The Academy Announces Foundation Gift From Walmart

unnamedThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today a $250,000 gift from Walmart to the Academy Foundation in support of the organization’s educational and outreach initiatives. Walmart, a Proud Sponsor of the 89th Oscars®, continues its commitment to encourage and support emerging talent in the film community.

Walmart’s gift will allow the Academy to meaningfully advance its ongoing efforts to reach out and build a more diverse and inclusive talent pool of participants in all Academy programs, and begin to position promising young people for success in their respective fields.

The Academy Foundation manages two of the most prestigious competitions for emerging talent in the motion picture industry—the Student Academy Awards, an international film competition for university students, and the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, an international writing competition for aspiring screenwriters. Past Student Academy Award winners include acclaimed filmmakers Pete Docter (“Inside Out“), Cary Fukunaga (“Beasts of No Nation“), John Lasseter (“Toy Story“), Spike Lee (“Do the Right Thing“), Trey Parker (“South Park“) and Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump“).

Altogether, Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive eight Oscars and 51 Oscar® nominations. Past Nicholl Fellows include Destin Cretton (“Short Term 12“), Jeffrey Eugenides (“The Virgin Suicides“), Susannah Grant (“Erin Brockovich“), Ehren Kruger (“Transformers: Age of Extinction“) and Andrew Marlowe (“Air Force One“).

This summer, the Academy will also launch a groundbreaking entertainment industry-wide summer intern and mentoring program that will expand opportunities for young professionals from under-represented communities.

We would like to thank Walmart for this generous gift, and are grateful for their support of our educational initiatives and shared commitment to mentor the next generation of storytellers,” said Academy CEO, Dawn Hudson.

Our Oscars campaign celebrates creativity and storytelling, and we felt it was important to not only support filmmaking on the industry’s biggest night, but to lend support to future filmmakers,” said Tony Rogers, chief marketing officer, Walmart U.S. “Every day our customers are telling stories with their receipts. We are proud to support the Academy’s educational programs to further empower film students from diverse backgrounds to tell their stories.”

As a Proud Sponsor of the 89th Oscars®, Walmart will unveil its new campaign, “Behind Every Receipt, There’s a Great Story,” during the retailer’s first-ever sponsorship of the Oscars. The concept for the campaign is based on a single six-item receipt—when seen through an artistic lens—can tell an infinite number of stories. Walmart teamed with directors Antoine Fuqua, Marc Forster, and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to create three short films, each with their own unique spin, that will premiere during the telecast’s commercials on Oscars® Sunday, February 26, on the ABC Television Network.

Rolex Signs On As Sponsor Of The 89th Oscars®

For decades, Rolex has been linked to the magical and wondrous world of cinema: from its presence in legendary films to its support for young film-makers through its philanthropic program, the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.

Rolex will be a Proud Sponsor of the 89th Academy Awards® broadcast live on Oscars Sunday®, 26 February 2017 on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars® ceremony has honored excellence in cinema since 1929; and for the second consecutive year, Rolex will also be the Exclusive Sponsor of the Oscars Greenroom.


Rolex Partners with the Academy Awards

The history of Rolex is intertwined with that of cinema. Rolex watches have spontaneously featured in many iconic films and have become part of storytelling as an essential element of a film’s plot. Each Rolex watch symbolizes a personality and carries its own story, bringing to life a character and their journey on screen. Rolex is maintaining its ties with exceptional individuals and organizations and, in the case of the art of film-making, the extraordinary accomplishments of those who are capable of challenging the world by pushing the boundaries of their art.

Rolex supports inspiring individuals and organizations who achieve great heights in both the sporting world and the arts, and the Academy exemplifies this pursuit of defying the odds to reach unimaginable goals. The Academy Awards and Rolex recognize and uphold excellence,” says Arnaud Boetsch, Rolex Director of Communication & Image.oscars2017_keyart_statue-1

Rolex Testimonee and Academy Award-winning director James Cameron represents the pinnacle of film-making, with a boldness of vision and focus on technical innovation dominant throughout his many movies. Titanic, which won 11 Oscars, is tied for the most awards ever, and Avatar holds the record as the highest-grossing film in history.

