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September 18, 1987
An exhibit of Oscar statuettes from 1927 to the present is on display in the second-floor lobby of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. It will continue through Sept. 25. Virtually every awards category is represented, including some now-extinct categories such as dance direction. Also on display is a 1938 special award of one regular-sized statuette and seven miniatures given to Walt Disney for "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."
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July 17, 2013 | By Susan King, This post has been updated, as detailed below
At the end of John Huston's 1941 film noir "The Maltese Falcon," gumshoe Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) says that the iconic statuette of the bird is "the stuff dreams are made of. " One of the statuettes used in the classic mystery-thriller is being offered to the highest bidder at the aptly titled "What Dreams Are Made Of: A Century of Movie Magic at Auction, as Curated by Turner Classic Movies. " The special sale will be held Nov. 25 in New York by fine art auctioneers and appraisers Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies.
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NEWS
November 18, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Archeologists have uncovered two tombs dating back more than 2,500 years in a part of Cairo where the ancient city of Heliopolis once stood, Egyptian antiquity authorities said. One of the limestone tombs contained a sarcophagus and 16 statuettes, said the chief state archeologist for the Cairo-Giza area, Zahi Hawass. The one tomb belonged to Waja-Hur, a builder. His name was engraved on the statuettes. The other tomb is to be opened today.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2012 | By Ben Fritz and Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
For the second year in a row, Harvey and Bob Weinstein have come away from the Oscars with a cart full of statues. But this year's movies didn't put as much gold into the independent studio's coffers. "The Artist," which won five Oscars, including best picture, has grossed $31.9 million in the U.S. and Canada, and "The Iron Lady" and "My Week With Marilyn" collected $25.7 million and $14.1 million, respectively. Added together, that's less money than the $136 million - $114 million of that before it won its big prize - made by last year's Weinstein Co. best picture winner, "The King's Speech.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Steven Miessner, 48, the motion picture academy's "keeper of the Oscars" who donned his signature white gloves to get the golden statuettes ready for their close-up, died of a heart attack Wednesday at his home. Miessner would take custody of the Oscars as they arrived from the R. S. Owens foundry in Chicago, log them into a computer file, keep them secure, and then on the big night, give them a last rubdown backstage before handing them to the show's trophy presenters. He would record which Oscar was presented to whom and later make arrangements with the winners to get their statuettes properly engraved.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2008 | Denise Martin
SO OFTEN, the Emmy voters get it wrong. (Have they never watched "The Wire"?) Or they reward the same guy, doing the same thing, slighting all the new kids on the block. (We enjoy him, but really, James Spader? Again?) Our Emmy wish list tips the hat to the less-watched, risk-taking champs (like "Breaking Bad's" Bryan Cranston), hands out several statuettes in the same category when they're due (to the lovely ladies of "Ugly Betty," for starters), and shines the spotlight on the quietly powerful performances that we already know voters bypassed (no January Jones in the top 10?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2010 | By Gina Piccalo
Backstage at the Kodak Theatre, celebrities swarmed. It was thick with taffeta and silk and great wafts of hair product, and for a moment it seemed we were all famous back here. Was that Steve Carell manning the backstage "thank you" camera? Of course not! He was walking through the crowd, leaving Julianne Moore laughing in his wake. Cameron Diaz stopped him. She's tall, unlike so many of these bite-sized actors. She towered over Carell. "Can you please just take the whole show over?"
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2009 | By Steven Zeitchik and Rachel Abramowitz
Spock and Kirk may have to wait for their Oscar. When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this summer that it was doubling its best picture nominees to 10, the move was seen by many as a way to boost television ratings by bringing more populist films into the fold. The movie world reveled in the possibility that films far from the bleak tones of "No Country for Old Men" or "Million Dollar Baby," which have won best picture in recent years, might prevail.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 1999 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Home Box Office collected the most honors at Saturday's nighttime Emmy Awards presentation in Pasadena, including multiple statuettes for dramatic series "The Sopranos" and its movies "The Rat Pack" and "Winchell." Saturday's nontelevised event encompassed more than 50 categories, primarily in technical areas such as cinematography, editing and sound. An additional 27 awards, recognizing programs and performers, will be presented Sept. 12 and televised on Fox.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2000 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN
With much fanfare, including an armed motorcade, 27 Emmy statuettes were delivered Tuesday to Universal Studios Hollywood, where they will go on public display. It is the first time the public has been able to view the Emmys before presentation. Starting today, visitors can see the statuettes, one in each category, that will be presented Sept. 10 at the 52nd annual Emmy Awards ceremony of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Don't worry if you're one of the 100 or so Academy Award nominees who will go home empty-handed Sunday night. On Tuesday, you'll be able to buy yourself an Oscar. A record 15 Oscar statuettes will be sold to the highest bidders during an online and telephone sale conducted by a Brentwood auction house. The sale of the statuettes, which include those awarded for such classics as "Citizen Kane," "How Green Was My Valley" and "Wuthering Heights," is expected to generate as much as $4 million in bids, according to auctioneer Nate D. Sanders.
