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Tweet The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has what could only be called a “Votergate” problem. First, the main news is that the Oscar Nominations Voting Period has been extended to January 4th (press release below). Second, according to Deadline.com, a number of Academy members were having problems adjusting to a new online voting format, when they were used to the old snail mail system used over the past 84 years of The Oscars. You can ask for a paper ballot only if your dues were paid and a request...

Tweet There are 282 movies eligible to be nominated for Best Picture at the 85th Academy Awards. According to The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, to be eligible for 85th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, 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...

Tweet Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards opened Monday, and that included the first time use of electronic voting for the 5,856 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Academy Members will have until 5 p.m. PT, Thursday, 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...

Tweet Seth MacFarlane is the host of the 85th Academy Awards. Again, Seth MacFarlane is the host of the 85th Oscars in 2013. This is unbelievable. Totally wild. Seth MacFarlane is a TV guy known for Family Guy and his movie Ted, but really his contributions have been massively tilted toward television. For Oscar Producers Craig Zedan and Neil Maron to have picked Seth is really out of this World. A reach for a new demographic. “We are thrilled to have Seth MacFarlane host the Oscars. His performing skills blend...

Tweet AMPAS, the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has finally hired a replacement for the last communications director, Leslie Unger, who was released last fall in what Deadline’s Nikky Finke called “housecleaning,” and didn’t do so with any love from Nikke Finke: My lack of fondness for the arrogant and autocratic pairing...

Tweet More from the Night Of 100 Stars Oscar Party, where I think I set a video record over last year. This time, I met the legendary ex-wife of Tom Cruise, Mimi Rogers, who currently stars on Two And A Half Men on CBS with Ashton Kutcher and John Cryer. In person, Ms. Rogers is tall and statuesque; quite the queen of the ball and regal in her way. She came with her daughter, who was just taking in all of the media surrounding her famous Mom, and looked like she was having a great time. When I asked Mimi Rogers who she...

Tweet Daniel Sutton is a friend and LA media local who represents News 10 out of Austrialia and focuses on entertainment. Last Saturday, we traded videos in a way, with Sutton talking to me about what to look out for during the Oscars…. And also talking about why he wanted to see The Help win Oscars Best Picture. “It’s the kind of film that tugs at the heartstrings, especially at the end,” he said. I agree with Daniel, but my days of hoping the Academy picks a movie I like are long gone because it’s...

Tweet Between Beverly Rivas, Tiana Patterson, and myself, there were three different views of The Red Carpet at the 2012 Oscars. Well, since Bev and Tiana were a team, really they should be considered one person. At any rate, here are the videos we created while on The Red Carpet, including the videos from the morning of The Oscars. The Oscars Red Carpet 2012 Media Positions Here I give Bev and Tiana a tour and point out that, once again, the minority media companies were all lumped together: TV One, BET, and Telemundo. Now,...

Tweet (Thanks to the Courtyard By Marriott Century City / Beverly Hills) The Oscars Red Carpet design was vastly different this year, and I sought to talk to someone connected with The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to explain the reason for the difference. AMPAS staff pointed to Joe Lewis. Lewis’ official title is “Oscars Pre-show Production Manager,” but, as he told me on camera, he’s not the head of design. That said, Lewis explained that they changed the “color palette”...

Tweet (Thanks to the Courtyard By Marriott Century City / Beverly Hills) The 2012 Academy Awards featured the only Oscar upset of the Sunday evening – that belonged to the legendary Meryl Streep – and it was predicted by yours truly. It happened on Saturday, and while I was being interviewed by Daniel Sutton, who works for Australia’s News One and is based in LA. I gave my extensive set of reasons for the prediction in an earlier blog post, writing: Streep’s frequency of nominations, and especially over...

Tweet Hollywood, CA (And thanks to the Courtyard By Marriott Century City / Beverly Hills) Oscar stands ready for what should be a rather predictable Academy Award ceremony Sunday. But, predictability aside, and regardless of the number of times I’ve been here, the preparation for the Academy Awards just never gets old. And after all of this time, I’ve figured out why: everyone here’s excited about the event. It’s what for me has become the “old” case of buzz creating buzz creating buzz....

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Tweet The time is almost upon us for the 84th annual Academy Awards, and while the show has yet to fully embrace social media – it has made some impressive leaps and bounds technologically speaking. I downloaded the official Oscar app last night, and I have to say I am rather impressed! It is available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and it provides a nice added value of the Oscars social feed, as well as original content and trailers from all the nominated films. There is also an interactive polling feature, with...

Tweet Yesterday I blogged that Sacha Baron Cohen was banned from attending The 84th Annual Academy Awards, or The Oscars, because he planned to dress as his character Admiral General Aladeen on The Red Carpet in a kind of promotion of his movie The Dictator. See my Tout: http://www.tout.com/m/bqv5vv Now, Cohen has announced that he will appear on NBC’s Today Show at 7:15 AM to respond to the action by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. No word on what he’s going to say, but on the website, he refers...

Tweet While the odds-on favorite for the best picture this year is “The Artist,” the field is varied and less predictable the best actor (and best actress) category.  In this field we have  two of America’s most popular heartthrobs, George Clooney and Brad Pitt, for their performances in “The Decendants” and “Moneyball” respectively.  Now Clooney has the edge here, having already won a Golden Globe for his turn as an absentee dad forced to start parenting his daughters when tragedy...

Tweet Sacha Baron Cohen, most famous for the character Borat, and currently for his movie The Dictator, has been banned from Sunday’s presentation of The 84th Academy Awards. The action was taken even though Cohen is both an Academy member, and stars in a film nominated for Best Picture: Hugo. According to Nikke Finke, who broke the story at her blog Deadline.com, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences took the drastic action after learning of Cohen’s plan to arrive at The Oscar Red Carpet in the costume...

Tweet The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Science either has a fear of social media, or a plain lack of knowledge of proper social media practices. And here I refer to AMPAS really annoying practice of trying to stop you from embedding one of their YouTube videos, and directing traffic to Oscars.org, the AMPAS website. The latest example being the Mike Myers and Kevin Kline video on Oscar Etiquette. The normal practice is to offer an embed code so you can place the video on your website or blog. That also helps the video...

Tweet The 84th Academy Awards is this Sunday and if you’re wondering who’s nominated for what among the top awards categories, look no further than Zennie62.com. Without delay, here they are, courtesy of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Best Picture: The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, War Horse Actor in a Leading Role: Demián Bichir, George Clooney, Jean Dujardin, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt Actress in a...

Tweet Just one week before The 84th Academy Awards, the shame of the The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences (AMPAS) totally-not-diverse membership was tossed before its collective feet Sunday, courtesy of the Los Angeles Times. The big stat: The Academy is 94 percent white, and 77 percent male. In a path-breaking work of investigative journalism, LA Times reporters John Horn and Nicole Sperling went through interviews and records to determine the actual identities of 5,100 of the 5,765 voting members. Here’s...

Tweet 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...