Student Academy Award Winners Unveiled
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have selected 17 students as winners of the 43rd Student Academy Awards. The awards ceremony is set for September 22 at he Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, where gold, silver and bronze medals in the seven categories will be announced.
The Academy said it received a record 1,749 film submissions this year from 286 domestic and 95 international colleges and universities. The winners are eligible to compete for 2016… Read
‘Adam Ruins Everything’ Including The Oscars – With A Little Help From Pete Hammond
I made my comedy series acting debut this week in the season premiere of truTV’s hit sketch comedy/educational hybrid Adam Ruins Everything, starring Adam Conover as a guy who likes to correct myths about various things in society that we only think we know about. Topics he took to debunking in Season 1 included cars, security, work, voting, nutrition, sex, death and others. The second-season premiere in which I appear as Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond (clever… Read
Oscars: Germany Picks Cannes Standout ‘Toni Erdmann’ As Foreign Language Entry
A hit with critics and festgoers in competition at Cannes this year, Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann has been chosen to represent Germany in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. Produced by Komplizen Film, 99 Filmproduktion, knm and Missing Link Films, the bittersweet comedy was scooped up by Sony Pictures Classics on the Croisette in May. The movie did not take home any major Cannes statues, but yesterday was named Best Film of the year by international critics group… Read
Oscars: Saudi Arabia Enters ‘Barakah Meets Barakah’ In Foreign Language Race; Kingdom’s Second Submission Ever
Barakah Meets Barakah, the debut feature of writer/director Mahmoud Sabbagh, has been selected to represent Saudi Arabia in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. The movie, which debuted in Berlin, thus becomes the second-ever entry from the kingdom. It follows Haifaa Al Mansour's 2013 charmer Wadjda, which was Saudi Arabia's first official entry. Though roundly-lauded, that film failed to make the Oscars shortlist.
The crowd-pleasing Barakah Meets Barakah debuted to… Read
‘Tanna’ Tapped As Australia’s Foreign Language Oscar Film
Tanna, the first feature to be fully shot in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, has been selected by Australia as its selection for the 2017 Foreign Language Oscar race. The Romeo and Juliet tale is directed by Aussie documentary filmmakers Bentley Dean and Martin Butler. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year and won the audience award in the International Critics Week sidebar as well as the Best Cinematography prize for Dean.
The news comes as Lightyear… Read
Academy Pulls Back Curtain On 12 Focus Areas For Sci-Tech Oscars
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said today that 12 distinct scientific and technical investigations have been launched for the 2016 Sci-Tech Oscars, which will be held February 11. They are made public so individuals and companies with devices or claims of innovation within these areas will have the opportunity to submit achievements for review.
The deadline to submit additional entries is 5 PM PT August 30. The Academy's Scientific and Technical Awards… Read
The Academy Movie Museum That Time Forgot Digs Toward 2018, Or Beyond
As we enter the waning part of 2016 (yes, really), 2018 suddenly doesn't seem so far away. For half the country, give or take, that might be a scary thought; by 2018, we'll be well into the presidency of a Trump or a Clinton II, either of whom is going to make someone unhappy. At least we can look forward to the Film Academy's new movie museum, which is set to open late that year.
Of course, we've been looking forward for a while. "An academy museum has long been an… Read
Will ‘Hidden Figures’ Factor In Oscar Race? Fox Eyes Qualifying Run & Toronto Event With Pharrell Performance
Following strong social media reaction to the first trailer shown during the Olympics, and huge scores in a first test screening, the Ted Melfi-directed is looking like it might figure heavily in the upcoming awards-season race for Fox 2000 and Chernin Entertainment. Fox is finalizing plans to bring scenes of the movie to the Toronto Film Festival on September 10, where tastemakers will get a preview, and an outdoor performance by Pharrell Williams, who… Read
Fox Searchlight, Nate Parker Confront Old Sex Case That Could Tarnish ‘The Birth Of A Nation’
Since it swept the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prizes and sold in a stunning $17.5 million worldwide rights deal to Fox Searchlight at January's Sundance Film Festival, Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation has been considered a front-runner film in the Oscar race. The wrenching, brutal depiction of the Nat Turner-led slave uprising in 1831 Virginia was a welcome respite from the outcry over a lack of diversity in Oscar nominees the past two years that haunted the Academy… Read
Oscar Academy Re-Elects Cheryl Boone Isaacs As President
Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been elected to a fourth and final one-year term as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She ran unopposed. The vote came from the Academy’s Board of Directors, which recently added seven new members including Steven Spielberg and Laura Dern as well as three governors-at-large appointed in January by Boone Isaacs: Reginald Hudlin, Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Gregory Nava.
Also elected to officer positions by the Board:
Academy Poised To Re-Elect Its “Reluctant Revolutionary” Cheryl Boone Isaacs
If ever there was a reluctant revolutionary, it is Cheryl Boone Isaacs. Asked lately what she expected from a fourth year as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — if she is indeed re-elected by the group's board of governors tonight — Boone Isaacs said she was mostly looking at the same challenges she faced when her tenure began in 2013.
"There are a lot of things on the table, but in some ways they haven't changed," she insisted, during an… Read
Academy Directors Branch Was Most Aggressive On Diversity: Here’s How
EXCLUSIVE: The long-overdue broadening of the Academy membership’s diversity covered every branch, but none reshaped its membership as strongly as did the Directors Branch. The executive committee, chaired by Michael Mann and also headed by Kathryn Bigelow and Ed Zwick, made real strides, according to a memo Deadline got hold of that was sent to Directors Branch members today.
The Directors Branch invited the highest percentage of women and minorities into its fold of any… Read