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Oscars: Cannes Favorite Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s ‘The Wild Pear Tree’ Is Turkey’s Foreign Language Entry

The Wild Pear Tree

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's The Wild Pear Tree, which premiered this year in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, was selected as Turkey’s submission into this year’s Foreign Language Film Oscar race. It marks the fifth film from Ceylan chosen to rep the country, and the first since 2014’s Winter Sleep which won Cannes’ Palme d’Or. Local media reports said 12 films were in the running for the slot and Pear Tree was chosen among film professionals and Culture and Tourism… Read


Our Pete Hammond Tries To Make Sense Of Oscar’s Moment Of Reckoning


I have been on vacation in Hawaii this week waiting for the hurricane. It missed us but apparently hit the Oscars instead. Sitting in my beach cabana I made calls and sent emails to see if the perspective from Academy members matched the social media firestorm — and I mean firestorm — aimed at the Oscar’s additions. A new category for “Popular” film; a two-week move backward in the calendar; the telecast downsizing of some undetermined below the line categories. On the… Read


Bart & Fleming: And The Oscar For Most Hastily Implemented Reforms Goes To…

The Shape Of Water Oscars

Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. FLEMING: The Academy went crazy with an Oscar overhaul yesterday. I feared they might go the other way, making it harder for streamers like Netflix. Instead, they made sweeping changes to be more inclusive, trying to halt a continual ratings side with the most dramatic moves since they… Read


Most Popular Oscar May Not Be So Popular: Rob Lowe Tweets, “Film Business Passed Away Today”


Refresh for updates A new Oscar category for “popular” films doesn’t seem very popular in Hollywood, at least judging by first reactions. “The film business passed away today,” began Rob Lowe’s tweet (read below for the whole thing). Lowe, of course, had his own Oscar low moment, during his musical number with Snow White in the critically lambasted Allan Carr produced telecast. “Finally,” wrote Andy Richter, “the Oscars will be giving a statue based on popularity so that… Read


Oscars To Speed Up, Add Popular Movie Category, Won’t Air All Awards Live


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’s board of governors approved several changes to the annual Oscars show last night during their meeting Tuesday night in which they re-elected John Bailey to a second term as president. Most important to the world at large: they are making moves to shorten the broadcast and stop live airing below the line categories that bog down the Oscarcast and has led to slumping ratings except in years when big films are up for the top… Read


AMPAS Re-Elects John Bailey As President For A Second Term

John Bailey

John Bailey was re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday night by the organization's board of governors. Bailey, elected tonight to his second term, was the first cinematographer to hold the position of Academy president when he was elected last year, replacing the termed-out Cheryl Boone Isaacs. His credits include Ordinary People, American Gigolo, The Big Chil, Groundhog Day, As Good as It Gets and A Walk in the Woods. Also… Read


Sci-Tech Oscars: Academy Pulls Back Curtain On Eight Areas Under Investigation


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is out with its list of eight distinct scientific and technical investigations have been launched for the 2018 Oscars. Per AMPAS, the investigations 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 on Wednesday, July 18. After  investigations are conducted in… Read


Movie Academy Invites Record 928 For Membership; Focus On Diversity

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is out with its 2018 list of invitations for membership. Here is the list of the record 928 folks from 59 countries. Note that 10 individuals (noted by an asterisk) have been invited to join the Academy by multiple branches; they must select one branch upon accepting membership. New members will be welcomed into the Academy at invitation-only receptions in the fall. Actors Hiam Abbass – "Blade Runner 2049," "The… Read


Jennifer Todd Beats Jason Blum In Runoff For Movie Academy Governors Board Seat – Update

UPDATED, 4:15 PM: Oscarcast producer Jennifer Todd has won the Producers Branch runoff election for 2018-19 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors. She beat Blumhouse founder and CEO Jason Blum for the seat. She begins her three-year term on July 1, serving alongside Producers Branch incumbents Albert Berger and Mark Johnson. It was the fourth time in Academy history, following the 2009 ties in the Directors Branch, the Writers Branch in 2015 and… Read


Film Academy Paid Its Governors $1M For Work On Oscars, Museum & Governors Awards In Past Decade-Plus

Members of the Film Academy's board of governors serve without pay, but some are rewarded handsomely for their service. Since 2005, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has paid out more than $1 million to its governors for services related to the Academy Awards, its annual Governors Awards and its $388 million museum project. The Academy is conducting an election for 17 seats on its 54-member board of governors. Results are expected next week. "The Academy… Read


The Roundup Begins, As More Than 180 Vie For 17 Film Academy Board Seats

At this point, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ governors election looks more like a round-up than a race; more than 180 members have declared their interest in filling 17 contested spots on the 54-member Board of Governors. Voting in the run-off round starts on Monday and ends May 18. That will narrow the present field to a maximum of four nominees per branch in the final round, which follows. For now, there are on average about 11 candidates in the… Read


Roman Polanski Threatens To Sue Movie Academy Over “Illegal” Expulsion

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Less than a week after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences publicly kicked out Bill Cosby and  Roman Polanski from its membership, the Oscar winning director says he'll take the group to court unless he's reinstated or gets to defend himself. “I am writing this letter to you to avoid unnecessary litigation,” said Polanski’s attorney Harland Braun in a letter sent to AMPAS president John Bailey today (read it here). “Mr. Polanski has a right to go to court and… Read