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Birdman and Grand Budapest Hotel lead Oscar nominations

Birdman and Grand Budapest Hotel lead Oscar nominations

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced this year’s Oscar nominations at a pre-dawn ceremony, here in Los Angeles. Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel top the list, each receiving nine nods, with The Imitation Game close behind them on eight. Academy members have narrowe...

Neil Patrick Harris to host 2015 Oscars

Neil Patrick Harris to host 2015 Oscars

In recent years, he’s hosted the Emmys and the Tonys and now, Neil Patrick Harris – currently starring in the box office chart topping Gone Girl– is to add the Oscars to his CV. He’s taking over from Ellen De Generes, who – as a safe pair of hands – brought in the highest ratings for the...

Christian film loses Oscar nomination

Christian film loses Oscar nomination

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has withdrawn the Oscar nomination from one of the contenders for Best Original Song at this year’s ceremony. The musician, Bruce Broughton, who wrote the song “Alone Yet Not Alone” – for the independent Christian film of the sa...

BAFTA picks British film for Foreign Language Oscar race

BAFTA picks British film for Foreign Language Oscar race

The British crime thriller Metro Manila is marking its UK theatrical release with the news that it’s been picked to represent the UK in the race for next year’s Best Foreign Language Oscar. Although it’s set in the Philippines and shot entirely in the language of Tagalog, Metro Man...

Jolie, Martin and Lansbury honoured by Academy

Jolie, Martin and Lansbury honoured by Academy

The Academy that hands out the Oscars has announced four film-makers to receive honorary statuettes at the fifth annual Governor’s Awards ceremony in Hollywood in November; three actors and a costume designer. Honorary Oscars are being awarded to the comic, actor and writer Steve Martin, who h...

Ellen to host 85th Oscars, as Academy diversifies

Ellen to host 85th Oscars, as Academy diversifies

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hands out the Oscars, says the comedian and chat-show host Ellen DeGeneres will host next year’s awards ceremony. “I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time,” DeGeneres said in a statement. Her performance in...

Academy picks first black president

Academy picks first black president

The body that hands out the Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has chosen its first black president. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who’s been an Academy governor in the Public Relations branch for more than twenty years, succeeds Hawk Koch, who’d served only one year as pres...

British film wins Student Oscar

British film wins Student Oscar

A British short animation has won the top prize in the foreign film category at the 40th Student Academy Awards. The body that hands out the Oscars honoured Kristina Yee’s film, Miss Todd, with a gold medal at a ceremony at the Academy’s headquarters in Beverly Hills. She received the aw...

Academy celebrates short film nominees

Academy celebrates short film nominees

With just a few days to go until Oscars night, Hollywood is abuzz with talk about whether Argo will steal the Best Picture award from Lincoln, Les Mis or Life of Pi, and whether that might be more of a sympathy vote for Ben Affleck, who missed out on a directing nomination. But while most of the at...

American Academy to honour Bond at Oscars

American Academy to honour Bond at Oscars

A week before the Oscar nominations are revealed, it can already be said with certainty that James Bond will be honoured by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the most glittering ceremony of the film calendar next month.  The producers of the 85th Academy Awards have announced th...

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