Cameron exemplifies the power of details in making stories come alive on screen. Says Cameron: “Great movies are made in details, and not just a few details – every detail. Every character, every prop, and every sequence. A Rolex is not only a beautiful watch and a masterpiece of engineering, it’s very tough. It’s a watch that you can take into any environment and which can stand up to the pressure. So, what you’re saying subliminally to the audience is: that character can take the pressure, too; he or she has what it takes.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, organizers of the Academy Awards, which promote excellence and great talent, offered Rolex the opportunity to host the Greenroom during the ceremony in February 2016 – literally “behind the scenes“. This space was designed by the Rolex Interior Design teams in Geneva, who brought to the Greenroom a combination of classic style and superlative quality that is the hallmark of both the Oscars and Rolex. The 2017 Greenroom will feature a new design and concept.

Furthermore, Rolex is a part of shaping future generations of film-makers and inspiring existing ones with the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, its philanthropic program, set up in 2002 to make a contribution to global culture. The program seeks out gifted young artists from all over the world and brings them together with artistic masters for a year of creative collaboration in a one-to-one mentoring relationship. The Initiative’s film mentors include Academy Award-winning directors Martin Scorsese, Alejandro González Iñárritu and 2016 mentor, Alfonso Cuarón.

Rolex is headquartered in Geneva and enjoys an unrivaled reputation for quality and expertise the world over. Its Oyster and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance, and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance, and prestige. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, the brand pioneered the development of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces all the essential components of its watches in-house, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial, and bracelet. Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports, exploration, the spirit of enterprise, and the environment through a broad palette of sponsoring activities as well as philanthropic programs.

10 Contenders Remain In VFX Oscar® Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 89th Academy Awards®.86thOscars_Logo

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

  • Arrival”
  • The BFG”
  • Captain America: Civil War”
  • Deepwater Horizon”
  • Doctor Strange”
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
  • The Jungle Book”
  • Kubo and the Two Strings”
  • Passengers”
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist. All members of the Visual Effects Branch will now be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films on Saturday, January 7, 2017. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar® consideration.

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.

145 Original Film Scores Eligible In 2016 Oscar® Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 145 scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2016 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 89th Academy Awards®.

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.86thOscars_Logo

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 preexisting music, diminished in impact by the predominant use of songs or any music not composed specifically for the film by the submitting composer, 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:

