Tina Fey On Oscar Hosting: “Someday I’d Produce …That’s All I Have To Offer” – Emmys
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
With Clock Ticking On Oscarcast, Who’s Producing? Who’s Hosting? Academy Will Decide After Squaring Guv Awards
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
Propaganda GEM Expanding To Thailand; Julie Andrews To Direct ‘My Fair Lady Staging: Global Briefs
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
Cheryl Boone Isaacs Gets Third Term As Academy President
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
Oscar Shamed As BBC List Of 100 Greatest American Films Largely Ignores Academy’s Best Picture Winners And Nominees
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
Winner Announced In Academy Board Of Governors Runoff Election – Update
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
Awards Hopefuls Look Ahead To Fall Festival Season
Although last year's award season saw three best picture nominees come from the early-year festival circuit, it's a hard-fought battle when a film can maintain momentum for almost a full 12 months. Because few films have emerged from sometime-bellwethers like January's Sundance Film Festival and May's Cannes Film Festival, more eyes will be on the fall to look for awards contenders.
In the coming weeks, the Venice and Toronto festivals will start announcing their lineups… Read
Five Awards-Worthy Movies To Watch Now
Now that the "official" film-awards season seems to start the minute the previous year's best picture Oscar acceptance speech ends, voters (and awards watchers) can't afford to wait until the fall to start seriously evaluating the year's offerings. While most eyes are on the Emmys and the July 16 nomination announcement, prognosticators are assessing the field at the halfway mark, noting that the Feb. 28, 2016, ceremony is a mere 34 weeks away. Of course, November and… Read
Oscars Halftime Report: Can Animated ‘Inside Out’ Turn Best Picture Race Upside Down?
It is halftime for the 2015 Oscar race, but at this point only one movie released in the first six months of this year looks to make the list of Best Picture nominees. And no, with all apologies to Vin Diesel, it is not Furious 7. So with that in mind let me tell you that right now on July 1, Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out is leading the race for the Academy Awards.
Of course Best Picture nominations for animated films are extremely rare. When there were just five nominees… Read
Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs On Diversity Among Members, Searching For New Oscar Producers, And Breaking Ground On The Movie Museum – Interview
After an Oscar season in which the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences was blasted for a lack of diversity in their nominations, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs sounded ecstatic on the phone today about the wide range and true diversity represented in the list of 322 new members invited to join the exclusive club this year. When we spoke a little while ago she sounded like she was taking a victory lap. With final approval of the Museum as well, she’s having… Read
Movie Academy Invites: Oscar Winners Eddie Redmayne & JK Simmons Among 332 New Members
This just hit from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It’s always a fun list, mostly to see who hadn’t been in before Those include our newest Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor Oscar winners, Eddie Redmayne and J.K. Simmons. who were ineligible to vote for themselves in the 2014 contest but now will be carrying Academy membership cards. Among top executives earning Academy stripes are Universal’s Jeff Shell and, yep, Netflix’s Ted Sarandos.
Here’s the… Read
Academy Museum Breaking Ground In Fall After LA City Council OK
The planned $300 million Academy Museum of Motion Pictures got a green light today from the Los Angeles City Council, which voted 13-0 to approve the project. Groundbreaking will occur this fall. The vote was expected despite some rumblings from neighborhood groups who were concerned about increased traffic and architect Renzo Piano’s mildly controversial sphere (see photos) at the back of the museum on Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue.
The museum will feature six… Read