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Wanna join the Academy Awards? Well don’t be a female and pray if you’re not white…

About 37 million people tuned in to the Academy Awards last year, and a great deal rides on the show’s outcome…Yet the roster of all 5,765 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a closely guarded secret.

The organization does not publish a membership list.

A Los Angeles Times study found that academy voters are markedly less diverse than the moviegoing public…Oscar voters are nearly 94% Caucasian and 77% male, The Times found. Blacks are about 2% of the academy, and Latinos are less than 2%.

Oscar voters have a median age of 62. People younger than 50 constitute just 14% of the membership.

Some members see it simply as a mirror of hiring patterns in Hollywood, while others say it reflects the group’s mission to recognize achievement rather than promote diversity. Many said the academy should be much more representative.

Caucasians currently make up 90% or more of every academy branch except actors, whose roster is 88% white. The academy’s executive branch is 98% white, as is its writers branch.

Men compose more than 90% of five branches. Of the academy’s 43-member board of governors, six are women; public relations executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs is the sole person of color.

“I don’t see any reason why the academy should represent the entire American population. That’s what the People’s Choice Awards are for,” said (former president of the Academy) Frank Pierson, who still serves on the board of governors. “We represent the professional filmmakers, and if that doesn’t reflect the general population, so be it.”

The 2011 (Oscar) ceremony was staged without a single black male presenter.

via LA Times – Unmasking the Academy

 

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Wanna join the Academy Awards? Well don't be a female and pray if you're not white…

About 37 million people tuned in to the Academy Awards last year, and a great deal rides on the show’s outcome…Yet the roster of all 5,765 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a closely guarded secret.

The organization does not publish a membership list.

A Los Angeles Times study found that academy voters are markedly less diverse than the moviegoing public…Oscar voters are nearly 94% Caucasian and 77% male, The Times found. Blacks are about 2% of the academy, and Latinos are less than 2%.

Oscar voters have a median age of 62. People younger than 50 constitute just 14% of the membership.

Some members see it simply as a mirror of hiring patterns in Hollywood, while others say it reflects the group’s mission to recognize achievement rather than promote diversity. Many said the academy should be much more representative.

Caucasians currently make up 90% or more of every academy branch except actors, whose roster is 88% white. The academy’s executive branch is 98% white, as is its writers branch.

Men compose more than 90% of five branches. Of the academy’s 43-member board of governors, six are women; public relations executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs is the sole person of color.

“I don’t see any reason why the academy should represent the entire American population. That’s what the People’s Choice Awards are for,” said (former president of the Academy) Frank Pierson, who still serves on the board of governors. “We represent the professional filmmakers, and if that doesn’t reflect the general population, so be it.”

The 2011 (Oscar) ceremony was staged without a single black male presenter.

via LA Times – Unmasking the Academy

 

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Fun facts of the Oscars…nineteen nominations for playing the king/queen of England?

19 Nominations for actors playing kings and queens of England

 

$325,000 - Cost of It Happened One Night (Best Picture, 1935)

 

$237 million - Cost of Avatar (Best Picture nomination, 2010—it lost)

 

23 - Best Picture nominees in which Bess Flowers appeared, the most of any actor (and she was an extra in all 23 films)

 

5 minutes - Length of shortest Oscar ceremony (1929)

 

4 hours 23 minutes - Length of longest Oscar ceremony (2002)

 

16 Best Picture winners set in New York

  1. The Broadway Melody
  2. The Great Ziegfeld
  3. You Can’t Take It With You
  4. Going My Way
  5. The Lost Weekend
  6. Gentleman’s Agreement
  7. All About Eve
  8. Marty
  9. The Apartment
  10. West Side Story
  11. Midnight Cowboy
  12. The French Connection
  13. The Godfather
  14. The Godfather, Part II
  15. Annie Hall
  16. Kramer vs. Kramer

 

2 Best Picture winners set in Los Angeles

  1. Million Dollar Baby
  2. Crash

 

And, twenty-two more quirky facts at – Oscar by the Numbers

What to watch this month – the 17 movies and their Oscars nominations

Now that the Super Bowl is over our next big entertainment event is the 84th Academy Awards on February 26th.

Which means we have 17 movies to catch up on. Below are the movies and their nominations.

 

If you’re really a movie buff you can also check out the other awards shows leading up to the Oscars (BAFTA, WGA, Spirit, Razzie).

 

Hugo

  • 11 nominations
  • Best picture, director, adapted screenplay, original score, cinematography, costume, art, editing, FX, sound editing, and sound mixing.

 

The Artist

  • 10 nominations
  • Best picture, director, actor, supporting actress, original screenplay, original score, cinematography, costume, art, and editing.

 

Moneyball

  • 6 nominations
  • Best picture, actor, supporting actor, adapted screenplay, editing, and sound mixing.

 

War Horse

  • 6 nominations
  • Best picture, original score, cinematography, art, sound editing, and sound mixing.

 

The Descendants

  • 5 nominations
  • Best picture, director, actor, adapted screenplay, and editing.

 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • 5 nominations
  • Actress, cinematography, editing, sound editing, and sound mixing.

 

Midnight in Paris

  • 4 nominations
  • Best picture, director, original screenplay, and art.

 

The Help

  • 4 nominations
  • Best picture, actress, and two supporting actress.

 

Albert Nobbs

  • 3 nominations
  • Actress, supporting actress, and makeup.

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

  • 3 nominations
  • Art, FX, and makeup.

 

The Tree of Life

  • 3 nominations
  • Best picture, director, and cinematography.

 

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

  • 3 nominations
  • Actor, adapted screenplay, and original score.

 

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

  • 3 nominations
  • FX, sound editing, and sound mixing.

 

Bridesmaids

  • 2 nominations
  • Supporting actress, and original screenplay.

 

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

  • 2 nominations
  • Best picture and actor.

 

My Week with Marilyn

  • 2 nominations
  • Actress and supporting actor.

 

The Iron Lady

  • 2 nominations
  • Actress and makeup.

 

Info provided by BruSimm, Big Screen Cinema Guide

The Oscars trailer from Funny or Die – Billy Crystal in Mongolia as Shukshin

I’m proud to say that my good friend, over at Cr8impact, is also good friends with “Nick Corirossi and Charles Ingram, at Funny Or Die, who wrote and directed the new Oscars Trailer featuring Billy Crystal and Robin Williams!

I’m only two degrees of Kevin Bacon/separation away from all this!
 

 
That’s Robin Williams as the Mongolian swamp guy on the boat who says, “he turned into a Yeti.” And, as far as I can tell, Billy Crystal calls himself Shukshin, an important Soviet writer from the Cold War?
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2012 Awards Seasons for movies – dates for the oscars, razzies, baftas, and more

Golden Globe Trophy

There really are a lot of awards…

 

December 2011

Dec 15 – Golden Globe Nominations

 

January 2012

Jan 5 – Writers Guild of America (WGA) Nominations

Jan 12 – Critics Choice Awards

Jan 15 – Golden Globe Awards

Jan 17 – BAFTA Nominations (British Oscars)

Jan 21 – Producers Guild Awards

Jan 23 – RAZZIE Nominations

Jan 24 – Academy Award Nominations (Oscars)

Jan 29 – SAG Awards (screen actors guild)

 

February 2012

Feb 11 – Academy Awards for Scientific and Technical Achievements (Oscars)

Feb 12 – BAFTA Awards

Feb 19 – Writers Guild Awards

Feb 25 – Independent Spirit Awards (for indie films)

Feb 25 – RAZZIE Awards

Feb 26 – 84th Academy Awards (Oscars)