Oscars: Academy Invites Under Qualified Applicants

June 28, 2017

The Hollywood Reporter’s “awards columnist,” Scott Feinberg, slammed the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today for trying to fix the Academy’s implied diversity problems by inviting candidates who don’t have the credentials to belong.

Feinberg claims that the Academy’s current course is akin to putting a Band-Aid on a bullet wound.

Read his article HERE


Seth MacFarlene to Host Oscars

Los Angeles: October 1, 2012

Academy Awards telecast producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today that “Ted” director and “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane, better known for his work behind the camera than in front of it, will host the Oscars.

McFarlene recently hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the first time with this season’s premiere. He also hosted last year’s Comedy Central roast of Charlie Sheen.

MacFarlane, 38, injects youthful energy into a ceremony that has struggled to appeal to a younger audience. MacFarlane’s show, “Family Guy,” has a young following, as did his summer hit, “Ted,” which paired Mark Wahlberg with a grown-up teddy bear voiced by MacFarlane. The film has earned $420 million worldwide.

“We are thrilled to have Seth MacFarlane host the Oscars. His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh,” said Zadan and Meron. “He will be the consummate host, and we are so happy to be working with him.”

The 85th Academy Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday, Feb. 24, on the ABC Television Network.


Los Angeles: February 23, 2012

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has banned actor Sacha Baron Cohen from attending Sunday’s Oscars even though he is an Academy member and one of the stars of Hugo, Paramount’s 11-nominated movie and Best Picture contender. The reason given is that word reached the Academy suggesting that Baron Cohen planned to walk the Red Carpet in full costume as his title character in the upcoming Paramount comedy The Dictator.

According to Nikki Fink of the website, “Deadline Hollywood,” The Academy’s Managing Director Of Membership Kimberly Rouch phoned Paramont’s awards staff to say Baron Cohen’s tickets had been pulled unless he gives the Academy assurances ahead of time promising not to show up on the Red Carpet in costume and not to promote the movie on the Red Carpet. The Academy made it clear that, without those assurances, it would not issue him the tickets.

Does this make sense? Isn’t everyone on the carpet promoting something? Our heads spin from hearing the words “who are you wearing” being asked over and over and over again. The red carpet has become a platform to flog fashion designers and their wares. “Who are you wearing”? It’s not even proper grammar.

Sasha Baron Cohen is one of the funniest actors around. If he dons a beard or a costume to walk the red carpet at an event the is clearly designed to promote product we would find it a welcome treat. So very tired of the boring, gushing, salivating that goes on prior to award shows on red carpets. Mr. Cohen’s answer to “who are you wearing” would be the only one we would want to hear. Let him go the awards and do what the Oscars were designed to do. Promote movies.

Martin and Baldwin to Host Oscars

Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin steve-martin-40971have beenalec_2d00_baldwin_5f00_l2 tapped to co-host the 82nd annual Academy Awards March 7.

Telecast producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman said Martin and Baldwin are “the perfect pair of hosts for the Oscars.”

The producers say they hope to resurrect Oscar’s ratings and make the show more fun by building on the changes introduced at February’s ceremony, which tinkered with the way awards were presented and featured Broadway-style musical interludes.

The Numbers Behind the Oscar Nominations

With the Academy Awards fast approaching, Mike Goodridge of Screen Daily Dot Com has compiled key facts and figures behind the Oscar nominations.


1978 The Deer Hunter (supporting)

1979 Kramer Vs Kramer* (supporting)

1981 The French Lieutenant’s Woman

1982 Sophie’s Choice*

1983 Silkwood

1985 Out Of Africa

1987 Ironweed

1988 A Cry In The Dark

1990 Postcards From The Edge

1995 The Bridges Of Madison County

1998 One True Thing

1999 Music Of The Heart

2002 Adaptation (supporting)

2006 The Devil Wears Prada

2008 Doubt


1995 Sense And Sensibility (supporting)

1997 Titanic

2001 Iris (supporting)

2004 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

2006 Little Children

2008 The Reader


1995 Dead Man Walking

1999 Sweet And Lowdown

2001 I Am Sam

2003 Mystic River*

2008 Milk

* signifies win


13The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

10 Slumdog Millionaire

8The Dark Knight Milk

6 Wall-E

5 Doubt Frost/Nixon The Reader

3 Changeling Revolutionary Road

2 The Duchess, Frozen River, Iron Man, Wanted, The Wrestler


Paramount Pictures/Paramount Vantage 23

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (13), Revolutionary Road (3), The Duchess (2), Iron Man (2), Defiance (1), Kung Fu Panda (1), Tropic Thunder (1)

