Monday, December 31, 2012

ACADEMY EXTENDS OSCAR® NOMINATIONS VOTING

  HOURS AND DATES CHANGED

 The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has extended the deadline for members to vote for Oscar nominations by one day to Friday, January 4, 2013, 5:00 p.m. PT.  Members may vote online or submit a paper ballot.  Any votes received after the deadline will not be counted.

 “By extending the voting deadline we are providing every opportunity available to make the transition to online balloting as smooth as possible,” said Ric Robertson, Academy COO.  “We’re grateful to our global membership for joining us in this process.”

  In order to accommodate the extension and maintain security, the online voting system will be closed for two hours only (5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. PT) on Thursday, January 3. The system will re-open at 7 p.m. PT, on January 3 and remain available to members until 5:00 p.m. PT January 4.

 This is the first year the Academy is providing its membership the opportunity to vote online. Several voting resources are available to members, including assisted voting stations in Los Angeles, New York and London, and a 24-hour support call center. 

 The nominations and final Awards ballots will be tabulated and verified by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to ensure that all aspects of the balloting process are accurate and secure. In the majority of the categories, PwC will tabulate the ballots using the preferential voting system.

 The 85th Academy Awards® nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT, in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

 Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood  & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. Seth McFarlane will host. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide. 

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

GOLDEN GLOBE 2013 NOMINATIONS and SBIFF


Golden Globe nominations, and much more, courtesy of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's "film geek Confidential" blog:


 The Golden Globes ceremony, the 70th in the history of the awards show, will be held on Sunday, January 13, 2013. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will co-host. The Golden Globes awards are brought to you by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), and broadcast on MSN.
 

The 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival will be held in Santa Barbara, California, from January 24th to February 3rd. Passes and tickets are now on sale. SBIFF takes place among the beautiful California coastal area that is considered the American Riviera™ I have been there many times and it is one of my favorite film festivals. Official Website

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SHORT LIST FOR BEST FOREIGN FILM OSCAR®


The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT, in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 85th Academy Awards®. Seventy-one films originally qualified.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

     Austria, "Amour," Michael Haneke, director;
     Canada, "War Witch," Kim Nguyen, director;
     Chile, "No," Pablo Larraín, director*;
     Denmark, "A Royal Affair," Nikolaj Arcel, director;
     France, "The Intouchables," Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, directors;
     Iceland, "The Deep," Baltasar Kormákur, director;
     Norway, "Kon-Tiki," Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, directors;
     Romania, "Beyond the Hills," Cristian Mungiu **, director;
     Switzerland, "Sister," Ursula Meier, director.


Mimi's Notes:
* "No" stars Gael Garcia Bernal.
** Mungiu's 2007 film, "4 Months,3 Weeks and 2 Days" (4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile)won at Cannes and received many, many additional awards but did not receive a nomination in this category from members of AMPAS®. Speculation abounded that it was because the movie dealt with abortion.  goo.gl/V79XM
 
Foreign Language Film nominations for 2012 are again being determined in two phases.

The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based members, screened the 71 eligible films between mid-October and December 17. The group's top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy's Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.

Phase II, the shortlist will be winnowed down to the five nominees by specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles. They will spend Friday, January 4, through Sunday, January 6, viewing three films each day and then casting their ballots.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievement of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood and Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

ACADEMY MEMBERS SELECTING NOMINEES FOR OSCAR®

Nominations voting for the 85th Academy Awards® opened at 8 a.m. PT, Monday, December 17, for the 5,856 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Members will have until 5 p.m. PT, Thursday, January 3, 2013, to vote electronically. Paper ballots must be received at the Academy prior to the above deadline. Any paper ballots received after the deadline will not be counted. Nominations and final Awards ballots will be tabulated and verified by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to ensure that all aspects of the balloting process are accurate and secure.

