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The latest Academy News from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is coming fast, heavy, and furious in the days leading up to the 84th Academy Awards on February 26th. Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Emma Stone Bradley Cooper To Present The list of Oscar presenters grows from it’s host Billy Crystal, and Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Halle Berry, Milla Jovovich, Angelina Jolie, and Penelope Cruz, all mentioned in my video… To include Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, and Bradley Cooper. Meanwhile Emma Stone, who played...

This is the other reason to get excited about the Academy Awards, other than that Billy Crystal is the host: the Night Of 100 Stars Oscar Party. This will be the fourth year this blogger has attended the amazing event, and here’s a few of my now classic videos from Norby Waters and Ed Lozzi’s great party: Gary Busey, Ed Asner Talk Wisconsin Protests at Oscar Party The Event’s Jason Ritter and Marianna Palka talk Good Dick The Movie Sean Young on The Hurt Locker and Being A Woman In Hollywood Richard Dreyfuss On Life,Politics,...

For the first time in the history of The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, it has a non-Academy Awards night event that has dominated the Twitter Top Trend list. That happened, and is happening, this morning at just after 6 AM PST, as the Academy Awards Nominations Announcement resulted in as many as four Twitter Top Trend keywords: #Oscars, Melissa McCarthy, Best Picture, Gary Oldman, Academy Awards Nominations, and Emmanuel Lubezki, as of this writing. That’s a record, and shows that the excitement for the Oscars has...

Well, the famous, bombastic music introducing the announcement of the nominees for the 2012 83rd Academy Awards has come and gone, and Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences President Tom Sherak and Winter’s Bone’s Jennifer Lawrence named the major nominees. Of course, there are some surprises, the first being that there are nine movies competing for Best Picture. Here’s the nine: The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life,...

The Academy Awards Nominations for 2012 are just four hours away and you can watch them live here at Zennie62.com. There will be a special live stream screen on the upper right of the blog page, and in this blog post above this text. Oscar nominations ballots were sent out to the over 5,700 members of the Academy last December, and were due back for tally by January 13th. The big question in this is just how many Best Picture nominations there will be for 2012, after the 10-film experiment of 2010 and 2011. Academy of Motion Picture...

This press release from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says it all: Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded $455,000 to 25 U.S. film festivals for the 2012 calendar year. The Cleveland International Film Festival will be the recipient of a multiyear grant for its Focus on Filmmakers program. It will receive a total of $150,000 over a three-year period. The Chicago International Film Festival is in its second year of a multiyear grant, receiving $150,000...

In this sad news from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), Gil Cates passes at 77 years old. Mr. Cates produced the Academy Awards 14 times, more than any other person. A popular figure in Hollywood and with the motion picture industry, Gil served with the Academy first in 1983 and through 1994, Gil served on the Academy’s Governor’s Board Director’s Branch. He returned in 2002 and was vice president of the Academy from 2003 to 2005. Cates was singularly responsible for bringing to the Oscars...

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ began its 30th Annual “Contemporary Documentaries”series on Wednesday, October 19 at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood and it will continue through December 7. All the screenings have free admission. The movies will all be screened at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. (except for an IMAX presentation on December 7). The doors open at 7 p.m. and the seating is not reserved. The...

More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! | Get my widget! | Visit YouTube | Visit UShow.com I just got an email from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that a new “preference voting” system will be used to select the Best Pictute for the 2010 Oscars. That news plus the fact that now there will be not five but 10 pictures in contention for the award means the category is essentially being returned to a hybrid of its design of a period between 1936 and 1943. The difference is then, preference voting was...

More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! | Get my widget! Ok. Actor Hugh Jackman, before he ran around in the buff in Wolverine, was the host of this year’s Academy Awards ceremonies. But would you believe he wasn’t even a member of the Academy? Well, that changed today. Jackman, actor James Franco from the Spiderman movie series, and 134 others were announced as new members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in a  press release emailed to me today. According to the Academy, the limit of new...

I’m proud of Sean Penn for taking on daring tasks both in film and in life. He’s a local man made good and does the SF Bay Area proud. Here’s the text of the speech, courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: CATEGORY: Performance by an actor in a leading roleSPEECH BY: Sean PennFILM: “Milk” ======BEGIN TRANSCRIPTION====== Thank you. Thank you. You commie, homo-loving sons-of-guns. I did not expect this, but I, and I want it to be very clear, that I do know how hard I make it to appreciate...

Yep. As my Twitter update reported, I’m off to Los Angeles for the Academy Awards — well, for a visit to the grounds to make videos one day before the event. Excited? Yes! But I’ve got to get to the shower and get to the airport, and it’s snowing on top of all that! Catch the Academy Awards coverage over at our Hollywood Blog! ...

More at Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood DailyThis is the list! But not all of them are here. Go to Nikke’s blog for the rest of them : “WEDNESDAY, February 18th 6:30PM Children Mending Hearts EventSheryl Crowe will perform, Anderson Cooper will be honoredHouse of Blues, 8430 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood 6:30PM-9:30PM Swarovski 2009 Award Season CelebrationThompson Hotel, 9360 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills 7PM-9PM Vanity Fair Dior PartyHosted by Wendy Stark Morissey, LACMA and BMWLACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 7:30PM Milk...

Well, Oscar time is here. The 2009 Academy Awards take place in just one month! Forest Witaker, fresh from his appearance at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration and the “We Are One” Concert, presented the nominees with Oscar President Syd Ganis. Here’s the video: But that was only part of the list. Here’s the full list of nominees: The 2009 Oscar nominees are: Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleRichard Jenkins THE VISITORFrank Langella FROST/NIXONSean Penn MILKBrad PittTHE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTONMickey...

This is absolutely funny. I don’t know if it was staged or spontaineous, but it made me laugh out loud. ...