Warner Bros 21

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (13), The Dark Knight (8)

Universal Pictures/Focus Features 20

Milk (8), Frost/Nixon (5). Changeling (3), Wanted (2), Hellboy II: The Golden Army (1), In Bruges (1)

Disney/Miramax Films 13

Wall-E (6), Doubt (5), Bolt (1), Happy-Go-Lucky (1)

Twentieth Century Fox/Fox Searchlight Pictures 13

Slumdog Millionaire (10), The Wrestler (2), Australia (1)

The Weinstein Company 6

The Reader (5), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (1)

Sony Pictures/Sony Pictures Classics 5

Frozen River (2), Rachel Getting Married (1), The Class (1), Waltz With Bashir (1)

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM – past nominations by country

The Baader Meinhof Complex is the eighth nomination for Germany since the fall of the Berlin Wall, after The Nasty Girl (1990), Schtonk! (1992), Beyond Silence (1997), Nowhere In Africa (2002)*, Downfall (2004), Sophie Scholl – The Final Days (2005) and The Lives Of Others (2006)*.

Prior to reunification, the Federal Republic of Germany received eight nominations: The Captain Of Kopenick (1956), The Devil Came At Night (1957), Arms And The Man (1958), The Bridge (1959), The Pedestrian (1973), The Glass Cell (1978), The Tin Drum (1979)* and Angry Harvest (1985). Prior to reunification, the German Democratic Republic received one nomination in 1976 for Jacob The Liar.

The Class is the 35th nomination for France – a record in this category. The country has won nine Oscars – for My Uncle (1958), Black Orpheus (1959), Sundays And Cybele (1962), A Man And A Woman (1966), The Discreet Charm Of the Bourgeoisie (1972), Day For Night (1973), Madame Rosa (1977), Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978) and Indochine (1992). France also received three special awards prior to the establishment of the foreign-language Oscar for Monsieur Vincent (1948), The Walls Of Malapaga (1950) and Forbidden Games (1952). Other nominations were for Gervaise (1956), Gates Of Paris (1957), La Verite (1960), The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (1964), Live For Life (1967), Stolen Kisses (1968), My Night At Maud’s (1969), Hoa-Binh (1970), Lacombe Lucien (1974), Cousin Cousine (1976), A Simple Story (1979), The Last Metro (1980), Coup De Torchon (1982), Entre Nous (1983), Three Men And A Cradle (1985), Betty Blue (1986), Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987), Camille Claudel (1989), Cyrano De Bergerac (1990), Ridicule (1996), East/West (1999), The Taste Of Others (2000), Amelie (2001), The Chorus (2004) and Joyeux Noel (2005).

Departures is the twelfth nomination for Japan, following Harp Of Burma (1956), Immortal Love (1961), Twin Sisters Of Kyoto (1963), Woman In The Dunes (1964), Kwaidan (1965), Portrait Of Chieko (1967), Dodeska-Den (1971), Sandakan No 8 (1975), Kagemusha (1980), Muddy River (1981) and The Twilight Samurai (2003). Japan won three special awards prior to the foreign-language Oscar – for Rashomon (1951), Gate Of Hell (1954) and Miyamoto Musashi (1955).

Revanche is the third nomination for Austria after 38 (1986) and The Counterfeiters (2007)*.

Waltz With Bashir is Israel’s eighth nomination after Sallah (1964), The Policeman (1971), I Love You Rosa (1972), The House On Chelouche Street (1973), Operation Thunderbolt (1977), Beyond The Walls (1984) and Beaufort (2007).

