Jun 062017
 

A Tribute To Richard Donner

 

THE ACADEMY CELEBRATES FILMMAKER

RICHARD DONNER

Tribute to include on-stage appearances by Donner and special guests Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Rene Russo and many more

The Academy will pay tribute to director-producer Richard Donner with an evening of personal anecdotes, film clips spanning his prolific career and special appearances by friends and colleagues on Wednesday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Guests to take the stage with Donner include actors Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Rene Russo, Jeff B. Cohen, Carol Kane, Joseph Mazzello, David Morse, Ke Huy Quan and John Savage; producer and president of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige; writer, president and chief creative officer at DC Entertainment Geoff Johns; writer Brian Helgeland; and Lauren Shuler Donner, producer and Donner’s wife for more than 30 years.

Donner’s work is wide-ranging, from small independents (“Inside Moves”) to cult classics (“The Goonies”), superhero epics (“Superman”) to medieval love stories (“Ladyhawke”), and mystery-suspense thrillers (“The Omen”) to blockbuster comedies (“Scrooged”) and the buddy action series, “Lethal Weapon.”

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Feb 272017
 
89th Oscars Red Carpet

The red carpet of The 89th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
Photo credit: Mike Baker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

The 89th Oscars® took place at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017. The Academy Awards, the greatest annual film industry’s event, are an extravaganza of entertainment, celebrities, fashion and social trends every year. The Oscars are always perfectly organized and flawless. This year, was a bit different.
For once, we’ve seen Oscars highs AND lows. The 2017 Oscars’ glitches didn’t diminish either the image or the magic of The Academy Awards. The Academy is a venerated institution and no snafu can diminish its image.

The Red Carpet sizzled! Justin Timberlake’s opening performance not only brought the 89th Oscars audience to its feet, it set the tone for a high energy evening and inspired spontaneous dancing in the aisles. Sara Bareilles sung like an angel during the In Memoriam tribute to the stars we lost in 2016. John Legend, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Auli’i Cravalho were wonderful, but the most memorable performance of the night was Sting’s. “The Empty Chair” ballad from “Jim: The James Foley Story” was poignant and memorable. The film honors James Foley, the journalist killed by terrorists. Sting’s performance concluded with a Foley’s quote showed on a large screen: “If I don’t have the moral courage to challenge authority … we don’t have journalism.” Wise words that remain just as relevant today as when Foley has spoken them.
Jimmy Kimmel was his usual warm and entertaining self. Relatively controversy-free, the soon-to-be father, made a gracious Oscars host.

Some Of 2017 Oscars Winners

2017 Oscar Winners

Backstage posing with their Oscars®, Mahershala Ali, Actor in a Supporting Role; Emma Stone, Actress in a Leading Role; Viola Davis, Actress in a Supporting Role; and Casey Affleck, Actor in a Leading Role backstage during The 89th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
Photo credit: Mike Baker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

  • Best Film: Moonlight
  • Best Actor: Casey Affleck
  • Best Actress: Emma Stone
  • Best Actor In A Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali
  • Best Actress In A Supporting Role: Viola Davis

We congratulate ALL 2017 Oscar winners in ALL categories!

2017 Oscars Highs AND Lows

The main events of the Oscars take place on stage. So, what happened during the 89th Oscars?

The first big snafu in the Oscars 90 year history: Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway – stars of 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde – announced the Best Picture Winner erroneously! The situation has been clarified since.

In a statement PriceWaterHouseCoopers said: ”We sincerely apologize to “Moonlight,” “La La Land,” Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture. The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.
We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.”

Still, the moment was tough on everyone: the La La Land team who delivered meaningful acceptance speeches and yes, the Moonlight team who had to deal with a loss and then a win just seconds apart. The live and TV viewer audiences were confused, too….

