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    Oscar ballots to be mailed out Friday

    Academy members to determine '09 nominees

    By Variety Staff
    Posted: Tue., Dec. 23, 2008, 4:29pm PT

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is readying a post-Christmas gift for its 5,810 voting members. Oscar ballots are set to be mailed out on Friday.

    Ballots must be returned to PriceWaterhouseCoopers by Jan. 12 at 5 p.m. PT. Nominations will be unveiled on Jan. 22 at the Acad's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The 81st annual Academy Awards ceremony is set for Feb. 22 at the Kodak Theater.
    Oscar ballots to be mailed out Friday - Entertainment News, Award Central News, Media - Variety

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    'Journey' at center of visual f/x race


    Posted: Tue., Jan. 6, 2009, 9:32am PT
    By David S. Cohen

    Variety

    In an upset, modestly budgeted 3-D kidpic “Journey to the Center of the Earth” has advanced to the Oscar visual effects bakeoff — and created a logistics headache for the Academy in the process.

    “Journey,” one of the last hits from New Line, will compete for an Oscar nomination with six other films: Fox’s “Australia,” Paramount’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Warner’s “The Dark Knight,” Universal’s “Hellboy II,” Par’s “Iron Man” and U’s "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor."

    “Journey” beat out several costly vfx tentpoles, including Par’s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” which featured vfx from Industrial Light and Magic; Sony’s hit “Hancock”; and Disney’s “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.”

    The inclusion of “Journey,” the first all-digital 3-D live-action feature, is a problem for the Academy because it has not yet installed a digital projector in its Goldwyn Theater, where the competish will be held. A digital projector is required for modern-day 3-D. While the Academy will install some sort of temporary 3-D system for the bakeoff, there already has been one high-profile failure for such a digital setup this season: The abortive debut screening of “Benjamin Button” at the DGA.

    Among visual effects shops, the list was especially good news for Digital Domain, which is represented on Benjamin Button” and Mummy,” and London’s Double Negative, which worked on “The Dark Knight” and “Hellboy II.”

    Rhythm & Hues, which took an Oscar last year for “The Golden Compass,” is also in the running for “Mummy.” ILM is competing with “Iron Man.” The list shows the growing decentralization and globalization of digital production.
    The seven semifinalists will present their 15-minute highlight reels to the Acad’s vfx branch at the Jan. 15 bakeoff. The members will vote immediately after for the three Oscar nominees.

    The visual effects bakeoff, which is open to the public, will be held Thursday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Goldwyn.
    'Journey' at center of visual f/x race - Entertainment News, Oscar News, Media - Variety
    Last edited by ALIASd; 01-06-2009, 04:36 PM.
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      Seven films in running for makeup Oscar

      'Dark Knight,' 'Benjamin Button' on shortlist

      By Gregg Kilday
      The Hollywood Reporter
      Jan 6, 2009, 08:10 PM ET

      Three effects-heavy movies, three intimate dramas and one satirical comedy are among the seven films in the running for consideration in the best makeup category at the 81st annual Academy Awards.

      "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Dark Knight" and "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" all made the makeup shortlist, announced Tuesday, the same day on which they were shortlisted in the visual effects category.

      They will compete against the dramas "The Reader," "Synecdoche, New York" and "The Wrestler" as well as the comedy "Tropic Thunder," in which Robert Downey Jr. appeared as an Australian method actor playing a black soldier.

      On Jan. 17, the members of the academy's makeup branch will view 10-minute excerpts from the shortlisted films and then will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.

      Nominations will be announced Jan. 22, and the Oscars will take place Feb. 22.
      Seven films in running for makeup Oscar
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        Pixar Animation pioneer Catmull earns Oscar

        Posted 5h 4m ago

        LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of the digital wizards behind such cartoon smashes as WALL-E,Ratatouille and Finding Nemo is getting an Academy Award.

        Pixar Animation co-founder Ed Catmull is receiving the Gordon E. Sawyer Award, an honorary Oscar statuette, for lifetime achievement in computer graphics for filmmaking.

        Catmull is receiving the prize at the academy's Scientific and Technical Awards ceremony Feb. 7, which precedes the Feb. 22 Oscars.

        It's the second honorary Oscar for Catmull. He's a previous recipient in 2000 for developing Pixar's RenderMan software, which has been used in digital imagery for 45 of the last 50 films nominated for the visual-effects Oscar.

