Leslie Blodgett, Creator of bareMinerals, Receives WWD Beauty Inc 2014 Visionary of the Year Award

Bare Escentuals’s Leslie Blodgett, Creator of bareMinerals, has been awarded the 2014 WWD Beauty Inc Visionary of the Year Award in recognition of how she redefined the norm for a beauty company and transformed Bare Escentuals into one of beauty’s biggest success stories ever. Through her trademark leadership style–including spearheading beauty’s first social brand–she trailblazed a new age of direct selling, pioneered unconventional marketing tactics, and invented the idea of community with her irrefutable bond with women around the globe.

Leslie Blodgett, Creator of bareMinerals

Leslie Blodgett, Creator of bareMinerals

bareMinerals utilizes a distinctive marketing strategy and multi-channel distribution model to develop, market and sell cosmetics and skincare in 34 countries, with over 6,500 points of distribution, including more than 200 company-owned boutiques.

Hosted annually by the monthly publication renowned for being the leading trade journal covering fashion, beauty and retail news published by Penske Media Corporation, the WWD Beauty Inc Awards are a celebration of innovative ideas, initiatives, and products. The “Visionary of the Year Award,” in its fifth year since inception, is the cornerstone of the event and celebration of a forward-thinking leader for their exemplary leadership and significant contributions to the beauty industry.

WWD Beauty Inc 2014 Visionary of the Year Magazine Cover

WWD Beauty Inc 2014 Visionary of the Year Magazine Cover

Raised by a single mother with her siblings in Smithtown, NY, Blodgett’s passion for beauty developed at a young age. Attending FIT in New York City further fueled her passion for all things beauty and she soon found herself behind the cosmetic counter, an igniting incident in her career which would ultimately shape her singular leadership style at the helm of Bare Escentuals.

With a solid background in product development, including positions at Max Factor and Neutrogena, Blodgett joined Bare Escentuals as CEO in 1994. Launching bareMinerals the following year, Blodgett set out on her journey to educate women on the benefits of healthy makeup alternatives through unconventional marketing and selling tactics, a diverse distribution model, and spearheading a community-enabled approach.

In 2006, Blodgett took the company public in one of the largest cosmetic IPOs in the last decade. Just four years later, in 2010, Bare Escentuals was acquired by Shiseido, the Japan-based leading cosmetics company, for $1.7 billion making it one of the largest cosmetic mergers in history.

Throughout her remarkable and often chronicled journey, Blodgett has retained her trademark frankness and humor–in addition to her signature dance moves–developing a vibrant narrative and fanatic following in the process. Genuine to the core, Blodgett remains feverishly connected to women, a passionate figurehead at the heart of the community she created and the ultimate girlfriend who still keeps her customers on speed dial.

Blodgett accepted the award at the annual awards ceremony in New York City on December 11, 2014 saying, “I am beyond honored to receive this prestigious award and I am so proud to have devoted my life to this work. I love this industry. I love what it does for women. I love the people who make it happen: driven people, competitors, innovators who push through barriers and create delightful products, new technology and new ideas that create new realities. At the highest level, this is life-changing work. For the people we serve and also for us.

Pete Born, Executive Editor of Beauty for WWD, comments, “Leslie Blodgett is a pioneer in the beauty industry who ushered in the age of mineral makeup and envisioned the future concept of community based selling. She is a true visionary whose strategic insights of 17 years ago continue to reverberate today.”

 

Renee Fleming Hosts American Voices, a Performance Documentary Celebrating the Very Best in American Singing, on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances Friday, January 9 at 9 p.m. on PBS

Featuring stars from all musical genres, including Sara Bareilles, Kim Burrell, Kurt Elling, Renee Fleming, Ben Folds, Sutton Foster, Josh Groban, Alison Krauss, Norm Lewis, Eric Owens, and Dianne Reeves

The art of singing is center stage in our country’s popular culture: from Glee and 106 & Park to American Idol, The Voice, and Nashville, and even at sporting events and national ceremonies. This star-studded 90-minute performance documentary offers an overview of the Kennedy Center’s weekend-long American Voices Festival, which was created and hosted by Renée Fleming in November of 2013. The special will air on THIRTEEN’S Great Performances Friday, January 9, 2015 at 9 p.m. (Check local listings.)