In the end the team of Moonlight set us all at ease. Berry Jenkins said in a backstage interview:
“I think all the movies that were nominated were worthy, so I accepted the results. I applauded like everyone else. I noticed the commotion that was happening, and I thought something strange had occurred. And then I’m sure everybody saw my face. But I was speechless when the result that was awkward, because I’ve watched the Academy Awards, and I’ve never seen that happen before. And so it made a very special feeling even more special, but not in the way I expected.”
Asked what explanation he was given for the mixup, Jenkins replied:
“No explanation. Things just happen, you know? But I will say I saw two cards. And so things just happen, you know? I did but and because I wanted to see the card to see the card. And Warren refused to show the card to anybody before he showed it to me. And so he did. He came upstairs, and he walked over to me, and he he showed the card. Everybody was asking, Can I see the card? And he’s like, No, Barry Jenkins has to see the card. I need him to know. And he showed it to me, and I felt better about what had happened. I will say to all you people, please write this down: The folks from LA LA LAND were so gracious. I can’t imagine being in their position and having to do that. We spent a lot of time together over the last six months, and I can’t imagine being in their position and having to do that. So it’s why I wasn’t speechless because we won. I was speechless because I it was so gracious of them to do that.”

Moonlight 2017 Best Motion Picture

Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski and Barry Jenkins pose backstage with the Oscar® for Best motion picture of the year, for work on “Moonlight” during the live ABC Telecast of The 89th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
Photo credit: Mike Baker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Not to worry, La La Land is by no means a loser! It has won unprecedented SIX Oscars: The film won six Oscars: Best Directing (Damien Chazelle), Best Actress (Emma Stone), Best Original Score (Justin Hurwitz), Best Song (“City of Stars”), Best Cinematography (Linus Sandgren), and Best Production Design (David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco). Not bad for a musicalin 2017!

The win of Iranian director Ashgar Farhadi for Best Foreign Language Film of the year, for “The Salesman”. Farhadi didn’t attend the ceremony due to the mess caused by President Trump’s travel ban.

Farhadi's Oscar for 2017 Best Foreign Language Film

Firouz Naderi and Anousheh Ansari pose backstage with Ashgar Farhadi’s Oscar® for Best foreign language film of the year, for work on “The Salesman” from Iran during the live ABC Telecast of The 89th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
Photo credit: Mike Baker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

He was however represented by Firouz Naderi and Anousheh Ansari, the latter delivered a moving statement from Farhadi:

“It’s a great honor to be receiving this valuable award for the second time. I would like to thank the members of the Academy, my crew in Iran, my producer Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Cohen Media, Amazon and my fellow nominees in the foreign film category. I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S. Dividing the world into the us and our enemies categories creates fear. A deceitful justification for aggression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which have themselves been victims of aggression. Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others. An empathy which we need today more than ever. Thank you on behalf of Mr. Farhadi.”

Viola Davis’ win as the Best Actress In A Supporting Role. Her Oscar acceptance speech will go into history as one of the best Oscar speeches of all time. The 89th Oscar Winner for best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (for her performance in “Fences”) said:

Viola Davis with her 2017 Oscar

Viola Davis poses backstage with the Oscar® for Performance by an actress in a supporting role, for work on “Fences” during the live ABC Telecast of The 89th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
Photo credit: Mike Baker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

“Thank you to the Academy. You know, there’s one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered. One place. And that’s the graveyard. People ask me all the time, “What kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola?” And I say, exhume those bodies. Exhume those stories. The stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition. People who fell in love and lost. I became an artist, and thank god I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life. So here’s to August Wilson, who exhumed and exalted the ordinary people.
And to Bron Pictures, Paramount, MACRO, Todd Black, Molly Allen, Scott Rudin for being the cheerleaders for a movie that is about people, and words, and life, and forgiveness and grace. And to Mykelti Williamson, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Jovan Adepo, Saniyya Sidney for being the most wonderful artists I’ve ever worked with. And, “O captain, my captain,” Denzel Washington. Thank you for puttin’ two entities in the driving seat: August and God.
And they served you well. And to Dan and Mae Alice Davis, who were the—and are the center of my universe. The people who taught me good or bad, how to fail, how to love, how to hold an award, how to lose: my parents. I’m so thankful that God chose you to bring me into this world. To my sisters. My sister Deloris, who’s here, who played Jaji and Jaja with me. We were rich white women in the tea party games. Thank you for the imagination. And to my husband and my daughter, my heart, you and Genesis. You teach me every day how to live, how to love. I’m so glad that you are the foundation of my life. Thank you to the Academy. Thank you.”

