Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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OFFICIAL SCREEN CREDITS DUE DECEMBER 2 FOR 2013 OSCARS®

Monday, December 2, is the deadline to submit Official Screen Credits (OSC) forms to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for 86th Academy Awards® consideration.

For a feature film to be considered for the 2013 Awards, the film’s distributor or producer must deliver an OSC form and legal billing to the Academy’s 8949 Wilshire Boulevard office by 5 p.m. PT on December 2. If a feature film is released in Los Angeles County in 2013 and the completed OSC form and billing are not delivered by the deadline, the film will be ineligible for Academy Awards in any year.

Printable OSC forms are available online only, at credits.oscars.org for information about submission and feature film eligibility, contact: credits@oscars.org or 310-247-3000, ext. 2299.

While the credits submission deadline is December 2, feature films have until midnight, December 31, to open in a qualifying commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days to be eligible for 2013 Oscars consideration.

Entries in the animated feature, documentary, foreign language and short film categories are subject to special rules and qualifying criteria. The entry deadlines in these categories have already passed. 
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Complete 86th Academy Awards rules are available at www.oscars.org/rules.

The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:30 a.m. PT, in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Ten Live Action Shorts Advance in 2013 Oscar® Race



The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that ten live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 86th Academy Awards®. One-hundred-twenty pictures originally qualified in the category.

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

Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me),” Esteban Crespo, director (Producciones Africanauan);

“Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything),” Xavier Legrand, director, and Alexandre Gavras, producer (KG Productions);

Dva (Two),” Mickey Nedimovic, director, and Henner Besuch, director of photography (Filoufilm Dani Barsch);

“Helium,” Anders Walter, director, and Kim Magnusson, producer (M & M Productions);

“Kush,” Shubhashish Bhutiani, director (Red Carpet Moving Pictures);

Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?),” Selma Vilhunen, director, and Kirsikka Saari, screenwriter (Tuffi Films);

“Record/Play,” Jesse Atlas, director, and Thom Fennessey, executive producer (Collaboration Factory);

“Throat Song,” Miranda de Pencier, director (Northwood Productions);

“Tiger Boy,” Gabriele Mainetti, director (Goon Films);

“The Voorman Problem,” Mark Gill, director, and Baldwin Li, producer (Honlodge Productions).


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 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in December.

The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater at 5:30 a.m. PT. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.



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Sunday, November 10, 2013

A Few Words About Japanese Animator Hayao Miyazaki

The Wind Rises

"The Wind Rises" ("Kaze tachinu") original title, will most likely be the last of beautiful animated features from multiple award-winning Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki. Born in 1941, on the cusp of World War II, Miyazaki is considered Japan's premiere story teller. In 1985, he co-founded Studio Ghibli, and in 1989, he wrote and produced the hit animated feature, "Kiki's Delivery Service". The majority of his movies have been simple, very loveable childish plots populated with loveable children, yet wise children, such as "Ponyo," "From Up on Poppy Hill," and "Spirited Away." However from these, adults glean that Miyazaki is anti-war and an environmentalist, with those and other teachings not lost on the younger audiences, either. His movies are always positive and upbeat, leaving the viewer with positivity and good feelings. "The Wind Rises" has been submitted for an Oscar® for Best Animated Feature.


I have not yet seen "The Wind Rises" because it is in very limited release, but I am told "The Wind Rises" says something very profound about life, while staying true to mirroring our dreams. Remember, Hollywood was originally called the dream factory. The protagonist in this Miyazaki production dreams of building the now infamous Japanese fighter plane they used in WW II, nicknamed "Zero" by Americans because of the red circle painted on the wings and fuselage.

 Hayao Miyazaki


Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero Model 22 (NX712Z), recovered from New Guinea in 1991 and used in the film "Pearl Harbor". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi_A6M_Zero

Hayao Miyazaki on IMDb:http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0594503/?ref_=fn_nm_nm_1Filmography, etc.

The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:30 a.m. PT, in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Animated Features Submitted for Oscar®


This year, 19 features will compete for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 86th Academy Awards®, and are listed here in alphabetical order:

“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2”
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2”
“Epic”
“Ernest and Celestine”
“The Fake”
“Free Birds“
“Frozen”
“Khumba”
“The Legend of Sarila”
“A Letter to Momo”
“Monsters University”
“O Apóstolo”
“Planes”
“Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie – Rebellion”
“Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury”
“The Smurfs 2”
“Turbo”
“The Wind Rises”

Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying runs. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process. At least eight eligible animated features must be theatrically released in Los Angeles County within this 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 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 5:30 a.m. PT, in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.