American Voices, a groundbreaking festival of performances, master sessions, and symposia celebrating the rich diversity of American singing, took place November 22-24, 2013 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Conceived and was hosted by world-renowned American singer Renée Fleming, American Voices brought together vocal masters, industry titans, and emerging artists to celebrate the

"Great Performances" logo, courtesy: WNET New York Public Media (PRNewsFoto/THIRTEEN/WNET New York)

“Great Performances” logo, courtesy: WNET New York Public Media (PRNewsFoto/THIRTEEN/WNET New York)

artistry, technique, and challenges of professional singing.

In American Voices with Renée Fleming, camera crews follow vocal masters, industry titans, and emerging artists as they gather at the Kennedy Center to celebrate, explore, and debate the legacy, landscape, and future of American singing.

“The festival explored, across a range of genres, the artistry, business, technology, pedagogy, and community of American singing,” said Fleming. “The idea of bringing a broad spectrum of singers together with some of most powerful music industry leaders was a dream come true for me.”

American Voices with Renée Fleming features highlights from the festival’s unique performances and educational events. During six master sessions, fledgling artists received personal one-on-one mentoring from iconic singers in a variety of genres: Eric Owens in classical, Dianne Reeves in jazz, Alison Krauss with Dr.Thomas Cleveland in country, Ben Folds and Sara Bareilles in pop, Sutton Foster in musical theater, andKim Burrell in gospel.

Joining these acclaimed artists for the genre-spanning festival centerpiece, the American Voices Concert, wereKurt Elling, Josh Groban, Norm Lewis, and the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by NSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke.

Throughout the weekend, three sessions programmed by Fleming on “Care of the Professional Voice,” “Trends in the Business and Technology of Popular Music,” and “Voice Training in the 21st Century” will be presented in the Kennedy Center Atrium, intended both for music professionals—including singers, vocal coaches, teachers, agents, producers, and doctors who treat singers—and for all fans of great singing.

American Voices with Renée Fleming is produced for the Kennedy Center by RadicalMedia, and directed byPaul Bozymowski; Justin Wilkes and Sara Enright are producers, with Renée Fleming, Garth Ross, Jon Kamen, and Joe Killian as executive producers. For Great Performances, Bill O’Donnell is series producer and David Horn is executive producer.

Cadillac is the Presenting Sponsor for American Voices with Renée Fleming.

Great Performances is funded by the Irene Diamond Fund, The Starr Foundation, and PBS.

Visit Great Performances Online at www.pbs.org/gperf for additional information about this and other programs.

Nominations Announced for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®

Ceremony will be Simulcast Live on Sunday, January 25, 2015 on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT)

Graff Diamonds Returns for Fifth Consecutive Year to Sponsor the Screen Actors Guild Awards® Green Room, Benefiting the SAG Foundation

Nominees for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding performances in 2014 in five film and eight television
categories, as well as the SAG Awards® honors for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were
announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood. Two nominating panels — one for television and one for film — each composed of 2,200 randomly selected union members from across the United States, chose this year’s nominees.  (Integrity Voting Systems, the Awards’ official teller, mailed the nominations secret ballots on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Voting was completed at noon on Monday, Dec. 8.)

Art Photo Credit: © 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards, LLC

Art Photo Credit: © 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards, LLC

SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard introduced Ansel Elgort (“The Fault in Our Stars,” “Divergent”) and actress/director/producer and SAG Award® recipient Eva Longoria, who announced the nominees for this year’s Actors®. SAG Awards® Committee Chair JoBeth Williams and Vice Chair Daryl Anderson announced the stunt ensemble nominees.

The Actor. Art Photo Credit: Mark Hill

The Actor. Art Photo Credit: Mark Hill

The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. (ET) /5 p.m. (PT) from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. An encore performance will air immediately following on TNT. The SAG Awards® can also be viewed live on the TNT and TBS websites, and also the Watch TNT and Watch TBS apps for iOS or Android (viewers must sign in using their TV service provider user name and password).