(Viola Davis earned an Oscar, Emmy and Tony and thus became only the 23rd person to have won all three.)

Last but not least, bringing a group of star-struck tourists on the Oscars stage was a stroke of genius because it gave us all the opportunity to experience the stars and their audience together.

The 89th Oscars weren’t mistake-free. One was the erroneous announcement of the Best Picture winner. Another blunder sneaked into the In Memoriam segment: a picture of a living Australian production designer (Chapman) was used in a tribute to a recently diseased Australian production designer (Patterson), misidentifying her in the photo’s caption as well.

Oscars have always been, are and will forever be, exciting, glamorous and inspiring. If anything, the massive mistake in the Best Picture winner announcement proves that Oscars aren’t run by divine beings but imperfect humans just like us. Good to know!

 

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Feb 072017
 

Leonardo DiCaprio And Other 2016 Oscar® Winners To Present 2017 Oscars®

OSCAR® WINNERS LEONARDO DICAPRIO, BRIE LARSON, MARK RYLANCE AND ALICIA VIKANDER RETURN TO THE OSCARS® STAGE

Academy Award® winners Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson, Mark Rylance and Alicia Vikander will present at the 89th Oscars, show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced today. All return to the Oscars stage after winning last year in their respective acting categories. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars will air live on Sunday, February 26, on the ABC Television Network.

DiCaprio won last year for Actor in a Leading Role for “The Revenant.” He was previously nominated for his performances in “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013), for which he also received a Best Picture nomination, “Blood Diamond” (2006), “The Aviator” (2004) and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” (1993). His film credits also include “The Great Gatsby” (2013), “Django Unchained” (2012) and “J. Edgar” (2011).

Larson’s performance in “Room” earned her an Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role. She has also appeared in “Trainwreck” (2015) and “Short Term 12” (2013). Her upcoming films include “Captain Marvel,” “Kong: Skull Island,” “The Glass Castle” and “Unicorn Store.”

Rylance won for Actor in a Supporting Role for “Bridge of Spies.” His other film credits include “The BFG” (2016) and the upcoming features “Dunkirk” and “Ready Player One.” A prolific stage actor, he earned Tony Awards for his performances in “Twelfth Night,” “Jerusalem” and “Boeing-Boeing.”

Vikander won for Actress in a Supporting Role for “The Danish Girl.” Her recent film credits include “The Light between Oceans” (2016), “Jason Bourne” (2016), “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” (2015) and “Ex Machina” (2015). Her upcoming films include “Euphoria,” “Submergence” and “Tomb Raider.”

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by De Luca and Todd and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, also will be televised in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 7,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.

 

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Feb 022017
 
2017 Academy Awards

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OSCAR® WINNERS LEONARDO DICAPRIO, BRIE LARSON, MARK RYLANCE AND ALICIA VIKANDER RETURN TO THE OSCARS® STAGE

Academy Award® winners Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson, Mark Rylance and Alicia Vikander will present at the 89th Oscars, show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced today. All return to the Oscars stage after winning last year in their respective acting categories. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars will air live on Sunday, February 26, on the ABC Television Network.

DiCaprio won last year for Actor in a Leading Role for “The Revenant.” He was previously nominated for his performances in “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013), for which he also received a Best Picture nomination, “Blood Diamond” (2006), “The Aviator” (2004) and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” (1993). His film credits also include “The Great Gatsby” (2013), “Django Unchained” (2012) and “J. Edgar” (2011).

Larson’s performance in “Room” earned her an Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role. She has also appeared in “Trainwreck” (2015) and “Short Term 12” (2013). Her upcoming films include “Captain Marvel,” “Kong: Skull Island,” “The Glass Castle” and “Unicorn Store.”

Rylance won for Actor in a Supporting Role for “Bridge of Spies.” His other film credits include “The BFG” (2016) and the upcoming features “Dunkirk” and “Ready Player One.” A prolific stage actor, he earned Tony Awards for his performances in “Twelfth Night,” “Jerusalem” and “Boeing-Boeing.”

