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Awards Hopefuls Look Ahead To Fall Festival Season

Michael Keaton

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

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Five Awards-Worthy Movies To Watch Now

John Cusack and Paul Dano star in Love & Mercy.

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

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Oscars Halftime Report: Can Animated ‘Inside Out’ Turn Best Picture Race Upside Down?

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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

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Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs On Diversity Among Members, Searching For New Oscar Producers, And Breaking Ground On The Movie Museum – Interview

86th Annual Academy Awards - Oscar Foreign Language Reception

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

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Movie Academy Invites: Oscar Winners Eddie Redmayne & JK Simmons Among 332 New Members

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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

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Academy Museum Breaking Ground In Fall After LA City Council OK

Los Angeles City Council Approves Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Project.

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

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Hot Off Helen Mirren’s Tony Win Weinstein Launches Oscar Campaign For Her ‘Woman In Gold’

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With a $32 million domestic gross – and still counting – before its upcoming July 7 DVD release, The Weinstein Company’s sleeper specialty hit, Woman In Gold is currently the top ranking independent release of 2015.  And now, as everyone else seems to be knee deep in Emmy campaigning, the Weinsteins (who else but Harvey?) are officially launching their Oscar campaign for a Best Actress bid for star Helen Mirren in the Simon Curtis-directed hit drama about an Austrian… Read

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Emmys: Online Voting Begins – Paper Ballots Banned For First Time

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Emmy officially says “hello digital age” and “goodbye paper ballots” as the Television Academy jumps fully into the online voting pool with the launch today of the first round of balloting for nominees of the 67th annual Emmy Awards. Ballots are due by 10 PM PT on June 26. Last year, for the first time, the Academy followed the Motion Picture Academy’s lead in making the slow switch to the digital age as far as voting for their prestigious showbiz awards is concerned… Read

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Oscars: With Cannes Behind Us, Serious 2015 Contenders Start To Come Into Play

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As I have slowly emerged during the past week from my French fog into the harsher realities of Hollywood, the likely effect of the 68th Cannes Film Festival on this year’s Oscar race has come more into focus. I consider Cannes a “soft start” to the awards season, not as key obviously as the fall trifecta of Venice/Telluride/Toronto but one that puts some early players in the game. Last year in the official Competition, Foxcatcher managed to win a Best Director prize for… Read

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Marty Pasetta Dies: Longtime Director Of Academy Awards Telecasts Was 82

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JANUARY 30:  Marty Pasetta attends First Annual Movie Awards on January 30, 1991 at the Universal Ampitheater in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage) *** Local Caption *** Marty Pasetta

Marty Pasetta, best known as director of Academy Awards telecasts for most of the 1970s and ’80s, has died. Pasetta died after he was struck by a car he had just exited Thursday night in La Quinta, CA. He was 82. The driver of the car had dropped off Pasetta and another passenger, and subsequently exited the car but left the transmission engaged, according to the Desert Sun. The car then struck both passengers. Pasetta died at the scene and the other passenger was… Read

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Oscar Winner John Legend Talks Blacks In Prison, Police Brutality On CNN

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While accepting his Oscar alongside rapper Common for their song “Glory” (from Selma), multiple Grammy-winning musician John Legend caused a stir when he called out America’s current high rate of incarceration for black men. “The struggle for justice is right now,” he said, comparing the rate of imprisonment to pre-Civil Rights Era segregation. Since then, he’s emerged as a serious advocate for prison reform and racial justice, founding Free America, an initiative to… Read

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Oscars: Academy Announces Show Dates For Next Three Years, Dates For 2015-16 Season

Oscar Dates 2016, 2017, 2018

Mark those calendars — unless you haven’t bought them yet. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC just announced the dates for the 88th, 89th and 90th Academy Awards. The Oscars will air live on ABC on February 28, 2016, February 26, 2017, and March 4, 2018, respectively. AMPAS also announced key dates for the coming 2015-16 Oscar season, to wit: November 14: The Governors Awards December 30: Nominations voting opens 8 a.m. PT January 8: Nominations… Read