* signifies win

Key Nominees by North American Box-Office Gross at Jan 25, 2009
Film (US release date) Gross to date
1 *The Dark Knight (July 18) $531m
2 Iron Man (May 2) $318.4m
3 Wall-E (June 27) $223.8m
4 Wanted (June 27) $134.5m
5 *The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (Dec 25) $111m
6 Tropic Thunder (Aug 13) $110.5m
7 *Slumdog Millionaire (Nov 12) $55.9m
8 Changeling (Oct 24) $35.7m
9 *Doubt (Dec 12) $26.8m
10 *Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Aug 15) $23.1m
11 *Milk (Nov 26) $21.6m
12 The Duchess (Sept 19) $13.8m
13 *Frost/Nixon (Dec 5) $12m
14 *Revolutionary Road (Dec 26) $11.9m
15 *Rachel Getting Married (Oct 3) $11.3m
16 *The Reader (Dec 10) $9.7m
17 *The Wrestler (Dec 17) $9.5m
18 The Visitor (April 11) $9.4m
19 Frozen River (Aug 1) $2.3m
* still on release


Number of nominations includes this year’s nod; number of past wins is in parentheses

Meryl Streep, actor, 15 (2)

Christopher Boyes, sound editing and mixing, 11 (4)

Ben Burtt*, sound editing and mixing, 10 (4)

Thomas Newman, composer, 10 (0)

Greg Cannom, make-up designer, 9 (2)

Roger Deakins, cinematographer, 8 (0)

James Newton Howard, composer, 8 (0)

Michael Semanick, sound mixing, 7 (2)

Albert Wolsky, costume designer, 7 (2)

Kathleen Kennedy, producer, 6 (0)

Mike Leigh, writer and director, 6 (0)

Kate Winslet, actor, 6 (0)

Frank Marshall, producer, 5 (0)

Frank A Montano, sound mixing, 5 (0)

David Parker, sound mixing, 5 (2)

Andrew Stanton, writer and director, 5 (1)

Pete Docter, writer and director, 4 (0)

Danny Elfman, composer, 4 (0)

Brian Grazer, producer and writer, 4 (1)

Daniel P Hanley, editor, 4 (1)

Mike Hill, editor, 4 (1)

Ron Howard, producer and director, 4 (1)

Chris Jenkins, sound mixing, 4 (2)

Catherine Martin, art director and costume designer, 4 (2)

Chris Menges, cinematographer, 4 (2)

Steven Okazaki, documentary director, 4 (1)

Eric Roth, writer, 4 (1)

Wylie Stateman, sound editing, 4 (0)

Stephen Daldry, director, 3 (0)

Eric Fellner, producer, 3 (0)

Philip Seymour Hoffman, actor, 3 (1)

Richard King, sound editing, 3 (1)

John Nelson, visual effects, 3 (1)

Wally Pfister, cinematographer, 3 (0)

AR Rahman, composer, 3 (0)

Ben Snow, visual effects, 3 (0)

Daniel Sudick, visual effects, 3 (0)

Marisa Tomei, actor, 3 (1)

Amy Adams, actor, 2 (0)

Craig Barron, visual effects, 2 (0)

Simon Beaufoy, writer, 2 (0)

John Caglione Jr, make-up designer, 2 (1)

Penelope Cruz, actor, 2 (0)

Bruce Cohen, producer, 2 (1)

Nathan Crowley, art director, 2 (0)

Alexandre Desplat, composer, 2 (0)

Robert Downey Jr, actor, 2 (0)

Gary Fettis, set decorator, 2 (0)

David Hare, writer, 2 (0)

Dan Jinks, producer, 2 (1)

Angelina Jolie, actor, 2 (1)

Ren Klyce, sound editing, 2 (0)

Heath Ledger, actor, 2 (0)

Martin McDonagh, writer/director, 2 (1)

Peter Morgan, writer, 2 (0)

Ed Novick, sound mixing, 2 (0)

Conor O’Sullivan, make-up designer, 2 (0)

Mark Osborne, director, 2 (0)

Brad Pitt, actor, 2 (0)

Gary Rizzo, sound mixing, 2 (0)

John Patrick Shanley, writer, 2 (1)

Lee Smith, editor, 2 (0)

Gus Van Sant, director, 2 (0)

Jacqueline West, costume designer, 2 (0)

Matthew Wood, sound editing, 2 (0)

Kristi Zea, art director, 2 (0)

* Ben Burtt won two special achievement Oscars in 1977 and 1981 before the sound editing category was introduced.