Vikander won for Actress in a Supporting Role for “The Danish Girl.” Her recent film credits include “The Light between Oceans” (2016), “Jason Bourne” (2016), “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” (2015) and “Ex Machina” (2015). Her upcoming films include “Euphoria,” “Submergence” and “Tomb Raider.”

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by De Luca and Todd and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, also will be televised in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 7,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.

 

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Jan 242017
 
2017 Academy Awards Nominees

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This year’s nominations were announced in a pre-taped video package at 5:18 a.m. PT via a global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org and the Academy’s digital platforms; a satellite feed and broadcast media. In keeping with tradition, PwC delivered the Oscars nominations list to the Academy on the evening of January 23.

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, joined by Oscar®-winning and nominated Academy members Demian Bichir, Dustin Lance Black, Glenn Close, Guillermo del Toro, Marcia Gay Harden, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Jason Reitman, Gabourey Sidibe and Ken Watanabe, announced the 89th Academy Awards® nominations on January 24th 2017.
Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees.

Active members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the winners in all 24 categories beginning Monday, February 13 through Tuesday, February 21.

Nominations For The 2017 Academy Awards

Performance by an actor in a leading role
• Casey Affleck in “Manchester by the Sea”
• Andrew Garfield in “Hacksaw Ridge”
• Ryan Gosling in “La La Land”
• Viggo Mortensen in “Captain Fantastic”
• Denzel Washington in “Fences”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
• Mahershala Ali in “Moonlight”
• Jeff Bridges in “Hell or High Water”
• Lucas Hedges in “Manchester by the Sea”
• Dev Patel in “Lion”
• Michael Shannon in “Nocturnal Animals”

Performance by an actress in a leading role
• Isabelle Huppert in “Elle”
• Ruth Negga in “Loving”
• Natalie Portman in “Jackie”
• Emma Stone in “La La Land”
• Meryl Streep in “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
• Viola Davis in “Fences”
• Naomie Harris in “Moonlight”
• Nicole Kidman in “Lion”
• Octavia Spencer in “Hidden Figures”
• Michelle Williams in “Manchester by the Sea”

Best animated feature film of the year
• “Kubo and the Two Strings” Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner
• “Moana” John Musker, Ron Clements and Osnat Shurer
• “My Life as a Zucchini” Claude Barras and Max Karli
• “The Red Turtle” Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki
• “Zootopia” Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer

Achievement in cinematography
• “Arrival” Bradford Young
• “La La Land” Linus Sandgren
• “Lion” Greig Fraser
• “Moonlight” James Laxton
• “Silence” Rodrigo Prieto

Achievement in costume design
• “Allied” Joanna Johnston
• “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” Colleen Atwood
• “Florence Foster Jenkins” Consolata Boyle
• “Jackie” Madeline Fontaine
• “La La Land” Mary Zophres

Achievement in directing
• “Arrival” Denis Villeneuve
• “Hacksaw Ridge” Mel Gibson
• “La La Land” Damien Chazelle
• “Manchester by the Sea” Kenneth Lonergan
• “Moonlight” Barry Jenkins

Best documentary feature
• “Fire at Sea” Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo
• “I Am Not Your Negro” Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety and Hébert Peck
• “Life, Animated” Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman
• “O.J.: Made in America” Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow
• “13th” Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish

Best documentary short subject
• “Extremis” Dan Krauss
• “4.1 Miles” Daphne Matziaraki
• “Joe’s Violin” Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen
• “Watani: My Homeland” Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis
• “The White Helmets” Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

Achievement in film editing
• “Arrival”Joe Walker
• “Hacksaw Ridge” John Gilbert
• “Hell or High Water” Jake Roberts
• “La La Land” Tom Cross
• “Moonlight” Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

Best foreign language film of the year
• “Land of Mine” Denmark
• “A Man Called Ove” Sweden
• “The Salesman” Iran
• “Tanna” Australia
• “Toni Erdmann” Germany

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
• “A Man Called Ove” Eva von Bahr and Love Larson
• “Star Trek Beyond” Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo
• “Suicide Squad” Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
• “Jackie” Mica Levi
• “La La Land” Justin Hurwitz
• “Lion” Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
• “Moonlight” Nicholas Britell
• “Passengers” Thomas Newman

