Oscar’s Class of 2013 lunch

Class 0f 2013The class photo of 2013 taken at the nominees lunch in Los Angeles on 10 February 2014. There are some Oscar winners in there.


And the winners are… 70th Golden Globes


Best motion picture – drama: Argo

Argo poster UK

Best motion picture – musical or comedy: Les Miserables

Les-MiserableBest foreign language film: Amour

amourBest animated feature: Brave


Best director: Ben Affleck, Argo

Best actor – drama: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Best actor – musical or comedy: Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables

Best actress – drama: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Best actress – musical or comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Best supporting actor: Christophe Waltz, Django Unchained

Best supporting actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Best screenplay: Django Unchained

Best original score: Life of Pi

Best original song: “Skyfall”, Skyfall

Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement award: Jodie Foster


Best TV Series – Drama: Homeland


Best TV Series – Comedy: Girls

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Best Miniseries or Motion Picture made for TV: Game Change

Best Actor – Drama: Damian Lewis, Homeland

Best Actress – Drama: Claire Danes, Homeland

Best Actor – Comedy: Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Best Actress – Comedy: Lena Dunham, Girls

Best Actor – Miniseries or Motion Picture made for TV: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys

Best Actress – Miniseries or Motion Picture made for TV: Julianne Moore, Game Change

Best Supporting Actor: Ed Harris, Game Change

Best Supporting Actress: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey



Foreign Language runners cut to just nine

Kon Tiki, Norway. One of the nine shortlisted films.

Kon Tiki, Norway. One of the nine shortlisted films.

Just nine films have advanced to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 85th Academy Awards. Seventy-one films had originally qualified in the category.

The 71 eligible films had been screened between mid-October and 17 December to several hundred Los Angeles-based members. The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Austria, Amour, Michael Haneke, director;
Canada, War Witch, Kim Nguyen, director;
Chile, No, Pablo Larraín, director;
Denmark, A Royal Affair, Nikolaj Arcel, director;
France, The Intouchables, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, directors;
Iceland, The Deep, Baltasar Kormákur, director;
Norway, Kon-Tiki, Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, directors;
Romania, Beyond the Hills, Cristian Mungiu, director;
Switzerland, Sister, Ursula Meier, director.

The shortlist will be cut to the five nominees by specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles. They will spend Friday, 4 January 4, through Sunday, 6 January, viewing the films and then casting their ballots.

Hair Raising: Seven in Contention

The Hobbit

The Hobbit

Seven films remain in competition in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 85th Academy Awards.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Les Misérables”
“Men in Black 3”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”

On Saturday, 5 January , all members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films. Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.

5,856 Academy voters choose the nominees from 282 feature films

Actress Jennifer Lawrence and Academy President Tom Sherak announced the nominees for the 84th Academy Awards. (credit: Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S.)

Actress Jennifer Lawrence and Academy President Tom Sherak announced the nominees for the 84th Academy Awards. (credit: Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S.)

Nominations voting for the 85th Academy Awards opened at 8 a.m. PT, on Monday, 17 December for the 5,856 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Members have until 5 pm PT, Thursday, 3 January 3 2013, to vote electronically or mail in a paper ballot. Any paper ballots received after the deadline will not be counted.

Nominations and final Awards ballots will be tabulated and verified by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to ensure that all aspects of the balloting process are accurate and secure.

This is the first year the Academy is providing its membership with the opportunity to vote electronically. Several voting resources will be available to members, including assisted voting stations in Los Angeles, New York and London, and a 24-hour support call center during voting periods.

The voting membership will be choosing from the 282 feature films that are eligible for the 2012 Academy Awards.

To be eligible for consideration the films had to open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight on 31 December and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.

Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.

A full list of all 282 eligible film can be found on the Academy’s wweb site. CLICK HERE.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy gets in tune for the Oscars

“Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” was best song in 2012

“Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” was best song in 2012

Seventy-five songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 85th Academy Awards.

