7 Features Advance In Race For Makeup And Hairstyling Oscar®

86thOscars_LogoThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films remain in competition in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 89th Academy Awards®.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

  • Deadpool”
  • The Dressmaker”
  • Florence Foster Jenkins”
  • Hail, Caesar!”
  • A Man Called Ove”
  • Star Trek Beyond”
  • Suicide Squad”

On Saturday, January 7, 2017, 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.

Nominations for the 89th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

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336 Feature Films In Contention For 2016 Best Picture Oscar®

86thOscars_LogoThree hundred thirty-six feature films are eligible for the 2016 Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

To be eligible for 89th 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 89th Academy Awards” is available at http://www.oscars.org/oscars/rules-eligibility.

Nominations for the 89th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

The 89th Oscars with host Jimmy Kimmel, will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, 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 also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

10 Live Action Shorts Advance In 2016 Oscar® Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 89th Academy Awards®. One hundred thirty-seven pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

  • Bon Voyage,” Marc Wilkins, director, and Joël Jent, producer (Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduction)
  • Ennemis Intérieurs,” Sélim Azzazi, director (Qualia Films)
  • “Graffiti,” Lluis Quilez, director (Participant Media, Euphoria Productions and Ainur Films)
  • La Femme et le TGV,” Timo von Gunten, director (arbel gmbh)
  • Nocturne in Black,” Jimmy Keyrouz, director (Columbia University)
  • The Rifle, the Jackal, the Wolf and the Boy,” Oualid Mouaness, director (Tricycle Logic)
  • Silent Nights,” Aske Bang, director, and Kim Magnusson, producer (M & M Productions)
  • Sing (Mindenki),” Kristof Deák, director (Meteor Filmstudio)
  • Timecode,” Juanjo Giménez, director (Nadir Films)
  • The Way of Tea (Les Frémissements du Thé),” Marc Fouchard, director, and Matthieu Devillers, producer (Existenz, BlackBox and P904)

Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting. Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in December.86thOscars_Logo

Nominations for the 89th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, 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 also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association And The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences Announce Three-Year Partnership

Partnership Commences with Series of Three Classic Films at Walt Disney Concert Hall: Rebel Without a Cause, On the Waterfront, and Casablanca

The Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced a three-year partnership where the two organizations will collaborate on programming beginning in the 2016/17 season with the presentation of three classic films with orchestra live-to-picture at Walt Disney Concert Hall: Rebel Without a Cause (world premiere of film with live orchestra), On the Waterfront, and Casablanca. Additional co-curated presentations for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons will be announced.laphil_fwlo_865x385_06d-x2

Los Angeles plays a unique role in the history of symphonic music thanks, in large part, to the presence of the film industry,” stated Deborah Borda, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. “The LA Phil has always included the best of film music in its repertoire, and through a new partnership with the Academy, will delve even deeper into the relationship between music and the moving image. We look forward to drawing on the unrivaled expertise of Academy members as we bring sight and sound together on the concert hall stage.

Although it seems inevitable, the partnership between the Academy and the Los Angeles Philharmonic has been almost a century in the making,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “This new alliance between these two institutions, both composed of the world’s finest creative professionals, and both headquartered in Los Angeles but with reach far beyond, will enable us to illustrate, explain, and celebrate the vital linkage between music and movies as never before.”

The Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Academy partnership begins in the 2016/17 season with the presentation of three classic films, each live-to picture with a full orchestra. On Thursday, November 17, at 8:00 PM, Scott Dunn leads the LA Phil in Leonard Rosenman’s celebrated score for Rebel Without a Cause (1955) – directed by Nicholas Ray with screenplay by Stewart Stern. This presentation marks the world premiere of the film with live orchestra.

Friday, November 18, at 8:00 PM and Sunday, November 20, at 2:00 PM, respectively, David Newman conducts the LA Phil in Leonard Bernstein’s Oscar®-nominated score for On the Waterfront (1954) – directed by Ella Kazan with screenplay by Budd Schulberg – and Max Steiner’s Oscar-nominated score for Casablanca (1943) – directed by Michael Curtiz with screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch – both complete films with live orchestra. Each screening of the classic film series will be introduced by Academy members: Andy Garcia (Nov. 17), Eva Marie Saint (Nov. 18) and Aaron Eckhart (Nov. 20).

One hour prior to each screening, the LA Phil’s Upbeat Live will be held in BP Hall, free to all ticket holders. Curated by the Academy, the pre-concert talks will feature film-music historian and veteran journalist Jon Burlingame in conversations about the importance of each film score with former Academy Music Branch Governor and composer Charles Fox (Nov. 17), Academy Music Branch Governor and composer Laura Karpman (Nov. 18) and Academy Music Branch Governor and composer Charles Bernstein (Nov. 20). Continue reading

Oscars® News

Hollywood Street Closures For 2016 Oscar® Week

To ensure public safety, support security strategies and facilitate the production of this year’s Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the City of Los Angeles have finalized street closure plans around the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood.88o_tune-in

To accommodate the construction of press risers, fan bleachers and pre-show stages along the Oscars red carpet, Hollywood Boulevard will be closed between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive beginning at 10 p.m. on Sunday, February 21, and remain closed until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1.

MTA subway trains will bypass the Hollywood & Highland station after the last regularly scheduled train on Saturday, February 27, until 6 a.m. Monday, February 29. Service at the station will resume with the first scheduled train after 6 a.m.

Between Sunday, February 21, and Oscar Sunday, February 28, additional streets and sidewalks will be closed for varying periods.

Details of the closures and maps of affected areas are available from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the Sixth and the Thirteenth District City Council field offices and on the Academy’s website at www.oscars.org/closures.