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
• “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from “La La Land”
Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
• “Can’t Stop The Feeling” from “Trolls”
Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster
• “City Of Stars” from “La La Land”
Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
• “The Empty Chair” from “Jim: The James Foley Story”
Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting
• “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana”
Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Best motion picture of the year
• “Arrival” Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder and David Linde, Producers
• “Fences” Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black, Producers
• “Hacksaw Ridge” Bill Mechanic and David Permut, Producers
• “Hell or High Water” Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn, Producers
• “Hidden Figures” Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams and Theodore Melfi, Producers
• “La La Land” Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt, Producers
• “Lion” Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder, Producers
• “Manchester by the Sea” Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck and Kevin J. Walsh, Producers
• “Moonlight” Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers

Achievement in production design
• “Arrival” Production Design: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Paul Hotte
• “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
• “Hail, Caesar!” Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
• “La La Land” Production Design: David Wasco; Set Decoration: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
• “Passengers” Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena

Best animated short film
• “Blind Vaysha” Theodore Ushev
• “Borrowed Time” Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj
• “Pear Cider and Cigarettes” Robert Valley and Cara Speller
• “Pearl” Patrick Osborne
• “Piper” Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer

Best live action short film
• “Ennemis Intérieurs” Sélim Azzazi
• “La Femme et le TGV” Timo von Gunten and Giacun Caduff
• “Silent Nights” Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson
• “Sing” Kristof Deák and Anna Udvardy
• “Timecode” Juanjo Giménez

Achievement in sound editing
• “Arrival” Sylvain Bellemare
• “Deepwater Horizon” Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli
• “Hacksaw Ridge” Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright
• “La La Land” Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
• “Sully” Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

Achievement in sound mixing
• “Arrival” Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye
• “Hacksaw Ridge” Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace
• “La La Land” Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow
• “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson
• “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth

Achievement in visual effects
• “Deepwater Horizon” Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton
• “Doctor Strange” Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould
• “The Jungle Book” Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon
• “Kubo and the Two Strings” Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff
• “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould

Adapted screenplay
• “Arrival” Screenplay by Eric Heisserer
• “Fences” Screenplay by August Wilson
• “Hidden Figures” Screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
• “Lion” Screenplay by Luke Davies
• “Moonlight” Screenplay by Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Original screenplay
• “Hell or High Water” Written by Taylor Sheridan
• “La La Land” Written by Damien Chazelle
• “The Lobster” Written by Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou
• “Manchester by the Sea” Written by Kenneth Lonergan
• “20th Century Women” Written by Mike Mills

Most of the 2017 Academy Awards nominations were received by “La La Land” (14), “Moonlight” (8), “Arrival” (8), “Lion” (6), “Manchester by the Sea” (6) and “Hacksaw Ridge” (6).

We’ll find out who wins on Sunday, February 26, 2017. The 89th Oscars ceremony will be held 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.

 

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Dec 142016
 

The Academy

91 ORIGINAL SONGS VIE FOR 2016 OSCAR®

 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 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®.

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”

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.

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.

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.

 

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Dec 022016
 

The Academy

20 CONTENDERS ADVANCE IN VFX OSCAR® RACE

 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 20 films are in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 89th Academy Awards®.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

  • “Alice through the Looking Glass”
  • “Arrival”
  • “The BFG”
  • “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”
  • “Captain America: Civil War”
  • “Deadpool”
  • “Deepwater Horizon”
  • “Doctor Strange”
  • “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
  • “Independence Day: Resurgence”
  • “The Jungle Book”
  • “Kubo and the Two Strings”
  • “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”
  • “Passengers”
  • “Rogue One”
  • “Star Trek Beyond”
  • “Suicide Squad”
  • “Sully”
  • “Warcraft”
  • “X-Men: Apocalypse”

The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the preliminary shortlist. Later this month, the committee will select the 10 films that will advance to nominations voting.

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.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 7,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.

 

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Nov 142016
 

Los Angeles Philharmonic And The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences Team Up

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

On November 11th 2016 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.

“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 LA Phil 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).

