Feb 072017
 

Leonardo DiCaprio And Fellow 2016 Oscar® Winners To Present Oscars®

OSCAR® WINNERS LEONARDO DICAPRIO, BRIE LARSON, MARK RYLANCE AND ALICIA VIKANDER RETURN TO THE OSCARS® STAGE

Academy Award® winners Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson, Mark Rylance and Alicia Vikander will present at the 89th Oscars, show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced today. All return to the Oscars stage after winning last year in their respective acting categories. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars will air live on Sunday, February 26, on the ABC Television Network.

DiCaprio won last year for Actor in a Leading Role for “The Revenant.” He was previously nominated for his performances in “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013), for which he also received a Best Picture nomination, “Blood Diamond” (2006), “The Aviator” (2004) and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” (1993). His film credits also include “The Great Gatsby” (2013), “Django Unchained” (2012) and “J. Edgar” (2011).

Larson’s performance in “Room” earned her an Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role. She has also appeared in “Trainwreck” (2015) and “Short Term 12” (2013). Her upcoming films include “Captain Marvel,” “Kong: Skull Island,” “The Glass Castle” and “Unicorn Store.”

Rylance won for Actor in a Supporting Role for “Bridge of Spies.” His other film credits include “The BFG” (2016) and the upcoming features “Dunkirk” and “Ready Player One.” A prolific stage actor, he earned Tony Awards for his performances in “Twelfth Night,” “Jerusalem” and “Boeing-Boeing.”

Vikander won for Actress in a Supporting Role for “The Danish Girl.” Her recent film credits include “The Light between Oceans” (2016), “Jason Bourne” (2016), “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” (2015) and “Ex Machina” (2015). Her upcoming films include “Euphoria,” “Submergence” and “Tomb Raider.”

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by De Luca and Todd and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, also will be televised in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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Feb 092015
 

JACK BLACK TO PERFORM AT THE OSCARS®The versatile actor, singer and comedian Jack Black will make a special appearance at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

“Jack Black is a complete original comic voice and we’re beyond thrilled that he has agreed to join the Oscars show in a very special sequence” says Zadan and Meron.

Black has starred in such films as “High Fidelity,” “Shallow Hal,” “School of Rock,” “King Kong,” and “Tropic Thunder,” and is voicing the title character in “Kung Fu Panda 3,” his third turn in the animated feature series. He also is the lead singer and guitarist of the comedy rock duo Tenacious D, which he formed in 1994 with Kyle Gass. Black has made three previous appearances on the Oscars, most recently as a presenter at the 81st Academy Awards.

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
 

COUNTRY SUPERSTAR TIM MCGRAW TO PERFORM FOR GLEN CAMPBELL AT THE OSCARS®

Tim McGrawGrammy®-winning singer, songwriter and actor Tim McGraw will perform the Oscar®-nominated song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” for Glen Campbell at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

“We couldn’t think of anyone better than Tim McGraw to properly celebrate Oscar nominee, Glen Campbell. Tim is the consummate country artist and will bring a bit of Nashville to the Oscars stage,” says Zadan and Meron

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” written by Campbell and Julian Raymond for the documentary feature “Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me,” is nominated for Original Song. The four other nominated songs are “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” “Glory” from “Selma,” “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights” and “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again.”

“I’m honored to be asked to sing this powerful song from one of the true legends of the music industry,” said McGraw.

In addition to his three Grammy Awards, 14 ACM Awards, 11 CMA Awards, 10 AMA Awards, McGraw has numerous film acting credits including “The Blind Side,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Country Strong” and the upcoming “Tomorrowland.”

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 012015
 

BRIT PHENOM RITA ORA TO PERFORM AT THE OSCARS®

British Singer, Songwriter And Actress Rita Ora Will Sing At The OSCARS®

Singer, songwriter and actress Rita Ora will perform the Oscar®-nominated song “Grateful” at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

“International recording artist, Rita Ora, will make her Oscar stage debut this year. The mixture of her incredible voice and glamour makes a perfect combination for our show” says Zadan and Meron.