This will be the first year the Academy is providing its membership the opportunity to vote electronically. Several voting resources will be available to members, including assisted voting stations in Los Angeles, New York and London, and a 24-hour support call center during voting periods.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT, in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Comedian, writer, producer Seth MacFarlane is this year’s host of the 85th Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012. Awards will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

Friday, December 14, 2012

ORIGINAL SCORES (104) IN 2012 OSCAR® RACE

One hundred four scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 85th Academy Awards®.
Eligible scores along with their composers are listed below in alphabetical order by motion picture title:

       "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," Henry Jackman; 
       "After the Wizard," Stephen Main;
       "Alex Cross," John Debney and Sebastian Morton;
       "The Amazing Spider-Man," James Horner;
       "Anna Karenina," Dario Marianelli;
       "Argo," Alexandre Desplat;
       "Battleship," Steve Jablonsky;
       "The Bay," Marcelo Zarvos;
       "Beasts of the Southern Wild," Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin;
       "Being Flynn," Damon Gough;
       "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," Thomas Newm
an;

       "Big Miracle," Cliff Eidelman;
       "Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story," David Cieri;
       "Brave," Patrick Doyle;
       "Brooklyn Castle," B. Satz;
       "Chasing Ice," J. Ralph;
       "Chasing Mavericks," Chad Fischer;
       "Chicken with Plums," Olivier Bernet;
       "Chimpanzee," Nicholas Hooper;
       "Cloud Atlas," Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek;
       "Compliance," Heather McIntosh;
       "Contraband," Clinton Shorter;
       "The Dark Knight Rises," Hans Zimmer;
       "Dark Shadows," Danny Elfman;
       "Darling Companion," James Newton Howard;
       "Deadfall," Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders;
       "The Dictator," Erran Baron Cohen;
       "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," John Powell;
       "End of Watch," David Sardy;
       "Ethel," Miriam Cutler;
       "Flight," Alan Silvestri;
       "For a Good Time, Call..." John Swihart;
       "For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada," James Horner;
       "Frankenweenie," Danny Elfman;
       "Fun Size," Deborah Lurie;
       "Girl in Progress," Christopher Lennertz;
       "The Grey," Marc Streitenfeld;
       "The Guilt Trip," Christophe Beck;
       "Hidden Moon," Luis Bacalov;
       "Hitchcock," Danny Elfman;
       "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," Howard Shore;
       "Hotel Transylvania," Mark Mothersbaugh;
       "House at the End of the Street," Theo Green;
       "The Hunger Games," James Newton Howard;
       "Hyde Park on Hudson," Jeremy Sams;
       "Ice Age Continental Drift," John Powell;
       "The Impossible," Fernando Velázquez;
       "Jack Reacher," Joe Kraemer;
       "John Carter," Michael Giacchino;
       "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," Andrew Lockington;
       "Lawless," Nick Cave and Warren Ellis;
       "Life of Pi," Mychael Danna;
       "Lincoln," John Williams;
       "Lola Versus," Will Bates and Philip Mossman;
       "Looper," Nathan Johnson;
       "The Lucky One," Mark Isham;
       "LUV," Nuno Malo;
       "The Man with the Iron Fists," RZA and Howard Drossin;
       "Marvel's The Avengers," Alan Silvestri;
       "The Master," Jonny Greenwood;
       "Men in Black 3," Danny Elfman;
       "Middle of Nowhere," Kathryn Bostic;
       "Mirror Mirror," Alan Menken;
       "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," Geoff Zanelli;
       "On the Road," Gustavo Santaolalla;
       "The Pardon," Ashley Irwin;
       "Parental Guidance," Marc Shaiman;
       "People Like Us," A.R. Rahman;
         "The Possession," Anton Sanko;
       "Prometheus," Marc Streitenfeld;
       "Promised Land," Danny Elfman;
       "The Raid: Redemption," Mike Shinoda and Joseph Trapanese;
       "Red Tails," Terence Blanchard;
       "Rise of the Guardians," Alexandre Desplat;
       "Ruby Sparks," Nick Urata;
         "Safe House," Ramin Djawadi;
       "Safety Not Guaranteed," Ryan Miller;
       "Saint Dracula," Sreevalsan J. Menon;
       "Savages," Adam Peters;
       "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," Rob Simonsen and Jonathan Sadoff;
       "The Sessions," Marco Beltrami;
       "Sinister," Christopher Young;
       "Skyfall," Thomas Newman;
       "Smashed," Eric D. Johnson and Andy Cabic;
       "Snow White and the Huntsman," James Newton Howard;
       "Taken 2," Nathaniel Mechaly;
       "Ted," Walter Murphy;
       "Think Like a Man," Christopher Lennertz;
       "This Means War," Christophe Beck;
       "A Thousand Words," John Debney;
       "The Three Stooges," John Debney;
       "Trashed," Vangelis;
       "Trouble with the Curve," Marco Beltrami;
       "21 Jump Street," Mark Mothersbaugh;
       "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2," Carter Burwell;
       "Until They Are Home," Jamie Dunlap;
       "War of the Worlds The True Story," Jamie Hall;
       "The Watch," Christophe Beck;
       "West of Memphis," Nick Cave and Warren Ellis;
       "Where Do We Go Now?" Khaled Mouzanar;
       "Won't Back Down," Marcelo Zarvos;
       "The Words," Marcelo Zarvos;
       "Wreck-It Ralph," Henry Jackman;
       "Zero Dark Thirty," Alexandre Desplat.
 
