9 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS ADVANCE IN OSCAR® RACE

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. 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 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.

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.

THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ART AND SCIENCES CELEBRATES COSTUME DESIGN WITH OSCAR® CLASSICS “TAXI DRIVER,” “ANNIE HALL,” “THE GODFATHER,” AND “MARY POPPINS”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences begins 2015 with two new screening series, Street Clothes: Contemporary Costuming in New Hollywood and Two Sides of a Costume Designer, in conjunction with the landmark Hollywood Costume exhibition now on view.

Street Clothes: Contemporary Costuming in New Hollywood
Showcasing the groundbreaking urban American films of the late 1960s and 1970s, the Academy’s new Friday evening series will demonstrate how a designer’s work can be a key element in creating contemporary characters. The first five programs feature costumes designers Theoni V. Aldredge (“Network”), Ruth Morley (“Annie Hall”),Rosanna Norton (“Cisco Pike”), Ann Roth (“Klute”) and Albert Wolsky (“All That Jazz”).

January 9
Midnight Cowboy – 7:30 p.m.
Cisco Pike – 9:40 p.m.

January 16
Klute – 7:30 p.m.
Network – 9:40 p.m.

January 23
All That Jazz – 7:30 p.m.
Phantom of the Paradise – 9:50 p.m.

January 30
Taxi Driver – 7:30 p.m.
Uptight – 9:40 p.m.

February 6
Annie Hall – 7:30 p.m.
Fingers – 9:20 p.m.

Two Sides of a Costume Designer
The Academy’s new Saturday evening series demonstrates the remarkable creative range of many of cinema’s top designers over the decades. The series kicks off in January with four double features pairing impressive and varied achievements by designers working in multiple genres. The costume designers highlighted include Milena Canonero (“Barry Lyndon,” “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”), Anna Hill Johnstone (“East of Eden,” “The Godfather”), Theadora Van Runkle (“Bonnie and Clyde,” “The Godfather Part II”) and Tony Walton (“Fahrenheit 451,” “Mary Poppins”).

January 10
Fahrenheit 451 – 5 p.m.
Mary Poppins – 7:30 p.m.

January 17
East of Eden – 5 p.m.
The Godfather – 7:30 p.m.

January 24
Bonnie and Clyde – 5 p.m.
The Godfather Part II – 7:30 p.m.

January 31
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou – 5 p.m.
Barry Lyndon – 7:30 p.m.

 

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas

The countdown is on. 2015 is right around the corner and in the Entertainment Capital of the World, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate. While Las Vegas has all the usual NYE suspects, why not consider some new ways to bring in the New Year, like eating 23-karat gold flecked lasagna or kicking off 2015 with Justin Timberlake? So, how should you celebrate New Year’s Eve in Sin City? Here are 10 ideas:

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Las Vegas (PRNewsFoto/MGM Resorts International)

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas (PRNewsFoto/MGM Resorts International)

10. Taste the decadence. Say adieu to 2014 at The Mirage with Portofino‘s White Diamond truffle and 23-karat gold flaked lasagna. The $100 “Diamond and Gold” Lasagna tantalizes taste buds with layers of pasta stuffed with porcini mushrooms, Iberico ham, Prosciutto di Parma, 24-month-aged Parmigiano-Reggiano, buffalo mozzarella and Kobe Bolognese. This luxurious creation is finished with foie gras-infused Alfredo sauce.

9. Dance the year away. If confetti blasts and partying like a rock star are more your style, check out the top headliners at the finest nightclubs in the world. Calvin Harris with Eva Shaw & Burns will headline a special New Year’s Eve set at Hakkasan at MGM Grand. Alesso will drop beats at LIGHT at Mandalay Bay and The Bank at Bellagio will feature an exclusive live performance by Trey Songz.

8. Party with Macklemore. If you’re donning your latest thrift shop finds this New Year’s Eve, 1OAK at The Mirage is the place to be, as Grammy Award-winning hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis take the stage to perform hits like “Thrift Shop” and “Same Love.”

7. Go out with a bang. Fireworks light up the sky along Las Vegas Boulevard at midnight so it’s crucial to find a good vantage point well ahead of time. miX Lounge at Delano Las Vegas boasts an outdoor patio and floor-to-ceiling windows facing The Strip. You won’t miss a single burst with this epic view.

6. Catch the water works. Water and fire usually don’t play well together, but on New Year’s Eve on The Strip, it might be the best mash-up yet! Using dramatic music, water and light, The Fountains of Bellagio soar up to 460 feet in beautifully choreographed synchronization. With the glimmering fireworks in the background and the waterworks right in front of you, the combination makes for one stunning sight!

5. Pig out. Steak is so 2014; celebrate the start of 2015 at Monte Carlo’s Yusho with a whole pig’s head. Cooked for a full 24 hours and served with a plethora of Japanese fixings like stuffed buns, cabbage kimchi and bowls of ramen, this will be a New Year’s Eve dinner you won’t soon forget. Just be sure to order at least a full day in advance.

4. Paint the town gold.Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino will transform into a golden wonderland, complete with elaborate gold-themed accents, lavish culinary selections, incredible cocktails and more. The masquerade-style affair encourages guests to welcome 2015 in an exuberant environment. The party continues with chart-toppers Maroon 5 as they take over the Mandalay Bay Events Center for two special performances December 30 and 31.

3. Beef up your new year. Ring in the New Year with the most indulgent burger experience on The Strip – the legendary FleurBurger 5000 from celebrated chef Hubert Keller of Fleur at Mandalay Bay. The foie gras and black truffle-topped Kobe burger is accompanied by a bottle of Chateau Petrus 1995 poured in Ichendorf Brunello stemware, imported from Italy. After the meal, Fleur will ship the glasses to your home along with a personal note from Chef Keller. All this decadence for the price of $5,000!

2. Cure your hangover. Hangovers are all too common come New Year’s Day. Luckily, Vegas has as many hangover cures as ways to incur said hangover. Developed by a group of experienced emergency room physicians, REVIV, located at The Underground at MGM Grand, features a wide range of intravenous and vitamin therapies to combat hangovers including three different types of IV therapies. If the “hair of the dog” cure is more your style, check out the Instagram-worthy Bloody Mary at Todd English P.U.B. inside The Shops at Crystals, where a cart is rolled tableside and guests select from an insane amount of garnishes including a bacon cheeseburger slider, a chicken wing, shrimp and a mini corn dog.

1. Put on your suit and tie. In Vegas, the party doesn’t end at the stroke of midnight. This year, continue your celebration of a fresh start, a new year and a new day with none other than Justin Timberlake, who will close out his 20/20 Experience World Tour January 1 and 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

7 FEATURES ADVANCE IN RACE FOR MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING OSCAR®

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that seven films remain in competition in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 87th Academy Awards®.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”
“Foxcatcher”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“Maleficent”
“Noah”
“The Theory of Everything”

On Saturday, January 10, 2015, all members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films.  Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.

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.