Campaign Regulations for 84th Academy Awards

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...
Posted On 21 Sep 2011

Russell Brand and Others Invited to Join the AMPAS

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...
Posted On 17 Jun 2011

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

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...
Posted On 15 Jun 2011

Electronic Voting for Oscar

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...
Posted On 23 May 2011

Dawn Hudson Replaces Bruce Davis at the AMPAS

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 execut...
Posted On 08 Apr 2011

Kathryn Bigelow, Michael Moore and Anne Coates Elected to Board

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.
Posted On 07 Jul 2010

135 Names Invited to Join the Academy

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 – “Saw,” “The Firm” Vera Farmiga – “Up in the Air,” “The Departed” Miguel Ferrer...
Posted On 25 Jun 2010

More Numbers Explainers – Oscar’s Math

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...
Posted On 01 Sep 2009

The Numbers – Oscars Best Picture Rule Changes

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...
Posted On 31 Aug 2009

Borat, Apatow, Oliver Join Academy

“These individuals are all incredibly talented and a credit to the world of filmmaking,” said Academy President Sid Ganis. “They exemplify the high standards of the Academy and I welcome each and every one of them to our ranks.” The membership policies that the Academy...