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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that 11 distinct scientific and technical investigations have been launched for the 2017 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 15, at 5 p.m. PT.  The Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards Committee has started investigations into the following areas:Systems using multiple, stabilized, synced cameras to capture...
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will celebrate the women who have been at the forefront of film animation with "An Invisible History: Trailblazing Women of Animation," on Monday, August 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Hosted by author and historian Mindy Johnson, the evening will feature panelists Gretchen Albrecht ("Robin Hood"); Jane Baer ("Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"); Lorna Cook, the lead character animator on "The Lion King;" Eleanor Dahlen ("Sleeping Beauty"); Jun Falkenstein ("Despicable Me"); Virginia Fleener, animator at Disney Studios...
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Dr. Ross Melnick and Dr. James Tweedie have been named 2017 Academy Film Scholars by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Their respective book projects focus on Hollywood’s foreign ownership and operation of movie theaters and the history and theory of Hollywood production design.  The Academy’s Grants Committee will award Melnick and Tweedie each a $25,000 Film Scholars grant on the basis of their proposals."The Academy is delighted to support the noteworthy efforts of Melnick and Tweedie, whose unique visions will illuminate fundamental aspects of Hollywood history...
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today a yearlong residency at Metrograph Theaters in New York City, beginning July 24, that will showcase high quality film prints from the Academy Film Archive, home to one of the most diverse and extensive motion picture collections in the world. The monthly series will feature onstage conversations with filmmakers and scholars of motion pictures, tributes, newsreels, rarely seen clips from past Oscar® ceremonies, and home movies from Hollywood legends and some of the most influential filmmakers and artists. The series will begin...
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced its newly elected 2017–18 Board of Governors.Those elected to the Board for the first time are:Whoopi Goldberg, Actors BranchMandy Walker, Cinematographers BranchIsis Mussenden, Costume Designers BranchWynn P. Thomas, Designers BranchKimberly Peirce, Directors BranchDavid Linde, Executives BranchChristina Kounelias, Public Relations BranchThomas R. Sito, Short Films and Feature Animation BranchTeri E. Dorman, Sound BranchLarry Karaszewski, Writers BranchIncumbent governors reelected to the Board include:Lora Kennedy, Casting...
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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...
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will host a special screening of director Theodore Witcher's "love jones" on Tuesday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The evening will reunite stars Nia Long, Larenz Tate and Isaiah Washington, and feature a panel discussion with Witcher and others.
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present "Spotlight on Crafts: Music & Sound," a spring and summer series illuminating the art of sound for motion pictures and the significant influence it has in film. The series will begin on May 20 at various venues in New York City and include onstage conversations and screenings of acclaimed films.Screening information as follows:"THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD"(1938)Saturday, May 20 - Film Forum, 209 W. Houston Street in New York CityCo-presented by Film Forum, featuring special guests Ben Burtt & Craig BarronJoin Oscar®-winning...
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will host a special screening of the Oscar®-nominated animated feature "Bambi" in honor of the film's 75th anniversary on Monday, May 15 at 7:30p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Hosted by film critic Leonard Maltin, the evening will feature a panel discussion with voice actors Donnie Dunagan (voice of young Bambi), Peter Behn (voice of young Thumper), animator Andreas Deja and production designer Paul Felix."Bambi" earned three Oscar nominations for Music – Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture, Music – Song, and Sound...
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The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today 44 recipients of its 2017 FilmCraft and FilmWatch grants. "This year, the grants will support non–profit organizations in 24 communities across the country, reach underserved high school students, support emerging and mid–career filmmakers of all ages, and will provide unique opportunities for enrichment and engagement with the cinematic community and its artists," said Buffy Shutt, chair of the Academy's grants committee. The Academy's FilmCraft and FilmWatch grants were established to identify and...
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