The Press Release:
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network today announced the 93rd Oscars® ceremony will move to Sunday, April 25, 2021, as a result of the global pandemic caused by COVID-19. The show, which will air live on ABC, was originally scheduled for February 28, 2021. Coinciding with the Oscars celebration, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, initially scheduled to open to the public on December 14, 2020, will now open on April 30, 2021, also as a result of the health crisis.
“For over a century, movies have played an important role in comforting, inspiring, and entertaining us during the darkest of times. They certainly have this year. Our hope, in extending the eligibility period and our Awards date, is to provide the flexibility filmmakers need to finish and release their films without being penalized for something beyond anyone’s control,” said Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “This coming Oscars and the opening of our new museum will mark an historic moment, gathering movie fans around the world to unite through cinema.” Continue reading The Academy & ABC Set April 25, 2021 As New Show Date For 93rd Oscars→
The Press Release:
Actor-producer John Cho and producer-actress-writer Issa Rae announced the 92nd Oscars® nominations today (January 13), live from the David Geffen Theater at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, opening later this year, via a global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org, the Academy’s digital platforms, an international satellite feed and broadcast media.
Cho and Rae announced the nominees in 8 categories at 5:18 a.m. PT, and the remaining 16 categories at 5:30 a.m. PT. For a complete list of nominees, visit the official Oscars website, www.oscar.com.
Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Feature Film and International Feature Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees.
The Press Release:
One hundred fifty-nine features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 92nd Academy Awards®.
Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules in order to advance in the voting process. The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:
“Always in Season”
“The Amazing Johnathan Documentary”
“Angels Are Made of Light”
“Ask Dr. Ruth”
“At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal” Continue reading 159 Documentary Features Submitted For 2019 Oscar® Race→
We love a good animated feature here at “The Chronicles” of Piercing Ken and yes the same does apply for the Metal Media Command HQ of PiercingMetal based on just how many superhero films get that treatment.
The Press Release:
Thirty-two features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 92nd Academy Awards®. The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:
“The Addams Family”
“The Angry Birds Movie 2”
“Another Day of Life”
“Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles”
“Children of the Sea”
“Dilili in Paris”
“Genndy Tartakovsky’s ‘Primal’ – Tales of Savagery”
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
“I Lost My Body”
“The Last Fiction”
“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”
“Marona’s Fantastic Tale”
“The Secret Life of Pets 2”
“Spies in Disguise”
“The Swallows of Kabul”
“This Magnificent Cake!”
“Toy Story 4”
“Upin & Ipin: The Lone Gibbon Kris”
“Weathering with You”
“White Snake” Continue reading “32” Animated Features Submitted For 2019 Oscar Race→
I’m going to continue to share some of the media alerts that hit my mailbox from the folks handling the doings over at the Academy Awards because I think that a lot of you will find them of interest. This latest broadcast lines out the winners of the recent competition for a fellowship. Take a look.
The Press Release:
Five individuals have been selected as winners of the 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. The fellows will each receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read on Thursday, November 7, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. For the seventh consecutive year, an ensemble of actors will read selected scenes from the winning scripts.
The 2019 winners are (listed alphabetically by author):
Aaron Chung, “Princess Vietnam”
Karen McDermott, “Lullabies of La Jaula”
Renee Pillai, “Boy with Kite”
Sean Malcolm, “Mother”
Walker McKnight, “Street Rat Allie Punches Her Ticket”
A total of 7,302 scripts were submitted for this year’s competition. Twelve individual screenwriters were selected as finalists. Their scripts were then read and judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, who ultimately voted the winners.
The 2019 finalists are (listed alphabetically by author):
Paul Ashton, “Slater Berricks Is a Dead Man”
Matthew Fantaci, “Scandalous!”
Lynn Esta Goldman, “On the Wing”
Gary Patent, “Cosmonaut”
Joel Sinensky, “The Lie Factory”
Toy Styles, “Concrete Beach”
Jack Zafran, “Justice, Justice”
Fellowships are awarded with the understanding that the recipients will each complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year. The Academy acquires no rights to the works of Nicholl fellows and does not involve itself commercially in any way with their completed scripts.
The Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee is chaired by Academy Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Governor Jennifer Yuh Nelson. The members of the committee are Eva Marie Saint (Actors Branch); John Bailey and Steven Poster (Cinematographers Branch); Marcus Hu and William Mechanic (Executives Branch); James Plannette and Stephen Ujlaki (Members-at-Large); Stephanie Allain, Albert Berger, Julia Chasman, Julie Lynn, Peter Samuelson and Robert W. Shapiro (Producers Branch); Bobbi Banks (Sound Branch); and Tina Gordon Chism, Eric Heisserer, Larry Karaszewski, Dan Petrie Jr., Misan Sagay, Kirsten Smith, Dana Stevens and Tyger Williams (Writers Branch).
The global competition, which aims to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters, has awarded 161 fellowships since it began in 1986. In 2019 several past Nicholl fellows added to their feature film and television credits:
• Destin Daniel Cretton directed and co-wrote (with Andrew Lanham) Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Just Mercy,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Cretton will also be directing Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”
• Jacob Estes wrote and directed Blumhouse’s “Don’t Let Go,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
• Susannah Grant is showrunner and an executive producer of the Netflix series “Unbelievable.”
• Ehren Kruger wrote Walt Disney Studios’ “Dumbo.”
• Kurt Kuenne directed episodes of NBC’s “The Blacklist.”
• Tianna Langham and Chris Bessounian are staff writers and story editors on Fox Television’s “The Resident.”
• Creighton Rothenberger co-wrote the story for Lionsgate’s “Angel Has Fallen.”
• Stephanie Shannon is a story editor and writer on the Apple TV+ series “For All Mankind.”
• Rebecca Sonnenshine is a co-executive producer and writer on the Amazon series “The Boys.”
• Michael Werwie wrote the Netflix movie “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” from his Nicholl-winning script. The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Tickets for the 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read are now available at Oscars.org/Events. Casting for the live read will be announced at a later date.
ABOUT THE ACADEMY: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 9,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.
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Piercing Ken Thoughts: As I don’t know all that much about the works that won the fellowship I will not be adding much to the mix here. I will say congratulations and I hope that they put up a video of the readings for all to enjoy the accomplishments of these talented screenwriters. What do you readers think about this news? Chime in down below in the comments. It’s always good to hear from you.