LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roman Polanski asked a judge Friday to restore his membership in the organization that bestows the Academy Awards nearly a year after he was expelled from it for sexual...
The Latest: Academy stands by decision to expel Polanski
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on Roman Polanski asking a court to reinstate his film academy membership (all times local):
The film academy is standing behind its decision to...
Correction: Oscars-Untelevised Categories story
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Feb. 16 about the Oscars reversing a decision to hand out four awards during commercial breaks, The Associated Press erroneously described a quote from Board of...
Oscars producers say the show is in ‘good shape’ for Sunday
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Academy Awards producers Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss have been hearing the same question a lot recently: Are you OK?
It's an understandable query. Producing the Oscars...
At the Oscars, some songwriters are left in the dark
NEW YORK (AP) — For Grammy-winning producer-songwriter Alexander Shuckburgh, the Academy Awards are so close and yet so far.
Shuckburgh should be celebrating as an Oscar nominee since a song...
Film academy reveals which 4 Oscars will be given off air
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The film academy has finally revealed the Oscar categories that will be presented during the commercial breaks of this year's broadcast in an attempt to shorten the show to three hours.
At Oscar nominees luncheon, a pitch for brevity
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Winners at this year's Oscars will need to be quick, both in their walks to the stage and their acceptance speeches.
The Latest: Cooper, Coogler among surprising Oscar nom snubs
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the announcement of nominees for the 91st annual Academy Awards, which are being announced Tuesday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California (all times local):
The 2019 Oscar nominations are full of surprises and some downright stupefying snubs.
Box office totals for best picture Academy Awards nominees
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A list of the box office totals for the best picture nominees for the 91st annual Academy Awards that were announced Tuesday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Screen Actors Guild slams film academy for Oscar tactics
NEW YORK (AP) — The Screen Actors Guild on Monday called on the film academy to stop trying to prevent stars from appearing on award shows before the Oscars.
In an unusually critical statement, SAG-AFTRA said it has received multiple reports that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is pressuring certain actors to appear only at next month's Academy Awards. Several award shows occur before that, including the guild's own Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 27.
‘Roma,’ ‘Burning’ among foreign language Oscar contenders
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A number of Oscar hopefuls just got one step closer to a nomination with Monday's reveal of nine Academy Awards shortlists, including best foreign language film where Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" and Lee Chang-dong's thriller "Burning" are among nine films in consideration.
Nick Cannon sees irony in the way Oscars handled Kevin Hart
NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Cannon isn't just defending his friend and fellow comedian Kevin Hart over the Oscars hosting controversy. He's also going after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences itself.
Actor-comedian Kevin Hart will host 2019 Oscars
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kevin Hart has a new job — he will host the 2019 Academy Awards, a role the prolific actor-comedian says fulfills a longtime dream.
Hart announced his selection for the 91st Oscars in an Instagram statement Tuesday. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences followed up with a tweet that welcomed him "to the family."
Honorary Oscar recipient Marvin Levy can’t believe his luck
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Marvin Levy says he never expected to get an Oscar, it's not false modesty. It just wasn't a possibility.
Emerging screenwriters honored with Nicholl awards
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Five emerging screenwriters are experiencing a breakthrough of a lifetime earning praise from the film academy for their work.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized each screenwriter at the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting on Thursday night. The three individuals along with a husband-and-wife writing duo received $35,000 and had their work read live by actors Jamie Chung, Lily Collins, Ken Jeong and Blair Underwood.
Actress-writer Waithe: Films fall short of ethnic equality
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood is falling short of ethnic equality despite black-led films including "Black Panther," actress and award-winning writer Lena Waithe said.
There are "a million 'La La Lands' every year. How often do we get a 'Moonlight'? How often do we get 'Black Panther'?" she said. "What to me will be true equality is when 'Black Panther' comes out and it's just like 'Captain America.'"
Disney animation and Pixar president Ed Catmull to retire
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ed Catmull, the president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios since 2006, is retiring next year. The Walt Disney Company says Tuesday that the 73-year-old Pixar co-founder will remain in an advisory role through July 2019.
Robert Iger, Disney's chairman and CEO, said in a statement that Catmull's impact on the entertainment industry is immeasurable.
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Film academy honors 19 student filmmakers
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Nineteen student filmmakers got the opportunity to "thank the academy" at the actual Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Thursday night.
The winners of the 45th Student Academy Awards are eligible to compete for a 2018 Academy Award in the animated short, live action short and documentary short categories. They join an esteemed list of Student Academy Award alumni like Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, Spike Lee, Trey Parker, Patricia Riggen and Robert Zemeckis.
At Toronto Film Festival, ‘popular’ was a relative term
TORONTO (AP) — For a festival that can be a hotbed of Oscar-predicting hysteria, the scuttling of the "best popular movie" category by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences barely...
Film academy president says popular Oscar was misunderstood
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The idea to hand out a popular film Oscar has been shelved for now following widespread backlash, but film academy president John Bailey says that the new category was well-intentioned in its efforts to reflect a changing industry and misunderstood by its critics.
Cicely Tyson, Kathleen Kennedy among film academy honorees
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Cicely Tyson, composer Lalo Schifrin and publicist Martin Levy will be getting honorary Oscar statuettes this fall at the film academy's Governors Awards, while producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will receive the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the honorees Wednesday after a Tuesday night vote by its board of governors.
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Diversity-focused academy program boosts Hollywood dreamers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The diversity crisis in Hollywood may rage on, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continues to try to open up access to the entertainment business for people from underrepresented communities and give some a foot in the door at the most critical moment — when college graduation is in sight and the job market is looming.
