Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi to Receive the Academy’s Governors Awards

The press release from AMPAS: The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present Honorary Awards to Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Angelina Jolie. All four awards will be presented at...
Posted On 05 Sep 2013

Academy Creates Branch for Casting Directors

  I was just thinking a couple of days ago how lucky Woody Allen has been to have had the assistance of Juliet Taylor for the past 4 decades. Allen pays Taylor due respect by usually giving her first screen credit right after the names of the brilliant ensembles she helps...
Posted On 31 Jul 2013

Academy’s Efforts to Diversify Put to the Test in 2013

For the first time ever, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences has elected an African American woman as their President. Before they did so, Cheryl Boone Isaacs already stood out as a member of the Board of Governors. Part of the reason the Academy has been so...
Posted On 31 Jul 2013

Academy Museum receives $1 million gift from Brett Ratner

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today a $1 million gift from director Brett Ratner to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. “Brett has a sincere love of movies and film history, and we are excited to welcome him to our group of...
Posted On 29 May 2013

Academy Announces Animated Feature Film Rule Change

(Press release) BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved rules for the 86th Oscars®. The most significant change affects the Animated Feature Film category. In this category, the new rule designates a maximum of two...
Posted On 20 May 2013

Academy Changes Rules for Oscar Voting

The changes they make seem to impact only the documentary, short and foreign language films. I’m not sure why they don’t require that voters see all of the nominated films in EVERY category to vote. The press release also says they had 90% voter turnout last year....
Posted On 04 May 2013

Academy Takes Steps to Diversify, According to LA Times

Take a good long look at that sign. Those proportions are correct. But things are looking up. The LA Times’ Nicole Sperling breaks the news that the Academy might “relax” its cap on membership in hopes of adding a more diverse slate to their membership. The...
Posted On 27 Apr 2013

Design for New Academy Theater

©Renzo Piano Building Workshop/©Studio Pali Fekete architects Quite an ambitious project. Soon this will be one of the must-sees in the city. I’m guessing soon we will never be able to imagine a Los Angeles without it. - More than 30,000 square feet of flexible exhibition...
Posted On 11 Apr 2013

Academy’s New Theater to be named after David Geffen

You know that big project the Academy is involved in? It just got a whopper of donation, $25 mil from David Geffen, so he gets the name. It will be known as the David Geffen theater.  Is it crass for me to say that I hope I live long enough to see this thing thing built? The...
Posted On 08 Apr 2013

The Future of the Academy to be Discussed … at the Academy

The New York Times revealed that Dawn Hudson is asking Academy members for a group discussion on what they think the future of the Academy might be. Here are Awards Daily’s quick and dirty suggestions for topics members might bring up (and quickly get shot down by the...
Posted On 30 Mar 2013