SAG Life Achievement Recipient Actress Debbie Reynolds  Art Photo Credit: Courtesy of Debbie Reynolds Studio

SAG Life Achievement Recipient Actress Debbie Reynolds
Art Photo Credit: Courtesy of Debbie Reynolds Studio

Recipients of the stunt ensemble honors will be announced from the SAG Awards® red carpet during the sagawards.tntdrama.com and
People.com live Red Carpet Pre-Show webcasts, which begin at 6 p.m. (ET) / 3 p.m. (PT). Of the top industry accolades presented to performers, only the Screen Actors Guild Awards® are selected solely by actors’ peers in SAGAFTRA.

Of the top industry accolades presented to performers, only the Screen Actors Guild Awards® are selected solely by actors’ peers in SAGAFTRA. Two nominating panels — one for television and one for film — each composed of 2,200 randomly selected union members from across the United States, chose this year’s nominees. Integrity Voting Systems, the Awards’ official teller, mailed the nominations secret ballots on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Voting was completed at noon on Monday, Dec. 8. Final voting information will be mailed via postcard on Tuesday, Dec. 16 to 111,228 eligible SAG-AFTRA members across the country, who may vote on all categories. Online voting is encouraged. In keeping with the SAG Awards®’ commitment to sustainable practices, paper ballots will be available only upon request, which must be made by Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. All votes must be received at Integrity Voting Systems by noon on Friday, Jan. 23. Results will be tallied and sealed until the envelopes are opened by the presenters at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® ceremony on Jan. 25, 2015.

Graff Diamonds, synonymous with the most fabulous jewels in the world, is also returning for the fifth consecutive year to host the Screen Actors Guild Awards® Green Room.  To honor the charitable work of actors and the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Graff Diamonds is once again supporting the SAG Foundation’s children’s literacy and actor assistance programs with a generous donation. The SAG Awards Green Room offers an elegant, comfortable retreat in which SAG Awards presenters can await their moment on stage and privately review their awards ceremony scripts away from the activity of the SAG Awards showroom. Displays of Graff’s exquisite gemstones will again be the highlight in this year’s Green Room décor.

The name House of Graff symbolizes rarity, beauty, excellence and the finest diamonds. Graff is involved in every stage of the jewelry making process – from the sourcing of each rough stone, right through to the cutting, polishing and final setting of each exquisite jewel. Throughout its rich history, Graff is said to have handled more diamonds of notable rarity and beauty than any other jeweler. Today, after more than five decades at the pinnacle of the luxury jewelry industry, Graff continues to push the boundaries of ever-greater innovation and excellence. For more information, visit graffdiamonds.com.

It is with great pleasure that GRAFF returns for the fifth consecutive year as the Official Jeweler of the Screen Actors Guild Awards.  We are proud to support the vital work of the SAG Foundation and join them in distributing one of the industry’s most esteemed honors,” said Henri Bargurdjian, President and Chief Executive Officer, GRAFF Americas.  “Just as the SAG Awards recognize and celebrate the collaborative nature of the entertainment industry, we, too, pride ourselves on our effort as a whole in sourcing, designing and creating the world’s most fabulous jewels.  It is due to this mutual appreciation of excellence that our sponsorship of the SAG Awards Green Room is a perfect fit.

The Screen Actors Guild Post-Awards Gala benefiting the Screen Actors Guild Foundation will be hosted for the 19th consecutive year by PEOPLE and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF).

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

STEVE CARELL / John du Pont – “FOXCATCHER” (Sony Pictures Classics)

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH / Alan Turing – “THE IMITATION GAME” (The Weinstein Company)

JAKE GYLLENHAAL / Louis Bloom – “NIGHTCRAWLER” (Open Road Films)

MICHAEL KEATON / Riggan – “BIRDMAN” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

EDDIE REDMAYNE / Stephen Hawking – “THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” (Focus Features)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

JENNIFER ANISTON / Claire Bennett – “CAKE” (Cinelou Films)

FELICITY JONES / Jane Hawking – “THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” (Focus Features)

JULIANNE MOORE / Alice Howland – “STILL ALICE” (Sony Pictures Classics)

ROSAMUND PIKE / Amy Dunne – “GONE GIRL” (20th Century Fox)

REESE WITHERSPOON / Cheryl Strayed – “WILD” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