The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film and song title:

“For You” from “Act of Valor”
“Metaphorical Blanket” from “Any Day Now”
“Let It Rain” from “Being Flynn”
“Learn Me Right” from “Brave”
“Touch the Sky” from “Brave”
“Airport” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best”
“Come on Girl” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best”
“Someday” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best”
“Protect the King” from “Brooklyn Castle”
“California Solo” from “California Solo”
“Casa De Mi Padre” from “Casa De Mi Padre”
“Del Cielo” from “Casa De Mi Padre”
“Yo No Se” from “Casa De Mi Padre”
“No Other Plans” from “Celeste and Jesse Forever”
“Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice”
“By the Light of the Moon” from “Crossroad”
“The Sambola! International Dance Craze” from “Damsels in Distress”
“When You Comin’ Home” from “Darling Companion”
“Death by China” from “Death by China”
“Delhi Safari” from “Delhi Safari”
“Ancora Qui” from “Django Unchained”
“Freedom” from “Django Unchained”
“100 Black Coffins” from “Django Unchained”
“Who Did That to You?” from “Django Unchained”
“How Bad Can I Be?” from “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”
“Let It Grow” from “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”
“Thneedville” from “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”
“Ain’t No Train” from “Downtown Express”
“You Don’t Have to Be a Star” from “Fame High”
“Jose’s Martyrdom” from “For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada”
“Strange Love” from “Frankenweenie”
“Voodoo” from “Halloween Party”
“Luna Nascosta” from “Hidden Moon”
“Song of the Lonely Mountain” from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Abraham’s Daughter” from “The Hunger Games”
“Master of the Seas” from “Ice Age Continental Drift”
“We Are” from “Ice Age Continental Drift”
“Looking for a Sign” from “Jeff, Who Lives at Home”
“From Here to the Moon and Back” from “Joyful Noise”
“He’s Everything” from “Joyful Noise”
“I’m Yours” from “Joyful Noise”
“Wide Awake” from “Katy Perry: Part of Me”
“Cosmonaut” from “Lawless”
“Beaten Up and Broken Down” from “Least among Saints”
“Suddenly” from “Les Misérables”
“Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi”
“When I Grow Up” from “Losing Control”
“Love Always Comes as a Surprise” from “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”
“Ladies of Tampa” from “Magic Mike”
“The Baddest Man Alive” from “The Man with the Iron Fists”
“This Gift” from “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”
“Still Alive” from “Paul Williams Still Alive”
“Dotted Line” from “People Like Us”
“Snake Eyes” from “Promised Land”
“Razors.Out” from “The Raid: Redemption”
“I’m Not Leaving” from “Re:Generation”
“Still Dream” from “Rise of the Guardians”
“Undercover Love” from “Rock of Ages”
“Big Machine” from “Safety Not Guaranteed”
“I Be Here” from “Saint Dracula”
“I Have Secrets” from “Saint Dracula”
“Skyfall” from “Skyfall”
“Breath of Life” from “Snow White and the Huntsman”
“Gone” from “Snow White and the Huntsman”
“One Wing” from “Sparkle”
“Not Running Anymore” from “Stand Up Guys”
“Feel Love” from “Struck by Lightning”
“Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from “Ted”
“Never Had” from “10 Years”
“Dull Tool” from “This Is 40”
“She Won’t Let Go” from “Until They Are Home”
“Kiss Me Goodbye” from “Virginia”
“Anything Made of Paper” from “West of Memphis”
“Hashishet Albi” from “Where Do We Go Now?”
“When Can I See You Again?” from “Wreck-It Ralph”

During the nominations process, all voting members of the Music Branch will receive a Reminder List of works submitted in the category and a DVD copy of the song clips. Members will be asked to watch the clips and then vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements in the category. The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award.

To be eligible, a song must consist of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film. A clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition of both lyric and melody must be used in the body of the film or as the first music cue in the end credits.

15 documentary features on Academy shortlist

8acd9e7c0f69570a2f6261cd358dede6The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 15 films in the Documentary Feature category that now will advance in the voting process for the 85th Academy Awards. One hundred twenty-six pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

  •  Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,Never Sorry LLC
  • Bully, The Bully Project LLC
  • Chasing Ice, Exposure
  • Detropia, Loki Films
  • Ethel, Moxie Firecracker Films
  • 5 Broken Cameras,Guy DVD Films
  • The Gatekeepers, Les Films du Poisson, Dror Moreh Productions, Cinephil
  • The House I Live In,”Charlotte Street Films, LLC
  • How to Survive a Plague, How to Survive a Plague LLC
  • The Imposter, Imposter Pictures Ltd.
  • The Invisible War, Chain Camera Pictures
  • Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God,Jigsaw Productions in association with Wider Film Projects and Below the Radar Films
  • Searching for Sugar Man, Red Box Films
  • This Is Not a Film, Wide Management
  • The Waiting Room, Open’hood, Inc

The Documentary Branch viewed the eligible documentaries for the preliminary round of voting. Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles on the shortlist.