A Reminder List of works submitted in the Original Score category will be made available with a nominations ballot to all members of the Music Branch, who shall vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements.  The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominees for the award.

To be eligible, the original score must be a substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring, and must be written specifically for the motion picture by the submitting composer.  Scores diluted by the use of tracked themes or other preexisting music, diminished in impact by the predominant use of songs, or assembled from the music of more than one composer shall not be eligible.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT, in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. 

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Oscar's Best Original Song Category Contains 75

Seventy-five songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 85th Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

The original songs and the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film title (right column):

       "For You" - - "Act of Valor"
       "Metaphorical Blanket" - - "Any Day Now"
       "Let It Rain" - - "Being Flynn"
       "Learn Me Right" - - "Brave"
       "Touch the Sky" - - "Brave"
       "Airport" - - "Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best"
       "Come on Girl" - - "Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best"
       "Someday" - - "Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best"
       "Protect the King" - - "Brooklyn Castle"
       "California Solo" - - "California Solo"
       "Casa De Mi Padre" - - "Casa De Mi Padre"
       "Del Cielo" - - "Casa De Mi Padre"
       "Yo No Se" - - "Casa De Mi Padre"
       "No Other Plans" - - "Celeste and Jesse Forever"
       "Before My Time" - - "Chasing Ice"
       "By the Light of the Moon" - - "Crossroad"
       "The Sambola! International Dance Craze" - - "Damsels in Distress"
       "When You Comin' Home" - - "Darling Companion"
       "Death by China" - - "Death by China"
       "Delhi Safari" - - "Delhi Safari"
       "Ancora Qui" - - "Django Unchained"
       "Freedom" - - "Django Unchained"
       "100 Black Coffins" - - "Django Unchained"
       "Who Did That to You?" - - "Django Unchained"
       "How Bad Can I Be?" - - "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax"
       "Let It Grow" - - "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax"
       "Thneedville" - - "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax"
       "Ain't No Train" - - "Downtown Express"
       "You Don't Have to Be a Star" - - "Fame High"
       "Jose's Martyrdom" - - "For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada"
       "Strange Love" - - "Frankenweenie"
       "Voodoo" - - "Halloween Party"
       "Luna Nascosta" - - "Hidden Moon"
       "Song of the Lonely Mountain" - - "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
       "Abraham's Daughter" - - "The Hunger Games"
       "Master of the Seas" - - "Ice Age Continental Drift"
       "We Are" - - "Ice Age Continental Drift"
       "Looking for a Sign" - - "Jeff, Who Lives at Home"
       "From Here to the Moon and Back" - - "Joyful Noise"
       "He's Everything" - - "Joyful Noise"
       "I'm Yours" - - "Joyful Noise"
       "Wide Awake" - - "Katy Perry: Part of Me"
       "Cosmonaut" - - "Lawless"
       "Beaten Up and Broken Down" - - "Least among Saints"
       "Suddenly" - - "Les Misérables"
       "Pi's Lullaby" - - "Life of Pi"
       "When I Grow Up" - - "Losing Control"
       "Love Always Comes as a Surprise" - - "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"
       "Ladies of Tampa" - - "Magic Mike"
       "The Baddest Man Alive" - - "The Man with the Iron Fists"
       "This Gift" - - "The Odd Life of Timothy Green"
       "Still Alive" - - "Paul Williams Still Alive"
       "Dotted Line" - - "People Like Us"
       "Snake Eyes" - - "Promised Land"
       "Razors.Out" - - "The Raid: Redemption"
       "I'm Not Leaving" - - "Re:Generation"
       "Still Dream" - - "Rise of the Guardians"
       "Undercover Love" - - "Rock of Ages"
       "Big Machine" - - "Safety Not Guaranteed"
       "I Be Here" - - "Saint Dracula"
       "I Have Secrets" - - "Saint Dracula"
       "Skyfall" - - "Skyfall"
       "Breath of Life" - - "Snow White and the Huntsman"
       "Gone" - - "Snow White and the Huntsman"
       "One Wing" - - "Sparkle"
       "Not Running Anymore" - - "Stand Up Guys"
       "Feel Love" - -  "Struck by Lightning"
       "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" - - "Ted"
       "Never Had" - - "10 Years"
       "Dull Tool" - - "This Is 40"
       "She Won't Let Go" - - "Until They Are Home"
       "Kiss Me Goodbye" - - "Virginia"
       "Anything Made of Paper" - - "West of Memphis"
       "Hashishet Albi" - - "Where Do We Go Now?"
       "When Can I See You Again?" - - "Wreck-It Ralph"

