The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has issued standards of conduct by which its members are expected to abide, one step in a plan to address the sexual misconduct scandals that have gripped Hollywood (and the country) in the wake of allegations against Harvey Weinstein. “There is no place in the Academy for people who abuse their status, power or influence in a manner that violates recognized standards of decency,” reads part the two-paragraph statement. An email to Academy members from CEO Dawn Hudson said that a task force headed by David Rubin will “finalize procedures for handling allegations of misconduct,” and that the new procedures would be sent to members in 2018.
James Franco is being lauded for his performance and direction of 'The Disaster Artist', but the Academy Awards have historically not been kind to comedies.
The Oscars are typically I signal of filmmaking of the highest quality. We all rant about how the Academy gets it wrong sometimes of course, but it’s not often genuinely bad films are rewarded.
Damien Chazelle’s celebrated musical ‘La La Land’ is expected to pick up wins for the majority of its record-equaling 14 nominations at this Sunday’s (26 February) Academy Awards – but should it win the biggest prize of the night? A Best Picture win for ‘La La Land’ remains more than likely, with bookies still considering it the odds-on favourite, but behind it sits Barry Jenkins’ heartfelt drama ‘Moonlight’: a very different, but no less deserving film.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan will welcome Iranian director Asghar Farhadi to Trafalgar Square for a special one-night-only screening of his Oscar nominated drama ‘The Salesman’ later this month. Taking place on Sunday 26 February (via The Guardian), the day of this year’s Academy Awards, Trafalgar Square will be transformed into the city’s biggest open-air screening for the first UK showing of the film.
As ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ is released – the first movie to be shot at the super high-definition rate of 120 frames per second – here are 10 other times films broke new ground and altered filmmaking for good. This 1987 drama starring Sting and Kathleen Turner is nondescript in almost every way. It had to be transferred to 35mm for exhibition as projectors still showed film.
Actor, singer, ‘Hamilton’ creator, Academy Award-nominated songwriter and social media favourite Lin-Manuel Miranda let his followers in on Monday’s Oscar luncheon. The annual lunch honouring this year’s class of nominees, which also included many Academy members as guests, took place at the Beverly Hilton and beyond the usual group photo we don’t typically know much about what takes place there. Miranda had other ideas, tweeting his experiences with all the glee of a fan, or indeed a first-time nominee.
Ryan Reynolds has reacted to his superhero hit ‘Deadpool’ receiving no love from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences when the organisation announced the 2017 Oscar nominations earlier today (24 January). The effervescent R-Rated X-Men spin-off was building up some steam in the run-up to the announcement following nominations at the Golden Globes.
The 2017 Academy Award nominations have been announced and, as expected, Damien Chazelle’s wonderful musical ‘La La Land’ leads the pack with a record-equalling 14 nominations, with ‘Arrival’ and ‘Moonlight’ just behind it with eight nods each. As ever many of the nominations were expected, with Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Denzel Washington and Viola Davis all receiving acting nominations, but what about the surprises?
Sony Pictures is preparing a major push to nab an unlikely Oscar nomination for R-Rated animation ‘Sausage Party’ at next year’s awards ceremony. Not only is the studio pushing for a Best Animated Feature nod, it thinks the film has a chance in the Best Original Song category as well. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman said: “Academy members are way smarter and more forward-thinking than people realise.
Earlier this year Disney and Marvel released ‘Captain America: Civil War’ to rapturous acclaim and made a killing at the box office. No Marvel film has ever actually won an Oscar but have, over the years, had a number of nominations in various categories. Last week they held a ‘For Your Consideration’ screening of the movie in the hope of gaining that all-important recognition to get their awards season rolling, and in truth there’s no reason why ‘Civil War’, directed by the Russo Brothers, can’t nab a hefty amount of awards between now and early 2017.
Eddie Murphy recently gave his first podcast interview to Awards Chatter, and talked about his long and prodigious career. In 2011, Murphy told Rolling Stone regarding his cultural impact, “…I’m the first black actor to take charge in a white world onscreen. On the podcast, Murphy said his Hollywood story is similar to another film icon.
As the Oscar-granting organization makes a push for more diversity, it reaches out to the largest number of new members ever.
The 69-year-old ‘Creed’ star, Sylvester Stallone, had been nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the recent ‘Rocky’ sequel. Appearing on Twitter, Stallone’s younger brother made his thoughts painfully clear. “The Academy should be ashamed of themselves,” said actor-musician Frank Stallone in a cutting series of tweets.
1. Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins an Academy Award Always a nominee but never a winner. This finally changed for Leo at the 88th Academy Awards when he scooped up the Best Actor award for his performance in “The Revenant.” DiCaprio gave a heartfelt thanks to his team and old friends, including Martin Scorsese, and even worked in a message on climate change saying, “It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating… Let us not take this planet for granted. Alejandro González Iñárritu wins Best Director second year in a row Iñárritu took home the hardware for directing “The Revenant.” He won in the same category last year for directing “Birdman,” making him the first director to win back-to-back Oscars in 65 years and only the third man to have done it so far. The first was John Ford who won in 1940 for “The Grapes of Wrath” and in 1941 for “How Green Was My Valley,” and the second was Joseph L. Mankiewicz who won in 1949 for “A Letter to Three Wives” and 1950 for “All About Eve.” 3.
The Oscars are more than just red carpet gowns and the host’s awkward jokes. It’s also a time when Hollywood’s finest tend to get super emotional — often when winning an award onstage, and sometimes while they’re just sitting in the audience, feeling moved. From Chris Pine’s infamous single tear at the 2015 Academy Awards to Halle Berry’s 2001 open-mouthed meltdown, these are the Oscars’ most memorable tearful moments — GIF’d. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day
By Thom Ernst We enter the 88th Academy Awards with dispute already looming over the ceremony. This year, it’s the #OscarsSoWhite campaign sparked by a lack of diversity in the major categories. And although the allegations are to be taken seriously, this latest debate follows a long-standing tradition of Oscar controversies. Here are 10 of the most notorious controversies in Oscar history.
One of the biggest upsets from the 2015 Oscars – aside from John Travolta’s generally distressing behaviour - was ‘Boyhood’ losing out to ‘Birdman’ for Best Picture and Best Director.