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Academy sues auction house for selling an Oscar statuette

Note to actors desperate to own an Oscar: You can’t just buy one.

This week, people discovered that the Academy is quite serious about this rule. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is suing Briarbrook Auction Services for auctioning off Joseph Wright’s 1942 Oscar he was awarded for color and art direction on My Gal Sal. (Wright died in 1985.) The Academy’s by-laws state neither the recipients of the awards nor their successors can sell the statuettes without first offering them to the Academy, according to Deadline, which first reported news of the lawsuit.

Despite this rule, the statue was sold to an unknown buyer just one week ago for $79,200, and Tuesday the Academy filed the suit in Los Angeles. The Academy claims it sent a copy of its rules to the auction house and followed up with calls, but they sold it anyway.

Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees

Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years.

The Academy has been criticized in recent years for being too white, too male, too old, and too American; and this year’s class makes efforts to be more well-rounded and international. Hany Abu-Assad, Jean-Marc Vallée, Denis Villeneuve, and Thomas Vinterberg are some of the international directors invited—though they’re all men. Joining Nyong’o in the actors branch are June Squibb, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Sally Hawkins, among other women.

Click below for the list of invitees: READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2014: Academy explains cutting Batkid segment


Miles Scott, a 5-year-old with Leukemia, made headlines last November after “saving” San Francisco-turned-Gotham City as Batman’s sidekick Batkid. It was all part of one of the most elaborate Make-A-Wish events ever.

Batkid has once again made headlines after it was revealed that a “superhero” segment featuring the young boy and Spider-Man‘s Andrew Garfield was cut during last Sunday’s Oscar telecast.

There was much speculation as to why the portion didn’t make the air. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued the following statement on Thursday:

“Due to the nature of a live show, hard decisions sometimes must be made which require the Academy to cut segments due to the logistics of production. Andrew Garfield understood that his segment had to be omitted, and he drove to Disneyland on Monday to spend time with 5-year-old Miles Scott (Batkid) and his family.”

Oscar nominations voting begins

Voting begins Dec. 27 for 2014’s Academy Awards nominees. Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are invited to cast secret ballots for their favorite film work from the past year until Jan. 8, 2014.

The academy is offering electronic voting for the second consecutive year. It announced last week that 289 feature films are eligible for best-picture consideration.

Nominations for the 86th Academy Awards will be announced Jan. 16.

Ellen DeGeneres will host the ceremony when the Oscars are presented on March 2.

Ellen DeGeneres and a sea of tuxes strut to Fitz & The Tantrums in new Oscar promo -- VIDEO

Ellen’s reporting for Oscar hosting duties and it looks like she’s already got her tux ready to go.

In the first promos for the 86th Academy Awards, talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres joins 250 tuxedo-clad dancers in a big lip sync to Fitz & The Tantrum’s new single, “The Walker.” Bridesmaids and The Heat director (and recently admitted Academy member) Paul Feig helmed the flashmob-esque production, choreographed by freestyle dancer Stephen “tWitch” Boss.

How’d Ellen do mastering the cowboy move? Check out the trailer and a behind-the-scenes look at how they pulled off the shoot below:


Oscars: Cheryl Boone Isaacs elected Academy president

Don’t look for any white smoke floating out of the head of a giant Oscar statue, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has a new leader.

Veteran marketing executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected Tuesday night by the Academy’s board of governors to head the organization for the next year. Among her first responsibilities as president will be the selection of a host for the March 2 Oscar telecast. READ FULL STORY

Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' to open Oscars Outdoors screening series; See full lineup

It’s much ado about movies at Oscars Outdoors this summer.

The screening series launched by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last year is returning to Los Angeles this summer, along with some New York screenings in partnership with Rooftop Films Summer Series.


Student Academy Awards winners for 2013


Film students from the States and abroad have been selected as winners in the annual student competition sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The winning films were entered into regional competitions, then voted on by the Student Academy Awards Executive Committee to reach the final stage. The filmmakers behind the winning movies will be brought to Los Angeles for a week of industry-related activities before the awards ceremony.

Bob Saget, himself a Student Academy Award winner, will host the ceremony on June 8 in Beverly Hills. Films are given medals – gold, silver and bronze – at the awards. Since 1972, the Awards have been supporting college filmmakers – including past winners John Lasseter, Robert Zemeckis and Spike Lee.

This year’s winners are (listed alphabetically by film title): READ FULL STORY

Stanley Kubrick: Five legendary stories of the filmmaker 'with the black eyes'


In Hollywood, there is a cult of Kubrick.

More than any other director, Stanley Kubrick is worshiped among his fellow filmmakers, and that reputation has only grown since his death in 1999. Paths of Glory, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, and Full Metal Jacket are revered as sacred texts among those who make movies.

Though Kubrick never won a best picture or best director Oscar (his only trophy was for visual effects on 2001), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences chose to pay tribute to the filmmaker with a special showcase of his films and a reunion of four of his stars, who shared offbeat, funny, and often bizarre stories of the elusive filmmaker.


Academy reveals plans for Hollywood history museum -- BREAKING

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is moving forward with plans for a Hollywood history museum that would open in 2016.

A movie museum has long been a goal of the group, which also presents the Academy Awards, but it’s an expensive dream that has encountered assorted funding challenges over the years. Last year, the Academy redoubled its efforts with a fundraising campaign spearheaded by some well-known figures: Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger, and actors Annette Bening and Tom Hanks.

Today, the Academy announced it has reached its initial goal of $100 million toward a $250 million capital campaign to build the project.


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