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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight honored 17 student winners from colleges and universities around the world at the 43rd Student Academy Awards® ceremony, held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  The Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards were announced and presented by actors Joel Edgerton, Lucy Liu, Daisy Ridley and Parker Sawyers.  The 2016 Student Academy Award® winners are: AlternativeGold: “All These Voices,” David Henry Gerson, American Film Institute Silver: “Cloud Kumo,” Yvonne Ng, City College of New York Bronze: “The...
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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...
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Eleven individual screenwriters and one writing team have been shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.  The Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee will meet later this month to select up to five winners to receive year-long fellowships.  A total of 6,915 scripts were submitted for this year’s competition. The shortlisted writers are (listed alphabetically):Michele Atkins, “Talking About the Sky” (Seattle, WA)Josh Barkey, “Marlene the Divine” (Waxhaw, NC)Beanie Barnes, “Little Toro” (New York, NY)Todd Condie, “John Wayne Slept Here” (Brooklyn, NY)...
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The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 30) to present Honorary Awards to actor Jackie Chan, film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.  The four Oscar® statuettes will be presented at the Academy’s 8th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 12, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.“The Honorary Award was created for artists like Jackie Chan, Anne Coates, Lynn Stalmaster and Frederick Wiseman – true pioneers and legends in their...
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ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that they have expanded their agreement for eight more years, in which the Network will remain home to the Oscars®, Hollywood’s biggest entertainment ceremony of the year, through 2028. The new agreement for the domestic network of the Academy Awards® adds eight years to the existing contract, which was scheduled to expire in 2020. “We’re honored to continue our storied and successful partnership with ABC in broadcasting the most watched live entertainment event of the year,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone...
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The Academy has voted 17 students as winners of the 43rd Student Academy Awards® competition.  The Academy received a record number of entries this year – 1,749 films from 286 domestic and 95 international colleges and universities – which were voted by a record number of Academy members.  The 2016 winners join the ranks of such past Student Academy Award winners as Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis. The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title): Alternative“All These Voices,” David Henry Gerson, American Film...
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Director Christopher Nolan to Moderate Q&AThe Academy celebrates Michael Mann’s 1995 classic, “Heat,” on the big screen on Wednesday, September 7, at 7:00 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills with a new 4K DCP restoration.  Following the screening, Oscar® winners Pacino and De Niro, four-time Oscar nominee Mann and other cast and crew will reunite in a conversation moderated by Oscar nominee Christopher Nolan.   The crew of a fierce, professional thief (De Niro) and an obsessively driven LAPD detective (Pacino) are locked in deadly opposition as...
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that 12 distinct scientific and technical investigations have been launched for the 2016 Oscars.These investigations are made public so individuals and companies with devices or claims of innovation within these areas will have the opportunity to submit achievements for review.The deadline to submit additional entries is Tuesday, August 30, at 5 p.m. PT.  The Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards Committee has started investigations into the following areas:●     High-resolution digital motion picture...
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“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved friend Arthur Hiller,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.  “I was a member of the Board during his presidency and fortunate enough to witness firsthand his dedication to the Academy and his lifelong passion for visual storytelling.  Our condolences go out to his loved ones.” A native of Canada, Hiller enjoyed a motion picture career that spanned five decades.  His credits include “The Americanization of Emily,” “Love Story” (for which he received an Oscar nomination), “The Hospital,” “The In-Laws,” “Silver...
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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.“Both Kornhaber and Scott are brilliant scholars who will bring their expertise to these important but underserved topics,” said Academy...
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