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OSCARS WILL GET OUT OF THE WAY OF WINTER OLYMPICS

March 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In an apparent move to avoid competition with next year’s Winter Olympics, the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony will be moving to March 2, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today (Monday). (The 2014 Winter Olympics are scheduled to be held in Sochi, Russia on Feb. 7-23. The Oscars had previously been scheduled […]

HYUNDAI’S OSCAR ADS NAMED “MOST EFFECTIVE”

March 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hyundai, which scored strongly for overall effectiveness for its Super Bowl ads at the beginning of the month, drew much praise for its ads during the Oscars. The Korean automaker ran seven ads during the ceremony, receiving Ace Metrix’s highest score for its ad “Stuck,” which also ran during the Super Bowl. “Hyundai’s aggressive moves […]

71 COUNTRIES SUBMIT FOREIGN OSCAR ENTRIES — IRAN NOT AMONG THEM

October 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Iran has made good on its threat to boycott next year’s Academy Awards to protest the Academy’s silence regarding the anti-Islamic video, Innocence of Muslims. Although its planned entry, Reza Mirkarimi’s A Cube of Sugar, was regarded as a probable strong contender for the best foreign language award, it did not appear on the list […]

IT’S NOW DEFINITE: IRAN TO BOYCOTT THE OSCARS

September 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Iran’s minister of culture has seemingly put an end to discussions about whether the country should boycott next year’s Academy Awards ceremony by stating at the opening of a film festival in Kerman, “I officially announce that we will avoid next year’s Oscars as a serious response to the intolerable insult to the Prophet of […]

ACADEMY MOVES UP DATE FOR ANNOUNCEMENT OF OSCAR NOMINEES

September 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences would prefer that its members actually see the movies they’re voting for. They are therefore giving them five extra days to do so — by moving up their announcement of the Oscar nominees to January 10 from the previously scheduled January 15. The members will then have […]

OSCARS HAVE NEW PRODUCERS

August 24, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Following rumors appearing on numerous blogs, newspaper columns, and tabloid TV shows that Lorne Michaels had a lock on the producer’s gig at next year’s Oscar ceremony, it was announced Thursday that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce the show. The pair produced the movie version of Chicago, as well as 2007’s Hairspray, the […]

ANOTHER KOCH TO LEAD MOVIE ACADEMY

August 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Producer Hawk Koch, whose father, the late Howard Koch, served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1977-79 and produced the Oscar telecast eight times, is the new Academy president. He will succeed Tom Sherak, whose term was up after three years. He himself can serve only one year, since […]

OSCAR STATUETTES FETCH $3 MILLION AT ONLINE AUCTION

March 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The largest sale of Oscar statuettes in history fetched a total of more than $3 million on Tuesday, auctioneers Nate D. Sanders said Wednesday, with Herman Mankiewicz’s Oscar for his Citizen Kane screenplay going for $588,455. The Oscar to cowriter Orson Welles sold last December for $861,542. (Mankiewicz had maintained throughout his life that he […]

AND THE WINNER IS … ABC

February 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Thanks to its annual broadcast of the Oscars, ABC wound up in first place on the Nielsen ratings chart for last week, averaging 10.68 million viewers. That figure was skewed by the 39.34 million who tuned in to Sunday night’s Oscar telecast, the No. 1 program of the week. After the awards show and the […]

OSCARS AND GRAMMYS WIND UP TIED

February 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Final Nielsen figures for Sunday night’s Oscar telecast on ABC put the audience count at 39.34 million. That number is a tad below the 39.50 million that the Grammys wound up with two weeks earlier, but the difference is moot. Nielsen’s margin of error is plus or minus about 310,000; therefore the two awards telecasts […]

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