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Makeup and Hairstyling Short List

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American Hustle Dallas Buyers Club The Great Gatsby Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters The Hunger Games Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa The Lone Ranger

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

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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 the Academy’s 5th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 16, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®. “The Governors Awards pay…

Academy Creates Branch for Casting Directors

Academy Creates Branch for Casting Directors

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  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 him assemble.   BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and…

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

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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 utterly and completely white for the past 86 years is that their demographic matches their tastes. There have been years where…

Academy Museum receives $1 million gift from Brett Ratner

Academy Museum receives $1 million gift from Brett Ratner

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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 supporters,” said Bill Kramer, the museum’s managing director of development. The Academy launched the Museum’s capital campaign in 2012 and…

Academy Announces Animated Feature Film Rule Change

Academy Announces Animated Feature Film Rule Change

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(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 award recipients, one of whom must have a producer credit. The director and/or key creative individual shall continue to be a recipient, and in…

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

Academy Changes Rules for Oscar Voting

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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. Academy will send out screeners for foreign, doc and shorts. For the first time, the entire voting membership of the Academy of Motion…

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Academy Takes Steps to Diversify, According to LA Times

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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 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is aiming to expand and diversify its ranks by relaxing a cap on membership that has restricted…

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Design for New Academy Theater

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©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 galleries – A 15,000-square-foot landscaped public piazza that will serve as a gathering space for visitors and connect the museum with the LACMA campus…

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Academy’s New Theater to be named after David Geffen

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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 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that it has received…