ROBERT DUVALL / Joseph Palmer – “THE JUDGE” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

ETHAN HAWKE / Mason, Sr. – “BOYHOOD” (IFC Films)

EDWARD NORTON / Mike – “BIRDMAN” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

MARK RUFFALO / Dave Schultz – “FOXCATCHER” (Sony Pictures Classics)

J.K. SIMMONS / Fletcher – “WHIPLASH” (Sony Pictures Classics)

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Vegas Uncork’d By Bon Appetit Heats Up The Las Vegas Strip With The World’s Best Chefs, Sommeliers And Mixologists, April 23-26

Taking place earlier than ever before, Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit returns April 23-26, 2015 to ARIA, Bellagio, Caesars Palace and MGM Grand. A few of the headliners include chefs Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Gordon Ramsay, Julian Serrano, Francois Payard, Masa Takayama, Michael Mina, and Guy Savoy. Presented by returning sponsor Chase Sapphire Preferred® the festival is in its ninth year.

Tickets are on sale now for perennial favorites such as the Grand Tasting at Caesars Palace and the returning Chef’s Counter: All-vubba_logo2014Star Feast at ARIA, as well as a handful of new events, including Prime Time with Jean-Georges Vongerichten at his signature Prime Steakhouse at Bellagio; An Italian Brunch at Lago in Julian Serrano‘s soon-to-open Lago at Bellagio; and In HELL’S KITCHEN with Gordon Ramsay at Caesars Palace.

This year the festival adds a new dimension by incorporating the partnership between Bon Appetit and Bravo Media to put the winner of the network’s newest TV show, Best New Restaurant, in the spotlight at the Grand Tasting at Caesars Palace. Best New Restaurant will chronicle chefs from 16 restaurants across the country as they are challenged with a variety of tasks testing their overall performance, the strength of their staff, and the clarity of their concept.

Gordon Ramsay chats with guests at A Scot's Tale Master Series Dinner at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace during Vegas Uncork'd 2014

Chef Michael Mina at the Chef's Counter event at the Vegas Uncork'd in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 10, 2014.(Photo by Isaac Brekken for Vegas Uncork'd by bon appŽtit)

Chef Michael Mina at the Chef’s Counter event at the Vegas Uncork’d in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 10, 2014.(Photo by Isaac Brekken for Vegas Uncork’d by bon appŽtit)

Additionally, Chase Sapphire Preferred returns as the presenting sponsor of this year’s Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit. Chase Sapphire cardholders will enjoy reserved tickets to coveted events and have exclusive access to interactive experiences with chefs, including an intimate Spanish brunch with acclaimed chef Julian Serrano and an opportunity to mingle with chefs inside the Chase Sapphire Preferred VIP lounge atop the Neptune pool at Caesar’s Palace Garden of the Gods during the Grand Tasting.

Select events on sale now include:
New and notable:

