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Awards Campaigns Continue with Santa Barbara Festival and Academy Nominees Luncheon

Oscar season continues with more campaigning. Things can change during Phase Two: last year when Ben Affleck didn't score a directors nomination, he worked ceaselessly, turning on his underdog charm, to pull out an "Argo" big Best Picture win.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 7, 2014 2:54 PM
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WATCH: Academy Presents Song-and-Dance Oscars Trailer Starring Host Ellen DeGeneres

The Academy has launched a new song-and-dance Oscars trailer directed by Paul Feig. In the clip, host Ellen DeGeneres leads a pack of 250 tuxedo-clad men and women set to the tune of "The Walker" by indie pop band Fitz and The Tantrums. Also check out a making-of feature, and the Academy's new logo.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 20, 2013 3:05 PM
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Awards Circuit: Things I Learned at the Governors Awards and Other Weekend Parties

"This is what the Oscars should be like," said Warren Beatty after the fifth non-televised Academy Governors Awards Saturday night at Hollywood & Highland. The night was happy/sad. One minute the dinner guests were erupting in laughter, the next choking back tears.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 18, 2013 6:00 AM
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Academy Names 2013 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting Winners, with Live Read Directed by Rodrigo Garcia on November 7

The Academy has announced the winners of its 2013 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. The winning four individual writers and one writing team, listed below, will each receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment to be distributed at an awards presentation featuring live reads directed by Rodrigo Garcia on Thursday, November 7.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • October 21, 2013 7:06 PM
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A Guide to the Oscar Short List of Eight Documentary Shorts (TRAILERS)

The documentary branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has narrowed the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders to eight films from 40 eligible entries for the 86th Academy Awards. Three to five will earn Oscar nominations.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 10, 2013 4:18 PM
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LACMA and Academy to Present Major Exhibition on Mexican Cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa (CLIPS)

Beginning September 22 and running through February of 2014, LACMA will host "Under the Mexican Sky," an exhibition co-presented by AMPAS highlighting the prolific career of award-winning Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa. His career spanned 50 years and over 200 films; auteurs John Ford, Luis Bunuel and John Huston sought him out.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 29, 2013 2:03 PM
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Academy Governors Choose Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the First African-American AMPAS President

Tuesday night the newly elected board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences voted for a new president to replace outgoing Hawk Koch, who had come to the end of his one-year term. The race was between two members of the Academy Public Relations Branch, Lionsgate motion picture chief Rob Friedman, who has a demanding full-time job, and Cheryl Boone Isaacs, a former Paramount and Lionsgate marketing and publicity executive whose firm CBI Enterprises, Inc. consults on such film campaigns as “The Call,” “The Artist,” “The King’s Speech,” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Spider-Man 2” and “Tupac: Resurrection.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 31, 2013 3:35 AM
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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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