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Meryl Streep Will Present Shirley MacLaine with AFI Life Achievement Award

AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Meryl Streep will present Shirley MacLaine with the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award in a black tie gala held at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City on June 7. Shirley MacLaine's career has encompassed over fifty feature films, including one Academy Award, six nominations for Oscars and six for Emmys, and seven Golden Globe Awards.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 23, 2012 2:23 PM
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Webby Awards: Steve Jobs Tribute, Best of the Five-Word Acceptance Speeches

The Webby Awards honored the best of the web (Indiewire included!), and shared a tribute video for Steve Jobs. Keeping with their acceptance-speech rule, the video features thanks from the likes of President Obama, President Clinton, Al Gore, George Lucas, Jon Stewart and Bono - all in five words or less.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 22, 2012 5:30 PM
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Michael De Luca will Produce 2013 Producers Guild Awards, Set for January 26

Michael De Luca will produce the 24th annual Producers Guild Awards, which have been shifted to January 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. PGA presidents Hawk Koch and Mark Gordon state: “Michael is an original, creative producer with some of the most impressive credits in the business and we’re thrilled he has accepted our invitation to produce the 2013 Producers Guild Awards show.” De Luca is excited to get to work and “energized to help recognize this year’s most deserving creative storytellers." His many credits include "Nightmare on Elm Street," "The Mask," "Seven," "Boogie Nights," "Pleasantville," the first two installments of "Austin Powers," "Anchorman," "Moneyball" and "The Social Network." Here's a recap of the 2012 awards.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 17, 2012 4:08 PM
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Student Academy Award Winners Announced

U.S. winners of the 39th annual Student Academy Awards are in: ten students from nine schools have been chosen in Alternative, Animation, Documentaries and Narrative categories.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 15, 2012 3:33 PM
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2012 Student Academy Awards Selects Foreign Winners

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected three international student film winners, from 51 entries representing 29 countries for the 39th Annual Student Academy Awards competition. The student filmmakers will be brought to Los Angeles to join U.S.-based Student Academy Award recipients for a week of industry activities.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 11, 2012 4:17 PM
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Scorsese Honored with Moth Storytelling Award

On Tuesday May 8 at the Bowery's Capitale in New York, Martin Scorsese ("Hugo") accepted the Moth Ball's 2012 Storytelling Award. That's because the folks at Moth consider him to be, said artistic director Catherine Burns, "a master storyteller," who is known as "a great raconteur by those lucky enough to share a dinner table with him."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 10, 2012 4:15 PM
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Focus Features' Africa First Celebrates its Fifth Year; Accepting Entries for 2012 Prize

  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 9, 2012 11:39 AM
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Awards Watch: Directors Guild Changes Policy on Awards Screeners

In a significant sign of the times, after long insisting that their 14,000 members only view contenders for Directors Guild of America awards on the big screen, the national board of the DGA is now allowing distributors to send award screeners to their membership.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 7, 2012 3:00 PM
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Watch the Trailers for the U.S. Finalists for 2012 Student Academy Awards

The Academy selected 35 students from 20 colleges and universities in the U.S. as the finalists for the 39th Annual Student Academy Awards. The awardees are in the running to receive Gold, Silver, Bronze Medal awards as well as accompanying cash grants of $5,000, $3,000, and $2,000 respectively. The four categories include Alternative, Animation, Documentary, and Narrative. Full list of finalists is here and trailers for the nineteen available films are below.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 2, 2012 4:57 PM
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Academy Awards To Remain at Hollywood & Highland for 20 Years At Renamed and Upgraded Dolby Theatre

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to go through growing pains. One question is still wide open: when Tom Sherak ends his term, will new AMPAS president be Academy Governor Hawk Koch or his fellow Governor Phil Robinson? Another question has been answered: the 2013 Oscars will take place at Hollywood's renamed Dolby Theatre.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 1, 2012 2:23 PM
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