NEWS
June 9, 2010 | By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Friends" racked up 63 Emmy nominations during the decade it pillaged pop culture and reigned as a Thursday night television mainstay on NBC. Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow each received six nominations and each won once. Their costar Courteney Cox? Never nominated. Not once. To which, the only reasonable reply is: What the heck? Playing the group's mother hen, Monica Geller, Cox took a character loaded with obsessive-compulsive quirks and a goofy, overly competitive nature and fashioned a flesh-and-blood woman.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2010 | By Gina Piccalo
Backstage at the Kodak Theatre, celebrities swarmed. It was thick with taffeta and silk and great wafts of hair product, and for a moment it seemed we were all famous back here. Was that Steve Carell manning the backstage "thank you" camera? Of course not! He was walking through the crowd, leaving Julianne Moore laughing in his wake. Cameron Diaz stopped him. She's tall, unlike so many of these bite-sized actors. She towered over Carell. "Can you please just take the whole show over?"
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2010
Cinematography "Avatar" Mauro Fiore In tribute to the film's groundbreaking visuals -- a combination of live-action and computer-generated images -- the award for best cinematography went to Mauro Fiore for his work on director James Cameron's "Avatar." The film was shot using high-definition digital cameras and a system for creating 3-D effects invented specifically for the film. "I want to thank the academy for this unbelievable honor," said the 45-year-old Italian-born Fiore, who received his first Oscar nomination for "Avatar."
OPINION
March 7, 2010 | By Denis Dutton
Since the Academy takes no account of sex in designating best art direction or best editing, the question comes up every year: Why differentiate between actor and actress in awarding Oscars? But there is more to the linguistic distinction between "actress" and "actor" than mere sexism or stereotyping, as can be seen in the following thought experiment. Imagine two scenarios: In the first, it's late at night and you phone a medical clinic to request a house call for your sick child.
WORLD
December 15, 2009 | By Maria De Cristofaro
The weekend assault on Silvio Berlusconi has highlighted how deeply polarizing a figure the Italian prime minister is, as friends and foes dug in even more firmly Monday to their respective positions on his leadership. Critics declared that, although nothing could excuse such violence, Berlusconi's clownish antics, scandal-ridden personal life and attempts to manipulate politics to protect his interests had alienated many Italians, and even sparked glee in some quarters over the attack.
HEALTH
April 17, 2000 | MARLA BOLOTSKY
And the nominees for best health Web site are . . . That's right. It's time again for the Webby Awards, the Internet's version of the Oscars. Now in their fourth year, the Webbys (http://www.webbyawards.com) are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and include five nominees in 27 categories, ranging from health to fashion to just plain weird.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2008 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
For months now, Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky has been abiding by a superstition whenever his film "The Counterfeiters" is mentioned in the same breath as the Academy Awards. "I don't use the 'O-word,' " Ruzowitzky said with a sheepish grin. The O-word, of course, would be "Oscar." So far, his tactic seems to be working.
WORLD
December 14, 2009 | By Maria De Cristofaro
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was struck in the face and left bloodied at a rally of his political coalition in Milan on Sunday. Vivid video shows the wounded prime minister appearing dazed in the aftermath of the attack, which took place as he was greeting supporters and signing autographs. Berlusconi was taken to a hospital and, according to the Italian news agency ANSA, treated for two broken teeth, a minor nose fracture and cuts to his lips. As a precaution, he remained hospitalized for overnight observation.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2009 | By Steven Zeitchik and Rachel Abramowitz
Spock and Kirk may have to wait for their Oscar. When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this summer that it was doubling its best picture nominees to 10, the move was seen by many as a way to boost television ratings by bringing more populist films into the fold. The movie world reveled in the possibility that films far from the bleak tones of "No Country for Old Men" or "Million Dollar Baby," which have won best picture in recent years, might prevail.
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