“Grateful,” written by Diane Warren for the film “Beyond the Lights,” is nominated for Original Song. This marks Warren’s seventh Oscar nomination in the category. The four other nominated songs are “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” “Glory” from “Selma,” “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me” and “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again.”

Ora dominated the U.K. charts with her first and certified platinum album “Ora” (2012), which included the number one singles “R.I.P.,” “How We Do (Party)” and “Hot Right Now.” Currently featured on the smash single “Black Widow,” with fellow superstar Iggy Azalea, Ora is readying her second full-length album, to be released this spring. She will appear in a number of upcoming films, including the highly anticipated “50 Shades of Grey” and Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Southpaw” to be released in July.

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.

Jan 292015
 

“LET IT GO” OSCAR®-WINNING TEAM KRISTEN ANDERSON-LOPEZ AND ROBERT LOPEZ WRITE ORIGINAL MUSICAL NUMBER FOR OSCAR HOST NEIL PATRICK HARRIS

Original Multimedia Musical Sequence “Moving Pictures” Is Being Written For The OSCARS

Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris and show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron shared that the Oscar-winning songwriting team from “Frozen,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, are in the midst of writing an original multimedia, musical sequence, “Moving Pictures,” which Harris will perform on Oscar Sunday, February 22, on ABC. Harris made the initial announcement on his Twitter account, posting the network’s first tweet using its new mobile video camera feature.

“On the heels of the international success of last year’s “Frozen” and their Oscar for “Let It Go,” we couldn’t be happier to have Kristen and Bobby Lopez write an incredibly special song for Neil Patrick Harris and special guests to perform this year on the Oscar stage,” said Zadan and Meron. “YouTube, get ready!”

“We love the Oscars® and have always been huge Neil Patrick Harris fans, so when he asked us to write him a song for this year’s show we said, ‘Yes!’ before he could finish the sentence – it’s possible he may have been asking us for something else,” said the Lopezes. “We are having so much fun collaborating, and have even enjoyed weaving our experience as Oscar nominees into the song.”

Lopez is an Oscar, Tony®, Emmy®, Grammy® winning songwriter and co-creator of the worldwide smash-hit Broadway musicals “Avenue Q” and “The Book of Mormon.” Anderson-Lopez in an Oscar-winning songwriter for film and television, who along with her husband, co-wrote songs for “Frozen” and “Winnie the Pooh.” The pair won an Oscar for original song for “Let It Go” from the 2013 Oscar-winning animated film “Frozen,” and are currently working on music for the upcoming stage musical “Up Here.”

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.


Oct 122014
 

THE ACADEMY UNVEILS THE NEW OSCARS.ORG

Offers Fans Their First Chance to Win Tickets to the Oscar® Fan Experience hosted by PEOPLE

The Academy Introduces Its New Website
The Academy introduced the newly redesigned Oscars.org, featuring unprecedented access to its members, collections and exclusive content, including the definitive Oscars® timeline.

“This site is an extension of our ongoing efforts to inspire, educate and entertain fans worldwide,” said Chief Marketing Officer Christina Kounelias. “Built on decades of history, expertise and passion for film, it’s a site that only the Academy could create.”

The site features a sleek, mobile-friendly design with social media integrated prominently throughout, encouraging fans to be a part of the conversation, share their passion and connect with other movie fans around the world. Other features include a dynamic visual showcase of the Academy’s vast collections from its library and archive, 50,000 photos and videos including 86 years of Oscars highlights, and a vibrant events section that allows fans the chance to experience Academy events and programming first-hand. The previous site was built in 2008.

“Our new website expands on the relationship we’ve developed with millions of fans on our social channels over the past few years,” said Josh Spector, Managing Director of Digital Media and Marketing. “It’s a platform that allows fans to access more of what they love most about the Academy – our amazing collection assets, the expertise of our members, and the original content we create.”