  • “The Abolitionists,” Tim Jones, composer
  • “Absolutely Fabulous The Movie,” Jake Monaco, composer
  • “The Accountant,” Mark Isham, composer
  • “Alice through the Looking Glass,” Danny Elfman, composer
  • “Allied,” Alan Silvestri, composer
  • “Almost Christmas,” John Paesano, composer
  • “American Pastoral,” Alexandre Desplat, composer
  • “The Angry Birds Movie,” Heitor Pereira, composer
  • “Anthropoid,” Robin Foster, composer
  • “Armenia, My Love,” Silvia Leonetti, composer
  • “Assassin’s Creed,” Jed Kurzel, composer
  • “Autumn Lights,” Hugi Gudmundsson and Hjörtur Ingvi Jóhannsson, composers
  • “The BFG,” John Williams, composer
  • “Believe,” Michael Reola, composer
  • “Ben-Hur,” Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders, composers
  • “Bilal,” Atli Ӧrvarsson, composer
  • “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna, composers
  • “The Birth of a Nation,” Henry Jackman, composer
  • “Bleed for This,” Julia Holter, composer
  • “The Boss,” Christopher Lennertz, composer
  • “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” Craig Armstrong, composer
  • “The Bronze,” Andrew Feltenstein and John Nau, composers
  • “Captain America: Civil War,” Henry Jackman, composer
  • “The Charnel House,” Todd Haberman, composer
  • “The Choice,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer
  • “Collateral Beauty,” Theodore Shapiro, composer
  • “The Conjuring 2,” Joseph Bishara, composer
  • “Criminal,” Bryan Tyler and Keith Power, composers
  • “Deadpool,” Tom Holkenborg, composer
  • “Deepwater Horizon,” Steve Jablonsky, composer
  • “Denial,” Howard Shore, composer
  • “Doctor Strange,” Michael Giacchino, composer
  • “The Dressmaker,” David Hirschfelder, composer
  • “Eddie the Eagle,” Matthew Margeson, composer
  • “The Edge of Seventeen,” Atli Ӧrvarsson, composer
  • “Elle,” Anne Dudley, composer
  • “Eye in the Sky,” Paul Hepker and Mark Kilian, composers
  • “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” James Newton Howard, composer
  • “Fences,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer
  • “Finding Dory,” Thomas Newman, composer
  • “The First Monday in May,” Ian Hultquist and Sofia Hultquist, composers
  • “Florence Foster Jenkins,” Alexandre Desplat, composer
  • “Floyd Norman: An Animated Life,” Ryan Shore, composer
  • “The Founder,” Carter Burwell, composer
  • “Free State of Jones,” Nicholas Britell, composer
  • “Ghostbusters,” Theodore Shapiro, composer
  • “The Girl on the Train,” Danny Elfman, composer
  • “Gleason,” Dan Romer and Saul Simon MacWilliams, composers
  • “Gold,” Daniel Pemberton, composer
  • “Greater,” Stephen Raynor-Endelman, composer
  • “Hacksaw Ridge,” Rupert Gregson-Williams, composer
  • “Hail, Caesar!,” Carter Burwell, composer
  • “The Handmaiden,” Cho Young-wuk, composer
  • “Hands of Stone,” Angelo Milli, composer
  • “Hell or High Water,” Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, composers
  • “Hidden Figures,” Pharrell Williams and Benjamin Wallfisch, composers
  • “High-Rise,” Clint Mansell, composer
  • “How to Be Single,” Fil Eisler, composer
  • “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” Lukasz Buda and Samuel Scott, composers
  • “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” James Newton Howard, composer
  • “Ice Age: Collision Course,” John Debney, composer
  • “Independence Day: Resurgence,” Thomas Wander and Harald Kloser, composers
  • “Indignation,” Jay Wadley, composer
  • “The Invitation,” Theodore Shapiro, composer
  • “Ithaca,” John Mellencamp, composer
  • “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” Henry Jackman, composer
  • “Jackie,” Mica Levi, composer
  • “Julieta,” Alberto Iglesias, composer
  • “The Jungle Book,” John Debney, composer
  • “Keeping Up with the Joneses,” Jake Monaco, composer
  • “Kicks,” Brian Reitzell, composer
  • “Krisha,” Brian McOmber, composer
  • “Kubo and the Two Strings,” Dario Marianelli, composer