        Catmull also has three past scientific and technical awards from the academy.
        Pixar Animation pioneer Catmull earns Oscar - USATODAY.com
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        • #5
          Re: 81st annual Academy Awards 2/22

          The Journey Digital 3D dilema brings up another question, since some of the nominated Animated movies were release in Digital 3D, will they be screened in the 3D version, or just the plain 2D? Seems like if they did have digital 3D version released, they should be screened that way.
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            Best animated feature film of the year
            • BoltKung Fu PandaWALL-E (Walt Disney), Andrew Stanton
            Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
            • The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonDefianceMilkSlumdog MillionaireWALL-E (Walt Disney), Thomas Newman
            Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
            • Down to EarthJai HoO Saya
            Best animated short film
            • La Maison en Petits CubesLavatory - LovestoryOktapodiPrestoThis Way Up
            Achievement in sound editing
            • The Dark KnightIron ManSlumdog MillionaireWALL-EWanted
            Achievement in sound mixing
            • The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonThe Dark KnightSlumdog MillionaireWALL-EWanted
            Original screenplay
            • Frozen RiverHappy-Go-LuckyIn BrugesMilkWALL-E (Walt Disney), Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter
            81st Academy Awards® Nominations Announced | Press Release | AMPAS
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              "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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                Academy chief promises 'truly different' Oscars

                Sid Ganis warns nominees that show will take 'risks'

                By Gregg Kilday
                The Hollywood Reporter
                Feb 2, 2009, 08:41 PM ET

                Promising an Oscar show that will be "truly different," Academy president Sid Ganis used the annual Nominees Luncheon to put this year's awards hopefuls on notice.

                Teasingly withholding actual specifics, Ganis on Monday warned that "it's going to be a show that takes some risks." Speaking directly to the actors, he warned, "Your categories are being presented in a completely different way. Heads up."

                Turning to the entire room full of 112 nominees gathered at the Beverly Hilton's International Ballroom, he added, "Cinematographers, editors, composers. All of you guys. You're in for a big surprise."

                In hopes of stemming a ratings decline, the Academy has enlisted a new team, headed by producer Laurence Mark and exec producer Bill Condon, to give the 81st annual Academy Awards a makeover. ABC will broadcast the show live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Feb. 22.

                In an effort to build suspense, the producers are attempting to withhold details about the event, which will be hosted by Hugh Jackman. This year, for example, the names of the celebrity presenters are not being announced ahead of the broadcast in hopes of piquing viewers' interest.
                Academy chief promises 'truly different' Oscars
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                  Re: 81st annual Academy Awards 2/22

                  im going for slumdog millionaire i hope they win some awards

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                    Re: 81st annual Academy Awards 2/22

                    Peter Gabriel withdraws from Oscars

                    Musician will not perform nominated song

                    Posted: Thurs., Feb. 12, 2009, 5:19pm PT

                    Gabriel

                    By Phil Gallo
                    Variety

                    Peter Gabriel has withdrawn from performing at the Academy Awards, hoping the Soweto Gospel Choir will be booked to perform his nominated song "Down to Earth" from "Wall-E."

                    Gabriel was told he would perform for only 60-65 seconds in a medley of the nominated songs. When he said yes to performing the song he co-wrote with Thomas Newman he was under the impression they would be able to perform the song in its entirety. He does not believe the song will work in such a truncated form.

                    "It's a bit unfortunate," he said in a video on his website. "The songwriters are a very small part of the filmmaking process but we still work bloody hard and deserve (a bigger part in the ceremony)."

                    Calling himself "an old fart" who can afford to "make a little protest," Gabriel's hope is that the Oscarcast producers will reconsider the move next year and reinstate full performances of songs.

                    The Feb. 22 show is a maiden voyage for producers Laurence mark and Bill Condon. Gabriel still intends to attend the ceremony.

                    The Academy had no comment.


                    Peter Gabriel withdraws from Oscars - Entertainment News, Oscar News, Media - Variety
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                      Re: 81st annual Academy Awards 2/22

                      60-65 seconds for each song? That's only 3 1/4 min tops out of the entire show. Must be begin done to reduce length of overall show (or give more time for poorly written jokes). This is disappointing news for me.
                      I like The Happiest Millionaire. What's wrong with that?

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                      • #12
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                        Hugh Jackman Reveals Not-So-Secret Oscar Pick

                        By Stephen M. Silverman
                        People
                        Originally posted Saturday February 14, 2009 07:40 AM EST
                        Hugh Jackman Photo by: Jon Furniss / WireImage
                        The Dark Knight
                        Hugh Jackman Reveals Not-So-Secret Oscar Pick - Oscars 2009, Heath Ledger, Hugh Jackman : People.com
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                          Final Oscar Ballots Due Tuesday by 5 p.m. | Press Release | AMPAS
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                          • #14
                            Re: 81st annual Academy Awards 2/22

                            I predict a 'Sexiest Man Alive' off during tonight's telecast, may the best hunk win!
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                              Re: 81st annual Academy Awards 2/22

                              Yeah, I'm a little worried when the Academy president said it's going to be "completely different." Remember the year they didn't let the winners of the "lesser" categories walk up on stage to save time? I hope it's not something ridiculous like that. I mean, we all know it's a long show. That's one of the things I like about it. It's an all-night event for me. People who care that it's long won't watch it anyway.

                              I am confused about Hugh Jackman, though. Does he have some sort of stand-up/comedy background I'm not aware of? I don't get it. :confused:

                              I'm still excited...it's the OSCARS! The Oscars are my Superbowl. Bring on the red carpet!!
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