Category Archives: the Academy Awards

Seven Reasons Why The Muppet Oscars Should Happen

With the news breaking this morning that Eddie Murphy has exited as Oscar host after Brett Ratner resigned his post producing the show (due to his use of a gay slur earlier this week) there is much hubbub about who should take over the post.

I like the idea of previous hosts like Hugh Jackman or Billy Crystal, but I LOVE the idea of the Muppets. After the cut are a few reasons why this idea is fantastic

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Eddie Murphy No Longer Hosting The Academy Awards

According to the statement released by the Academy, Murphy is no longer hosting because of Brett Ratner’s exit as the show’s producer earlier this year. I understand the whole loyalty thing, but this does not seem like the best move for him, career-wise.

Here’s the statement from the Academy:

Beverly Hills, CA (November 9, 2011) – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced that Eddie Murphy has withdrawn as host of the 84th Academy Awards. “I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well,” said Sherak.

Commented Murphy, “First and foremost I want to say that I completely understand and support each party’s decision with regard to a change of producers for this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I’m sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job.”

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, 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.


AMPAS puts new limits on pre-Oscar campaigning

Oscar is clamping down on awards campaigning.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced new regulations Wednesday to curtail campaigning for the 84th annual Academy Awards. The new rules eliminate star-studded receptions for films and individual nominees after the Oscar nominations have been announced on Jan. 24, 2012.

There are no restrictions on screenings, receptions or filmmaker panel discussions prior to the nominations announcement, but once the nominees are known, receptions will not be allowed and no individual from any film can participate in more than two panel discussions.

Academy members and Oscar nominees are also prohibited from attending any non-screening events that promote or honor a nominated film or individual after the nominations announcement, but they’ll still be allowed to attend academy-sanctioned events and those held by various guilds and critics groups.

The run-up to the Academy Awards is typically crowded with countless parties and events aimed at courting awards voters. Earlier this year, parties for “The Social Network” and “The King’s Speech” each featured the casts of those films.

The new rules also extend the organization’s ban on negative campaigning to social media, and sets new penalties for violations. Members who break the rules will be subject to a one-year-suspension for their first infraction and possible expulsion for subsequent violations.

The regulations also allow for digital distribution of films to academy members, though academy president Tom Sherak says, “above all, we want academy members to see movies as they were meant to be seen, in a theatrical setting.”

The 84th annual Academy Awards will be presented Feb. 26, 2012.


Eddie Murphy To Host Academy Awards

Eddie Murphy is hosting the Oscars.

The actor and comedian will host the 84th annual Academy Awards, producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer said Tuesday.

Ratner called the 50-year-old entertainer “a comedic genius; one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever.”

“With his love of movies, history of crafting unforgettable characters and his iconic performances — especially on stage — I know he will bring excitement, spontaneity and tremendous heart to the show Don and I want to produce in February,” Ratner said.

Mischer called Murphy “a truly groundbreaking performer” whose “quick wit and charisma will serve him very well as Oscar host.”

This will be Murphy’s first time hosting the Academy Awards. He said in a statement Tuesday that he is “enormously honored” to join the ranks of past Academy Awards hosts such as Johnny Carson, Bob Hope, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin and Whoopi Goldberg.

Murphy started his career as a standup comic when he was 15 and has gone on to amass dozens of film credits as a writer, actor and producer. He was nominated for an Oscar for his supporting role in 2006’s “Dreamgirls.”

His stint as Oscar host marks a return to the single-host format the show has employed most often since the mid-1980s. Pairs of actors hosted the two most recent Oscar shows: Anne Hathaway and James Franco helmed the 2011 telecast, and Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin hosted last year.

The 84th annual Academy Awards will be held Feb. 26, 2012 at the Kodak Theatre.


James Earl Jones, Oprah Winfrey To Receive Honorary Oscars

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith have been picked to receive honorary Oscars.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says the three will be honored with Oscar statuettes at the Governors Awards in November. The academy’s Board of Governors voted Tuesday to recognize the entertainment industry veterans.

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AMPAS Rule Changes Could Mean Anywhere From 5 to 10 Best Picture Nominees For 2011

The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences has instituted all kinds of changes for the upcoming year, making predicting this year much more difficult than it has been in the last ten or so years. Full press release after the cut.