  • Prime Time with Jean-Georges Vongerichten (Bellagio), Thursday, April 23: Celebrated chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten invites you to experience steakhouse dining at its finest during this exclusive dinner event. The lakeside patio of Prime Steakhouse sets the stage for an elegant evening and offers magnificent views of The Fountains of Bellagio. Guests will be treated to a special four-course dinner showcasing various cuts of beef served by Jean-Georges himself with premier wine pairings.
  • Decadent Delights with Master Chocolatier François Payard (Caesars Palace), Thursday, April 23: Experience French fare at its finest at Master Chocolatier François Payard’s award-winning pâtisserie. Guests can expect first-class service and all the elegance of an authentic Parisian bistro as they delight in a selection of sweet and savory canapés and one-of-a-kind chocolate creations paired with premiere wines.
  • In HELL’S KITCHEN with Gordon Ramsay (Caesars Palace), Saturday, April 25: Think you can take the heat in Gordon Ramsay’sHELL’S KITCHEN? Don’t miss this one-time opportunity to witness what it’s like to be a contestant on your favorite TV competition show! During this high-energy event, guests will be divided into red and blue teams—and get to experience the action of HELL’S KITCHEN as award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay fires up one of his signature dishes during an exciting live cooking demo. All red and blue team participants will enjoy a corresponding dinner along with Ramsay andHELL’S KITCHEN winning chefs Christina Wilson and Scott Commings. HELL’S KITCHEN airs on FOX and is produced by ITV Studios America.
  • An Italian Brunch at Lago (Bellagio), Sunday, April 26: Be one of the first to experience the new restaurant from award-winning chef Julian Serrano. Opening in spring 2015, Lago will offer a new take on social dining with a menu of creative Italian small plates and an innovative cocktail and wine program. Guests can savor a selection of Serrano’s signature dishes and a build-your-own cocktail bar during this elegant seated lunch. Snag a special seat on the spacious outdoor patio with exquisite views of The Fountains of Bellagio.
  • Beer and The Beast (Bellagio), Sunday, April 26: Get ready for a truly unforgettable dining experience. Renowned for his commitment to using sustainable and organically raised products, Sensi Executive Chef Royden Ellamar will take head-to-tail cooking to the extreme during this carnivore’s dream dinner. Large platters of whole-cooked animals, including pig and goat, will be presented throughout the extraordinary meat-filled meal, to be enjoyed with a selection of craft brews.
  • Celebrity Chef Brunch: A French Affair at BARDOT Brasserie (ARIA), Sunday, April 26: Enjoy classic French fare at Michael Mina’s new restaurant, BARDOT Brasserie, a nod to Hemingway’s Paris. An all-star roster of internationally celebrated chefs: Michael Mina, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jean-Philippe Maury, Shawn McClain and Julian Serrano will serve up a bountiful brunch featuring classic French dishes paired with world-class French wines—all while taking in the sultry sounds of a live French jazz band.
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 10:  A general view of the Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit's Grand Tasting event at Caesars Palace on May 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit)

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 10: A general view of the Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit’s Grand Tasting event at Caesars Palace on May 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit)

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 08:  The world's top chefs, seen at the Bellagio spraying Mionetto Prosecco, tour the Las Vegas Strip in an open-topped bus marking the opening of the eighth annual Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit culinary festival, featuring chefs from Aria, the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, the MGM Grand and The Venetian on May 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit)