DETAILS:

Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 8:00 PM
Rebel Without a Cause
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Scott Dunn, conductor
Andy Garcia (Oscar nominee, The Godfather, Part III), introduction
ROSENMAN Rebel Without a Cause (world premiere of film with live orchestra)

Friday, November 18, 2016, at 8:00 PM
On the Waterfront
Los Angeles Philharmonic
David Newman, conductor
Eva Marie Saint (Oscar® winner, On the Waterfront), introduction
BERNSTEIN On the Waterfront (complete film with live orchestra)
On The Waterfront © 1954, renewed 1982 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, November 20, 2016, at 2:00 PM
Casablanca
Los Angeles Philharmonic
David Newman, conductor
Aaron Eckhart, introduction
STEINER Casablanca (complete film with live orchestra)

Tickets for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2016/17 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall are currently available. To purchase, please visit LAPhil.com or the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office. For more information, please call 323.850.2000.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of music from all genres – orchestral, chamber and Baroque music, organ and celebrity recitals, new music, jazz, world music and pop – at two of L.A.’s iconic venues, Walt Disney Concert Hall (www.laphil.com) and the Hollywood Bowl (www.hollywoodbowl.com). The LA Phil’s season at Walt Disney Concert Hall extends from September through May, and throughout the summer at the Hollywood Bowl. With the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic at the foundation of its offerings, the LA Phil aims to enrich and transform lives through music, with a robust mix of artistic, education and community programs.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 7,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.

Nov 082016
 

Producers Of 89th OSCARS Announced

MICHAEL DE LUCA AND JENNIFER TODD
TO PRODUCE THE 89TH OSCARS®

 

Three-time Oscar®-nominated producer Michael De Luca and Emmy®-nominated producer Jennifer Todd will produce the 89th Oscars® telecast, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced. It will be their first involvement with the Academy Awards®, which will air live on the ABC Television Network, and broadcast worldwide, on Oscar Sunday, February 26, 2017.

“What a talented team,” said Boone Isaacs. “Mike and Jennifer have a great working relationship and a tremendous love and respect of film, and will surely draw from their vast experience to create an exceptional and unforgettable event for movie fans everywhere.”

“We are deeply honored to produce the Academy Awards,” said De Luca and Todd. “We both revere the Oscars and grew up watching them each year with our families. We are so humbled and grateful to be a part of this incredible legacy, and look forward to creating an exciting show that celebrates movies and the power they have to connect us all.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Mike and Jennifer,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “In our meetings, they shared an early vision for the show that is inspired and in keeping with the films they’ve produced: entertaining, unexpected and of the highest caliber.”

“Mike and Jennifer have an intimate knowledge of the art of filmmaking. Their celebrated successes in storytelling will enhance the Oscar ceremony and capture the magic that sets the medium apart from any other,” said Channing Dungey, President, ABC Entertainment.

De Luca earned Best Picture Oscar nominations for producing “Captain Phillips,” “Moneyball” and “The Social Network.” He is credited on more than 60 films, including such features as “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Blow,” “Magnolia,” “American History X” and “Boogie Nights.” A former president of production at Sony Pictures, DreamWorks and New Line Cinema, De Luca is currently producing the last two films of the “Fifty Shades” trilogy for Universal, “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed,” which will be released in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

Todd is currently president of Pearl Street Films, the production company founded by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, where she produced the upcoming film “Live by Night,” due out December 25, and executive produced this year’s “Jason Bourne.” Her other credits include such films as “Alice through the Looking Glass,” “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Across the Universe,” “Prime,” “Memento,” “Boiler Room,” and the “Austin Powers” films. Todd earned an Emmy nomination for her work on the HBO television movie “If These Walls Could Talk 2.”

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.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 7,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.

Oct 052016
 

The Academy

Events In Support Of “My Brother’s Keeper”and London Based “Into Film”

Panel Discussions Live-Streamed on Oscars.org

The Academy, in support of President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, will present the second annual Careers in Film Summit on Saturday, October 8, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The daylong event for high school and college students will bring together Academy members and other film industry guests to discuss their professions as well as the paths they took to achieve career success.