  • “La La Land,” Justin Hurwitz, composer
  • “Land of Mine,” Sune Martin, composer
  • “Landfill Harmonic,” Michael A. Levine, composer
  • “The Legend of Ben Hall,” Ronnie Minder, composer
  • “The Legend of Tarzan,” Rupert Gregson-Williams, composer
  • “Life, Animated,” Dylan Stark and T. Griffin, composers
  • “The Light between Oceans,” Alexandre Desplat, composer
  • “Lights Out,” Benjamin Wallfisch, composer
  • “Lion,” Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka, composers
  • “The Little Prince,” Hans Zimmer and Richard Harvey, composers
  • “Live by Night,” Harry Gregson-Williams, composer
  • “Loving,” David Wingo, composer
  • “Maggie’s Plan,” Michael Rohatyn, composer
  • “Me before You,” Craig Armstrong, composer
  • “The Meddler,” Jonathan Sadoff, composer
  • “Midnight Special,” David Wingo, composer
  • “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” Jeff Cardoni, composer
  • “Miracles from Heaven,” Carlo Siliotto, composer
  • “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” Mike Higham and Matthew Margeson, composers
  • “Miss Sloane,” Max Richter, composer
  • “Mr. Church,” Mark Isham, composer
  • “Moana,” Mark Mancina, composer
  • “Money Monster,” Dominic Lewis, composer
  • “The Monkey King 2,” Christopher Young, composer
  • “A Monster Calls,” Fernando Velázquez, composer
  • “Moonlight,” Nicholas Britell, composer
  • “Morgan,” Max Richter, composer
  • “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” Christopher Lennertz, composer
  • “The Neon Demon,” Cliff Martinez, composer
  • “The Nice Guys,” John Ottman, composer
  • “No Letting Go,” Alain Mayrand, composer
  • “Nocturnal Animals,” Abel Korzeniowski, composer
  • “Now You See Me 2,” Brian Tyler, composer
  • “O.J.: Made in America,” Gary Lionelli, composer
  • “Off the Rails,” Steve Gernes and Duncan Thum, composers
  • “The Other Side of the Door,” Joseph Bishara, composer
  • “The Ottoman Lieutenant,” Geoff Zanelli, composer
  • “Ouija: Origin of Evil,” Taylor Stewart and John Andrew Grush, composers
  • “Our Kind of Traitor,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer
  • “Passengers,” Thomas Newman, composer
  • “Paterson,” Carter Logan and Jim Jarmusch, composers
  • “Patriots Day,” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, composers
  • “Pelé: Birth of a Legend,” A. R. Rahman, composer
  • “Pete’s Dragon,” Daniel Hart, composer
  • “Po,” Burt Bacharach, composer
  • “Queen of Katwe,” Alex Heffes, composer
  • “Race,” Rachel Portman, composer
  • “The Red Turtle,” Laurent Perez Del Mar, composer
  • “Ride Along 2,” Christopher Lennertz, composer
  • “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Michael Giacchino, composer
  • “Sausage Party,” Alan Menken and Christopher Lennertz, composers
  • “The Secret Life of Pets,” Alexandre Desplat, composer
  • “Silicon Cowboys,” Ian Hultquist, composer
  • “Sing,” Joby Talbot, composer
  • “Snowtime!,” Eloi Painchaud and Jorane, composers
  • “Southside with You,” Stephen James Taylor, composer
  • “Star Trek Beyond,” Michael Giacchino, composer
  • “Storks,” Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna, composers
  • “Suicide Squad,” Steven Price, composer
  • “Sully,” Christian Jacob, composer
  • “Swiss Army Man,” Andy Hull and Robert McDowell, composers
  • “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” Steve Jablonsky, composer
  • “10 Cloverfield Lane,” Bear McCreary, composer
  • “10 Days in a Madhouse,” Jamie Hall, composer
  • “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” Lorne Balfe, composer
  • “Trolls,” Christophe Beck, composer
  • “20th Century Women,” Roger Neill, composer
  • “Warcraft,” Ramin Djawadi, composer
  • “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” Nick Urata, composer
  • “X-Men: Apocalypse,” John Ottman, composer
  • “Zoolander 2,” Theodore Shapiro, composer
  • “Zootopia,” Michael Giacchino, composer