The Academy To Celebrate Oscar Night® In New York And London88thOscars_Key_Statuette

The Academy will host live Oscar® viewing parties in New York and London for its East Coast and European members and invited film industry guests on Oscar Sunday, February 28. The Oscars, hosted by Chris Rock, will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

Oscar Night London, supported by Swarovski, will gather the celebrants at Soho’s Ham Yard Hotel to view the 88th Oscars® at a two-tier screening venue. Guests will enjoy a midnight feast, complete with espresso martinis, and will watch the Oscars telecast streamed live on the big screen, from red carpet arrivals through the announcement of the Best Picture award.

The iconic Rainbow Room in New York City will be the setting for the only East Coast event hosted by the Academy on Oscar Night. From the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, surrounded by stunning panoramic views, guests will be able to watch the live Oscars telecast while enjoying an inspired menu by Executive Chef Robert Aikens and Executive Sous Chef Mathew Woolf.

Academy’s Oscar® Week Events Celebrate This Year’s Nominees

In the week leading up to the 88th Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a series of public programs celebrating this year’s nominees in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Animated and Live Action Short Film categories. All events will be held at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.87th

The Oscar® Week schedule is as follows:

OSCAR WEEK: SHORTS

Tuesday, February 23, 7 p.m.

Hosted by director Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Yuh Nelson received an Oscar nomination in the Animated Feature Film category for “Kung Fu Panda 2” and is the director of the sequel “Kung Fu Panda 3,” currently in theaters.  The program will delve into the Animated Short Film and Live Action Short Film categories with complete screenings of all the nominated films as well as onstage panel discussions with the filmmakers (schedules permitting).

OSCAR WEEK: DOCUMENTARIES

Wednesday, February 24, 7:30 p.m. 

Hosted by Documentary Branch governors Kate Amend and Rory Kennedy

Amend is a film editor whose documentary feature credits include “The Case against 8” and the Oscar winners “Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport” and “The Long Way Home.”  Kennedy is a producer-director who received an Oscar nomination last year for the documentary feature “Last Days in Vietnam.”  Her other credits include “Ethel” and “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib.”  All the films nominated in Documentary Feature and Documentary Short Subject categories this year will be presented in an evening of clips and onstage discussions with the filmmakers (schedules permitting). 

OSCAR WEEK: ANIMATED FEATURES

Thursday, February 25, 7:30 p.m.

Hosted by producer Roy Conli and directors Don Hall and Chris Williams

Conli, Hall and Williams took home Animated Feature Film Oscars last year for “Big Hero 6.”  Conli’s other feature credits include “Tangled” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”  Hall made his feature directorial debut with “Winnie the Pooh.”  Williams previously received an Oscar nomination as the co-director of “Bolt.”  This year’s nominees in the Animated Feature Film category (schedules permitting) will talk about their creative processes and present clips illustrating their techniques.

OSCAR WEEK: FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS

Saturday, February 27, 10 a.m. 

Hosted by Producers Branch governor Mark Johnson

Johnson won the 1988 Best Picture Oscar for “Rain Man” and received a second nomination for “Bugsy.”  The directors of the nominated films in the Foreign Language Film category (schedules permitting) will explore a wide range of topics, from their experiences developing their projects to the specific challenges of their profession.  The program will include clips from each of the nominated films.

OSCAR WEEK: MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING SYMPOSIUM

Saturday, February 27, 3 p.m. 

Moderated by makeup artist Leonard Engelman

Engelman, a longtime governor of the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch, has served as a makeup artist on such features as “Burlesque,” “Heat,” “Moonstruck” and “Ghostbusters.”  In Oscar Week’s final public event, the nominees in the Makeup and Hairstyling category (schedules permitting) will reveal the secrets behind their on-screen work.  Photographs, appliances, molds, wigs and other items will be on display in the theater lobby.

Tickets are now available online at Oscars.org.  Tickets to the Shorts, Docs, Animated Features and Foreign Language Films events are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID (Shorts and Foreign Language Films tickets limited to four per person).  Admission to the Saturdayafternoon Makeup and Hairstyling event is free, but advance tickets are required (limited to two per person).  The Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.  Doors open one hour prior to each event.  All ticketed seating is unreserved.  For more information, visit Oscars.org or call(310) 247-3600.

The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.


Julie Lynn And Bonnie Curtis To Produce The Academy’s 2015 Governors Awards

Producers Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis will produce the 7th Annual Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today.

Film Producers Julie Lynn (left)  and Bonnie Curtis (right)

Film Producers Julie Lynn (left) and Bonnie Curtis (right)

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will be presented to Debbie Reynolds, and Honorary Awards will be presented to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands, on Saturday, November 14, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, also an Oscar statuette, is given “to an individual in the motion picture arts and sciences whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”

Julie and Bonnie are incredibly talented producers – the perfect team to help us celebrate the accomplishments of our honorees,” said Boone Isaacs.

We are honored and thrilled by this opportunity, as we have such deep respect for The Academy,” said Lynn and Curtis. “With masterful artists like Ms. Reynolds, Ms. Rowlands, and Mr. Lee to celebrate, the evening might just produce itself!

Lynn formed Mockingbird Pictures in 1999, with Curtis joining as a partner in 2011. Together they have produced five films, including “Last Days in the Desert,” “5 to 7,” “The Face of Love,” “Albert Nobbs,” which received three Oscar® nominations, and the upcoming “The Sweet Life.”

Lynn’s other credits include “Mother and Child” and “The Jane Austen Book Club.” For the past two years, Lynn has served as producer of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read with director Rodrigo Garcia. Prior to joining Mockingbird, Curtis spent 15 years with Steven Spielberg at Amblin and DreamWorks, producing such films as “Minority Report” and “AI,” as well as co-producing “Saving Private Ryan.”