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83rd Academy Awards Winners

Best Picture:

127 Hours
Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

Best Director:
Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
David Fincher – The Social Network
Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech
David O. Russell – The Fighter
The Coen Bros. – True Grit

Best Actor:
Javier Bardem – Biutiful
Jeff Bridges – True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
James Franco – 127 Hours

Best Actress:
Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman – Black Swan
Michelle Williams –  Blue Valentine

Best Supporting Actor:
Christian Bale – The Fighter
John Hawkes – Winter’s Bone
Jeremy Renner – The Town
Mark Ruffalo – The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams – The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech
Melissa Leo – The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit
Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom

Best Animated Feature
How To Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

Best Adapted Screenplay:
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

Best Original Screenplay:
Another Year
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech

Best Foreign Language Film
Biutiful (Mexico)
Dogtooth (Greece)
Hors la Loi (Outside the Law) (Algeria)
Incendies (Canada)
In a Better World (Denmark)

Best Cinematography
Black Swan
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
True Grit

Best Film Editing
127 Hours
Black Swan
The Fighter
The King’s Speech
The Social Network

Best Art Direction
Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
The King’s Speech
True Grit

Best Costume Design
Alice in Wonderland
I Am Love
The King’s Speech
The Tempest
True Grit

Best Makeup
Barney’s Version
The Way Back
The Wolfman

Best Original Score
127 Hours – A.R. Rahman
How to Train Your Dragon – John Powell
Inception – Hans Zimmer
The King’s Speech – Alexandre Desplat
The Social Network – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

Best Original Song
127 Hour- A.R. Rahman, Rollo Armstrong, Dido(“If I Rise”)
Country Strong – Bob DiPiero, Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey, Troy Verges(“Coming Home”)
Tangled – Alan Menken, Glenn Slater(“I See the Light”)
Toy Story 3 – Randy Newman(“We Belong Together”)

Best Sound
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
True Grit

Best Sound Editing
Toy Story 3
TRON: Legacy
True Grit

Best Visual Effects
Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Iron Man 2

Best Documentary
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Inside Job
Waste Land

Best Documentary, Short Subject
Killing in the Name
Poster Girl
Strangers No More
Sun Come Up
The Warriors of Qiugang

Best Short Film, Animated
Day & Night
The Gruffalo
Let’s Pollute
The Lost Thing
Madagascar, a Journey Diary

Best Short Film, Live Action
The Confession
The Crush
God of Love
Na Wewe
Wish 143

Final Predictions for the 83rd Academy Awards

This year has been a hard one to cope with, mostly because the race seemed pretty set early on and then changed so drastically about a month ago. I’d like to say a change like that is refreshing, but I just can’t because I don’t like how it’s changed. I, for one, agreed with the critics and precursors with their choice of The Social Network for Best Picture. Then the guilds came and changed everything and gave their top honors to The King’s Speech. I think I’m still a bit in shock from it all (and maybe a little bit in denial). So now, the day before the awards, I’ve got to make my final predictions and I find myself unable. My head says, “look at the wind, it’s blowing towards The King’s Speech,” but my heart is saying, “The Social Network is better, stick with it til the bitter end.” Long story short, after the cut you’ll see if I decided to go with my heart or with my head.

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Film Noir and the Academy Awards

As part of the For The Love of Film (Noir) blogathon, I thought I would take a look at some Film Noir that got a little love from the Academy. Although the bulk of films considered “Film Noir” were low-budget films and were often considered at the time “B-pictures,” there were a handful of films, mostly made by already established directors and stars, that were acknowledged by the Academy. After the cut I’ll do a breakdown of nine categories wherein Film Noir shined.

EDIT – I somehow missed Crossfire (1947) when I put this together, but have since written about it for Oscar Vault Monday here.

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TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar Begins Tomorrow!

31 Days of Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated films? This is why I love Oscar season so much. Turner Classic Movies doesn’t stick with just classics, they’ve got things as new as 2003’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King on their schedule. 31 days of non-stop Oscar is a lot to handle, so I thought I’d give y’all a little help. So with this post I’ll go from February 1st through the 7th and tell you what I’m looking forward to the most. Some of these picks are films I’ve already seen, but recommend you watch if you haven’t, and some are films that I’ll be watching for the very first time. I’ll do the same for the other three weeks of their schedule as well.

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