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.

91 Original Songs Vie For 2016 Oscar®

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 91 songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2016 are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 89th Academy Awards®.

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.86thOscars_Logo

During the nominations process, all voting members of the Music Branch will receive a Reminder List of works submitted in the category and a compilation 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. 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:

  • “Just Like Fire” from “Alice through the Looking Glass”
  • “Rise” from “American Wrestler: The Wizard”
  • “Friends” from “The Angry Birds Movie”
  • “Flicker” from “Audrie & Daisy”
  • “Seconds” from “Autumn Lights”
  • “A Minute To Breathe” from “Before the Flood”
  • “Glory (Let There Be Peace)” from “Believe”
  • “Mother’s Theme” from “Believe”
  • “Somewhere” from “Believe”
  • “The Only Way Out” from “Ben-Hur”
  • “Still Falling For You” from “Bridget Jones’s Baby”
  • “F That” from “The Bronze”
  • “Torch Pt. 2” from “Citizen Soldier”
  • “Drift And Fall Again” from “Criminal”
  • “Take Me Down” from “Deepwater Horizon”
  • “Land Of All” from “Desierto”
  • “Sad But True (Dreamland Theme)” from “Dreamland”
  • “Angel By The Wings” from “The Eagle Huntress”
  • “Blind Pig” from “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
  • “One Frame At A Time” from “Floyd Norman: An Animated Life”
  • “I’m Crying” from “Free State of Jones”
  • “Gold” from “Gold”
  • “Champion” from “Hands of Stone”
  • “Dance Rascal, Dance” from “Hello, My Name Is Doris”
  • “I See A Victory” from “Hidden Figures”
  • “Runnin” from “Hidden Figures”
  • “Sixty Charisma Scented Blackbirds” from “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate
  • Can’t Change”
  • “My Superstar” from “Ice Age: Collision Course”
  • “Seeing You Around” from “Ithaca”
  • “The Empty Chair” from “Jim: The James Foley Story”
  • “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from “La La Land”
  • “City Of Stars” from “La La Land”
  • “Start A Fire” from “La La Land”
  • “Cateura Vamos A Soñar (We Will Dream)” from “Landfill Harmonic”
  • “Better Love” from “The Legend of Tarzan”
  • “Never Give Up” from “Lion”
  • “Equation” from “The Little Prince”
  • “Turnaround” from “The Little Prince”
  • “Moonshine” from “Live By Night”
  • “Loving” from “Loving”
  • “Hurry Home” from “Max Rose”
  • “Gone 2015” from “Miles Ahead”
  • “Wish That You Were Here” from “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”
  • “I’m Still Here” from “Miss Sharon Jones!”
  • “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana”
  • “We Know The Way” from “Moana”
  • “Even More Mine” from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2”
  • “Waving Goodbye” from “The Neon Demon”
  • “I’m Back” from “Never Surrender”
  • “Find My Victory” from “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice”
  • “On Ghost Ridge” from “100 Years: One Woman’s Fight for Justice”
  • “Ordinary World” from “Ordinary World”
  • “Devil’s Girl” from “Outlaws and Angels”
  • “Levitate” from “Passengers”
  • “Ginga” from “Pelé: Birth of a Legend”
  • “Nobody Knows” from “Pete’s Dragon”
  • “Something Wild” from “Pete’s Dragon”
  • “Dancing With Your Shadow” from “Po”
  • “I’m So Humble” from “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping”
  • “Stay Here” from “Presenting Princess Shaw”
  • “Celebrate Life” from “Queen Mimi”
  • “Back To Life” from “Queen of Katwe”
  • “Let The Games Begin” from “Race”
  • “Think About It” from “The Red Pill”
  • “The Rules Don’t Apply” from “Rules Don’t Apply”
  • “The Great Beyond” from “Sausage Party”
  • “Faith” from “Sing”
  • “Set It All Free” from “Sing”
  • “Drive It Like You Stole It” from “Sing Street”
  • “Go Now” from “Sing Street”
  • “The Veil” from “Snowden”
  • “Hymn” from “Snowtime!”
  • “Kiss Me Goodnight” from “Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four”
  • “Holdin’ Out” from “Storks”
  • “Heathens” from “Suicide Squad”
  • “Flying Home” from “Sully”
  • “Montage” from “Swiss Army Man”
  • “Petit Metier” from “They Will Have to Kill Us First – Malian Music in Exile”
  • “Letter To The Free” from “13th”
  • “Down With Mary” from “Too Late”
  • “Can’t Stop The Feeling” from “Trolls”
  • “Get Back Up Again” from “Trolls”
  • “Smile” from “The Uncondemned”
  • “We Will Rise” from “Veeram-Macbeth”
  • “LA Venus” from “We Are X”
  • “New Dogs, Old Tricks” from “What Happened Last Night”
  • “Runnin’ Runnin'” from “What Happened Last Night”
  • “What’s Happening Today” from “What Happened Last Night”
  • “Who I Am” from “What Happened Last Night”
  • “The Ballad Of Wiener-Dog” from “Wiener-Dog”
  • “Try Everything” from “Zootopia”

