Feb 082017
 
89th Oscars® Nominees Luncheon

89th Oscars® Nominees Luncheon Group Photo.
Photo credit: Image Group LA / ©A.M.P.A.S.

89th Oscars® Nominees Luncheon Group Photo

Nominees for the 89th Oscars® were celebrated at a luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton, Monday, February 6, 2017. The brightest stars of the foreign and domestic film industry gathered for a festive meal to savor their Oscar nominations without the pressure of competition, winning or “losing” which accompanies the official Oscars’ ceremony. (Yes, “losing” in quotation marks because an Oscar nomination is a win in its own right!) The atmosphere was celebratory, the food excellent and the company exquisite: the stars mingling with the stars. Stress is on hold until Sunday, February 26th when the 89th Oscars will air live on ABC.

Here is whom you’re seeing on the 89th Oscars® Nominees Luncheon Group Photo

Seated: Joanna Natasegara, Burt Dalton, Dave Parker, Joi McMillon, Emma Stone, Matt Damon, Natalie Portman, Octavia Spencer, Kimberly Steward, Theodore Ushev, Mahershala Ali, Andrew Coats, Dustin O’Halloran, Justin Timberlake, Ruth Negga, Rafaela Niehausen, Joe Walker, Georgio Gregorini.

First Row: Lou Hamou-Lhadj, Sélim Azzazi, Gary Summers, Juanjo Giménez, Luke Davies, Anna Pinnock, Chris Scarabosio, Giacun Cadull, Timo von Gunten, Vincent Cirelli, Arrianne Sutner, Oliver Jones, Lauren Beck, Kevin O’Connell, Alan Barillaro, Mary Zophres, Sylvain Bellemare, Max Martin, Kahane Cooperman, Stephen Elliis, Osnat Shurer, Jordan Horowitz, Carla Hacken, Nancy Haigh.

Second Row: Jake Roberts, Max Karli, Kim Magnusson, Dan Levine, Marc Platt, Richard Bluff, Dan Lemmon, Julie Yorn, Christopher Nelson, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie, Craig Hammock, Fred Berger, Pharrell Williams, Patrick Osborne, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adele Romanski, James Laxton, Bernard Gariépy Strobl, Michael Dudok de Wit, Taylor Sheridan, Kevin J. Walsh, Steve A. Morrow, Aaron Ryder, Alan Robert Murray, Daphne Matziaraki, Karl Johan Schuster, Hannes Holm.

Third Row: Julie Goldman, Bub Asman, Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Aske Bang, Brad Schiff, David Linde, Damien Chazelle, Lucas Hedges, Stephane Ceretti, Adam Valdez, Caroline Waterlow, Nicholas Britell, Jeff Bridges, Ron Clements, Justin Paul, Gianfranco Rosi, Renée Tondelli, Thomas Newman, Marc Sondheimer, Ai-Ling Lee, Stuart Wilson, Brian McLean, Byron Howard, Angie Fielder, Clark Spencer, Barry Jenkins, Mildred Introu Morgan, Hal Hickel, Andrew R. Jones, Wylie Stateman, Gene Serdena.

Fourth Row: Joel Harlow, Paul Hotte, Todd Black, Raoul Peck, Marcel Mettelsiefen, Jenno Topping, Viggo Mortensen, Chris Moore, Steve Emerson, Andy Nelson, Denzel Washington, Jess Gonchor, Alessandro Bertolazzi, Orlando von Einsiedel, Cara Speller, Robert Legato, Travis Knight, Eva von Bahr, David Permut, Love Larson, Guy Hendrix Dyas, Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Mel Gibson, Ezra Edelman, Mike Mills, Naomie Harris, Donna Gigliotti, Jeremy Kleiner, Neil Corbould, Claude Barras, Viola Davis, Greg P. Russell, John Gilbert, Richard Alonzo.

Fifth Row: Martin Zandvliet, Linus Sandgren, Nat Sanders, Iain Canning, Greig Fraser, Kenneth Lonergan, Rich Moore, Justin Hurwitz, Isabelle Huppert, Tom Cross, Spencer Averick, Maren Ade, Denis Villeneuve, John Knoll, Roger Ross Williams, Jeffrey J. Haboush, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Shawn Levy, Dan Krauss, Ryan Gosling, Benj Pasek, John Musker, Bill Mechanic, Eric Heisserer, Kristof Deak, Patrice Vermette, Allison Schroeder, J. Ralph, Theodore Melfi, Howard Barish.

The 89th Oscars will air on Sunday, February 26, live on ABC.

 

 

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Feb 062015
 

OSCAR® WINNERS BLANCHETT, LETO, MCCONAUGHEY AND NYONG’O
TO RETURN AS PRESENTERS AT 87TH OSCARS®

Blanchett, Leto, McConaughey And Nyong’o To Present At 87th OSCARS®

Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey and Lupita Nyong’o, last year’s Oscar winners in the leading actress, supporting actor and supporting actress categories, will return to present at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

“The great tradition of having the previous year’s Oscar-winning best actors and actresses in all 4 categories happily continues this year with the amazing quartet of Cate, Jared, Matthew and Lupita. We’re thrilled to have them back,” says Zadan and Meron.

