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”

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”

NASA Producer joins World Bank and HFPA

Former NASA award-winning content producer Michael Carbajal has announced a collaboration with the Narrating Behavior Change Program of the World Bank and Hollywood Foreign Press Association to co-sponsor a series of Global Forums designed to promote the growth of ‘edutainment’ programming around the world. The unique partnership will connect Hollywood with the global development community by creating programming with the goal of helping … Continue reading “NASA Producer joins World Bank and HFPA”

Academy partners with LALIFF Accelerator Program

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in partnership with the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF), introduces the 2022 Academy Film Accelerator, a five-week program that will provide filmmakers from Latinx communities with education, resources and mentorship focused on the business of filmmaking.  The Los Angeles-based program will begin in June and … Continue reading “Academy partners with LALIFF Accelerator Program”

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”

Will Smith resigns from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences

In the wake of the incident that transpired on the stage of the 94th Academy Awards and the hurricane of excrement that followed, Will Smith has decided to resign from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. During Sunday night’s live broadcast of the Oscars, Will Smith went up on stage and slapped presenter … Continue reading “Will Smith resigns from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences”

Chris Rock addresses The Slap during stand-up appearance

Chris Rock took to the stage on Wednesday night for the first time since he was slapped across the face by Will Smith at the 94th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday. Rock performed 2 shows at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston, both were sold out.  Variety has shared audio content on Twitter that was recorded … Continue reading “Chris Rock addresses The Slap during stand-up appearance”

SAG-AFTRA and BAFTA react to The Slap

On Sunday, March 27, 2022 at the 94th Academy Awards the festivities were interrupted by a violent altercation between one of the presenters and one of the Academy Award recipients. After Chris Rock made light of Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair loss and shaved head with an insensitive and unscripted “joke”, Academy Award winner Will Smith … Continue reading “SAG-AFTRA and BAFTA react to The Slap”

CODA becomes first streaming service film to win Oscar for Best Picture

Remember before the “Slap Heard ‘Round the World,” there was actually an award show going on? And it was going pretty great. Produced by Will Packer, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences handed out the gold statuettes known as Oscar for the 94th time. Coda, produced by Apple TV+, became the first film … Continue reading “CODA becomes first streaming service film to win Oscar for Best Picture”

Getty Images gives up and coming Black photographer access to Oscars

This Sunday,  Getty Images and LA-based independent creative agency Crown + Conquer is providing one up-and-coming photographer with the opportunity of a lifetime: access to the 94th Oscars red carpet. Last fall, Getty Images and Crown + Conquer came together to concept and launch a first-of-its-kind editorial internship program that would give one successful applicant … Continue reading “Getty Images gives up and coming Black photographer access to Oscars”

Wolfgang Puck and Ghetto Gastro collab for Oscars Governors Ball

Chef Wolfgang Puck and Wolfgang Puck Catering will return to create the menu for this year’s Governors Ball, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ official post-Oscars celebration, which will immediately follow the 94th Oscars ceremony on Sunday, March 27.  The team will collaborate on menu items with Bronx-based culinary collective Ghetto Gastro.  Merging food, fashion, music, … Continue reading “Wolfgang Puck and Ghetto Gastro collab for Oscars Governors Ball”

Academy Award-winning producer Alan Ladd Jr. passes at age 84

Academy Award-winning producer Alan Ladd Jr, who was behind an array of iconic films, has passed away at age 84.  Affectionately known as “Laddie”, Alan Ladd Jr. was involved in 14 best-picture nominees, including Young Frankenstein, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Chariots of Fire, and Blade Runner. As an independent producer, Ladd Jr. helped steer … Continue reading “Academy Award-winning producer Alan Ladd Jr. passes at age 84”

AFI Fest 2022 announces dates and call for entries

AFI FEST 2022 has officially announced its dates and call for entries. The 36th edition will take place in Los Angeles, CA, on November 2-6, 2022. Entries open today and filmmakers are invited to submit fiction, documentary, experimental and animated short films. AFI also announced that because of the ongoing uncertainty due to the pandemic, the fest … Continue reading “AFI Fest 2022 announces dates and call for entries”

276 feature films vie for 94th Academy Awards

Two hundred seventy-six feature films are eligible for the 2021 Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced. To be eligible for consideration under rules provisions implemented for the 94th Academy Awards year only, feature films may open in a commercial motion picture theater in at least one of six U.S. metropolitan areas: Los Angeles County; the … Continue reading “276 feature films vie for 94th Academy Awards”

Academy names 26 films eligible for Animated Feature Category

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced feature films eligible for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 94th Academy Awards. Highlights on the list are Raya and the Last Dragon, Sing 2, Boss Baby: Family Business, The Mitchell’s vs. The Machines, Pixar’s Luca and Encanto, which is currently in theaters. … Continue reading “Academy names 26 films eligible for Animated Feature Category”

Academy launches global digital preservation forum

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces the launch of the Academy Digital Preservation Forum (ADPF), a global online gathering place dedicated to exploring the latest issues surrounding digital preservation of motion pictures.  An initiative of the Academy’s Science and Technology Council, the forum hosts original content and resources and will serve as … Continue reading “Academy launches global digital preservation forum”

Jennifer Fox returns to produce Governors Awards for Academy

Oscar-nominated producer Jennifer Fox will return to produce the 12th Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy President David Rubin announced today. Honorary Awards will be presented to Samuel L. Jackson, Elaine May and Liv Ullmann, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Danny Glover on Saturday, January 15, 2022, … Continue reading “Jennifer Fox returns to produce Governors Awards for Academy”

Academy CEO Dawn Hudson to step down after this term

Dawn Hudson, chief executive officer of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, announced today that, after a successful and transformational tenure, this current term will be her last as Academy CEO. “After more than ten years and the incredibly successful opening of our new museum, I’ve decided, when this term concludes, it will … Continue reading “Academy CEO Dawn Hudson to step down after this term”

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”