During the nominations process, all voting members of the Music Branch will receive a Reminder List of works submitted in the category and a DVD copy of the song clips. Members will be asked to watch the clips and then vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements in the category. The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award.

To be eligible, a song must consist of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film. A clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition of both lyric and melody must be used in the body of the film or as the first music cue in the end credit.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. 

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

Friday, December 07, 2012

OSCAR RACE SHORT LISTS



CONTENDERS IN VISUAL EFFECTS (VFX)

     The top 10 films in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 85th Academy Awards®. Films are listed below in alphabetical order:

     “The Amazing Spider-Man”
     “Cloud Atlas”
     “The Dark Knight Rises”
     “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
     “John Carter”
     “Life of Pi”
     “Marvel’s The Avengers”
     “Prometheus”
     “Skyfall”
     “Snow White and the Huntsman”

All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the 10 shortlisted films on Thursday, January 3.  Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar® consideration.


LIVE ACTION SHORTS

Here is the list of 11 live action short films advancing in the voting process for the 85th Academy Awards®.  A tie in the nominations balloting resulted in 11 films being shortlisted.  One hundred twenty-five pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 11 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

 “A Fábrica (The Factory)” - (Grafo Audiovisual)
 “Asad” - (Hungry Man)
 “Buzkashi Boys” -  (Afghan Film Project)
 “Curfew” - (Fuzzy Logic Pictures)
 “Death of a Shadow (Dood van eenSchaduw)”        - (Serendipity Films)
 “Henry” - (Yan England)
 “Kiruna-Kigali” - (Hepp Film AB)
 “The Night Shift Belongs to the Stars” 
     - (Oh! pen LLC)
“9meter” - (M and M Productions A/S)
“Salar” - (Nicholas Greene)
“when you find me"
     - (Freestyle Picture Company)

The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting at screenings held in Los Angeles. 

Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select three to five nominees from among the 11 titles on the shortlist.  Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in December.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, 5:30 a.m. PT, in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented  Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood and Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

ANIMATED FEATURES SUBMITTED FOR OSCAR® RACE


        Twenty-one features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 85th Academy Awards®. At least eight eligible animated features must be theatrically released in Los Angeles County within the calendar year for this category to be activated.

Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category may also qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories.

The 21 submitted features, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

    "Adventures in Zambezia"
    "Brave"
    "Delhi Safari"
    "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax"
    "Frankenweenie"
    "From Up on Poppy Hill"
    "Hey Krishna"
    "Hotel Transylvania"
    "Ice Age Continental Drift"
    "A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's  Graham Chapman"
    "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"
    "The Mystical Laws"
    "The Painting"
    "ParaNorman"
    "The Pirates! Band of Misfits"
    "The Rabbi's Cat"
    "Rise of the Guardians"
    "Secret of the Wings"
    "Walter & Tandoori's Christmas"
    "Wreck-It Ralph"
    "Zarafa"

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live Thursday, January 10, 2013, 5:30 a.m. PT, in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

2012 OSCAR® RACE: FEATURE DOCUMENTARIES CUT TO 15

 
In the 85th Academy Awards® Documentary Feature category, 15 have advanced in the voting process. One hundred twenty-six pictures originally qualified in this category. Members of the Academy's Documentary Branch will now select five nominees from this list.