Highlights include:

  • Collection Highlights: With the help of some remarkable items from our Academy Collection, fans can take an in-depth look at some of the most legendary filmmakers and movies of all time. 11 collections are now available to view and new ones will be released in the coming weeks. Visitors are also able to suggest other items from around the web they think are worthy of being included in these one-of-a-kind pages.
  • Oscars Ceremonies: The definitive Oscars timeline. Users can explore 86 years of photos and videos and share favorite moments in Oscar history.
  • Events: Features upcoming Academy events and programs, and allows fans to go back through Academy history and relive past events.
  • News: Get the latest news about the Academy and the Oscars, and hear Academy members in their own words.
  • Social Drawer: This feature connects website visitors to the Academy’s social media content in real time, creating a unique way for fans to join the conversation.
  • Mobile Friendly Design: The site has been custom-designed for an optimal user experience on all devices.

To celebrate the launch of the new Oscars.org, the Academy is offering fans the first chance to win tickets to the Oscar Fan Experience, in partnership with PEOPLE, by entering online for a random drawing for bleacher seats along the 87th Oscars red carpet.

Those selected will watch and cheer on Oscar nominees, presenters and other guests as they arrive on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015.

Sep 232014
 

Special Screenings, Live Discussions through February 2015

Hollywood Costume Exhibition In Los AngelesThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will complement the groundbreaking exhibition Hollywood Costume with a series of special screenings and live discussions exploring costume design as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling. Presented by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Academy, Hollywood Costume will be on view October 2, 2014, through March 2, 2015, in the historic Wilshire May Company building at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. Visitors who purchase tickets to Hollywood Costume will receive free admission to Academy events held on the same day. Tickets are on sale now at www.oscars.org/HC. Hollywood Costume is sponsored by Swarovski.

Exhibition-related public programs include:

The Perfect Match: Hollywood Costume Collaborations
Saturdays, October 4 through December 20
This screening series explores the relationship specific Hollywood costume designers have developed with directors, whether over large bodies of work or in concentrated periods of creative collaboration, spanning the silent era to present day. A diverse range of costume designers will speak about their work with noted directors: Mary Zophres on Ethan and Joel Coen, Mark Bridges on Paul-Thomas Anderson, Marilyn Vance on John Hughes, Jeffrey Kurland on Woody Allen, and Deborah Nadoolman Landis on John Landis.

Apr 212014
 

Academy Announces Key Dates For The Oscars
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network today announced the dates for the 87th Oscars.  The Academy Awards® presentation will air live on ABC on Oscar® Sunday, February 22, 2015.

  • Key dates for the Awards season are:
  • Saturday, November 8, 2014 The Governors Awards
  • Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Official Screen Credits and music submissions due
  • Monday, December 29, 2014 Nominations voting begins 8 a.m. PT
  • Thursday, January 8, 2015 Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT
  • Thursday, January 15, 2015 Oscar nominations announced
  • Monday, February 2, 2015 Oscar Nominees Luncheon
  • Friday, February 6, 2015 Final voting begins 8 a.m. PT
  • Saturday, February 7, 2015 Scientific and Technical Awards
  • Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Final voting ends 5 p.m. PT
  • Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015 87th Academy Awards begins 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT

The Oscars will be held 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.

Mar 032014
 

86th Academy Awards® Transcripts

 

Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale in “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern in “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Chiwetel Ejiofor in “12 Years a Slave”
Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club”

Actor in a Supporting Role

Barkhad Abdi in “Captain Phillips”
Bradley Cooper in “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender in “12 Years a Slave”
Jonah Hill in “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Jared Leto in “Dallas Buyers Club”

Actress in a Leading Role

Amy Adams in “American Hustle”
Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock in “Gravity”
Judi Dench in “Philomena”
Meryl Streep in “August: Osage County”

Actress in a Supporting Role

Sally Hawkins in “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence in “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o in “12 Years a Slave”
Julia Roberts in “August: Osage County”
June Squibb in “Nebraska”

Animated Feature Film

“The Croods” Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco and Kristine Belson
“Despicable Me 2” Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and Chris Meledandri
“Ernest & Celestine” Benjamin Renner and Didier Brunner
“Frozen” Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho
“The Wind Rises” Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki

Cinematography

“The Grandmaster” Philippe Le Sourd
“Gravity” Emmanuel Lubezki
“Inside Llewyn Davis” Bruno Delbonnel
“Nebraska” Phedon Papamichael
“Prisoners” Roger A. Deakins

Costume Design

“American Hustle” Michael Wilkinson
“The Grandmaster” William Chang Suk Ping
“The Great Gatsby” Catherine Martin
“The Invisible Woman” Michael O’Connor
“12 Years a Slave” Patricia Norris

Directing

“American Hustle” David O. Russell
“Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón
“Nebraska” Alexander Payne
“12 Years a Slave” Steve McQueen
“The Wolf of Wall Street” Martin Scorsese

Documentary (Feature)

“The Act of Killing”Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
“Cutie and the Boxer” Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean Pilcher
“Dirty Wars” Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill
“The Square” Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer
“20 Feet from Stardom” Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers

Documentary (Short Subject)

“CaveDigger” Jeffrey Karoff
“Facing Fear” Jason Cohen
“Karama Has No Walls” Sara Ishaq
“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
“Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” Edgar Barens

Film Editing

“American Hustle” Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
“Captain Phillips” Christopher Rouse
“Dallas Buyers Club” John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa
“Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
“12 Years a Slave” Joe Walker

Foreign Language Film

“The Broken Circle Breakdown” Belgium
“The Great Beauty” Italy
“The Hunt” Denmark
“The Missing Picture” Cambodia
“Omar” Palestine

Makeup and Hairstyling

“Dallas Buyers Club” Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” Stephen Prouty
“The Lone Ranger” Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny

Music (Original Score)

“The Book Thief” John Williams
“Gravity” Steven Price
“Her” William Butler and Owen Pallett
“Philomena” Alexandre Desplat
“Saving Mr. Banks” Thomas Newman

Music (Original Song)

“Happy” from “Despicable Me 2”
Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams
“Let It Go” from “Frozen”
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
“The Moon Song” from “Her”
Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze
“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson

Best Picture

“American Hustle” Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon, Producers
“Captain Phillips” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Producers
“Dallas Buyers Club” Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, Producers
“Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman, Producers
“Her” Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay, Producers
“Nebraska” Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, Producers
“Philomena” Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan and Tracey Seaward, Producers
“12 Years a Slave” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, Producers
“The Wolf of Wall Street” Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey McFarland and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Producers

Production Design

“American Hustle” Production Design: Judy Becker; Set Decoration: Heather Loeffler
“Gravity” Production Design: Andy Nicholson; Set Decoration: Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard
“The Great Gatsby” Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn
“Her” Production Design: K.K. Barrett; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena
“12 Years a Slave” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Alice Baker

Short Film (Animated)

“Feral” Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
“Get a Horse!” Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
“Mr. Hublot” Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
“Possessions” Shuhei Morita
“Room on the Broom” Max Lang and Jan Lachauer

Short Film (Live Action)

“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)” Esteban Crespo
“Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything)” Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras
“Helium” Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson
“Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)” Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari
“The Voorman Problem” Mark Gill and Baldwin Li

Sound Editing

“All Is Lost” Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns
“Captain Phillips” Oliver Tarney
“Gravity” Glenn Freemantle
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Brent Burge and Chris Ward
“Lone Survivor” Wylie Stateman

Sound Mixing

“Captain Phillips” Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro
“Gravity” Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson
“Inside Llewyn Davis” Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
“Lone Survivor” Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow

Visual Effects

“Gravity” Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk and Neil Corbould
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds
“Iron Man 3” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick
“The Lone Ranger” Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier
“Star Trek Into Darkness” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

“Before Midnight” Written by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
“Captain Phillips” Screenplay by Billy Ray
“Philomena” Screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
“12 Years a Slave” Screenplay by John Ridley
“The Wolf of Wall Street” Screenplay by Terence Winter

Writing (Original Screenplay)

“American Hustle” Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
“Blue Jasmine” Written by Woody Allen
“Dallas Buyers Club” Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack
“Her” Written by Spike Jonze
“Nebraska” Written by Bob Nelson

Feb 222014
 
PINK TO APPEAR ON THE OSCARS®

PINK TO APPEAR ON THE OSCARS® / Anything L.A.