Blanchett has been nominated for six Oscars and has won two, including last year’s award for “Blue Jasmine.” Her previous win was for Actress in a Supporting Role for the 2004 film “The Aviator.” Blanchett also received leading actress nominations for “Elizabeth” (1998) and “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (2007), and supporting actress nominations for “Notes on a Scandal” (2006) and “I’m Not There” (2007).

Last year, Leto won the Oscar for Actor in a Supporting Role and McConaughey for Actor in a Leading Role, both for “Dallas Buyer’s Club.” Nyong’o took home the Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role for “12 Years a Slave.”

The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.


Feb 022015
 

OSCAR® NOMINEES TO BE HONORED AT ACADEMY LUNCHEONMore than 150 Oscar nominees, along with 87th Oscars® host Neil Patrick Harris, will come together at noon on Monday, February 2, at the Beverly Hilton when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors this year’s Oscar contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon.

Among the Lead Actor and Actress nominees, Steve Carell, Bradley Cooper, Marion Cotillard, Felicity Jones, Michael Keaton, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne and Reese Witherspoon are expected to attend the pre-Oscars event. Supporting Actor and Actress nominees Patricia Arquette, Laura Dern, Robert Duvall, Ethan Hawke, Edward Norton, J.K. Simmons and Emma Stone also will join in the celebratory lunch.

Three of the five nominees in the Directing category – Richard Linklater, Bennett Miller and Morten Tyldum – also are expected to attend.

The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.


Dec 252014
 

9 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS ADVANCE IN OSCAR® RACE

9 Foreign Language Films Closer To Winning 2014 OSCAR®

Nine features will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 87th Academy Awards®. Eighty-three films had originally been considered in the category.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:
Argentina, “Wild Tales,” Damián Szifrón, director;
Estonia, “Tangerines,” Zaza Urushadze, director;
Georgia, “Corn Island,” George Ovashvili, director;
Mauritania, “Timbuktu,” Abderrahmane Sissako, director;
Netherlands, “Accused,” Paula van der Oest, director;
Poland, “Ida,” Paweł Pawlikowski, director;
Russia, “Leviathan,” Andrey Zvyagintsev, director;
Sweden, “Force Majeure,” Ruben Östlund, director;
Venezuela, “The Liberator,” Alberto Arvelo, director.

Foreign Language Film nominations for 2014 are being determined in two phases.

The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based Academy members, screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and December 15. 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.

The shortlist will be winnowed down to the category’s five nominees by specially invited committees in New York, Los Angeles and, for the first time, London. They will spend Friday, January 9, through Sunday, January 11, viewing three films each day and then casting their ballots.

The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Dec 042014
 

15 DOCUMENTARY FEATURES ADVANCE IN 2014 OSCAR® RACE

15 Documentary Films Get Closer To Becoming Oscar Nominees

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 87th Oscars®. One hundred thirty-four films were originally submitted in the category.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

  • “Art and Craft,” Purple Parrot Films
  • “The Case against 8,” Day in Court
  • “Citizen Koch,” Elsewhere Films
  • “CitizenFour,” Praxis Films
  • “Finding Vivian Maier,” Ravine Pictures
  • “The Internet’s Own Boy,” Luminant Media
  • “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” City Film
  • “Keep On Keepin’ On,” Absolute Clay Productions
  • “The Kill Team,” f/8 filmworks
  • “Last Days in Vietnam,” Moxie Firecracker Films
  • “Life Itself,” Kartemquin Films and Film Rites
  • “The Overnighters,” Mile End Films West
  • “The Salt of the Earth,” Decia Films
  • “Tales of the Grim Sleeper,” Lafayette Film
  • “Virunga,” Grain Media

The Academy’s Documentary Branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting. Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles.

The 87th Academy Awards® nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Feb 042013
 

ACADEMY HONORS OSCAR® NOMINEES AT AWARDS LUNCHEON

ACADEMY HONORS OSCAR NOMINEES AT AWARDS LUNCHEON

Seventeen of the 20 nominees in the acting categories will be among more than 160 Oscar nominees who will gather at noon on Monday, February 4, at the Beverly Hilton when the Academy honors this year’s Oscar contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon.

From the Lead Actress and Actor categories, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Quvenzahané Wallis, Naomi Watts, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix and Denzel Washington are expected to attend. Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams, Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Helen Hunt and Jacki Weaver will represent the Supporting Actor and Actress categories.

Four of the five nominees in the Directing category – Ang Lee, David O. Russell, Steven Spielberg and Benh Zeitlin – also are expected to attend. Three of the Academy’s four 2012 Governors Awards recipients, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Hal Needham and George Stevens, Jr., will join this year’s nominees.

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