Academy Announce 2017 Key Oscar Dates

The Academy have released the key dates for the upcoming awards, to be held on Sunday 26th February 2017. Saturday, November 12, 2016                    Governors Awards Thursday, January 5, 2017                          Nominations voting opens Friday, January 13, 2017                             Nominations voting closes Tuesday, January 24, 2017                …

Should James Murdoch be an Academy Member?

The Academy earlier announced a cohort of 683 prospective new members who had been invited to join the organisation. Among them is James Rupert Jacob Murdoch, son of Rupert Murdoch and now Chief Executive Officer of 21st Century Fox. Your initial reaction to the prospect of another Murdoch being invited to join the Academy will…

Diversity Key as Academy Invites 683 New Members

The Academy have just announced their list of 683 individuals to be invited to membership, and they cannot tell us enough how diverse it is, boosting people of color by 3% and women by 2% with a list spanning 59 countries and 283 new international members. Some of the most notable names include actors Idris…

The Acting Oscars: Time for Change?

The 2016 Academy Awards were clouded by controversy. From the nominations announcement through to the closing moments of the telecast, the buzz word on everyone’s lips was diversity. For the second year in a row, there was no black representation among the 20 acting nominees. Considering strong shouts for both Will Smith and Michael B….

The Academy Launches 2016 Student Academy Award Competition

Via AMPAS The Academy is now accepting entries for its 2016 Student Academy Awards® competition.  All Student Academy Award® winners become eligible for Oscars® consideration.  The entry deadline for submissions is Wednesday, June 1. New this year, the Foreign Film category has been expanded to include separate awards for narrative, animation and documentary entries.  Gold,…

The Academy Adds Diversity Among Governors

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs today appointed three new governors to join the Academy’s 51-seat Board. Reginald Hudlin (Directors Branch), Gregory Nava (Writers Branch) and Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Short Films and Feature Animation Branch) were confirmed by the current Board members for three-year terms, effective immediately. “I’m proud of the steps we have taken to…

Oscars 2017: One to Watch

Last year we singled out The Revenant as our one to watch for the Oscars, and sure enough it picked up twelve nominations and won three on the night, including Best Director and Cinematography. This year is a tough one to call. On the one hand the diversity issue is bound to have a knee-jerk reaction…

Backstage Interview: Leading Actress Brie Larson

Q. [Inaudible]. A. How am I?  Good.  Feeling pretty good. Q. I’m actually curious.  Can I first say I told you so? A. Yes, you can, many times; and I went la, la, la, la, la. Q. I’m actually curious.  I mean, it must be amazing, a thrill to win, but is there a little…

Backstage Interview: Best Picture – Spotlight

Q. Congratulations.  First of all, well deserved.  What did you learn about journalism that you never knew before? A. (Blye Pagon Faust)  I think we knew that journalists were important, but I don’t think we understood the depth of the importance of investigative journalism, and that’s just good boots on the ground, local reporting.  And…

Backstage Interview: Sound Mixing

Q. How does it feel being part of the MAD MAX family with this run that you guys are having tonight? A. (Chris Jenkins)  Go, Ben.  This is Australia. A. (Ben Osmo)  It’s unbelievable.  I mean, so many of us from Australia are just totally thrilled, Angela.  We are over the moon really and just…

Backstage Interview: Live Action Short

Q. Congratulations.  And I wanted to ask, how did the ShortsHD, the actual compilation of the Oscar‑nominated short films help towards your campaign for this Oscar Short and what did it make you feel seeing your short film on the big screen in a cinema? A. (Benjamin Cleary)  It was amazing, yeah.  No, absolutely.  And…