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April 2, 1995
Oscar night: Ban "incredible" from acceptance speeches and you save 30 minutes air time. MAX HODGE Sherman Oaks
March 4, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Idina Menzel, the mysterious "Adele Dazeem" of Oscar fame, performed "Let It Go" with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots on Monday night.  And it's arguably a more outstanding performance than on Sunday's Oscar telecast. Tony-winner Menzel, whose name was mangled by presenter John Travolta, sings her heart out along with Fallon, who chimes in charmingly on the high notes. Luckily, that doesn't ruin it. The talk-show host appears to be playing children's blocks. The Roots are on other instruments straight from the toy box.  There's even a kazoo.  And the whole group rocks out. It's infectious!
October 1, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
"Family Guy" creator and voice Seth MacFarlane will host the 85th Oscar telecast in February, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced Monday morning. MacFarlane, a huge success in television for the last decade with his animated series "Family Guy," "American Dad" and "The Cleveland Show," made his mark this summer at the box office with his raunchy, R-rated comedy hit "Ted," which earned $218 million domestically.  An accomplished singer, who released his first big-band album, "Music Is Better Than Words," last year, MacFarlane has hosted his fair share of live events, including, most recently, the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live.
February 28, 2014 | By Meg James
Long relationships are rare in Hollywood - except when it comes to Oscar. During Sunday's telecast of the 86th Academy Awards, McDonald's Corp. is set to make its 23rd straight appearance in Hollywood's biggest night, and American Express Co. will mark its 22nd year. J.C. Penney Co. has landed the role of leading retail advertiser every year since 2001, and, after a five-year absence, longtime advertiser Cadillac is back. And the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences renewed its vows three years ago with ABC, an arrangement that will keep the program on the network at least until 2020.
April 13, 1988 | CHARLES SOLOMON
The most impressive effect on Monday night's Academy Awards telecast (Cher's dress not withstanding) was Mickey Mouse's surprise appearance to help present the Oscar for best animated short. At the end of a clip from the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" sequence of "Fantasia," Mickey leaped out of the screen and conjured up a giant package that burst to reveal Tom Selleck. The cartoon mouse exchanged banter with the live actor, walked across the stage and announced one of the nominees.
August 5, 2011 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
In a surprise move, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has chosen Brett Ratner, director of such popcorn films as "Rush Hour" and "X-Men: The Last Stand," to produce the 2012 Oscar telecast along with veteran producer Don Mischer, academy President Tom Sherak announced Thursday. The 42-year-old Ratner's youthful movies often do well at the box office but are panned by critics. He produced the R-rated summer comedy "Horrible Bosses" and will see his next directorial effort, the Ben Stiller film "Tower Heist," hit theaters in November.
March 28, 1990 | STEVE WEINSTEIN
The Academy Awards telecast on ABC Monday night was seen in 25.7 million U.S. homes, the smallest audience for the glitzy ceremony in three years, the A.C. Nielsen Co. said Tuesday. Last year's Oscar show, which was criticized for its campiness and slapped with a lawsuit for its unauthorized use of the Disney-copyrighted character Snow White, was seen in about 27 million homes across the country.
March 26, 1989 | MARRISON MULL
With Allan Carr in charge, there were bound to be changes in the way the Oscar show would be staged. There won't be any "presenters" or ". . . and the winner is . . . ." Instead, there will be "star participants" who, when they open the envelopes, will say, " . . . and the Oscar goes to . . . ." There won't be a master of ceremonies, either, even though long-running Oscar host champ Bob Hope will make an appearance. And none of the Oscar-nominated songs will be sung.
November 9, 2011 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Director Brett Ratner resigned Tuesday as producer of the Oscar telecast after coming under fire for making an anti-gay slur, leaving the motion picture academy scrambling to cast a new team to helm the February award show. Ratner, director of popcorn films such as "Rush Hour" and the newly released "Tower Heist," was an unconventional choice for the job and was touted as someone who could shake up the program and bring more viewers and pizazz to the affair. Although the show's ratings have flagged recently, the Oscars remain one of the most-viewed broadcasts of the year, often second only to the Super Bowl.
February 6, 2013 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Oscar has become golden for advertisers. In years past, advertising sales for the annual Academy Awards show would stretch into February with last-minute spots selling during Oscar weekend. But this season, Walt Disney Co.-owned ABC had sold most of the show's commercial time before Christmas. The telecast is sold out, Disney Chief Financial Officer Jay Rasulo said this week during a conference call with Wall Street analysts. It was the fastest pace for Oscar ad sales in more than a decade.
February 21, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Pop star-turned-actor Pink will be making an appearance at March 2's Academy Awards. Described by Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron in a statement as "one of the greatest voices in pop music and one of the best performers of her generation," Pink joins a pop-focused telecast that already features U2, Pharrell Williams, Idina Menzel and Karen O. Pink is booked for what the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is describing as...
