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Paul Haggis On Sweating Awards Season: “It’s So Childish”

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We all hate being judged — or, at least I do — but most of us don’t have that as a months-long requirement. If you’re a filmmaker though, that’s half your year. Double Oscar winner Paul Haggis (Crash) has some experience with that, and in an exclusive clip from this week’s episode of Collaborator’s ongoing Gatekeepers series, he spills on the awards-season rat race and (politely) poxes the whole thing. Calling the trophy-show crush “childish,” Haggis makes it clear he’s… Read

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Oscars: New Producers Reveal Show Plans Including Excitement & “A Little Hint Of Danger”

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Now that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced David Hill and Reginald Hudlin as producers of the 88th Academy Awards — with neither having any prior experience directly in producing the granddaddy of awards shows (that is always the instant target of critics) —  in what direction will they be taking the broadcast February 28 on ABC?  I talked to Hill late yesterday and Hudlin this morning to find out and how this first-time teaming came… Read

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Governors Awards: ‘Albert Nobbs’ Duo Tapped To Produce

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Now that the Academy has lined up producers for the 88th Academy Awards in David Hill and Reginald Hudlin, the Oscar org has pivoted to its seventh annual Governors Awards. It has tapped Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis, the principals in Mockingbird Films, to produce the event set for November 14 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. This years honorary Oscar Governors Awards are set for Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands. Debbie Reynolds will receive the Jean Hersholt… Read

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Oscars: David Hill & Reginald Hudlin To Produce 88th Academy Awards

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just announced that David Hill and Reginald Hudlin will produce the 88th Annual Oscars. Django Unchained Oscar nominee Hudlin is no stranger to the Academy, having been tapped by President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to produce last year’s nontelevised Governors Awards. As my colleague Mike Fleming and I pointed out in our piece last month on the search for new Oscar producers, Hudlin was thought to be a personal favorite of Boone… Read

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Governors Awards: Spike Lee, Debbie Reynolds & Gena Rowlands Get 2015 Honors

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just unveiled its honorees for the 2015 Governors Awards, with Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands landing the annual honorary Oscars and Debbie Reynolds getting the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. The gala is November 14 in Hollywood. The Oscar org can have up to four honorees each year, which can include a winner of the Irving Thalberg Award, which hasn’t been bestowed since 2010 (Francis Ford Coppola) and won’t be again this… Read

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Oscars: With Tomlin, Mirren, Danner, Smith In Play Is Best Actress Race Shaping Up To Be The Year Of The Veterans?

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This weekend’s box office results may not have brought any good news to the by-the-numbers new studio releases, but in terms of the Best Actress Oscar race they added to the mix with some very reliable older stars who are helping to continue to define this nascent race with veteran actresses who could dominate the field. Getting strong reviews, 75-year-old Lily Tomlin’s Grandma from Sony Pictures Classics scored $30,000 a screen on four screens, while 55-year-old Patricia… Read

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Tina Fey On Oscar Hosting: “Someday I’d Produce …That’s All I Have To Offer” – Emmys

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Tina Fey has a list of awards and nominations so long it falls off the page. Among them are this year's Primetime Emmy Awards noms–one for the creation of Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt with Robert Carlock, and another for her stint as a guest actress on the show. In December we'll see Fey reunite with Amy Poehler in the film Sisters, in which the three-time Golden Globe-hosting duo play siblings revisiting their childhood home–with a little help from Amy Schumer's Tr… Read

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With Clock Ticking On Oscarcast, Who’s Producing? Who’s Hosting? Academy Will Decide After Squaring Guv Awards

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Even though we are now exactly one month away from the Primetime Emmys, rampant speculation is already turning to that other iconic awards show, the 88th annual Oscars on February 28, 2016. Who is going to produce? Who is going to host? Media is already trying to guess although as far as I can tell from everything we have been able to discern, an announcement isn’t imminent. But names are being tossed around. Academy officials led by President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (just… Read

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Propaganda GEM Expanding To Thailand; Julie Andrews To Direct ‘My Fair Lady Staging: Global Briefs

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Entertainment marketing firm Propaganda GEM is continuing its global expansion with the opening of a Bangkok office. This brings to 16 the number of offshore outposts for the company that specializes in product placement and brand integration. The company also has hubs in Geneva, LA, Moscow, London, Sao Paolo, Beijing and Tokyo. With the rise of Asian box office, it's been doing increasing business there. Recently, it was active on Paramount's Mission: Impossible – Rogue N… Read

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs Gets Third Term As Academy President

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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs ran unopposed in this year’s Board of Governors elections held tonight, meaning she was elected unanimously to serve a third term. AMPAS presidents can serve four one-year stretches before terming out. Also tonight, Jeffrey Kurland was elected First VP; incumbents John Bailey and Kathleen Kennedy were elected to VP posts, along with Bill Kroyer, who was Secretary last year; Jim Gianopulos was… Read

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Oscar Shamed As BBC List Of 100 Greatest American Films Largely Ignores Academy’s Best Picture Winners And Nominees

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Hey Oscar voters, the BBC Culture poll has just dissed you – BIG TIME. Do you care? In a comprehensive new poll of the 100 Greatest American Films of all time, released this week by BBC Culture, only a measly 12 Academy Award winning Best Pictures turn up at all, and only 8 of them in the top 75.   Worse than that statistic for the lasting influence of the Academy’s Best Picture choices, according to this poll,  a whopping 60, count ’em, 60 other movies mentioned were not… Read

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Winner Announced In Academy Board Of Governors Runoff Election – Update

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UPDATED, 10:33 AM: Billy Ray has defeated Larry Karaszewski in the runoff election for the Writers Branch seat on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors. It was only the second time in Academy history that there was a tie in the balloting, following the Directors Branch election in 2009. A first-time governor, Ray will join incumbents Phil Robinson and Robin Swicord in representing the branch. PREVIOUSLY, July 10: The Academy of Motion Picture… Read