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.

15 Documentary Features Advance In 2016 Oscar® Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 89th Academy Awards®. One hundred forty-five films were originally submitted in the category.i_am_not_your_negro

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

  • Cameraperson,” Big Mouth Productions
  • Command and Control,” American Experience Films/PBS
  • The Eagle Huntress,” Stacey Reiss Productions, Kissiki Films and 19340 Productions
  • Fire at Sea,” Stemal Entertainment
  • Gleason,” Dear Rivers Productions, Exhibit A and IMG Films
  • Hooligan Sparrow,” Little Horse Crossing the River
  • I Am Not Your Negro,” Velvet Film
  • The Ivory Game,” Terra Mater Film Studios and Vulcan Productions
  • Life, Animated,” Motto Pictures and A&E IndieFilms
  • O.J.: Made in America,” Laylow Films and ESPN Films
  • 13th,” Forward Movement
  • Tower,” Go-Valley
  • Weiner,” Edgeline Films
  • The Witness,” The Witnesses Film
  • Zero Days,” Jigsaw Productions

The Academy’s Documentary Branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting. Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles.fuocoammare_ver2

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 Academy Announces 2016 Film Scholars Grant Recipients

Dr. Donna Kornhaber and Dr. Ellen Christine Scott have been named 2016 Academy Film Scholars by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Their respective book projects focus on female screenwriters in the early years of American cinema and the representation of slavery in Classical Hollywood films. The Academy’s Educational Grants Committee will award Kornhaber and Scott the scholars’ $25,000 grant awards on the basis of their proposals.

Established in 1999, The Academy Film Scholars Program is designed to support significant new works of film scholarship. The Academy’s cultural and educational wing – the Academy Foundation – annually grants $550,000 to film scholars, cultural organizations and film festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad. Through the Foundation, the Academy also presents a rich assortment of screenings and other public programs each year.

Both Kornhaber and Scott are brilliant scholars who will bring their expertise to these important but underserved topics,” said Academy Grants Committee Chair Buffy Shutt. “Their unique perspectives will help illuminate and support the Academy’s mission and we’re thrilled to be supporting them. We all look forward to seeing the fruits of their research once they have completed their projects.”

Kornhaber is an assistant professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin. Her project, Women’s Work: The Female Screenwriter and the Development of Early American Film, is the first book-length study of the diverse group of women writers who played an outsized role in shaping the American film industry during the silent era. The work’s fundamental objective is to restore to the historical narrative these women’s transformational creative contributions.

Scott is an assistant professor of cinema and media studies at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Her project, Cinema’s Peculiar Institution, is the first comprehensive film-centered study exploring the evolution of censorship systems and patterns of representability that shaped the image of slavery on screen. The work focuses on the Classical Hollywood period, a time of intensifying civil rights struggles, and emphasizes repression as much as it does representation.

Kornhaber and Scott join 13 Academy film scholars who are currently working on projects and 15 other scholars whose works have already been published.

Academy film scholars with projects in progress are Jane Gaines, Charles Musser, Emily Thompson, Stuart Liebman, John Belton, Anne Friedberg, Harlow Robinson, Cari Beauchamp, Patrick Keating, Dan Streible, Thomas Schatz, Laurence Kardish and James Naremore.

For grant guidelines and information about the Academy Film Scholars program, or visit