For the first time, the Los Angeles event will be live-streamed on Oscars.org, and students from around the world will be able to watch each of the six panels.

The Academy also will be presenting Careers in Film Summit–London on Friday, November 11, at the Regent Street Cinema in London. Presented in partnership with the UK film education charity Into Film, the half-day event will feature three hour-long panels (panelists to be announced at a later date) and is part of the Into Film Festival , the world’s biggest youth-focused film festival.

Some of the film industry professions to be represented include cinematography, composing, sound design, film editing, costume design, special effects makeup, visual effects, public relations and marketing. The panelists will offer students firsthand knowledge of their experiences working in the industry and identify key knowledge areas and skill sets that are essential for specific careers. Film clips chosen by the panelists will highlight significant work.

The L.A. panels and panelists are as follows:

9 a.m. Working Above the Line

Tyrese Gibson, Actor – “Fast and Furious” series, “Transformers”

Catherine Hardwicke, Director – “Twilight,” “Thirteen”

James Lopez, Production Executive – “The Perfect Guy,” “Think Like a Man”

Theodore Melfi, Writer-Producer-Director – “Hidden Figures,” “St. Vincent”

Tyger Williams, Writer – “The Perfect Guy,” “Menace II Society”

Moderated by Mike Muse, My Brother’s Keeper

11 a.m. Lights, Camera, Action!: Pre- Production and Production

Jerry Constantine, Special Effects Makeup Artist – “Watchmen,” “The Curious
Case of Benjamin Button”

Warren Drummond, Storyboard Artist – “Fences,” “X-Men: First Class”

Camille Friend, Hairstylist – “The Hateful Eight,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”

Daryn Okada, Cinematographer – “Let’s Be Cops,” “Mean Girls”

Phil Saunders, Concept Artist – “Marvel’s The Avengers” series, “Iron Man” series

Marlene Stewart, Costume Designer – “The Divergent Series: Allegiant,”
“The Judge”

Moderated by Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter

12 p.m. Get It in the Can: Post-Production

Rosa Costanza, Sound Technician – “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension,”
“Sinister 2”

Greg Hedgepath, Sound Editor – “Straight Outta Compton,” “The Hunger Games”

Alyson Moore, Foley Artist – “Inception,” “The Dark Knight”

Steven Morrow, Sound Mixer – “La La Land, “The Perfect Guy”

Gregg Rudloff, Re-recording Editor – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “American Sniper”

Theresa Rygiel, Visual Effects – “Furious 7,” “The Lord of the Rings” series

Troy Takaki, Film Editor – “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, “Fool’s Gold”

Moderated by Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter

2 p.m. Music in Film: Evoking Emotion

Kathryn Bostic, Songwriter-Composer – “Dear White People,” “I Will Follow”

Harry Gregson-Williams, Composer – “The Martian,” “Gone Baby Gone”

Abel Korzeniowski, Composer – “Nocturnal Animals,” “A Single Man”

Harvey Mason Jr., Songwriter-Record & Movie Producer – “Pitch Perfect 2,”
“Straight Outta Compton”

David Metzner, Music Editor – “Argo,” “The Hangover Part II”

Sunny Park, Music Executive – “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Shrek 2”

Gingger Shankar, Composer – “Five Nights in Maine,” “Water & Power”

Moderated by Mike Muse, My Brother’s Keeper

3 p.m. The Reps: The Dream Team

Tony Angellotti, Entertainment Public Relations Executive, The Angellotti
Company

Gordon Bobb, Entertainment Attorney, Del Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka,
Finkelstein & Lezcano

Jelani Johnson, Agent, Creative Artists Agency

Jerome Martin, Manager, JME Management

Rena Ronson, Partner, Head of UTA Independent Film Group

Phillip Sun, Partner, WME Entertainment

Moderated by Pete Hammond, Deadline Hollywood

4 p.m. All Things Animation

Eric Goldberg, 2D Animator – “The Princess and the Frog,” “Aladdin”

Travis Knight, Director-Animator – “Kubo and the Two Strings,” “The Boxtrolls”

Floyd Norman, Animator – “Monsters, Inc.,” “Toy Story 2”

Peter Ramsey, Director – “Rise of the Guardians”

Josie Trinidad, Co-head of Story-Story Artist – “Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph”

Moderated by Randy Haberkamp, Managing Director, Preservation and Foundation Programs, AMPAS

Tickets for the L.A. event are free, but must be reserved in advance. For more information and to obtain tickets, click here.