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 08: The world’s top chefs, seen at the Bellagio spraying Mionetto Prosecco, tour the Las Vegas Strip in an open-topped bus marking the opening of the eighth annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit culinary festival, featuring chefs from Aria, the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, the MGM Grand and The Venetian on May 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit)

Returning favorites:

  • Beef & Bourbon Dinner at Old Homestead (Caesars Palace), Thursday, April 23: The Master Series Dinner with Greg and Marc Sherry is back by popular demand, but this year he’s created a stellar lineup of steakhouse-style dishes to be paired with specialty bourbons. Don’t miss your chance to experience the best aged and hand-selected meats accompanied by exclusive and rare bourbon selections during a seated dinner at this iconic American steakhouse.
  • Chefs’ Counter: All-Star Feast (ARIA), Thursday, April 23: Kick off the weekend in true Vegas-style—with ARIA’s stellar lineup of A-list celebrity chefs! Mingle with culinary superstars Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Julian Serrano, Michael Mina, Masa Takayama and Shawn McClain as they take over The Buffet at ARIA and put their gourmet spin on self-service style dining. Celebrate the start of Vegas Uncork’d with unlimited champagne and award-winning specialties from world-renowned chefs.
  • Grand Tasting (Caesars Palace), Friday, April 24: Are you ready for the ultimate culinary indulgence? Enjoy a staggering variety of signature dishes prepared by the world’s most celebrated chefs. Step into the luxurious Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace to experience the best of the best—with more than 50 award-winning chefs, free-flowing wines, and spirits from around the world. INSIDER TIP: Beat the crowd with an Early Access ticket! You’ll get exclusive early admission to sample the freshest dishes and drinks from your favorite chefs and top mixologists.
  • Indulge and Imbibe: A Hakkasan Wine & Food Experience (MGM Grand), Saturday, April 25: A one-of-a-kind culinary experience awaits at Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant beginning with a six-course dinner featuring the restaurant’s globally acclaimed menu. Prepared by Michelin-starred Chef Ho Chee Boon and his team of highly skilled wok and dim sum chefs, guests will be led on a journey though the art of modern Cantonese cooking coupled with exquisite wines as selected by Group Head of Wine, Christine Parkinson, the world renowned curator of Hakkasan’s award-winning wine program. Parkinson will host the affair and guide guests through the unique Hakkasan wine selection process where they will feel like a master sommelier for the evening.
  • Mix Master: Pour Like a Pro (ARIA), Saturday, April 25: Break out your best bartending skills during this fun-filled, interactive cocktail competition and seminar. Before the high-energy throwdown, participants will get creative inspiration as they watch master mixology expert Craig Schoettler shake up ARIA’s signature drinks. Then, contestants will break up into teams, choose from a selection of fresh market ingredients, and compete against fellow participants to see who can mix up the best original cocktail. The winning team will score a grand prize and have their drink featured on the menu.
  • Little Italy From City To Strip: Rao’s Italian Brunch with The Pellegrinos (Caesars Palace), Sunday, April 26: Say ciao to an afternoon affair at Rao’s where you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Southern Italy. Join Frank Pellegrino, Jr. for a special multicourse feast featuring all the favorite family recipes, authentic specialties, refreshing specialty cocktails and non-stop entertainment that comes with a traditional Italian Sunday brunch.
  • Third Annual Chase Sapphire Preferred Grill Challenge: The competition returns this year with two Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts students battling it out as sous chefs alongside celebrity chefs for scholarship funds, courtesy of Chase Sapphire Preferred. More information to follow.

