Pandemic Academy Awards ratings anemic

Things didn’t go exactly as planned for Hollywood’s biggest night. In a year, where Hollywood held back most of its biggest films due to the pandemic, the 93rd Academy Awards drew its smallest audience ever. While the awards tried to change things up in a year that saw a tragic pandemic take and shut down lives, … Continue reading “Pandemic Academy Awards ratings anemic”

Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer, 91

Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Christopher Plummer, who starred in The Sound of Music, died peacefully today at his home in Connecticut, at age 91, his family confirmed. Elaine Taylor, his wife and true best friend for 53 years, was by his side.  Along with becoming the oldest person to win an Oscar, Plummer … Continue reading “Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer, 91”

Academy Award winner Cloris Leachman passes

Academy Award winner, and eight-time Emmy Award winner Cloris Leachman, died Tuesday from natural causes at her home in Encinitas, CA. She starred in six television shows and earned 22 Emmy nominations over her exceptional seven-decade career. She was 94. Her longtime manager Juliet Green confirmed the news in a public statement.  The Mary Tyler Moore … Continue reading “Academy Award winner Cloris Leachman passes”

2020 Academy Awards ratings anything but gold

Whether it was the lack of host or a lack of female director nominations or a lack of diversity in general (except for the presenters and performers) ABC’s telecast of the Academy Awards reached its smallest audience ever of 23.6 million viewers. The Nielsen company said Sunday night’s audience was down 20 percent from a … Continue reading “2020 Academy Awards ratings anything but gold”

Reel 360’s 2020 Academy Awards predictions

We are only hours away from Hollywood royalty parading into the Dolby Theater in Hollywood to celebrate the 92nd Academy Awards. The 2019 Oscars garnered 29.6 million viewers and a 7.7 rating among the key demographic of adults age 18 to 49, which represented an uptick from the all-time low ratings in 2018. There was also a 3.1 million viewer increase … Continue reading “Reel 360’s 2020 Academy Awards predictions”

AMP Awards: Found Objects Wins Best in 2021 Show

An inspirational spot, titled “Rise and Shine” and created by the agency Light + Co. for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, won the Ryan Barkan Best in Show Award for New York’s Found Objects Music Productions at the 2021 AMP Awards for Music & Sound. The Best in Show winner was designed to … Continue reading “AMP Awards: Found Objects Wins Best in 2021 Show”

AMP Awards: Melissa Etheridge set to perform

Melissa Etheridge, the singer, songwriter and activist whose distinctive, smoky vocals, heartland ballads and love songs have earned her multiple Grammy nominations and wins, as well as an Academy Award, will be performing during the upcoming AMP Awards for Music & Sound.  Etheridge will be introducing several categories during the presentation, set for July 22 … Continue reading “AMP Awards: Melissa Etheridge set to perform”

Academy: Jonathan Majors, Issa Rae among 395 invites

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended invitations to join the organization to 395 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Membership selection decisions are based on professional qualifications, with representation, inclusion and equity remaining a priority of Academy Aperture 2025.  The 2021 class is 46% … Continue reading “Academy: Jonathan Majors, Issa Rae among 395 invites”

Nomadland takes top prize at Spirit Awards

Last night, in the penultimate awards show before we end with the Academy Awards on Sunday, the Spirit Awards honored the best of the best in the world of independent film. Even without the big cacophonous beach tent, host Melissa Villaseñor made the 2021 awards show unforgettable. She began her monologue addressing the lack of … Continue reading “Nomadland takes top prize at Spirit Awards”

Chicago 7, Palm Springs top ACE Eddie Awards

Editor Alan Baumgarten’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 topped the dramatic feature editing category of American Cinema Editors’s 71st ACE Eddie Awards, while Palm Springs’s Matthew Friedman and Andrew Dickler won the category for best edited comedic feature. This is Baumgarten’s third ACE, who also accepted Eddies for American Hustle in 2014 and Recount in 2009. It was the first Eddie … Continue reading “Chicago 7, Palm Springs top ACE Eddie Awards”

Ma Rainey, Schitt’s Creek win Costume Guild Awards

Last night, the Costume Designers Guild, held its 23rd awards show honoring the best in film, television and short-form costume design. Winners of the virtual ceremony were announced over Twitter. The awards show was hosted by actress Lana Condor. Virtual presenters included Rose Byrne, Andra Day, O-T Fagbenle, Regina King, Carey Mulligan and Amanda Seyfried. “We’ve had to come together as … Continue reading “Ma Rainey, Schitt’s Creek win Costume Guild Awards”

Chloé Zhao wins DGA Award for Nomadland

The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2020 were announced tonight during the 73rd Annual DGA Awards virtual ceremony. Chloé Zhao won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film for Nomadland. The moving film about grief and acceptance follows woman in her sixties (Frances McDormand) who, … Continue reading “Chloé Zhao wins DGA Award for Nomadland”

Academy announces street closures for 93rd Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the City of Los Angeles have finalized street closure plans around Union Station in downtown Los Angeles for the upcoming 93rd Academy Awards on April 25. Alameda Street between Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and 1st Street, Los Angeles Street between Alameda Street and 1st Street, and … Continue reading “Academy announces street closures for 93rd Oscars”

Boseman, Chicago 7, Schitt’s among SAG Award winners

The Screen Actors Guild celebrated the outstanding motion picture and television performances of 2020 at the 27th Annual SAG Awards, which aired Sunday, April 4, 2021 on TNT and TBS. This year’s awards was a brisk one-hour celebration that highlighted and expanded on the show’s signature “I Am An Actor” stories through funny and intimate docuseries-inspired … Continue reading “Boseman, Chicago 7, Schitt’s among SAG Award winners”

Anthony Anderson set to host 2021 MUAHS Awards

Emmy® and Golden Globe®- nominated actor, Anthony Anderson, star and executive producer of ABC’s multi-award-nominated sitcom “black-ish,” will host the 8th Annual Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706) Awards, bringing his humor and talent to the star-studded event honoring  outstanding achievements of both make-up artists and hair stylists in motion pictures, television, commercials and live theater.  The reimagined … Continue reading “Anthony Anderson set to host 2021 MUAHS Awards”

BAFTA publishes longlists for 2021 film awards

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has published the longlists for its 2021 Film Awards, which members are now forced to whittle down to the final nominations.  The following films are longlisted for the 2021 EE British Academy Film Awards, listed alphabetically by title, with the exception of the performance categories, listed … Continue reading “BAFTA publishes longlists for 2021 film awards”

Escape Room’s award-winning director Bessy Adut

Bessy Adut is, quite frankly, one of the most stubborn women one can ever meet. And it’s this “I will do it no matter what” attitude that has led the Turkish immigrant to become an award winning film director/writer/producer who lives in Los Angeles. She holds an MFA in Film Directing from CalArts as a … Continue reading “Escape Room’s award-winning director Bessy Adut”

AFI Fest to award Coppola, Dick, Moreno and Nair

AFI Fest will present four Tributes this year as Sofia Coppola, Kirby Dick, Rita Moreno and Mira Nair will each be honored with an evening of conversation celebrating their distinguished careers. “Artists of this caliber are essential players in our global culture,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI president and CEO.  “To honor each of them–and all … Continue reading “AFI Fest to award Coppola, Dick, Moreno and Nair”

Academy lists new standards for Oscars eligibility

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced new representation and inclusion standards for Oscars® eligibility in the Best Picture category, as part of its Academy Aperture 2025 initiative. The standards are designed to encourage equitable representation on and off screen in order to better reflect the diversity of the movie-going audience. Academy governors DeVon Franklin … Continue reading “Academy lists new standards for Oscars eligibility”