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Academy Adds Ten New Governors Including Studio Execs Pascal and Utley and Documentarian Gibney; Who's Next President?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has added ten new governors to its Board of Governors. They have also reelected eight previous governors and one previous governor is coming back. Each of 16 branches get three governors who can only serve three consecutive three-year terms. The board is bigger, from 43 to 48, with the addition of the costume branch and three reps for Hair and Makeup, instead of one.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 15, 2013 8:00 PM
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Academy to Stage Concert for 2014 Oscar-Nominated Songs and Scores

On February 27 in 2014, three days before the 86th annual Academy Awards is telecast on March 2, the Academy will host a concert showcasing the year's Oscar-nominated original songs and scores. The concert will be held at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 11, 2013 2:04 PM
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Lena Dunham, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ava DuVernay, Prince and Milla Jovovich Among 276 Invited to Join Academy

It's hard to get into the Academy, but these days it helps to be young, gifted and black. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended invitations to 276 artists and executives to join the organization, rounding out its complete additions for 2013.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 28, 2013 3:50 PM
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2013 Student Academy Awards Finalists Announced

38 students from US colleges and nine from foreign universities have been selected as finalists in AMPAS' Student Academy Awards Competition. Winners will be brought to LA for industry activities and workshops in anticipation of the awards ceremony on June 8 at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 2, 2013 12:11 PM
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Academy Accepting Entries for 2013 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting Competition

The Academy is now accepting entries for its 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Up to five $35,000 fellowships will be awarded in November. During the fellowship year participants will complete a new feature length script...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 11, 2013 2:26 PM
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Oscar Lunch Nominees Q & A: Chastain, Lawrence, Hathaway, Adams, Washington, Jackman, Cooper and More

Among the nominated stars stopping by the interview room on their way to the Oscar Nominees Luncheon were Ben Affleck, Tim Burton, Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman, Denzel Washington, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts, Quvenzhane Wallis, Robert De Niro, Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams, Sally Field, Helen Hunt, Anne Hathaway and Jacki Weaver. Absent were Daniel Day Lewis, Joaquin Phoenix, Emmanuelle Riva, Tommy Lee Jones, Alan Arkin and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Check out highlights of what each had to say below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 4, 2013 5:40 PM
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AMPAS Calls for Entries to the 2013 Student Academy Awards Competition

The Academy is now accepting entries for the 40th edition of the Student Academy Awards competition, which will hand out Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at a presentation on June 8.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 17, 2013 4:24 PM
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Academy Voters Try to File Ballots Online, Bedeviled by Passwords and Safari UPDATE

On Friday, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences member Don Murphy posted on Facebook that he had sent in his Oscar ballot, "signed sealed and delivered." Why not use the brand-new electronic voting system? "Too much work," was his reply.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 31, 2012 1:16 PM
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Academy Unveils Design for New Museum of Motion Pictures; Set to Open in 2016

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has reached its initial goal of $100 million toward the $250 million capital funding for its planned Museum of Motion Pictures. And new designs have also been unveiled.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 19, 2012 1:32 PM
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Stanley Kubrick Retrospective and Exhibition Comes to LA; Vote in Our Kubrick Poll

LACMA and The Academy will co-present the first US retrospective exhibition of Stanley Kubrick. The retrospective, which launched in Frankfurt and has toured Berlin, Melbourne, Ghent, Zurich, Rome, Paris, and Amsterdam, was developed in collaboration with the Kubrick Estate and the Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt, but will be designed specifically for LACMA by film production designer Patti Podesta.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • August 16, 2012 3:37 PM
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