The Academy Focuses a “Spotlight on Screenwriting” in New York City

The Academy Focuses a “Spotlight on Screenwriting” in New York City

Screenwriting Series to Feature Films by Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder, An Evening with Walter Bernstein, and a Special Sneak Preview of “Ghostbusters” New York, NY – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present “Spotlight on Screenwriting,” a summer series illuminating the art of writing for motion pictures, beginning May 15 at […]

The Academy Adds Diverse Voices To Its Leadership – Gael García Bernal Among the Additions

The Academy Adds Diverse Voices To Its Leadership – Gael García Bernal Among the Additions

Read the Press Release: LOS ANGELES, CA – Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs today appointed three new governors to join the Academy’s 51-seat Board. Reginald Hudlin (Directors Branch), Gregory Nava (Writers Branch) and Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Short Films and Feature Animation Branch) were confirmed by the current Board members for three-year terms, effective immediately. “I’m proud […]

Oscars: Looking at the Ballots of Six Voters for the Academy Awards

Oscars: Looking at the Ballots of Six Voters for the Academy Awards

It’s the piece our readership and awards lovers have waited for…our peek into the ballots of voting members for the upcoming Academy Awards.  This year, likely more than ever, there doesn’t seem to be a clear consensus on what is their favorite films and performances of the year.  In speaking with this crop of voters, […]

Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 180: Diversity in AMPAS, SAG Predictions, and New Rules

Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 180: Diversity in AMPAS, SAG Predictions, and New Rules

Welcome to another edition of the Awards Circuit Power Hour, our weekly podcast diving deep into all things film, television, and entertainment. On the agenda: Recent changes to the Academy Awards have been announced and we give our opinions on those changes and what we think SHOULD happen. Our SAG Predictions for next week’s ceremony. […]

Chris Rock Returns to Host the Oscars®

Chris Rock Returns to Host the Oscars®

LOS ANGELES, CA – Multi-hyphenate artist and filmmaker Chris Rock will return to host the Oscars® for a second time, producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin announced today.  The 88th Academy Awards® will be broadcast live on Oscar® Sunday, February 28, 2016, on the ABC Television Network.  Rock previously hosted the 77th Oscars telecast in […]

Academy Invites 322 to Membership – Kevin Hart and Damian Chazelle Among the Newest Members

Academy Invites 322 to Membership – Kevin Hart and Damian Chazelle Among the Newest Members

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 322 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.  Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2015. “It’s gratifying to acknowledge […]

Oscars Seem to Stick with Sliding Scale for Best Picture as Awards Rules are Updated!

Oscars Seem to Stick with Sliding Scale for Best Picture as Awards Rules are Updated!

As seen in the press release below, there’s no mention of switching back to five Best Picture nominees for the upcoming Academy Awards celebration.  AMPAS released their Awards Rules for the upcoming awards season. The only mentions seem to be related to the producer’s credit for the Oscars, the Visual Effects bakeoff, and the shorts. […]

Academy Selects Show Dates for 2016, 2017, 2018; Key Dates Announced For 88TH OSCARS®

Academy Selects Show Dates for 2016, 2017, 2018; Key Dates Announced For 88TH OSCARS®

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy and the ABC Television Network today announced the dates for the 88th, 89th and 90th Oscar® presentations.  The Academy Awards® will air live on ABC on Oscar Sunday, February 28, 2016, February 26, 2017, and March 4, 2018, respectively. Academy key dates for the 2015 Awards season are: Saturday, […]

Oscars 2015: Will Win/Should Win Selections (Mark Johnson)

Oscars 2015: Will Win/Should Win Selections (Mark Johnson)

It’s Oscar Week! Each staff member will be revealing their final picks for the upcoming Academy Awards on February 22. Missed one? Click on Will Win/Should Win 2015. Make sure to make your picks in our Oscar Pool hosted by Fun Office Pools. For those of us who are obsessed with the Oscar race, February 22nd […]

Circuit 3: Oscar Wishes

Circuit 3: Oscar Wishes

Ok fellow Oscar geeks, the week has finally arrived! Yes, we did this same Circuit 3 last Oscar season, and yes, I used that same, cute Aladdin/Oscar picture there, too. But we HAVE to do this one again, right? It’s time to weigh in on what we want to see happen more than anything this […]

Oscars 2015: A Peek at Six Academy Voters Ballots

Oscars 2015: A Peek at Six Academy Voters Ballots

AMPAS members have until 5pm PT to vote on this year’s Oscar nominees.  With that, it’s the final stretch.  As I’ve done for the past two years, I polled just a handful of Academy voters about what they’re voting for and their thoughts on the race.  Protecting their identities, I will not reveal what branch they […]

Circuit 3: If You Had The Academy’s Ear

Circuit 3: If You Had The Academy’s Ear

The Oscars are a mere ten days away, but ballots just went out to AMPAS members last week, so many probably haven’t cast their final votes to decide best in show for 2014. So let’s take the opportunity to try to influence Oscar voters to select something we’d love to see win that might not […]

Circuit 3: Happiest Nominations, Biggest Snubs

Circuit 3: Happiest Nominations, Biggest Snubs

Last week, the Oscar nominations were announced, bringing with them the usual clatter of snubs and omissions. Now that a week has passed and the dust has begun to settle, let’s take a more relaxed look at what hit and what missed through our favorite weekly activity, Circuit 3 (humor me). There were some pretty […]

Best of 2014: Final Plea to AMPAS Voters and Editor’s Personal Winners of the Year

Best of 2014: Final Plea to AMPAS Voters and Editor’s Personal Winners of the Year

Ballots are due in just over 24 hours.  AMPAS may be doing some last-minute scrambling to ensure they see the things “they’re suppose to see.”  The Oscars will announce their nominations next Thursday morning at 8:30 am Eastern Time.  The world will be up to see who gets nominated, and we will be conducting a […]

What the ‘Whiplash’ Screenplay Mix Up Could Mean for the Oscars

What the ‘Whiplash’ Screenplay Mix Up Could Mean for the Oscars

Recent news broke via Mark Harris about Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” appearing on Oscar ballots as an Adapted Screenplay, and not in Original as its been campaigned.  With the lack of contenders in Adapted Screenplay, it would seem on paper that Chazelle’s script may have an easy road to a nomination, perhaps even a win contending […]

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