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Saturday
Feb232013

Rules for Voting Have Changed for Selecting the Best Documentary at the Oscars

ABC/BOB D'AMICO(LOS ANGELES) -- The 2013 Oscars marks the first time all the members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will be voting for Best Documentary.

Academy Award winner Michael Moore (Bowling for Columbine), who was on the board of governors of the Academy's documentary branch, described the process. "For far too long, the nominees had been selected by committees, and sometimes just one or two people could block a film from even being considered for the short list," he told The New Yorker. And instead of the winner's being "decided on by sometimes as few as 200 people," there are now close to 6,000.

For filmmakers, it's a signal that "the Academy is paying attention to documentaries," said Kirby Dick, whose film on rape in the military, The Invisible War, has been nominated this year.

James Longley's first venture to the Oscars was in 2007 for Iraq in Fragments. There he was, the moment mere mortals only dream of, on Hollywood's ultimate red carpet, cameras flashing, microphones everywhere, sandwiched in between Al Gore and the Queen. Well, not exactly the queen -- it was Helen Mirren, who had starred in The Queen.

And nobody knew who he was. "The journalists who are all there, in huge numbers along the red carpet, they're all calling out the names of people they want to have a picture of," said Longley, speaking by phone from Kabul, where he's working on a new doc. "And when you come along, unless you're Michael Moore, they don't really know who you are. The first time you do this, it can be extremely intimidating. As a documentary filmmaker, you realize just how far down the Hollywood totem pole you really are."

Perhaps. But Oren Jacoby, whose 2004 short film Sister Rose's Passion was nominated for an Oscar, told ABC News, "There's been a sea change within the last five to 10 years in terms of the documentary's prominence. With digital distributing and everybody watching everything everywhere, the barriers are down, and people are looking for things they're interested in, and they're as interested in watching a documentary as anything else."

Dick agrees. "I've been making films for 25 years," he said. "And I've seen this change in the last 10 years. People come up to me all the time and tell me, 'Documentaries are my favorite genre.'"

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Thursday
Jan102013

"Lincoln" Leads Oscar Nominations with 12 Nods

ABC(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- Lincoln is the leading nominee for the 85th annual Academy Awards.  The Steven Spielberg-directed film starring Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role picked up 12 nominations Thursday morning. 

The next most-nominated film is Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, with 11, followed by Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook, each of which received eight nominations.  

The nominations were revealed by Emma Stone and Oscar host Seth MacFarlane, who received a nomination himself in the Best Original Song category for co-writing “Everybody Needs a Best Friend,” from his movie Ted.

Nine films in all will compete for the Best Picture award; there could have been as many as 10 nominated.  Beasts of the Southern Wild, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Amour, Django Unchained and Argo all received nods. 

In a surprising omission, Ben Affleck, Quentin Tarantino and Kathryn Bigelow, the directors of Best Picture nominees Argo, Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty, respectively, were shut out of the Best Director category.

The Best Actress category features both the oldest-ever and youngest-ever Oscar nominee.  Emmanuelle Riva, the star of the film Amour, is 85; tiny Quvenzhané Wallis, star of Beasts of the Southern Wild, is just 9 years old.

The 85th annual Academy Awards will air live on ABC Sunday, Feb. 24.  Here are the nominees in the categories announced Thursday morning:

Best Picture
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Lincoln
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Amour
Django Unchained
Argo


Best Actor

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Denzel Washington, Flight
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Best Actress

Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Robert DeNiro, Silver Linings Playbook
Alan Arkin, Argo
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Best Supporting Actress
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Amy Adams, The Master

Best Director
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Michael Haneke, Amour
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Animated Feature Film
Frankenweenie
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph
ParaNorman
Brave


Best Foreign Language Film
Amour, Austria
No, Chile
War Witch, Canada
A Royal Affair, Denmark
Kon Tiki, Denmark

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Argo
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Life of Pi


Writing (Original Screenplay)
Flight
Zero Dark Thirty
Django Unchained
Amour
Moonrise Kingdom

Best Original Song
“Before My Time” from Chasing Ice; music and lyric by J. Ralph
“Everybody Needs a Best Friend,” from Ted; music by Walter Murphy, lyric by Seth MacFarlane
“Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi; music by Mychael Danna, lyric by Bombay Jayashri
“Skyfall” from Skyfall; music and lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
“Suddenly” from Les Miserables; music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Best Cinematography
Anna Karenina
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall


