Oscar Academy Keeping PwC Despite Envelope Snafu
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided to retain its longtime accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, with the decision reached during a board of governors meeting last night. That had been the way the wind was blowing despite the historically epic fail at the end of last month’s Oscars, when the content of the wrong envelope was read to announce the marquee Best Picture winner.
Word of the decision went to Academy members in a memorandum from Cheryl… Read
At Hollywood’s Film Academy, Debt Is Up, Revenue Down & Awards Income About Even
Assets of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences surged in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016, to $884.1 million from $549.1 million the year before, according to an annual report posted Tuesday on the group's website. But liabilities also rose, to $392.4 million from $101.2 million in 2015, as the Academy became a heavy borrower in its quest to build a much-delayed movie museum.
In all, debt jumped to $354.4 million from just $61.6 million the year before, as a… Read
Weinstein Company’s ‘Lion’ B.O. Cume Surpasses $50M This Weekend
The Weinstein Company's Lion crossed $50M this weekend, becoming the fifth title among the year's Best Picture nominees to surpass that box office threshold. Nominated for six Oscars, Lion grossed $784K in 621 theaters on its 17th weekend, taking its cume to $50,050,614.
With a weekend per-theater-average of $1,262, Lion lands 11th in the overall box office, just above Lionsgate's La La Land, which took in $530K in 585 locations Friday to Sunday.
"We're so proud of this… Read
Academy President Talks Oscar Ending “Shock” & Future Plans – SXSW
“It was really a wonderful night and yes, there was a little excitement at the end. It was shock,” said Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, speaking at SXSW today in one of her first public appearances since the Oscars Best Picture snafu last month.
“However, what I thought was so important was how, in a matter of minutes, you saw a humanity and a respect and a graciousness from the La La Land filmmakers and the Moonlight filmmakers… Read
Spielberg, Hanks & Streep’s Pentagon Papers Pic A Contender In Next Oscar Race
EXCLUSIVE: It would be hard to come up with a movie following a faster track than The Post. Steven Spielberg only said yes this past Monday to direct Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in the Fox/Amblin co-production and they’ve all been clearing their schedules to start production in late May. Deals are still being finalized, but that means the film will be ready for release to qualify for this coming Oscar season.
The drama focuses on the Washington Post's role in exposing the P… Read
Is ‘Lion’s Sunny Pawar The Cutest Kid Actor Ever?
With the Oscars and Best Picture gaffe in the rearview mirror, we’re left with memories of performances and moments from a strong crop of Best Picture candidates. One of the truly indelible images is newcomer Sunny Pawar, who conveyed so many emotions with so few words as the lost child Saroo in Lion. The Weinstein Company is focusing on the young actor in a new ad breaking tomorrow in the New York Times. Here’s a sneak… Read
Robert Osborne Dies: Longtime TCM Host & Author Of Oscars History Book Was 84
Robert Osborne, the urbane longtime host of Turner Classic Movies who authored a definitive books on the history of the Oscars, has died. He was 84. He had been off the air with an undisclosed health issue for most of 2017, and TCM announced the news in a statement emailed to media outlets (see below).
“Robert was embraced by devoted fans who saw him as a trusted expert and friend,” TCM General Manager Dorian said in a statement. “His calming presence, gentlemanly style… Read
Oscars Fiasco & Hollywood Liberals Slapped By VP Mike Pence At DC Shindig
Almost a week after a near-great Academy Awards ceremony ended with the epic embarrassment of the wrong movie being initially given the Best Picture award, Vice-President Mike Pence last night took a slap at Hollywood's big night – and Tinseltown's politics.
"Speaking of show business, did you all see what happened at the Oscars last week?" the former Indiana governor said in his speech at Saturday's annual Gridiron Dinner in Washington D.C., according to pool reports… Read
Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Final Oscar Thoughts, Plus A Call To Junk Another Bad Pricewaterhouse Idea
A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit.
Some FINAL notes on the season.
I think we have all had enough of reliving what is now known as #Envelopegate and the last moments of the 89th annual Academy Awards. Pundits who previously were just trying to figure out how many Oscars La La Land was going to win suddenly turned into rabid investigative reporters chasing any juicy detail they could about the private lives and behind-the-scenes intrigue… Read
Jimmy Kimmel Explains How Oscars Should Have Ended
Jimmy Kimmel tried, on Oscar night, to convince best-picture presenter Warren Beatty to appear on his ABC late night show the next night to talk about the snafu. "I told Warren Beatty he was in trouble…There is only one way to handle this: you need to come on my show tomorrow night and explain what happened," Oscar-host Kimmel told Bill Simmons on his podcast.
According to Kimmel, Beatty's responsed, "That sounds great, for you, but I think I'm just going to wait a… Read
Encore: Oscar Winner Viola Davis Talks ‘Fences’ – The Actor’s Side
She’s a two-time Tony winner and has an Emmy for her ABC TV series How To Get Away With Murder – the first won by an African American lead actress in the Drama Series category. Now you can add Oscar winner to that list with Viola Davis’ Best Supporting Actress victory Sunday night for her stirring role as Rose in the film adaptation of Fences.
She joins that rare club of actors who won both Oscars and Tonys for the same role, and the first to my knowledge to win an… Read
The Academy On Oscars ‘In Memoriam’ Mixup: “We Extend Our Deepest Apologies”
The Best Picture snafu wasn't the only mistake during the 89th Academy Awards. During the Sunday ceremony's In Memoriam segment, a photo of still-alive producer Jan Chapman was used instead of deceased costume designer Janet Patterson. Now, days after the mixup, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has apologized for the error.
"We sincerely apologize to producer Jan Chapman, whose photo was mistakenly used in the Oscars In Memoriam tribute for her colleague… Read