With new category, Oscars are now a popularity contest
NEW YORK (AP) — Not since Faye Dunaway shouted "La La Land!" has an Oscar announcement caused quite as much chaos as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decision to create a new Academy Awards category for "outstanding achievement in popular film."
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Big changes are coming to the Academy Awards, including the addition of a popular film award category and the promise of a shorter ceremony in an effort to combat declining viewership and criticisms that the awards are out of touch with the mainstream. But the Wednesday morning announcement was also met with immediate backlash online, raising questions about what the new category would mean for a film like "Black Panther," a global blockbuster which has also been talked about as a favorite contender for the best picture Oscar.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge ordered a man accused of stealing Frances McDormand's best actress Oscar statuette to stand trial on a felony grand theft charge.
Superior Court Judge Mark Hanasono said Wednesday that there was sufficient evidence for Terry Bryant to stand trial.
The ruling came after a hearing in which a worker with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences testified about taking the Oscar away from Bryant as he tried to leave the ceremony's official after-party.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ricki Lake never in her wildest dreams thought she'd be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the film "Hairspray" at the lofty Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
"I never thought the movie was going to come out, let alone have this life span. And for me to be alive 30 years later, for me to be turning 50 in two months ... you know, it's all kind of surreal," she said.
NEW YORK (AP) — In a seething open letter, French actress Emmanuelle Seigner refused the invitation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and voiced her support for her expelled husband, director Roman Polanski.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The organization that bestows the Oscars is continuing to lean into its promise to make its ranks more diverse by inviting a record 928 new members representing 59 countries to join including actors Tiffany Haddish, Kumail Nanjiani, Gina Rodriguez and "The Rider" filmmaker Chloe Zhao.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — American Film Institute founder and Kennedy Center Honors creator George Stevens Jr. is adding another chapter to film history by donating hundreds of items spanning five generations of his family to film academy's Margaret Herrick Library and its archive.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski, who fled the United States 40 years ago as a sex offender awaiting sentencing, says he views the #MeToo movement as "collective hysteria" and "total hypocrisy."
Polanski made the comment to the Polish edition of Newsweek before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences stripped him of his membership, citing his 1977 guilty plea and conviction for unlawful sex with a minor.
Correction: Oscars-Roman Polanski story
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story May 4 about the expulsion of Roman Polanski from the organization that bestows the Academy Awards, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board of governors. The board has 54 members, not 55.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Polanski's film academy expulsion, 40 years in the making
Roman Polanski's film academy expulsion is 40 years in the making
Correction: Oscars-Cosby and Polanski story
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story May 4 about the expulsion of Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby from the organization that bestows the Academy Awards, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board of governors. The board has 54 members, not 55.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the expulsion of Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski from the organization that puts on the Oscars (all times local):
Roman Polanski's attorney says the director was blindsided by a decision to expel him from the organization that bestows the Academy Awards.
Attorney Harland Braun says Polanski will ask the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to conduct a hearing so Polanski can make his case to remain in the prestigious body.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The case involving Roman Polanski, who fled the United States after he forced himself on a teenage girl during a photo shoot, has spanned more than 40 years, sparking court battles on both sides of the Atlantic. On Thursday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expelled him from its membership.
Here are some key dates in the long-running case, which has kept Polanski living in exile in Europe:
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Next year's Oscars season has been set, with several events leading up to the broadcast of the 91st Academy Awards on Feb. 24, 2019.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced key dates during the season on Monday, including the handing out of its honorary Oscars, the Governors Awards, on Nov. 18.
Nominations will be announced on Jan. 22, and scientific and technical awards will be bestowed during a Feb. 9 gala.
Bill Mechanic has stepped down from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) board of governors as a protest.
The 'Hacksaw Ridge' producer was taken the drastic step in response to the Academy allowing itself to be "blamed for things way beyond our control and then try to do things which are not in our purview (sexual harassment, discrimination in the industry)".
Film academy president keeps job following investigation
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has concluded its review of a misconduct allegation against film academy president John Bailey and determined that no further action is required.
The film academy said late Tuesday that Bailey will remain in his position, which he has held since August.
Movie academy chief denies engaging in sexual misconduct
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The president of the motion picture academy is denying he engaged in sexual misconduct.
In a memo sent to staff of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, President John Bailey said an allegation that he attempted to touch a woman inappropriately a decade ago on a movie set is untrue.
List of winners for the 90th Academy Awards
List of winners for the 90th Academy Awards presented Sunday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences:
Best Picture: "The Shape of Water."
Actor: Gary Oldman, "Darkest Hour."
Actress: Frances McDormand, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."
Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."
Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, "I, Tonya."
Directing: "The Shape of Water," Guillermo del Toro.
When Cherokee actor Wes Studi of Santa Fe takes the stage Sunday at the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles to present an Oscar, he will be one of only a handful of Native Americans to take part in the big event in its 90-year history.
Boone Isaacs’ hails ‘wonderful’ Oscar nominations
Just like movie-world professionals, the Fairfield Theatre Company is giving folks the opportunity to view all the Academy Award-nominated films in two categories and to vote for their favorites.
The Oscars are presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences “to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy’s voting membership.” The 2018 winners will be announced during televised festivities on Sunday, March 4.
Film academy announces special Oscar Concert in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The film academy is hosting a special concert as part of its celebration of the 90th Academy Awards.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday that the Los Angeles Philharmonic will perform new arrangements of all five nominated scores at the Oscar Concert on Feb. 28 at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
The show is open to the public. Ticket prices range from $43 to $161.
I knew “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” would earn nominations for its three stars and that voters would make way for Meryl Streep for a record-extending 21st time.
But there were some Oscar nominations announced Tuesday that had me doing a double take, often with genuine joy. What happened? How did they pull it off? Let’s look at the stories behind five of the year’s more surprising nominees.