The documentaries are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

   "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry," Never Sorry LLC
   "Bully," The Bully Project LLC
   "Chasing Ice," Exposure
   "Detropia," Loki Films
   "Ethel," Moxie Firecracker Films
   "5 Broken Cameras," Guy DVD Films
   "The Gatekeepers," Les Films du Poisson, Dror Moreh Productions, Cinephil
   "The House I Live In," Charlotte Street Films, LLC
   "How to Survive a Plague," How to Survive a Plague LLC
   "The Imposter," Imposter Pictures Ltd.
   "The Invisible War," Chain Camera Pictures
   "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God," Jigsaw Productions in association with Wider Film Projects and Below the Radar Films
   "Searching for Sugar Man," Red Box Films
   "This Is Not a Film," Wide Management
   "The Waiting Room," Open’hood, Inc. 

The Documentary Branch viewed the eligible documentaries for the preliminary round of voting, and the five nominees will come from this shortlist.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT, in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. 

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.


Sunday, December 02, 2012

OPTIONS FOR OSCAR® VOTING - A DEADLINE EXTENDED


NEW PROCEDURES FOR OSCAR® VOTING - A DEADLINE EXTENDED

This year, for the first time, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® will provide its membership the opportunity to vote electronically. Several voting resources will be available to members during the transition, including assisted voting stations in Los Angeles, New York and London, and a 24-hour support call center during voting periods.

The voting period for nominations begins on Monday, December 17 and closes Thursday, January 3. Members must either register to vote electronically or request a paper ballot.

The original deadline for requesting a paper ballot was November 30. The Academy announced this past week that the deadline for requesting a paper ballot has been extended to Friday, December 14. Those who have not yet registered to vote online may still register to vote online through Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

This is being done to ensure that all Academy members fully understand all the voting options that are available to them this year. The Academy reports that the majority of the 6000 plus Academy members have already registered to vote online in the 85th Academy Awards® Race.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT, in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

The broadcast originates live from the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood and Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Record Number Vie for 2012 Foreign Language Oscar®


A record 71 countries, including first-time entrant Kenya, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Motion Picture category for the 85th Academy Awards®.

The 2012 submissions, with director(s) are:

