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2019 Oscars: Academy Reverses Decision After Industry Protest; All 24 Categories Will Be Broadcast Live

After a truly wild week of social media uproar and industry backlash from actors, directors and editors, cinematographers and makeup & hairstylists guilds, the Academy and Oscars producers have relented. All 24 categories will be presented in the live Oscars broadcast. Industry Open Letter to Academy Reaches 550+ This decision breaks from Academy protocol that would have required the 54-member …

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Can the Academy Save Itself From Itself?

It was one thing that film fans and Oscar fans alike joined forces to decry the Academy’s decision to move four categories – Cinematography, Film Editing, Live-Action Short and Makeup & Hairstyling – to commercial breaks (to be edited into the show later) I don’t know if they were expected the level of anger and even vitriol that came their …

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Academy Reveals the Four Categories Being Presented During Commercial Breaks

The Academy today revealed the categories that the viewing audiences will not see and will instead be presented during commercial breaks and edited into the show later. They are: Film Editing, Cinematography, Makeup & Hairstyling and Live Action Short. While four is fewer than the “6-9” rumors that were floating around since the initial announcement was made last August, it’s …

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Alexander Valley Film Society’s Oscar Red Carpet Fundraiser

Living in a small town, away from LA and the glitz and glam of Hollywood, I’m always supportive of my local film festivals, be it the long and well-known Mill Valley Film Festival or San Francisco International Film Festival to the young upstarts like the Alexander Valley Film Festival put on by the Alexander Valley Film Society up in Sonoma …

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Oscars: Full breakdown of speech length for 2018 Oscar winners

Mark Bridges, Costume Design winner for Phantom Thread, gave the shortest speech at the 90th Oscars – 52 seconds (photo: The Hollywood Reporter) Earlier this week I detailed what it would take to get to a 3-hour Oscar telecast (and why I think they shouldn’t do it) that included a full time breakdown of last year’s show. Today, as an …

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2019 Oscars: Production team for 91st Academy Awards announced

Production Team Welcomes New Faces, Includes Veterans Producers Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss today announced 11 key members of the production team for the 91st Oscars, which will air live on Sunday, February 24th on ABC.  It was previously announced that Weiss would be returning as director for his fourth consecutive year, while sharing producing duties with Gigliotti for the …

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2019 Oscars: Awkwafina, Chris Evans, Charlize Theron, Daniel Craig, Tessa Thompson among first round of Oscars presenters

First 2019 Oscar presenters announced: Awkwafina, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lopez, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Amandla Stenberg, Charlize Theron, Tessa Thompson, Constance Wu Awkwafina, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lopez, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Amandla Stenberg, Charlize Theron, Tessa Thompson, Constance Wu                Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic to PerformDuring the “In …

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Academy backtracks; All Oscar-nominated songs will be performed

Not long after it was leaked (intentionally?) that only two Original Songs would be performed at this year’s Oscars and encountered tons of backlash, the Academy did an about face and now Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) will be performing the song “I’ll Fight” from the Oscar-nominated documentary feature of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, RBG, and written by 10-time …

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