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Orson Welles’ Oscar is for sale

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Dec 17th, 2011
2011
Dec 17

ACADEMY NEWS

Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” Oscar returns to auction

 

 (Courtesy: Nate D. Sanders)

 

 

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Orson Welles’ Oscar for writing “Citizen Kane” — regarded as one of the best films ever made — is going up for auction again later this month in a hot market for Hollywood memorabilia.

 

Los Angeles auction house Nate D. Sanders said on Monday it was selling the best screenplay Academy Award statuette won by Welles in 1942.

 

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AMPAS to build amphitheater in Hollywood

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Dec 17th, 2011
2011
Dec 17

ACADEMY NEWS

Oscars academy to build outdoor theater in Hollywood

 

 

 A photo illustration shows the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ plan for an outdoor theater screening classic films. (AMPAS / December 16, 2011)

 

 

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will build an amphitheater and event space at Vine and Fountain, where it had planned to build a movie museum.

 

By Nicole Sperling
Los Angeles Times
December 17, 2011

 

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will build an amphitheater and event space in Hollywood on a parcel of land that had been the planned site for a movie museum. The 17,000-square-foot outdoor space is designed to function as a venue for showing classic films and is expected to open in May, according to academy President Tom Sherak.

 

“It seems like the right thing for both Los Angeles and the academy,” Sherak said. “Anyone can set up an outdoor theater but nobody can show what we can show — either from our archives or from our members. If it works and it’s a safe place to go, that’s a good thing for L.A.”

 

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Kevin Brownlow to get Honorary Oscar

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Aug 25th, 2010
2010
Aug 25

ACADEMY NEWS

Film preservationist, Kevin Brownlow to receive Honorary Academy Award; Francis Ford Coppola gets Thalberg Award

 

 

Kevin Brownlow (Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S.)

 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present honorary awards to British film historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow; French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard, who made his feature directorial debut 50 years ago with “Breathless”; and veteran actor Eli Wallach, whose credits include “The Magnificent Seven” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.

 

The film academy’s Board of Governors also voted Monday to present Francis Ford Coppola, director and producer of “The Godfather,” among other films, with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.

 

The awards will be presented at the academy’s second annual Governors Awards dinner Nov. 13 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

 

To read more, click here to check out today’s article at  the Alt Film Guide

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Academy Announces Governors Awards

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Sep 11th, 2009
2009
Sep 11

ACADEMY NEWS

Bacall, Corman, Calley and Willis: Newest Oscar recipients a diverse bunch

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Lauren Bacall

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The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences knows you can’t keep a secret in this town, so it  announced the honorees of its first-ever Governors Awards event as soon as voting by the board of governors was finished about 11 p.m. Thursday.

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Three deserving people, Lauren Bacall, cinematographer Gordon Willis and producer Roger Corman, were selected to receive honorary awards, meaning the Oscar statuette that has eluded each of them for a lifetime. Producer and veteran studio executive John Calley will receive the Irving G. Thalberg award, which is presented for excellence in producing and was last given to Dino De Laurentiis in 2001. No Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will be presented — Jerry Lewis got it in February.

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Best Picture Noms at 10

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 24th, 2009
2009
Jun 24

ACADEMY NEWS

Academy Awards, in bid for populism, doubles Best Picture nominations to 10

 

Oscar

 

Los Angeles Times
June 24, 2009

 

The Academy Awards just grew twice as crowded at the top. For the first time since 1943, 10 movies — instead of the current five — will be nominated for the best picture Oscar.

 

The surprise announcement today by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences means that some acclaimed genres that typically don’t make the shortlist for the top Academy Award — animated movies, comedies, documentaries and crowd-pleasing spectacles such as “The Dark Knight” — will now have a much better chance of being invited to Hollywood’s biggest party.

 

The number of nominees in other major categories will remain at five.

 

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Academy Award Nominations…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jan 21st, 2009
2009
Jan 21

ACADEMY NEWS

Forest Whitaker to Join Academy President Sid Ganis for Oscar® Nominations

 

Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker (AMPAS)

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Beverly Hills, (CA January 20, 2009) — Nominations for the 81st Academy Awards® will be announced on Thursday, January 22, by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis and Oscar-winning actor and Academy member Forest Whitaker.

 

Ganis and Whitaker will unveil the nominations in 10 of the 24 award categories at a 5:30 a.m. news conference at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, where hundreds of media representatives from around the world will be gathered. Nominations information for all categories will be distributed simultaneously to news media in attendance and via the Internet on the official Academy Awards Web site, www.oscar.com.