Grammy Award®-winning singer and actress Pink will make a special appearance on the Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.

“We are very excited to welcome Pink to the Oscar® stage for the very first time,” said Zadan and Meron. “She is regarded as one of the greatest voices in pop music and one of the best performers of her generation, and we are thrilled to have her join us for a highly anticipated moment on the broadcast.”

Pink has won three Grammy Awards and six MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Collaboration for the single “Just Give Me A Reason” from her 2012 album “The Truth About Love.” The song was her eighth to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart, setting an industry record. Named Billboard Woman of the Year in 2013, Pink has sold over 40 million albums and 65 million singles.

Acting under her given name, Alecia Moore, she received critical acclaim for her role in the 2013 ensemble drama “Thanks for Sharing,” which starred Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins and Gwyneth Paltrow.

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

Feb 192014
 
Bette Midler To Perform On The Oscars®

Bette Midler To Perform On The Oscars® / Anything L.A.

Two-time Oscar®-nominated actress and multiple Grammy Award®-winning singer Bette Midler will perform for the first time on the Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.
“We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time,” said Zadan and Meron.  “We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening.”
Midler received Oscar nominations for Actress in a Leading Role for “For the Boys” and The Rose.” She has recorded 13 studio albums, the first of which, 1972’s “The Divine Miss M,” sold over a million copies and earned her a Grammy for Best New Artist. Midler has gone on to sell over 30 million albums worldwide and win two additional Grammys for the songs “The Rose” (Best Female Pop Vocal Performance) and “Wind Beneath My Wings” (Record of the Year). She has been honored with three Emmy® Awards and a special Tony Award® in 1974 for her contribution to that year’s Broadway season. Her numerous starring film roles include “The First Wives Club,” “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” and  “Ruthless People,” Last year Midler portrayed the late Hollywood agent Sue Mengers in the hit Broadway production, “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers.”
Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Feb 182014
 
Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, Jess Cagle and Tyson Beckford  to host Oscars® "Red Carpet Live" Show

Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, Jess Cagle and Tyson Beckford
to host Oscars® “Red Carpet Live” Show / ANYTHING L.A.

“Good Morning America” anchors Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer, and Jess Cagle, editor of People and editorial director of Entertainment Weekly, return to host the Oscars “Red Carpet Live” show, along with actor, model and television host Tyson Beckford.  The Oscars “Red Carpet Live,” will air on Sunday, March 2 at 7 p.m. ET on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air immediately following “Red Carpet Live.”
The Oscars “Red Carpet Live” will be produced by Brad Lachman; Michael Seligman will serve as supervising producer and Bill Bracken as coordinating producer. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, producers of the Oscars telecast, are the pre-show’s executive producers.
Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Jan 282014
 
OSCARS TO CELEBRATE THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WIZARD OF OZ

OSCARS TO CELEBRATE THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE WIZARD OF OZ / Anything L.A.

The Oscars will honor the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz,” a best picture nominee in 1939, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.
“We are delighted to celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved movies of all time at this year’s Oscars,” said Zadan and Meron.
“The Wizard of Oz” received six Oscar nominations, winning two for Original Score and Song.
Oscars 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 telecast, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Jan 232014
 

ACADEMY DETERMINES NOMINEES FOR "20 FEET FROM STARDOM"

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has determined the individual nominees for “20 Feet from Stardom” in the Documentary Feature category for the Oscars®.  They are Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers.
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 Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Aug 022013
 

ELLEN DEGENERES RETURNS TO HOST THE OSCARS®

Television icon Ellen DeGeneres will return to host the Oscars® for a second time, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Academy Awards® will be broadcast live on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, on the ABC Television Network.

“We are thrilled to have Ellen DeGeneres host the Oscars,” said Zadan and Meron. “As a longtime friend, we had always hoped to find a project for us to do together and nothing could be more exciting than teaming up to do the Oscars. There are few stars today who have Ellen’s gift for comedy, with her great warmth and humanity. She is beloved everywhere and we expect that the audience at the Dolby Theatre, and in homes around the globe, will be as excited by this news as we are.”

