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Campaign Regulations for 84th Academy Awards

Campaign Regulations for 84th Academy Awards

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Press release: Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today issued regulations for how movies and achievements eligible for the 84th Academy Awards may be marketed to Academy members. The most notable change affects screening events that include filmmaker participation. Additional changes address digital delivery of movies to Academy members and public references to competing films or achievements via social media platforms. “These campaign regulations…

Russell Brand and Others Invited to Join the AMPAS

Russell Brand and Others Invited to Join the AMPAS

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Jackie Weaver, Rooney Mara, Gerard Butler, Bradley Cooper, Vince Cassel, David Duchovny, John Hawkes – just some of the names invited to join the Academy – wow, does this mean they are actually evolving forward just a wee bit?  Maybe. Russell Brand!  Russell Brand!  Russell Brand! This was Helen Mirren’s doing. Full release after the cut.

The State of the Race: Well, Maybe We Don't Wanna Pick TEN

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The AMPAS rocked the Oscar blogging world …cough cough, sputter sputter.  Let’s start that again.  The mildly interesting news announced overnight that the AMPAS has decided that they will not be beholden to a solid number of ten Best Picture nominees.   And will instead choose an arbitrary number.  It could be somewhere between five and ten. The truth that those of us who have been following them for these…

Electronic Voting for Oscar

Electronic Voting for Oscar

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The Academy members will now have the opportunity to vote electronically, Nikki Finke just confirmed.  I’m not sure what this means exactly – but one assumes they mean online voting? As Mark Zuckerberg would say, “let the hacking begin.”  Just kidding.  But correct me if I’m wrong – these are the same people who didn’t really know what Facebook was last year? The same people who couldn’t figure out how…

Dawn Hudson Replaces Bruce Davis at the AMPAS

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How exciting that a woman has actually risen in the ranks at the AMPAS. Says Gold Derby’s Paul Sheehan: Dawn Hudson, long-time head of Film Independent, becomes the ultimate Hollywood insider as CEO of the motion picture academy. She replaces departing executive director¬†Bruce Davis. His long-time lieutenant¬†Ric Robertson will be COO in the revamped structure which will be put in place June 1. In making the announcement, academy president¬†Tom Sherakexplained…

Kathryn Bigelow, Michael Moore and Anne Coates Elected to Board

Kathryn Bigelow, Michael Moore and Anne Coates Elected to Board

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AMPAS’ press release announces that Kathryn Bigelow, editor Anne Coates and Michael Moore will be the first time electees to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences‚Äô Board of Governors. The rest of the release after the cut.

135 Names Invited to Join the Academy

135 Names Invited to Join the Academy

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (aka the AMPAS) has invited 135 various sorts to join their rag tag crew. ¬†And the names of interest are: Actors Tobin Bell ‚Äì ‚ÄúSaw,‚Äù ‚ÄúThe Firm‚Äù Vera Farmiga ‚Äì ‚ÄúUp in the Air,‚Äù ‚ÄúThe Departed‚Äù Miguel Ferrer ‚Äì ‚ÄúTraffic,‚Äù ‚ÄúRoboCop‚Äù James Gandolfini ‚Äì ‚ÄúIn the Loop,‚Äù ‚ÄúGet Shorty‚Äù Anna Kendrick ‚Äì ‚ÄúUp in the Air,‚Äù ‚ÄúTwilight‚Äù Mo‚ÄôNique ‚Äì ‚ÄúPrecious: Based on…

More Numbers Explainers – Oscar’s Math

More Numbers Explainers – Oscar’s Math

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I think I just don’t have any room left in my brain’s hard drive to tackle this thing, that must explain why I choose not to think about it. Good thing others are. The folks over at Film School Rejects have worked it all out – thanks to reader Loyal who brought it to our attention. They’ve clarified in a way a dolt like me almost understands. Starting with: The…

The Numbers – Oscars Best Picture Rule Changes

The Numbers – Oscars Best Picture Rule Changes

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Thanks to Craig over at LiC for the tip-off that first, Steve Pond (Oscar guy who wrote for The Envelope – often has the inside scoop on the goings on within the Academy, and almost always pro-Academy, in my opinion, not that there’s anything wrong with that) has written that there will be a change in Oscar’s final vote for Best Pic – it all makes my girly head spin…

Borat, Apatow, Oliver Join Academy

Borat, Apatow, Oliver Join Academy

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‚ÄúThese individuals are all incredibly talented and a credit to the world of filmmaking,‚Äù said Academy President Sid Ganis. ‚ÄúThey exemplify the high standards of the Academy and I welcome each and every one of them to our ranks.‚Äù The membership policies that the Academy adopted in 2004 in order to slow the growth of the organization would have allowed a maximum of 137 new members in 2008, but as…