was undoubtedly a brilliant filmmaker, but...." Actually, Riefenstahl was being recognized only for cinema, not humanitarianism. Similarly, a golf tournament is won by achieving the lowest score, irrespective of one's politics.
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April 2, 2004 | From Associated Press
Oscar is sticking with his date. The late-February date for the Academy Awards presentation, that is. Next year, the statuettes will be handed out Sunday, Feb. 27. It'll be the second year in a row the Oscar ceremony has been held in February. Last year, academy leadership decided to move up the event -- usually held in late March -- in an attempt to rejuvenate a show whose TV ratings slipped in recent years.
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April 1, 1995
Regarding the Oscar ceremony: Who better to host Hollywood's biggest tribute to ego than an outsider? From the NYC cab drivers to the lineup of would-be monkey salesmen to (our personal favorite) the spinning dog, David Letterman irreverently mocked a group of people who--and an institution that--take themselves far too seriously. The winner in our envelope for hosting the 67th annual Academy Awards? It's got to be Dave. THOMAS R. KIMBER SUSAN C. KIMBER Brea
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March 30, 1986
Regarding Edy Williams' annual unveiling at the Oscar ceremony, you have to give the woman credit. Granted, she doesn't wear very much in the way of a gown, but, hey, every year this woman somehow manages to squeeze through the bars and gates of Camarillo (a feat in itself) to get to the Dorothy Chandler. After such an ordeal, who has the time or energy for looking chic. It takes all she has left to seek out an escort and then haul it on down to the Pavilion. S. E. ZYGMONT Los Angeles
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February 23, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Gold Standard writer Glenn Whipp is sweeping through all 24 Oscar categories this week, assessing the races, predicting the winners and helping you prevail in your Oscar pools. Earlier he looked at the short films , sound categories , visual crafts races , song and score , screenplay and film editing and animation, documentary and foreign language features . Now, he turns his attention to the four acting contests. LEAD ACTOR The nominees: Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook” Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln” Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables” Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master” Denzel Washington, “Flight” And the winner is … Day-Lewis.
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November 28, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
George Stevens Jr. was brought into the family business as a teenager when he worked as a production assistant on the 1953 Western classic "Shane," which his father, George Stevens, was directing. After college, he joined the crew of his dad's 1956 epic "Giant," for which the filmmaker won his second best directing Oscar, and then shot the location footage in Amsterdam for his father's 1959 drama, "The Diary of Anne Frank. " "I think I was the first one who directed a major part of one of his pictures," Stevens said in a recent interview.
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September 3, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
“The Artist” played there. So did “The King's Speech.” In fact, six of the past seven best picture Oscar winners gained awards-season momentum at the Toronto International Film Festival, which launches Thursday. One, “The Hurt Locker,” even found a distributor there. How will this year's contenders fare? We chart the potential for promise and pitfalls among some of the higher-profile titles screening there over the next 10 days. ARGO Premise: CIA agents pose as film crew to rescue U.S. diplomats in Tehran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.
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August 30, 2012 | By Elena Howe
The Academy Awards will have more to sing about at next year's Oscars. The Board of Governors approved new rules on Thursday that will guarantee five nominees in the original song category -- a number the show hasn't seen since the 2009 ceremony. At the 84 th Oscar ceremony earlier this year, there were just two nominees - the winning “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” with music and lyrics by Bret McKenzie, and “Real in Rio” from the animated “Rio,” with music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown and lyricsby Siedah Garret.
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August 9, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
Talk about inspiring. Or better yet, sing about it. That's the takeaway from the joyous documentary "Once in a Lullaby," which profiles the 2010-11 chorus from Staten Island's PS 22, whose crowning achievement was performing at the 83rd Academy Awards show. Although producer-director Jonathan Kalafer was blessed with a talented, charismatic and diverse bunch of camera-ready fifth-graders to help tell the choir's amazing story, it's music teacher Gregg Breinberg who lands center stage here.
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February 23, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
After the Oscars, dessert will be served in 3-D at the Governors Ball this year. Spago pastry chef Sherry Yard has created an Austrian chocolate cake that resembles a staircase leading to a giant edible Oscar statuette that is iced in a way that makes it pop into relief when viewed through the 3-D glasses presented with the dessert. "It's the first time we're going to eat in 3-D," says the ball's master chef, Wolfgang Puck, over coffee before lunch service at Spago in Beverly Hills.
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April 3, 1993
As a Chinese-American, I was deeply disturbed by Gere's message to Deng Xiaoping during the Oscar ceremony. To make a personal political statement at a setting in honor of artists is highly inappropriate. Human rights issues in China and Tibet are very complex and require a deep understanding of history and global politics. If Gere is so compelled to express his political views, he should do what Ross Perot has been doing: Purchase TV time or debate at a suitable forum. VICTOR CHANG Los Angeles
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February 25, 1988 | DEBORAH CAULFIELD, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
From the credit-where-credit's-due file: Eunice Macaulay, producer of the Oscar-nominated short film "George and Rosemary," wants the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to bend its rules a bit this year. Macaulay asked the academy this week to invite director Alison Snowden and animator David Fine to the April 11 ceremonies in her place.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2012 | Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Damien Bona earned a law degree from New York University in 1980 but spent only two years practicing law. As he told the Los Angeles Times in 1986, "I had to choose between a job and an obsession. I chose the obsession. " Bona's obsession was the Academy Awards and all of the attendant hoopla, campaigning, gaffes and backstage controversies surrounding Hollywood's annual Big Night, dating to the first Oscar ceremony — a banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in 1929. Bona, coauthor of the 1986 book "Inside Oscar: The Unofficial History of the Academy Awards" and sole author of a 2002 sequel, died Jan. 29 at a hospital in New York, 15 days after sudden cardiac arrest, said Neil Cohen, his brother-in-law.
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February 19, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In the two weeks it took Cirque du Soleil crew members to strike the sets, pack the costumes and remove every trace of evidence that the company and its resident show, "Iris," ever existed at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre, the most pressing questions didn't concern logistics or disassembly. After all, the $100-million production had been conceived with the knowledge that come each February of its anticipated 10-year stay, the show would have to decamp to make room for the Oscars. "The plan has been in place for months," says "Iris" technical director Kevin Kiely, surveying the organized chaos taking place on the Kodak's stage early in the moving process.
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