“I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say – the third time’s the charm,” said DeGeneres.

“I agreed with Craig and Neil immediately that Ellen is the ideal host for this year’s show,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President. “We’re looking forward to an entertaining, engaging and fun show.”

“Ellen is talented, wonderfully spontaneous, and knows how to entertain a worldwide audience,” said Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO. “She’s a big fan of the Oscars; we’re huge fans of hers. It’s a perfect match.”

“It is an honor to welcome back Ellen DeGeneres as the host of the biggest entertainment celebration of the year,” said Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group. “She is the consummate entertainer, equally beloved by her peers in the industry, movie fans and television viewers. We very much look forward to having her back on ABC for Oscar Sunday.”

DeGeneres hosted the 79th Academy Awards in 2007, for which she received a Primetime Emmy® nomination for “Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.”

DeGeneres has made a home for herself in daytime with her hit syndicated talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which has earned a total of 45 Daytime Emmys during its 10 seasons.

DeGeneres’ began her career as an emcee at a local comedy club in her hometown of New Orleans. Her acting career in television included roles in several successful sitcoms before being offered a part on “These Friends of Mine” by ABC. After the first season, the show was renamed “Ellen.” Running from 1994 to 1998, the show garnered record ratings, with DeGeneres receiving Emmy nominations each season in the Best Actress category. In 1997, DeGeneres was the recipient of the coveted Peabody Award as well as earning an Emmy for writing the critically acclaimed “Puppy Episode” when her character came out as a gay woman to a record 46 million viewers.

DeGeneres has also been successful in her feature film work. DeGeneres scored unprecedented popular and critical response to her character, Dory, the fish with extreme short-term memory, in the blockbuster Pixar animated feature “Finding Nemo.” DeGeneres recently announced the highly anticipated sequel to “Finding Nemo,” Disney-Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” currently scheduled to be released in November 2015.

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.

May 212013
 
ACADEMY ANNOUNCES ANIMATED FEATURE FILM RULE CHANGE

ACADEMY ANNOUNCES ANIMATED FEATURE FILM RULE CHANGE /Anything L.A.

 

 

 

 

 

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 circumstance of a two-person team with shared and equal director credit, a third statuette may be awarded.

Previously announced rules changes for the 86th Academy Awards® include allowing members to see the nominated documentary shorts and foreign language films either at a theatrical screening or on DVD.  Prior to the final round of voting, the Academy will provide members with DVDs of the nominated films in five categories: Foreign Language Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Animated Short Film, and Live Action Short Film.

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

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

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 worldwide.

Apr 172013
 

The acclaimed motion picture, television and theater producing team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return to produce the Oscars for a second time next year, Academy President Hawk Koch announced. The Academy Awards® will air live on ABC on Oscar® Sunday, March 2, 2014.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Return to Produce the Oscars

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Return to Produce the Oscars / Anything L.A.

“Craig and Neil have the overwhelming support of the Academy’s Governors to produce the Oscars again in 2014,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “In order to establish continuity with this year’s enormously successful show, we felt it was important to give these consummate professionals the green light now to begin creating another great evening.”

“We are very honored to have been asked to return as Oscar producers for a second year,” said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “We look forward to creating a distinctive and entertaining show.”

“Craig and Neil have great relationships, a sense of showmanship, and a passion for our Academy,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “And they’re a pleasure to work with.  All perfect qualities for our show.”

The February 2013 Oscars hosted by Seth MacFarlane, drew an average audience of 40.3 million total viewers and delivered a 13.0 rating among adults 18-49.  The show was TV’s most-watched entertainment telecast in the last 3 years, and grew its overall audience for the 2nd straight year (+3%), surging 11% in adults 18-49 (13.0 rating vs. 11.7 rating) to its best numbers since 2010.  In addition, the show scored gains year-to-year with adults 18-34 (+20% – 11.3 rating vs. 9.4 rating), hitting its highest number in 6 years – since 2007. Overall, it was the Oscars second-most-watched telecast since 2005.