This is truly the only weekend each year when world class chefs gather in one destination to host intimate dinners where they push culinary innovation and mix and mingle with their fans and peers,” says Adam Rapoport, Bon Appetit editor in chief.

Las Vegas continues to prove itself as one of the most dynamic culinary destinations in the world,” says Cathy Tull, senior vice president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). “Our partnership with Bon Appetit raises the bar even higher by providing the once-in-a-lifetime experience to be up close with culinary masterminds.”

More events and chefs will be announced in the coming weeks, including details about the expanded Master Series Dinner program, which will stretch across multiple properties throughout the weekend. For additional information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.VegasUncorked.com.

323 FEATURE FILMS IN CONTENTION FOR 2014 BEST PICTURE OSCAR®

Three hundred twenty-three feature films are eligible for the 2014 Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week. To be eligible for 87th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.

Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.  Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category. The “Reminder List of Productions Eligible for the 87th Academy Awards” is available at http://www.oscars.org/oscars/rules-eligibility.

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.

79 ORIGINAL SONGS VIE FOR 2014 OSCAR®

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that 79 songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2014 are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 87th Oscars®. 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.  A maximum of two songs may be nominated from any one film. 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 credits.

The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film title and song title:

“It’s On Again” from “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”
“Opportunity” from “Annie”
“Lost Stars” from “Begin Again”
“Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights”
“Big Eyes” from “Big Eyes”
“Immortals” from “Big Hero 6”
“The Apology Song” from “The Book of Life”
“I Love You Too Much” from “The Book of Life”
“The Boxtrolls Song” from “The Boxtrolls”
“Quattro Sabatino” from “The Boxtrolls”
“Ryan’s Song” from “Boyhood”
“Split The Difference” from “Boyhood”
“No Fate Awaits Me” from “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them”
“Brave Souls” from “Dolphin Tale 2”
“You Got Me” from “Dolphin Tale 2”
“All Our Endless Love” from “Endless Love”
“Let Me In” from “The Fault in Our Stars”
“Not About Angels” from “The Fault in Our Stars”
“Until The End” from “Garnet’s Gold”
“It Just Takes A Moment” from “Girl on a Bicycle”
“Last Stop Paris” from “Girl on a Bicycle”
“Ordinary Human” from “The Giver”
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”
“Find A Way” from “The Good Lie”
“Color The World” from “The Hero of Color City”
“The Last Goodbye” from “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”
“Chariots” from “The Hornet’s Nest”
“Follow Me” from “The Hornet’s Nest”
“Something To Shoot For” from “Hot Guys with Guns”
“For The Dancing And The Dreaming” from “How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“Afreen” from “The Hundred-Foot Journey”
“Yellow Flicker Beat” from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”
“Heart Like Yours” from “If I Stay”
“I Never Wanted To Go” from “If I Stay”
“Mind” from “If I Stay”
“Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie”
“Call Me When You Find Yourself” from “Life Inside Out”
“Coming Back To You” from “Life of an Actress The Musical”
“The Life Of An Actress” from “Life of an Actress The Musical”
“Sister Rust” from “Lucy”
“You Fooled Me” from “Merchants of Doubt”
“Million Dollar Dream” from “Million Dollar Arm”
“Spreading The Word/Makhna” from “Million Dollar Arm”
“We Could Be Kings” from “Million Dollar Arm”
“A Million Ways To Die” from “A Million Ways to Die in the West”
“Way Back When” from “Mr. Peabody & Sherman”
“America For Me” from “A Most Violent Year”
“I’ll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo In Malibu)” from “Muppets Most Wanted”
“Something So Right” from “Muppets Most Wanted”
“We’re Doing A Sequel” from “Muppets Most Wanted”
“Mercy Is” from “Noah”
“Seeds” from “Occupy the Farm”
“Grant My Freedom” from “The One I Wrote for You”
“The One I Wrote For You” from “The One I Wrote for You”
“Hal” from “Only Lovers Left Alive”
“Shine” from “Paddington”
“Still I Fly” from “Planes: Fire & Rescue”
“Batucada Familia” from “Rio 2”
“Beautiful Creatures” from “Rio 2”
“Poisonous Love” from “Rio 2”
“What Is Love” from “Rio 2”
“Over Your Shoulder” from “Rudderless”
“Sing Along” from “Rudderless”
“Stay With You” from “Rudderless”
“Everyone Hides” from “St. Vincent”
“Why Why Why” from “St. Vincent”
“Glory” from “Selma”
“The Morning” from “A Small Section of the World”
“Special” from “Special”
“Gimme Some” from “#Stuck”
“The Only Thing” from “Third Person”
“Battle Cry” from “Transformers: Age of Extinction”
“Miracles” from “Unbroken”
“Summer Nights” from “Under the Electric Sky”
“We Will Not Go” from “Virunga”
“Heavenly Father” from “Wish I Was Here”
“So Now What” from “Wish I Was Here”
“Long Braid” from “Work Weather Wife”
“Moon” from “Work Weather Wife”

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.

114 ORIGINAL SCORES IN 2014 OSCAR® RACE

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 114 scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2014 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 87th Oscars®. 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 eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

