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Academy Elects New Board of Governors: Who Stays--and Who Goes

Among the governors who are leaving the board for now are John Lasseter, Shorts Films and Animation Branch, Lisa Cholodenko, Directors Branch, Michael Apted, Documentary, Robert Rehme, Executive Branch, and Gale Anne Hurd, Producers Branch.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 18, 2014 2:20 PM
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WATCH: Academy Videos of 'Originals’ Focus on Craft (VIDEO)

Taking advantage of the power of online media, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is opening up and sharing. Their new web documentary series “Academy Originals” uses “the expertise of the organization’s more than 6,000 members” to focus on the creative process, seminal moments in film history, and what drives some of these talented people.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 16, 2014 3:57 PM
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John Williams, Gustavo Santaolalla and Gustavo Dudamel Take The Academy Behind the Score

If you're a music buff, especially one in Los Angeles, the names John Williams, Gustavo Santaolalla and Gustavo Dudamel are practically sacred.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 30, 2014 10:49 AM
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Academy Goes Digital with New Rules

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has approved rules for the 87th Academy Awards. The full list of changes is below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 27, 2014 4:52 PM
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Digging Into New Academy Member Invites

The 271 new Academy member invites are revealing. For the second year in a row there are more of them. Twenty-two leaders of the field are now members of the new Casting Directors branch, long overdue.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 26, 2014 5:29 PM
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Why Academy Governors Changed Music Campaign Rules

At Tuesday's meeting of the Motion Picture Academy board of governors, they changed campaign rules for the music branch. They are reacting to this year's revocation of music branch member Bruce Broughton's original song Oscar nomination. He had e-mailed some 70 music branch members calling their attention to his song, entry #57, which he wanted them to check out.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 26, 2014 1:40 PM
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Kerry Brougher Opens Up About Academy Museum, Challenges Ahead

What exactly is a film museum? It's a question without a clear answer, but one upon which some $300 million is riding as the Academy Museum lopes towards the goal of a 2017 opening.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 10, 2014 2:02 PM
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Academy Names Film Scholars

Who has the Academy's Educational Grants Committee picked this year as an Academy Scholar to receive $25,000 to write a book? Past awardees include writers Cari Beauchamp, Richard B. Jewell, and Donald Crafton. The Academy doles out the first portion of the grants at a ceremony on Monday March 17.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 14, 2014 12:51 PM
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Oscar Selfie Crashes Twitter, Breaks Retweet Record

One of the genius moments from the 86th Oscars was Ellen DeGeneres collecting multiple attendees into an impromptu Oscar selfie with herself, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Juia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, and Lupita Nyong'o and her brother Junior.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 2, 2014 11:10 PM
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Inside the Academy Nominees Luncheon, from Pharrell's Hat to the Applause Meter

Oscar nominees gathered together at the Academy's annual luncheon at the Beverly Hilton to celebrate their inclusion in an elite and rarified club--and to wish each other well. Who got the most applause as they were called up for the group picture?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 11, 2014 7:35 PM
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