Among the innovations that Zadan and Meron plan to bring back to the 2014 show is the Oscar Experience College Search, which allows young filmmakers to assist with bringing the Oscar statuettes on-and-off stage during the show.

The Zadan/Meron Oscars displayed a signature style that incorporated a single concept for the entire evening which linked together the disparate elements of the Oscar show through music, especially classic movie themes and the frequent appearances by MacFarlane to announce the evening’s presenters.  The 2013 show was also distinguished by the use of motion picture talent as performers in the show such as the dance numbers performed by Charlize Theron, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Zadan and Meron served as executive producers for the 2002 “Best Picture” winner “Chicago,” which won Oscars® in 6 of the 13 categories in which it was nominated. Their credits also include the features “Footloose” (2011), “Hairspray,” and “The Bucket List.”  Zadan also produced the original “Footloose” (1984).

Zadan and Meron’s work in television includes the series “SMASH” and such movies as “A Raisin in the Sun” and “Steel Magnolias.”

For Broadway, they recently produced the Tony Award® winning revivals of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and “Promises, Promises.”

Their work has amassed 73 Emmy® nominations; 12 Tony nominations; and seven Grammy® nominations.

The Oscars will be held 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 242013
 

Oscars Governors Ball

Oscars Governors Ball

Ball Production by Cheryl Cecchetto / Sequoia Productions
Menu Created by Wolfgang Puck with Chef Partner Matt Bencivenga and Pastry Chef Sherry Yard
Fun Ballroom Facts

  • 1,500 guests
  •  950 event staff
  •  350 culinary staff
  • 12,000 glasses for beverages
  • 1,500 bottles of Thienot Champagne
  •  4,000 small plates
  •  4,500 ramekins and verrines
  •  6,000 cocktail forks
  • 4,500 bamboo skewers
  •  4 different waiter uniforms totaling 344 specialty costumes designed for the ball
  •  1.78 million beads in the chandelier rings
  •  .45 miles of rope and tape light in the chandelier
  • CNC Router has spent more than 530 hours cutting the curved shapes used on the décor elements including; laminate flooring, partitions, riser walls, stage plugs and the chandelier
  •  18,000 LED points of light in the chandelier
  •  More than 100 suspension points to hang the chandelier
  • 1,000 sheets of 4’ x 8’ of plywood
  •  28,000 square feet of ceiling fabric
  •  12,000 square feet of wall fabric
  •  Approximately 1,500 yards of assorted metallic damask, metallic silk with velvet trim, peau de soi and hand-embroidered confetti organza with metallic threads for table linens and pillows
  •  423 furniture pieces
  •  1,935 yards of fabric to recover furniture
  •  6.072 feet of metal used to fabricate 302 barstools
  •  60 feet glass creating custom round, square, rectangle and oval tables
  • 38 gallons of environmentally friendly custom paint
  •  2,100 man hours
  • Fun Food Facts
  •  6,500 wood fired Oscar shaped flat bread
  •  3,500 miso cones
  •  250 pounds troll-caught Atlantic bigeye
  •  17 whole us wild caught yellowtail
  •  1300 farmed oysters
  •  5 kilos American farm raised caviar
  •  600 Maine lobsters
  • 7,500 individual us shrimp
  •  250 pounds sticky rice
  • 30 gallons cocktail sauce
  •  50 whole yellowtail snapper
  •  25 gallons spicy mustard
  •  1,250 stone crab claws
  •  1,200 yukon gold potatoes
  •  200 pounds beluga lentils
  •  300 whole jidori chickens
  •  6,000 chestnut tortellini
  •  400 pounds Snake River Farms New York steak
  •  10 pounds white truffles from Alba, Italy
  •  10 pounds winter black truffles from Burgundy, France
  • 3,500 kombu chips (seaweed chips)
  •  2,500 caprese cones
  •  2,750 bacon wrapped dates
  • 4,500 pieces of truffle and parmesan grissini
  •  20,000 pieces of California grown micro greens
  •  6,000 pieces housemade mini brioche buns
  •  5,000 cage-free eggs
  •  200 quarts heavy cream
  •  200 quarts milk
  •  150 pounds organic sugar
  •  1,000 pounds of Guittard bittersweet chocolate
  •  10 pounds edible gold dust
  • 5,000 mini chocolate Oscars
  •  200 pounds McGrath Farm strawberries
  •  300 pounds Pudwil Farm blackberries
  • 1600 pounds unsalted butter
  •  20 pounds crème fraiche
  •  More than 80 local farmers for fruits and vegetables
  •  All fish and seafood SeafoodWatch compliant
  •  540 bottles 2007 Sterling Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
  •  540 bottles 2009 Sterling Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay
  •  2,280 Total bottles of Sterling Vineyards wine
  •  13,680 Total glasses of Sterling Vineyards wine
  • 1,824,000 – number of premium Sterling grapes to create the spectacular wines for the Oscar celebrations
Feb 232013
 