Afghanistan, The Patience Stone, Atiq Rahimi;
Albania, Pharmakon, Joni Shanaj;
Algeria, Zabana!, Said Ould Khelifa;
Argentina, Clandestine Childhood, Benjamín Ávila;
Armenia, If Only Everyone, Natalia Belyauskene;
*Australia, Lore, Cate Shortland;
*Austria, Amour, Michael Haneke;
Azerbaijan, Buta, Ilgar Najaf;
Bangladesh, Pleasure Boy Komola, Humayun Ahmed;
Belgium, Our Children, Joachim Lafosse;
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Children of Sarajevo, Aida Begic;
Brazil, The Clown, Selton Mello;
Bulgaria, Sneakers, Valeri Yordanov and Ivan Vladimirov;
Cambodia, Lost Loves, Chhay Bora;
*Canada, War Witch, Kim Nguyen;
*Chile, No, Pablo Larraín;
China, Caught in the Web, Chen Kaige;
Colombia, The Snitch Cartel, Carlos Moreno;
Croatia, Vegetarian Cannibal, Branko Schmidt;
Czech Republic, In the Shadow, David Ondrícek;
*Denmark, A Royal Affair, Nikolaj Arcel, director;
Dominican Republic, Jaque Mate, José María Cabral;
Estonia, Mushrooming, Toomas Hussar;
Finland, Purge, Antti J. Jokinen;
*France, The Intouchables, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano;
Georgia, Keep Smiling, Rusudan Chkonia;
Germany, Barbara, Christian Petzold;
Greece, Unfair World, Filippos Tsitos;
Greenland, Inuk, Mike Magidson;
Hong Kong, Life without Principle, Johnnie To;
Hungary, Just the Wind, Bence Fliegauf;
Iceland, The Deep, Baltasar Kormákur;
India, Barfi!, Anurag Basu;
Indonesia, The Dancer, Ifa Isfansyah;
*Israel, Fill the Void, Rama Burshtein;
*Italy, Caesar Must Die, Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani;
Japan, Our Homeland, Yang Yonghi;
Kazakhstan, Myn Bala: Warriors of the Steppe, Akan Satayev;
Kenya, Nairobi Half Life, David 'Tosh' Gitonga;
Kyrgyzstan, The Empty Home, Nurbek Egen;
Latvia, Gulf Stream under the Iceberg, Yevgeny Pashkevich;
Lithuania, Ramin, Audrius Stonys;
Macedonia, The Third Half, Darko Mitrevski;
Malaysia, Bunohan, Dain Iskandar Said;
Mexico, After Lucia, Michel Franco;
Morocco, Death for Sale, Faouzi Bensaïdi;
Netherlands, Kauwboy, Boudewijn Kooler;
*Norway, Kon-Tiki, Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg;
Palestine, When I Saw You, Annemarie Jacir;
Peru, The Bad Intentions, Rosario García-Montero;
Philippines, Bwakaw, Jun Robles Lana;
Poland, 80 Million, Waldemar Krzystek;
*Portugal, Blood of My Blood, João Canijo;
*Romania, Beyond the Hills, Cristian Mungiu;
Russia, White Tiger, Karen Shakhnazarov;
Serbia, When Day Breaks, Goran Paskaljevic;
Singapore, Already Famous, Michelle Chong;
Slovak Republic, Made in Ash, Iveta Grófová;
Slovenia, A Trip, Nejc Gazvoda;
South Africa, Little One, Darrell James Roodt;
South Korea, Pieta, Kim Ki-duk;
*Spain, Blancanieves (Snow White), Pablo Berger;
*Sweden, The Hypnotist, Lasse Hallström;
*Switzerland, Sister, Ursula Meier;
Taiwan, Touch of the Light, Chang Jung-Chi;
Thailand, Headshot, Pen-ek Ratanaruang;
Turkey, Where the Fire Burns, Ismail Gunes;
Ukraine, The Firecrosser, Mykhailo Illienko;
Uruguay, The Delay, Rodrigo Plá;
Venezuela, Rock, Paper, Scissors, Hernán Jabes;
Vietnam, The Scent of Burning Grass, Nguyen Huu Muoi.


*Mimi follows.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT, in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Wilshire Boulevard.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at The Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.



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Thursday, September 13, 2012

2012 Kennedy Center Honorees Announced


David Letterman



The honorees for this year's Kennedy Center Honors to be presented December 4, were announced yesterday. The gala will be broadcast on CBS, December 26.

The honorees are: Late-night host on CBS David Letterman, actor Dustin Hoffman, Blues guitarist Buddy Guy, dancer Natalia Makarov, and Led Zeppelin, which is being honored as a band. However, keyboardist-bassist John Paul Jones, guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant each will receive the Kennedy Center Honors. Drummer John Bonham died in 1980.

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Saturday, September 01, 2012

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT SHORT DOCUMENTARIES FOR 85th OSCARS®


Tuesday, September 4, 5 p.m., PT, is the deadline for documentary filmmakers to submit short subject documentaries and all required paperwork to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for consideration for the 85th Academy Awards.

To be eligible, the documentaries must complete a seven-day commercial run in a theater in either Los Angeles County or in the Borough of Manhattan in New York, between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2012. Films completing their qualifying run after September 4 must still complete and submit all paperwork, including legal contracts, by the deadline.

Each completed entry form must be accompanied by supporting materials, including an English-language synopsis of the film, a list of film credits, filmographies of the director(s), 30 DVD copies of the film, and proof of seven-day qualifying exhibition.

Additional information about the documentary-award categories may be obtained b
y clicking here.
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Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™, Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar® presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Fall Film Festivals - Canada, Italy, Spain, USA




69th Venice International Film Festival

 The 69th Venice International Film Festival (la Biennale di Venezia - VIFF), directed by Alberto Barbera, kicks off today, Wednesday, August 29, with the Opening Ceremony and the Palazzo del Cinema screening of Mira Nair's The Reluctant Fundamentalist, out of competition. It will run through September 8th. Check out the Screenings schedule.