Best Costume Design
Anna Karenina
Les Miserables
Lincoln
Mirror Mirror
Snow White and the Huntsman


Best Documentary Feature
5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching for Sugar Man


Best Documentary Short Subject
Inocente
Kings Point
Mondays at Racine
Open Heart
Redemption


Best Editing
Argo
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty


Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Hitchcock
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Miserables


Best Original Score
Anna Karenina, Dario Marianelli
Argo, Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi, Mychael Danna
Lincoln, John Williams
Skyfall, Thomas Newman

Best Production Design
Anna Karenina
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln


Best Animated Short Film
Adam and Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head over Heels
Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare
Paperman


Best Live Action Short Film

Asad
Buzkashi Boys
Curfew
Death of a Shadow
Henry


Best Sound Editing
Argo
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty


Best Sound Mixing
Argo
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall


Best Visual Effects
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
Marvel’s The Avengers
Prometheus
Snow White and the Huntsman

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Saturday
Jan052013

Oscars to Feature Special Tribute to James Bond 

Greg Williams/Eon Productions via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The James Bond movie franchise will mark their 50th anniversary this year and will receive a celebratory tribute during the broadcast of the 85th Academy Awards, according to the telecast’s producers.

"We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday," said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. "Starting with 'Dr. No' back in 1962, the 007 movies have become the longest-running motion picture franchise in history and a beloved global phenomenon."

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live this Thursday at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

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Sunday
Feb262012

Songwriter Siedah Garrett 'Ecstatic' on Oscar Nomination

Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- When the 84th Academy Award nominations were announced in January, one category was noticeably sparse: Best Original Song. For the first time since the category was introduced 76 years ago, only two songs, “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets, and “Real in Rio” from Rio, are up for the award.

The reason for the lack of nominees is the rating system the Academy has in place. First, no more than five songs can be nominated and the song has to play an integral role in the film. Then the 236 members of the Academy’s music branch score submissions on a half-point scale from 6 to 10 and only those with a rating of 8.25 or above will be considered.

One woman who isn’t complaining about the lack of nominees is Siedah Garrett, the lyricist for “Real in Rio,” who is best known for co-writing Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” and dueting with the legend on his number-one hit, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.”

This isn’t Garrett’s first opportunity to take an Oscar home. In 2006, her Grammy Award-winning song “Love You I Do” from Dreamgirls was nominated, but lost to “I Need to Wake Up” by Melissa Etheridge.

Although Garrett said she is “ecstatic” that she has a 50 percent chance of winning this year, neither she nor Sergio Mendes, co-composer of “Real in Rio,” were happy when they learned they would not have the opportunity to sing the song at the ceremony after it was decided the nominated songs would not be performed.

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Sunday
Feb262012

The Oscars: Five Reasons to Watch

(LOS ANGELES) -- Hollywood's biggest night of the year is upon us. Before the ceremonies start, here's what to look forward to at the 2012 Oscars:

Billy Crystal. The veteran Oscar host's head writer told ABCNews.com that Crystal has updated his act to hold the attention of even the most text and Twitter-happy viewers. "Billy is a really smart host," Carol Leifer said. "I don't think most people realize how intensely he works on the show and how seriously he takes it. He is so in the moment and has such a good time that to the audience in the Kodak and out in TV land, it will be obvious."

Sacha Baron Cohen. Also known as, "The Dictator." Hollywood's current king of satire will be on the Oscar red carpet as the title character from his upcoming movie. On Friday, amid word that the Academy had taken away his tickets, he posted a video online as "The Dictator" warning of "unimaginable consequences" if the Academy banned him from the Oscars. Guess we'll see what he has up his sleeve tonight.

High profile presenters. The Academy is going heavy on star power at the podium. Sunday night’s presenters include Gwyneth Paltrow, Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry, Michael Douglas, Tina Fey, Jennifer Lopez, Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis and the Muppets.

Octavia Spencer. She's been the toast of town leading up to Sunday's show, and many believe that the best supporting actress Oscar might as well be placed on top of her mantel right now. Considering her SAG and Golden Globe wins, if Spencer scores Sunday, her speech and backstage candor are sure to be memorable.

Uggie. This little guy charmed millions in The Artist and won more fans when he donned a bow tie on stage at the Globes. Here's hoping he meets the Muppets this time.

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