Academy lists new standards for Oscars eligibility

1+ 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 … Continue reading “Academy lists new standards for Oscars eligibility”

Oscars launch virtual Gold mentorship program

1+ The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is proud to announce commitments from 19 partner companies in its fourth year of Academy Gold, an entertainment industry internship enhancement and mentorship program for students and young professionals from underrepresented communities.  The alumni program has been established to provide a continuum of support for all participants … Continue reading “Oscars launch virtual Gold mentorship program”

Oscars pushed to April 25, 2021

1+ The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network today announced the 93rd Oscars® ceremony will move to Sunday, April 25, 2021, as a result of the global pandemic caused by COVID-19. The show, which will air live on ABC, was originally scheduled for February 28, 2021.  Coinciding with the Oscars celebration, the Academy … Continue reading “Oscars pushed to April 25, 2021”

Academy considers canceling 2021 Oscars

1+ While the 93rd Oscars are not supposed to happen until February 28th, 2021, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is taking into consideration that the show may have to cancelled altogether. According to Variety, multiple anonymous sources, say that while there are no concrete plans in place, the option is under serious consideration. … Continue reading “Academy considers canceling 2021 Oscars”

Oscars will consider streaming films for 2021

1+ Netflix and Hulu will be ecstatic. It’s no secret that the current coronavirus COVID-10 pandemic has shut down the film and TV industries. Now, comes word that the theatrical closures have forced the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to consider loosening the rules around which films qualify for Oscars in 2021. Today, … Continue reading “Oscars will consider streaming films for 2021”

From ‘Parasite’ to Pitt, the complete 2020 Oscar winners

3+ Parasite, Bong Joon Ho’s (who also won Best Director) twisted tale that was at the top of Reel 360’s Best Films of 2019, won top honors last night at the 92nd Academy Awards, becoming the first Foreign Language film to win the newly named International Feature Film Category and Best Picture. It was the … Continue reading “From ‘Parasite’ to Pitt, the complete 2020 Oscar winners”

Portal boots Oscar ad breaks for female-directed films

3+ In 92 years of The Academy Awards, only five women have been nominated for Best Director. Only one has ever won an Oscar. And even though it’s 2020, and more women have made critically-acclaimed films than ever before, they’re still not getting their break in the Oscars. Hence, #Oscarssomale. That is about to change. … Continue reading “Portal boots Oscar ad breaks for female-directed films”

Oscar-nominated Winstanley opens production company

1+ With a focus on cultural authenticity, Oscar nominated Producer for Best Picture, Jojo Rabbit, Chelsea Winstanley announced the first project optioned under her newly formed company “This Too Shall Pass” entitled The Appeal.  The Appeal is the powerful story of Samoan lawyer Tiana Epati who defended Forestry Contractor and Black Power member Mac Kapene … Continue reading “Oscar-nominated Winstanley opens production company”

‘Joker’ gets 11, Greta snubbed & other Oscar noms

3+ The Geek was up with the other press this morning to watch the nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards which will air February 9 on ABC. What can we tell you, that you don’t know already. The highly divisive Joker, the origin story of the iconic mentally ill Batman villain, led all Oscar nominations … Continue reading “‘Joker’ gets 11, Greta snubbed & other Oscar noms”

‘Essence’ House to launch during Oscar Week

3+ ESSENCE, the number one media, technology and commerce company dedicated to Black women globally, has unveiled the honorees for its highly-esteemed 2020 Black Women in Hollywood Awards.  The highly coveted invitation-only Oscar-week event—spotlighting Hollywood’s most renowned and accomplished women at the forefront of the industry—will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at the Beverly … Continue reading “‘Essence’ House to launch during Oscar Week”

Taco Bell taps Oscar winner Stromberg to helm new spot

2+ Taco Bell has always created elevated and sophisticated work for its most premium value products, and so for the return of the limited time $1 Double Stacked Tacos, the brand leaned into another surreal, magical creative concept. AOR Deutsch tapped into Oscar-winning RSA Films director and special effects artist, Robert Stromberg (known for his … Continue reading “Taco Bell taps Oscar winner Stromberg to helm new spot”

Caroll Spinney, Big Bird & Oscar puppeteer dies

2+ He was the man who was pulling the strings behind our childhood. Acclaimed puppeteer and actor Caroll Spinney, who breathed life into Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for five decades, passed away Sunday at age 85. According to a report from NPR, The Sesame Workshop said Spinney had died at home … Continue reading “Caroll Spinney, Big Bird & Oscar puppeteer dies”

Hollyshorts announces Oscar-qualifying winners

2+ 6,000 submissions, 400 official selections, and 10 days later, the HollyShorts Film Festival announced their top 36 prizes for their landmark 15th year. This past Saturday in Hollywood, three of the festival’s films officially became qualified to make a run at 2020 Oscar gold. Last year, Skin, famously went on to win the Academy … Continue reading “Hollyshorts announces Oscar-qualifying winners”

‘Green Book’ takes Best Picture at hostless Oscars

3+ ‘Green Book’ and Olivia Coleman surprise Oscar experts with wins in Best Picture, Original Screenplay and Best Actress. Okay, so I was wrong. Six times. But I take solace in knowing that other Oscar prognosticators were wrong too, when it came to predicting who would win Best Picture and Best Actress. On a night … Continue reading “‘Green Book’ takes Best Picture at hostless Oscars”

Who will win the Oscars? Here are our picks

3+ Awards season finally comes to a curious, confounding and sometimes confusing end this Sunday when the Oscars announce their winners at the Dolby Theater. This year, there is no host (may come to regret that, Kevin Hart detractors) for Hollywood’s version of The Super Bowl. And in a Black History Month where a notable … Continue reading “Who will win the Oscars? Here are our picks”

ASC scolds Oscars for cutting category for commercials

3+ Well, this is getting interesting. According to The Wrap, the president of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), Kees van Oostrum, has sent a strongly worded letter to the organization’s members on Tuesday. This is in reaction to Academy president John Bailey revealing on Monday that Best Cinematography, along with the categories for Film … Continue reading “ASC scolds Oscars for cutting category for commercials”

Odds-makers place their bets on Oscar noms

3+ For the betting population out there who expect to be on a lull between Super Bowl and March Madness, has something for you. The odds on the Academy Awards! According to their odds-makers, half of the six major categories are expected to be very competitive with Alfonso Cuaron (1/7) nearly a sure thing … Continue reading “Odds-makers place their bets on Oscar noms”

‘Favourite’ and ‘Roma’ lead 91st Oscar noms

3+ Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards were announced at dawn Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) and Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish) unveiled the list of nominees in the 24 Oscar categories starting at 8:20 a.m. ET/5:20 a.m. PT. This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated eight movies out of a possible … Continue reading “‘Favourite’ and ‘Roma’ lead 91st Oscar noms”

Global Green’s annual pre-Oscar celebration

2+ It wasn’t a red carpet event. Try a green carpet. But what else would you expect since Global Green, a national environmental organization headquartered in Southern California, was throwing their 15th annual Pre-Oscar gala fundraiser? And I got to meet astronaut Buzz Aldrin. In a rocket suit. Goal complete. The organization hosted its 15th … Continue reading “Global Green’s annual pre-Oscar celebration”

Video Wrap: Siskel Center’s Oscar night viewing party

6+ There were a few additions to the Hollywood on State Oscar night viewing party at the Gene Siskel Film Center last night: I ventured into the celebration with staff writer Joey Filer, who wielded a camera and microphone to capture the action for a thrilling video. We asked guests to name their favorite film … Continue reading “Video Wrap: Siskel Center’s Oscar night viewing party”