Oct 032016
 

The Academy

THE ACADEMY NABS WILLIAM FRIEDKIN FOR
45TH ANNIVERSARY OF “THE FRENCH CONNECTION”

 

The Academy celebrates the 45th anniversary of the 1971 Best Picture winner, “The French Connection,” on Friday, October 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Immediately after the screening, Oscar®-winning screenwriter Chris McQuarrie will host an onstage conversation with the film’s Oscar-winning director, William Friedkin.

Based on Robin Moore’s 1969 nonfiction book of the same name, “The French Connection” follows NYPD detectives Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Buddy “Cloudy” Russo (Roy Scheider) on a relentless pursuit of Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey), the ringleader of a global heroin-smuggling syndicate.

“The French Connection” was the first R-rated film in Academy history to win Best Picture. It also received Academy Awards® for Best Actor for Hackman, Film Editing and Adapted Screenplay.

Click here for tickets and additional information.

 

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Sep 192016
 

The Academy

JOEL EDGERTON, LUCY LIU, DAISY RIDLEY AND PARKER SAWYERS TO PRESENT AT 2016 STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS®

 

Actors Joel Edgerton, Lucy Liu, Daisy Ridley and Parker Sawyers will be presenters at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 43rd Student Academy Awards® on Thursday, September 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The awards ceremony caps a week of industry activities for the 17 winning student filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad.

Edgerton is an Australian actor whose films include “Kinky Boots” (2005), “Animal Kingdom” (2010), “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012), “The Great Gatsby” (2013) and “Black Mass” (2015). He will next be seen in “Loving,” to be released in November. In 2015 he wrote, produced, directed and starred in the psychological thriller “The Gift,” which earned him a Directors Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement by a First-Time Feature Film Director.

A native New Yorker, Liu currently co-stars on the drama series “Elementary” on CBS. Her film credits include “Charlie’s Angels” (2000), “Chicago” (2002), “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” (2003), “Kill Bill – Vol. 1” (2003) and the “Kung Fu Panda” series of animated films. In 2008 she produced and narrated the documentary short “The Road to Traffick,” followed by the feature-length documentary “Redlight” (2010). Liu made her directorial debut with the narrative short “Meena,” based on the true story of sexual slavery survivor Meena Haseena, which premiered in New York City in 2014.

English actress Ridley is best known for her breakthrough role as Rey in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015). She has since voiced the lead role of Taeko in the 25th anniversary re-release of Studio Ghibli’s classic animated film “Only Yesterday,” which opened earlier this year. She also served as an executive producer and narrator on the documentary “The Eagle Huntress,” which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and is being released this October. Ridley’s upcoming projects include Episode VIII of “Star Wars,” which will be released in December 2017, and the supernatural drama “Kolma” from director Marielle Heller.

Sawyers, a native of Indianapolis, began his career with the Helen Wells Agency as a model and commercial actor. After being cast in such notable features as “Hyde Park on Hudson” (2012) and “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012), Sawyers landed his first lead role, as Barack Obama in the recently released “Southside with You” (2016). He can be seen in several upcoming features, including “Snowden,” directed by Oliver Stone, “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” and “Megan Leavey.”

A complete list of this year’s Student Academy Award® winners can be found here.

This year the Foreign Film category was expanded to include separate awards for narrative, animation and documentary entries. Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards will be given in the Foreign Narrative category; Gold Medal awards will be given in the Foreign Animation and the Foreign Documentary categories. The U.S. competition categories remain the same: Alternative, Animation, Narrative and Documentary. Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards will be given in each.

The 43rd Student Academy Awards ceremony on September 22 is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required. Tickets may be obtained online at oscars.org.

Any remaining tickets will be made available at the door on the evening of the event. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.

The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to provide a platform for emerging global talent by creating opportunities within the industry to showcase their work.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 7,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.