WEBSITE (English)


Toronto International Film Festival


The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Toronto, Canada, opens September 6, and runs through the 16th. The folks at Toronto claim, "The Toronto International Film Festival is the leading public film festival in the world, screening more than 300 films from 60+ countries every September." I have no facts to dispute that. I do know that their cinematic selection each year is one of the best if not, as they claim, the best. The TIFF has another distinction, that of managing to screen the Academy Award-winning  feature movie with regularity. Therefore, when I begin the process of trying to predict that winner, I turn to Toronto.

A small sample of films to be screened: From the U.S.A. Beasts of the Southern Wild, Great Expectations. Quebec writer-diector Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette's Inch’Allah, and the return of Austrian auteur and two-time winner at Cannes, Michael Haneke with Amour.

Ticket packages are available to buy now. Individual tickets go on sale September 2nd.



60th SAN SEBASTIAN FILM FESTIVAL

French filmmaker Georges Franju will be the subject of one of the retrospectives programed for the 60th San Sebastian Festival (SSIFF), September 21 - 29, 2012. Franju would have been 100 this year. 

Georges Franju (April 12, 1912 / November 5, 1987) was an enormously influential figure in French film culture. In 1936 he founded the Cinémathèque Française with Henri Langlois, and his career as a director began in 1949 with documentaries. His early works demonstrated his particular talent for filming reality from unexpected angles, a trait akin to surrealism and expressionism.

American director Oliver Stone and Scottish actor, Ewan McGregor will each receive the Donastia Lifetime Achievement Award for their contributions to cinema.  Both of them have new movies, which will premiere after the presentation of their awards, September 23 for Stone's Savages. The Impossible starring McGregor and Naomi Watts, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, a young filmmaker from Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, will premiere September 27. Bayona's most recent movie before The Impossible is The Orphanage (El orfanato, 2007), featuring Geraldine Chaplin.

Films in Progress will present six films from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Uruguay. Four films from Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco are selected to participate in Cinema in Motion.

Sixteen Spanish movies will premiere in the Made in Spain section, including Sleepless Knights, a German production in the Spanish Language, due to be released in 2013. The movie has been selected for the 2013 Forum section at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival and the Cine del futuro section at the Buenos Aires Festival. The full screenings schedule for the SSIFF has not yet been released.

The 60th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival will include screenings of the eight films selected this year for the Zinemira section, dedicated to films produced for the most part in the Basque Country. The Premiere's section will include six new productions, while Panorama will offer another two titles produced this year.The six premieres will contend for the Serbitzu Award, a new addition this year. The award will also be open to Basque productions presented in any of the other Festival sections.

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SAN DIEGO FILM FESTIVAL


The San Diego Film Festival (SDFF) will run from September 26 - 30, 2012, and has expanded to two locations, downtown San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter and La Jolla.

If you haven't experienced all the San Diego Film Festival events previously, you need to know this festival is known as "The Party Festival." Each night's fete is held at one of the Gaslamp Quarter's hot spots or in the gorgeous setting of La Jolla. Open to Patrons, Sponsors, VIP & Festival day pass holders, each party will feature a one-hour hosted bar. There are many other smaller parties open to all attendees. At any party, attendees must be 21 with a valid ID.

Gus Van Sant

Oscar nominated auteur Gus Van Sant will attend the special tribute and retrospective of his films. The Festival will screen some of his most acclaimed features, including early indie favorites Drugstore Cowboy and My Own Private Idaho and more recent Academy Award winners Good Will Hunting, Milk and Cannes Palme d’Or winner Elephant. He is currently directing Promised Land, written by and starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski.

 A small sample of films to be screened: From the U.S.A. Beasts of the Southern Wild, Great Expectations. Quebec writer-diector Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette's Inch’Allah, and the return of Austrian auteur and two-time winner at Cannes, Michael Haneke with Amour. The full Festival schedule has not yet announced.