 

In 2006 Whitaker took home the Leading Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Idi Amin in “The Last King of Scotland.” He recently completed work on “My Own Love Song” and will be seen next in “Hurricane Season.” Whitaker is not only an accomplished actor, he is also director of several films, including “First Daughter,” “Hope Floats” and “Waiting to Exhale.” His other acting credits include “Vantage Point,” “The Great Debaters,” “Phenomenon,” “Smoke,” “The Crying Game,” “Bird,” “Good Morning, Vietnam” and “Platoon.”

 

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

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Oscar Ballots Sent Out…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Dec 26th, 2008
2008
Dec 26

ACADEMY NEWS

New Oscar voters excited to receive ballots

 

Oscar-ballots 

 

Academy mailed 5,810 official ballots on Friday; there are 105 new voters

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The Associated Press
Dec. 26, 2008
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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – The holidays may be winding down, but for Oscar fans, the season of celebration has just begun.

 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences mailed 5,810 official Oscar nominations ballots to voting members Friday, and perhaps no one was more excited — or more daunted — to cast votes than its 105 newest members.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Pickford’s Oscars Not For Sale…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Dec 19th, 2008
2008
Dec 19

Jury bars auction of Mary Pickford’s Oscar

 

Mary Pickford Oscar

 

If heirs want to sell the actress’ 1930 award, they must give the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences the first chance to buy it, for $10, jurors decide.

 

By Bob Pool
Los Angeles Times

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And the Oscar for best Hollywood courtroom drama goes to . . . the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

 

The golden statuette was awarded Monday by a Los Angeles Superior Court jury, which ruled that if Mary Pickford’s heirs want to sell it, they have to offer it to academy officials for $10 instead of auctioning it off for as much as $800,000.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Fight Over Mary Pickford’s Oscars…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Dec 3rd, 2008
2008
Dec 3

Trial over Mary Pickford’s Oscars opens in L.A.

 

 

Academy hopes to prevent heirs from selling the famous statuettes

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The Associated Press
Wed., Dec. 3, 2008
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LOS ANGELES – Jurors deciding the fate of Oscars awarded to silent film star Mary Pickford were treated during the trial’s opening Wednesday to a taste of Hollywood, complete with props, fancy visuals and a little intrigue.

 

Pickford was part of early Hollywood’s royalty and a founding member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which presented her two Academy Awards over her lifetime.

 

Heirs of a woman married to Pickford’s third husband, actor and band leader Buddy Rogers, hope to sell a statuette given to the actress for her performance in 1929’s Coquette. They claim their mother, Beverly Rogers, wanted the Oscar sold and the money donated to charity.

 

They also claim they are not bound to academy restrictions barring the sale of honorary Oscars awarded later to Pickford and Rogers.

 

But the academy has sued to stop any sale, claiming that Pickford agreed to rules allowing the organization to purchase the award back for $10. They say they are trying to protect their most important symbol.

 

Just in case anyone needed a reminder what that is, academy lawyers had placed a pair of Oscar statuettes on a table, the little gold men directly facing the jury box.

 

To explain the case — and Pickford’s importance to a jury comprised mostly of people too young to remember her work — Wednesday’s opening statements featured a lengthy biography of the actress known as “America’s Sweetheart.”

 

Brangelina of early Hollywood


Before her marriage to Rogers, Pickford was the wife of Douglas Fairbanks, an influential actor, director and producer.

 

Academy attorney Chris Tayback likened the pair to a contemporary power couple. “They were comparable to Brad and Angelina,” Tayback said.

 

To help jurors follow the story of Pickford’s life and the journey of her Oscars, Tayback displayed photos of the actress, images of documents with highlighted passages and even a timeline onto a large screen near jurors. He also played the complete presentation of an honorary Oscar given to Pickford in 1976 in her lavish Beverly Hills home, which was a wedding gift from Fairbanks.

 

It was that award — and a signature attributed to Pickford on a document agreeing not to sell any of her Oscars — that the academy claims gives it the right to block any sale.

 

Attorneys for Rogers’ heirs said Wednesday that they will introduce testimony casting doubt on whether Pickford signed that agreement, and contend that Rogers’ heirs aren’t bound to it anyway because they’re not heirs to Pickford’s estate.

 

Besides, attorney Mark Passin told jurors, the agreement was signed after the 1976 Oscar was given to Pickford. “She already owned the statuette,” he said, adding his contention that made the agreement “unenforceable.”

 

Passin said Pickford would have likely approved of selling her best-actress Oscar and donating the proceeds to charity.

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