August 2, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
It's the safe choice. It's also the right choice. Tapping Ellen DeGeneres to host the 2014 Oscar ceremony won't win the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences huge headlines, set social media afire or win acclaim for outside-the-box thinking. But after last year's show, which saw first-time emcee Seth MacFarlane sing a song about boobs and take juvenile jabs at Jews, gays, native Spanish speakers, blacks and women ("For all those women who had the 'flu.' it paid off. Lookin' good!"
August 2, 2013 | By Meg James
Ellen DeGeneres will test the power of social media -- and the increasingly symbiotic relationship between Twitter and television -- during next year's Academy Awards telecast. On Friday, illustrating her proclivity for Twitter, DeGeneres announced in a tweet -- before the Academy issued its own press release -- that she would host the 86th Annual Academy Awards show March 2: "It's official. I'm hosting the #Oscars!” DeGeneres wrote. “I'd like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra.” PHOTOS: Oscar hosts throughout the years DeGeneres is among the top celebrities in social media.
March 25, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
The Oscars are going to be a little later next year. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Monday the dates for the next two years' ceremonies - March 2, 2014, and Feb. 22, 2015. With the shift, the 2014 awards season calendar is shaping up to be an unusual one, with a frenetic January full of guild awards and then a long lull until the Oscar telecast in March. (The show was Feb. 24 this year.) Oscars 2013: Winners list | Red carpet | Highlights On the bright side, the later award date does give voters more time to see all the contending films.
February 26, 2013 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
Seth MacFarlane may have sung about Oscar's losers, but he wasn't among them. Sunday's movie awards ceremony produced its best ratings in years, even as critics rapped the "Family Guy" producer for some off-color humor. An average of 40.3 million viewers tuned in to the live Oscar telecast on ABC, according to Nielsen. The ceremony - hosted by MacFarlane, the creator of TV's "Family Guy" and director of the movie comedy "Ted" - drew its best numbers since 2010 and were up a modest 2% over last year's show hosted by Billy Crystal.
February 25, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Seth MacFarlane may have sung about Oscar's losers, but he wasn't among them. Sunday's movie awards ceremony produced its best ratings in years. An average of 40.3 million viewers tuned in to the Oscar telecast on ABC, according to Nielsen. The ceremony was hosted by MacFarlane, the creator of TV's "Family Guy" and director of the movie comedy "Ted. " The ratings were the best for Oscar since 2010 and were up a modest 2% over last year's show hosted by Billy Crystal. FULL COVERAGE: Oscars 2013 | Nominee list | Red carpet | Highlights | Quotes | Best & Worst The choice of MacFarlane represented an effort by Oscar officials to connect with younger viewers, and the strategy appears to have worked.
July 25, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times, This post has been corrected. See note below for details
Tom Sherak never would have been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences if it weren't for the late Frank Pierson and a verbal spat that almost turned physical. It was early 2009, and Pierson and Sherak were at loggerheads at a Board of Governors meeting over a financing issue. The talk was getting contentious, so much so that Sherak said he thought the octogenarian screenwriter "could have beaten the crap out of me. " Then-academy President Sid Ganis threw the discussion to committee to avoid more arguing.
September 26, 2011
William Wyler's 1959 epic, "Ben-Hur," which dominated the Academy Awards in winning 11 Oscars, including best film, director, actor (Charlton Heston) and supporting actor (Hugh Griffith), is getting the superstar treatment in Warner's 50th-anniversary ultimate collection edition arriving Tuesday in both regular DVD and Blu-ray. Based on the novel by Lew Wallace, the period drama revolves around Judah Ben-Hur (Heston), a Palestinian nobleman who is enslaved by the Romans, engages in one of the most thrilling chariot races ever captured on screen, and even encounters Jesus Christ.
February 24, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling and Rebecca Keegan
In an inauspicious beginning to the 85th Academy Awards, an apparent overflow in the women's restroom on the second floor of the Dolby Theatre prompted a scramble by at least a half dozen workers to tackle the mini-flood less than 45 minutes before the Oscar telecast began. Access to the second floor of the theater was temporarily blocked as the workers, in black pants and suit jackets, used wet-vacs and squeegees to soak up the water from the green-and-tan patterned carpets. The employees used what witnesses described as two home-sized wet-vacs and a larger machine, the size of a lawn mower, to complete the job. Oscars 2013: Nominee list | Ballot | Timeline Attendees were shuttled from the second-floor bar down to the first floor to quench their thirst at the lobby refreshment counter while the mess was cleaned up. The water complicated other preparations for the evening when backstage, two prop men wearing white gloves pushed a cart full of Oscars to stage right and began polishing the gold trophies and marking them with white tags bearing their serial numbers.
February 24, 2013
With rehearsals for this year's Oscars show clocking in at nearly four hours, some wondered if the telecast could give 2002's record four-hour,  23-minute marathon a run for its money. Thanks to some judicious, last-minute trimming, the Seth MacFarlane-hosted Academy Awards ended up finishing at the three-hour, 35-minute  mark, well under the top five longest shows from the past two decades. FULL COVERAGE: Oscars 2013 | Winners For those with misty, water-colored memories, let us recap the dishonor roll: 1. 2002: Four hours, 23 minutes (host, Whoopi Goldberg; best picture winner: "A Beautiful Mind")
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