Nicole Kidman will be honored, and there will be a special screening of a newly restored version of Lawrence of Arabia. Only two of the juicy events for the 50th New York Film Festival (NYFF), September 28 - October 14, 2012, under the auspices of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York City. More on this one later.


As information is released there will be more from time to time on this blog about the above festivals.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Santa Barbara Festival Pass-Sale Ending



The 28th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival opens January 24, 2013 and runs through February 03, 2013. Purchase of discount pass packages ends August 31st. http://www.sbiff.org



Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Acadmy of Motion Pictures Elects New President

HAWK KOCH
Producer Hawk Koch was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight (July 31) by the organization's Board of Governors. This will be his first term in office. Koch, who is beginning his ninth year as a governor representing the Producers Branch, has served as first vice president of the Academy during the past year. He previously served three one-year terms as treasurer and one term as vice president.

In addition, Public Relations Branch governor Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected first vice president; Producers Branch governor Kathleen Kennedy was elected to one vice president post and Writers Branch governor Phil Robinson was re-elected to the other vice president post; Public Relations Branch governor Rob Friedman was elected treasurer; and Executives Branch governor Robert Rehme was elected secretary.

Koch's producer credits include Losing Isaiah and Gorky Park. He recently served as executive producer on Source Code and is executive producer on the upcoming Very Good Girls.

Academy board members serve three-year terms, while officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive terms in any one office.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New Rules for Oscars and Academy Issues Invitations


RULES APPROVED FOR 85TH ACADEMY AWARDS®

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has approved the rules for the upcoming 85th Academy Awards. The most significant changes affect the Music, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Visual Effects categories.

In the Music (Original Song) category, the Executive Committee may recommend that a fourth songwriter for an individual song be considered in rare and extraordinary circumstances. This amends the rule that has been in effect since 2005, whereby up to two songwriters could be eligible per song, although a third songwriter could be added if he or she were found to be an essentially equal contributor.

In the Foreign Language Film category, films must be submitted to the Academy in 35mm or DCP*, but are no longer required to be exhibited in those formats in their countries of origin.

The award given in the Makeup category will now be known as the Makeup and Hairstyling Award. Additionally, during the nominations process, all branch members who have seen the seven shortlisted titles will receive ballots to list their top three choices.

In the Visual Effects category, nominees will be selected from a pool of ten films chosen by the Branch Executive Committee by secret ballot. Previously, the committee could put forward as many as ten productions or as few as seven.

Other adjustments to the rules include standard date changes and other "housekeeping" adjustments.

Rules are reviewed annually by individual branch and category committees. The Awards Rules Committee then reviews all proposed changes before presenting its recommendations to the Academy's Board of Governors for approval.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, in the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar® presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.
*A Digital Cinema Package (DCP) is a collection of digital files used to store and convey digital cinema (DC) audio, image, and data streams.

Dujardin and Uggie
 ACADEMY INVITES 176 TO MEMBERSHIP

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 176 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2012 to the Academy’s roster of members.

"These film professionals represent some of the most talented, most passionate contributors to our industry,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “I’m glad to recognize that by calling each of them a fellow Academy member."

Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003. Some of the 2012 actor invitees are:

Simon Baker – Margin Call, L.A. Confidential;
Bérénice Bejo – The Artist, OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies;
Jessica Chastain – The Help, The Tree of Life;
Jean Dujardin – Les infidèls, The Artist;
Jonah Hill – Moneyball, Superbad;
Ken Howard – J. Edgar, In Her Shoes;
Diego Luna – Milk, Y Tu Mamá También (And Your Mother, Too);
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids, The Back-Up Plan;
Matthew McConaughey – The Lincoln Lawyer, A Time to Kill;
Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs, Tumbleweeds;
Andy Serkis – The Prestige, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King;
Octavia Spencer – The Help, The Soloist;
Michelle Yeoh – The Lady, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

But, where is Uggie's name? Fans of Uggie in the silent movie The Artist and Water for Elephants, were outraged when the Jack Russell Terrier didn't get an Oscar nomination last January. Now Uggie's owner tells a magazine that movie was Uggie's last. He is 10 now, and is officially retired. Uggie did win the Palm Chien Prix (Palm Dog Prize) after last year’s Cannes Film Festival.