Oscars pushed to April 25, 2021

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 Museum … Continue reading “Oscars pushed to April 25, 2021”

Academy considers canceling 2021 Oscars

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. “It’s … Continue reading “Academy considers canceling 2021 Oscars”

Oscars will consider streaming films for 2021

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, the … Continue reading “Oscars will consider streaming films for 2021”

‘Green Book’ takes Best Picture at hostless Oscars

‘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 that … Continue reading “‘Green Book’ takes Best Picture at hostless Oscars”

Who will win the Oscars? Here are our picks

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 number … Continue reading “Who will win the Oscars? Here are our picks”

ASC scolds Oscars for cutting category for commercials

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 Editing, … Continue reading “ASC scolds Oscars for cutting category for commercials”

Oscars 2018: Colin Costello’s winning picks

Awards season, which Reel Chicago has been covering all along, finally comes to its climax with the broadcast of the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday night. Amid the glamour, the Jimmy Kimmel jokes, the expected #metoo and #TimesUP speeches, and the sleep-inducing running time, there will be awards given out. Twenty-four, to be specific. After … Continue reading “Oscars 2018: Colin Costello’s winning picks”

Alliance of film schools combat climate change

The Green Film School Alliance adds sixteen new schools to its ranks, more than doubling its membership to twenty-seven sustainability-minded schools. The GFSA’s membership now hails from seven US states and four countries across three continents. These committed schools join the effort to lessen the environmental impacts of film production practices. By expanding the alliance’s … Continue reading “Alliance of film schools combat climate change”

Brazil’s Oscar submission to open 14th Film Fest

The Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival has announced that the 14th edition of the festival will take place Wednesday, November 15 through Saturday, November 19, in Los Angeles. The festival will open with Gabriel Martins’ Mars One/Marte Um.  The film, produced by Filmes de Plástico, is the official selection to represent Brazil for Best International Feature at the upcoming Oscars and had … Continue reading “Brazil’s Oscar submission to open 14th Film Fest”

Academy reveals 2022 Student Award Winners

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted 14 students as winners of the 49th Student Academy Awards competition.  The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to provide a platform for emerging global talent by creating opportunities within the industry to showcase their work. This year, the Student Academy Awards competition received … Continue reading “Academy reveals 2022 Student Award Winners”

Dancing with the Stars reveals all-star cast for S31

Today, Disney+ announced the Dancing with the Stars season 31 celebrity cast and their professional dancing partners, while live in studio on ABC’s Good Morning America. The series, hosted by supermodel and businesswoman Tyra Banks and new co-host, actor and television personality Alfonso Ribeiro, returns to the ballroom with a lineup of celebrities including a … Continue reading “Dancing with the Stars reveals all-star cast for S31”

Emmys: Beatles and Sandy Hook win big on Night One of Creative Arts Awards

On Saturday, The Television Academy presented the first of its two 2022 Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremonies honoring outstanding artistic and technical achievements in television at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. In what looked more like the VMAs or the Grammys, the ceremony, which kicked off the 74th Emmys, awarded many talented artists … Continue reading “Emmys: Beatles and Sandy Hook win big on Night One of Creative Arts Awards”

The Academy apologizes to Sacheen Littlefeather

This might seem shocking, but believe it or not, “the slap heard ‘round the world” was actually not the craziest thing to occur at the Academy Awards ceremony. “The slap” of course, was when host Chris Rock made light of Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair loss and shaved head with an insensitive and unscripted “joke”, and … Continue reading “The Academy apologizes to Sacheen Littlefeather”

Janet Yang elected Academy President

Producer Janet Yang was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organization’s Board of Governors. “Janet is a tremendously dedicated and strategic leader who has an incredible record of service at the Academy.  She has been instrumental in launching and elevating several Academy initiatives on membership recruitment, governance, and equity, diversity, … Continue reading “Janet Yang elected Academy President”

Succession, Ted Lasso, Euphoria lead 74th Emmy noms

This morning, the 74th Emmy nominations were announced during a live virtual ceremony was hosted by JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) along with Television Academy Chairman and CEO Frank Scherma. Succession holds this year’s top spot with 25 Emmy nominations followed by Ted Lasso and The White Lotus (20), Hacks … Continue reading “Succession, Ted Lasso, Euphoria lead 74th Emmy noms”

Samuel Goldwyn acquires Taraji P. Henson, Jennifer Hudson film

Samuel Goldwyn Films has closed a deal with Iervolino & Lady Bacardi Entertainment (“ILBE”) to acquire U.S. distribution rights to the star-studded female-powered Tell it Like a Woman featuring an esteemed group of female filmmakers and actors that includes Taraji P. Henson, Jennifer Hudson, Pauletta Washington, Cara Delevingne, Catherine Hardwicke, Margherita Buy, Marcia Gay Harden, … Continue reading “Samuel Goldwyn acquires Taraji P. Henson, Jennifer Hudson film”

Tom Cruise celebrates 60th bday the only way Tom Cruise would

For many, a 60th birthday means going to Denny’s for the Senior’s Special. For megastar, Tom Cruise, it would probably mean landing an out-of-control helicopter on top of that Denny’s, then run as the building explodes. No other actor today brings as much passion and surprise to a movie role than the actor who should … Continue reading “Tom Cruise celebrates 60th bday the only way Tom Cruise would”

How NASA took Pixar’s Lightyear to Infinity and Beyond

Disney and Pixar’s sci-fi action-adventure Lightyear tells the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the hero who inspired the toy. The film—now playing exclusively in theaters—begins with Buzz (voiced by Chris Evans) leading a crew of more than 1,000 scientists and technicians home on the heels of a successful mission. Things go sideways when he takes a … Continue reading “How NASA took Pixar’s Lightyear to Infinity and Beyond”

Despite toxic masculinity, the real Oscar winners were…

It was the slap that took center stage at the 94th annual Oscars ceremony— and the world at large—  in which Will Smith publicly assaulted Chris Rock. And now today, Will Smith has been banned from any Academy event for 10 years. Smith will be 63 before he can attend another Oscars. After two weeks … Continue reading “Despite toxic masculinity, the real Oscar winners were…”

Academy makes its decision on Will Smith

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced after an emergency meeting that they were banning Will Smith from all of the organization’s events for 10 years for slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars. If you were on another planet or watching Netflix during the broadcast of the … Continue reading “Academy makes its decision on Will Smith”