“American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” Vivek Maddala, composer
“Anita,” Lili Haydn, composer
“Annabelle,” Joseph Bishara, composer
“At Middleton,” Arturo Sandoval, composer
“Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?,” Elia Cmiral, composer
“Bears,” George Fenton, composer
“Belle,” Rachel Portman, composer
“Big Eyes,” Danny Elfman, composer
“Big Hero 6,” Henry Jackman, composer
“The Book of Life,” Gustavo Santaolalla and Tim Davies, composers
“The Boxtrolls,” Dario Marianelli, composer
“Brick Mansions,” Trevor Morris, composer
“Cake,” Christophe Beck, composer
“Calvary,” Patrick Cassidy, composer
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Henry Jackman, composer
“The Case against 8,” Blake Neely, composer
“Cheatin’,” Nicole Renaud, composer
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” Michael Giacchino, composer
“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them,” Son Lux, composer
“Divergent,” Tom Holkenborg, composer
“Dolphin Tale 2,” Rachel Portman, composer
“Dracula Untold,” Ramin Djawadi, composer
“Draft Day,” John Debney, composer
“The Drop,” Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders, composers
“Earth to Echo,” Joseph Trapanese, composer
“Edge of Tomorrow,” Christophe Beck, composer
“Endless Love,” Christophe Beck and Jake Monaco, composers
“The Equalizer,” Harry Gregson-Williams, composer
“Exodus: Gods and Kings,” Alberto Iglesias, composer
“The Fault in Our Stars,” Mike Mogis, composer
“Finding Vivian Maier,” J. Ralph, composer
“Fury,” Steven Price, composer
“Garnet’s Gold,” J. Ralph, composer
“Girl on a Bicycle,” Craig Richey, composer
“The Giver,” Marco Beltrami, composer
“Godzilla,” Alexandre Desplat, composer
“Gone Girl,” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, composers
“The Good Lie,” Martin Léon, composer
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Alexandre Desplat, composer
“The Great Flood,” Bill Frisell, composer
“Hercules,” Fernando Velázquez, composer
“The Hero of Color City,” Zoë Poledouris-Roché and Angel Roché, Jr., composers
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” Howard Shore, composer
“The Homesman,” Marco Beltrami, composer
“Horrible Bosses 2,” Christopher Lennertz, composer
“How to Train Your Dragon 2,” John Powell, composer
“The Hundred-Foot Journey,” A.R. Rahman, composer
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” James Newton Howard, composer
“I Origins,” Will Bates and Phil Mossman, composers
“The Imitation Game,” Alexandre Desplat, composer
“Inherent Vice,” Jonny Greenwood, composer
“Interstellar,” Hans Zimmer, composer
“The Interview,” Henry Jackman, composer
“Into the Storm,” Brian Tyler, composer
“Jal,” Sonu Nigam and Bickram Ghosh, composers
“The Judge,” Thomas Newman, composer
“Kill the Messenger,” Nathan Johnson, composer
“Kochadaiiyaan,” A.R. Rahman, composer
“Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return,” Toby Chu, composer
“The Lego Movie,” Mark Mothersbaugh, composer
“The Liberator,” Gustavo Dudamel, composer
“Life Itself,” Joshua Abrams, composer
“Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed,” Pat Metheny, composer
“Lucy,” Eric Serra, composer
“Maleficent,” James Newton Howard, composer
“The Maze Runner,” John Paesano, composer
“Merchants of Doubt,” Mark Adler, composer
“Million Dollar Arm,” A.R. Rahman, composer
“A Million Ways to Die in the West,” Joel McNeely, composer
“Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” Danny Elfman, composer
“Mr. Turner,” Gary Yershon, composer
“The Monuments Men,” Alexandre Desplat, composer
“A Most Violent Year,” Alex Ebert, composer
“My Old Lady,” Mark Orton, composer
“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” Alan Silvestri, composer
“Nightcrawler,” James Newton Howard, composer
“No God, No Master,” Nuno Malo, composer
“Noah,” Clint Mansell, composer
“Non-Stop,” John Ottman, composer
“The One I Love,” Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans, composers
“Ouija,” Anton Sanko, composer
“Paddington,” Nick Urata, composer
“Penguins of Madagascar,” Lorne Balfe, composer
“Pompeii,” Clinton Shorter, composer
“The Purge: Anarchy,” Nathan Whitehead, composer
“The Railway Man,” David Hirschfelder, composer
“Red Army,” Christophe Beck and Leo Birenberg, composers
“Ride Along,” Christopher Lennertz, composer
“Rocks in My Pockets,” Kristian Sensini, composer
“Rosewater,” Howard Shore, composer
“St. Vincent,” Theodore Shapiro, composer
“The Salt of the Earth,” Laurent Petitgand, composer
“Selma,” Jason Moran, composer
“The Signal,” Nima Fakhrara, composer
“Snowpiercer,” Marco Beltrami, composer
“Song of the Sea,” Bruno Coulais, composer
“Still Alice,” Ilan Eshkeri, composer
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya,” Joe Hisaishi, composer
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Brian Tyler, composer
“That Awkward Moment,” David Torn, composer
“The Theory of Everything,” Jóhann Jóhannsson, composer
“This Is Where I Leave You,” Michael Giacchino, composer
“300: Rise of an Empire,” Tom Holkenborg, composer
“Tracks,” Garth Stevenson, composer
“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” Steve Jablonsky, composer
“22 Jump Street,” Mark Mothersbaugh, composer
“Unbroken,” Alexandre Desplat, composer
“Under the Skin,” Mica Levi, composer
“Virunga,” Patrick Jonsson, composer
“Visitors,” Philip Glass, composer
“A Walk among the Tombstones,” Carlos Rafael Rivera, composer
“Walking with the Enemy,” Timothy Williams, composer
“Wild Tales,” Gustavo Santaolalla, composer
“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” John Ottman, composer

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 nominations for final voting for the award. 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.