Governors Ball Red Carpet Preview – Feb 21

Governors Ball Red Carpet Preview Feb 21
WHAT:
A preview of the food and décor of this year’s Governors Ball – the celebration immediately following the Oscars® hosted by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

WHO:
Cheryl Cecchetto, Governors Ball producer
Wolfgang Puck, master chef

Evite/Postmark.com, digital cards designed by Marc Friedland for at-home Oscar parties
Patrón and Ultimat Vodka, creating custom cocktails for the Oscars
Sterling Vineyards, the featured wine of the Oscars
Thiénot, the exclusive champagne of the Oscars

WHEN:
Thursday, February 21, 2013
10 to 11 a.m.
10 – 10:10am Still photography only
10:10 – 11am Photography, video and interviews

WHERE:
Red Carpet
Hollywood & Highland Center®

MISC:
To gain access to the Red Carpet, individuals must present either an Oscars Day of Show Credential or an Oscars Setup Credential.
For information on applying for an Oscars Setup Credential, visit
http://www.oscars.org/press/credentials.html
RSVP not required.

Feb 212013
 

CHRIS CONNELLY

TO WELCOME

OSCARS® RED CARPET GUESTS

CHRIS CONNELLY TO WELCOME OSCARS

Academy Award® nominees, presenters and performers arriving on the red carpet on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, will be greeted by entertainment and sports reporter Chris Connelly, the Academy announced today. This will be Connelly’s first stint as the Academy’s red carpet greeter.

Connelly’s celebrity chats will be streamed live in the Backstage Pass on Oscar.com and the official Oscars App.  The interviews will also be audible to the thousands of bleacher fans and arriving guests.

Connelly is a reporter for ESPN and a contributor on pop culture to ABC News, where he frequently interviews filmmakers and actors.  From 2000 to 2007, he was a co-host and interviewer for the official Academy Awards pre-show, duties for which he brought the wrong pants to the show only once. He first covered the red carpet at the Oscars in 1989, for MTV, where he was the host of the network’s movie show, “The Big Picture.”  From 1987 to 1996, he was an editor and writer for the movie magazine, Premiere.

Stories he has worked on at ESPN have won three Sports Emmys® and six Edward R. Murrow Awards. Since 2006, he’s served as correspondent and host for ESPN’s yearly “My Wish” series, in collaboration with Make-A-Wish. He was a consulting producer for ESPN Films’ documentary series 30 for 30, which won a Peabody Award.

The Oscars Backstage Pass is designed to be the ultimate complement to the live telecast. With more than 20 live cameras strategically placed on the Red Carpet and throughout the backstage area of the Dolby Theatre during the telecast, fans will have insider views into the most memorable moments of the night.  The Backstage Pass experience launched in 2011 to much acclaim and has been recognized with an Emmy for Creative Achievement in Interactive Arts and an Industry Star Mobile Excellence Award.  It remains unprecedented in terms of live event second screen access.  This Backstage Pass is sponsored by Samsung, and is available for the first time on Android, including Samsung’s Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note 10.1 and GSIII.

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. The Oscar presentation will be televised live on the ABC Television Network and in more than 225 countries worldwide. For more information go to Oscar.com or download the official Oscars app.