A massive three hundred thirty-six feature films are eligible for the 2016 Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week.
To be eligible for 89th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.
Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.
Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category. The “Reminder List of Productions Eligible for the 89th Academy Awards” is available at http://www.oscars.org/oscars/rules-eligibility.
Nominations for the 89th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.
The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
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THE ACADEMY ANNOUNCES FIRST SLATE OF PRESENTERS AND PERFORMERS FOR 88TH OSCARS®
TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE TO TAKE THE STAGE
AT GOVERNORS BALL ON OSCAR® SUNDAY
LOS ANGELES, CA – Renowned musician and Grammy® Award nominee Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, with his band Orleans Avenue, is set to perform at the Governors Ball, the Academy’s official post-Oscars® celebration, on Sunday, February 28. The group will entertain the Ball’s 1,500 guests, which will include Oscar® winners and nominees, show presenters and performers, and other luminaries.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue is a hard-edged funk band that employs hip-hop beats, rock dynamics and improvisation in a jazz tradition. In January Trombone Shorty was named to Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30” 2016 music talents list. Last year he performed with Queen Latifah, Usher and other artists at The White House, supported the Foo Fighters on its European tour, and in his feature film debut, created the iconic sound of the adult character voices in “The Peanuts Movie.” He is one of several creative professionals participating in President Obama’s Turnaround Arts initiative, which helps struggling elementary and middle schools improve academic performance through rigorous, integrated arts programs. Trombone Shorty received a 2010 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Album for “Backatown.”
The evening also will feature husband-and-wife deejays DJ M.O.S. and DJ Kiss showcasing an eclectic mix of musical genres.
The Governors Ball will be held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood & Highland Center®.
The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
88TH OSCARS® PRODUCTION TEAM ANNOUNCED
Producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin today announced 14 key members of the production team for the 88th Oscars®, which will air live on Sunday, February 28, on ABC.
This year, Glenn Weiss makes his Oscar® telecast debut as director. Weiss has directed numerous televised events, including 15 Tony Awards® shows, for which he has garnered three directing Emmys®. Other directing credits include the “38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “BET Awards,” “Peter Pan Live!,” “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” “Primetime Emmy® Awards,” “Live from Lincoln Center,” “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular,” “Garth Brooks, Live from Las Vegas” and the “American Music Awards.”
Supervising producer Michael Seligman has more than 300 major television events to his credit and has earned 13 Emmy nominations, including 11 for his work on Oscar telecasts. Seligman’s other producing credits include “The American Giving Awards,” “America Celebrates July 4th at Ford’s Theatre,” “Stand Up to Cancer” and “Return to the Titanic…Live!”
The 88th Oscars brings three new consulting producers to the telecast: Cindy Hauser, Nicolle Yaron and Chris Pizzi.
Hauser is the screens and content producer. She will be overseeing the creation of several on-screen visuals, including the In Memoriam segment. For more than a decade, Hauser has worked in graphics and visual displays as well as produced several high-profile live events. Her credits include “YouTube Play” at the Guggenheim Museum, “YouTube OnStage Live from the Kennedy Center” and “Google Engage” events in Dublin and Singapore.
Yaron makes her Oscar debut as the element producer and will be coordinating with the Academy on social media. Her credits include “The Voice,” for which she received an Emmy Award as a senior supervising producer. Yaron most recently served as an executive producer on the series “Rising Star” and “World’s Funniest.” Her other credits include the “Primetime Emmy Awards,” “People’s Choice Awards” and the “MTV Movie Awards.”
Pizzi, this year’s insert producer, will be working with Lori Margules, who is the consulting producer on nomination packages. Pizzi is a three-time Sports Emmy-winning producer for NFL, PGA and NASCAR studio shows for FOX Sports. His credits include “Riggle’s Picks” on “FOX NFL Sunday” and a variety of commercials for FOX Sports. Margules’ credits include previous Oscar telecasts as well as the “Primetime Emmy Awards,” “Golden Globe Arrivals Special,” “NAACP Image Awards,” “BET Awards” and “Billboard Music Awards.”
Production designer Derek McLane returns to the Oscars for a fourth consecutive year, after earning an Emmy nomination for his work on each of the previous telecasts and winning in 2014. His other television credits include “The Wiz Live!,” “Peter Pan Live!” and “The Sound of Music Live!” McLane also has designed sets for several acclaimed Broadway productions; he received a Tony Award® for his work on the drama “33 Variations” as well as three nominations for musicals.
Fatima Robinson rejoins the production team as show choreographer. She previously worked on the 79th and 81st Oscar telecasts, as well as choreographed Pharrell Williams’s performance of “Happy” for the 86th Oscars. Robinson recently served as performance producer and choreographer for several episodes of “The Voice.” Her other credits include such feature films as “This Is the End,” “Public Enemies” and “Dreamgirls,” and the television events “The Wiz Live!,” “The Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show,” and the “BET Awards,” “American Music Awards” and “Grammy Awards.”
Billy Kimball makes his Oscar debut this year as head writer. He has previously written for the Governors Awards and was the writer on the “Independent Spirit Awards” nine times. Kimball is currently a writer and consulting producer on the HBO comedy series “Veep.” His other writing credits include “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn,” “The Simpsons” and the documentary feature “Waiting for ‘Superman,’” which he co-wrote with Davis Guggenheim. In addition, previously announced Oscar host Chris Rock will be writing special material.
Byron Phillips is the Oscar telecast’s supervising music producer. Phillips has developed and produced content and strategic plans for television, film and music platforms. Earlier this month, he served as the co-executive producer of the “47th NAACP Image Awards” after producing the organization’s previous three shows. He was the co-founder of New Nation Networks and AntHill Mob Entertainment, and has held executive positions with BET Networks and Hollywood Records.
Harold Wheeler returns for his third Oscar telecast, his first as music director. An accomplished orchestrator, composer, conductor, record producer and arranger, Wheeler has received numerous Emmy and Tony Award nominations as well as an NAACP Theatre Award for lifetime achievement. His television credits include the “People’s Choice Awards,” the “AFI’s 100 Years…” series, and 17 seasons of “Dancing with the Stars.” Wheeler also composed music for two Democratic National Conventions and the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics. On Broadway, he has orchestrated such musicals as “Hairspray,” “The Full Monty,” “Dreamgirls,” “The Wiz” and “Promises, Promises.”
Talent producer Taryn Hurd rejoins the Oscar telecast team for the third consecutive year. She also has served as talent producer on events including the past two Governors Awards ceremonies, “Red Nose Day,” “Think It Up,” the FOX network’s “New Year’s Eve Live,” the Breeders’ Cup telecast, “Teen Choice 2013” and “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops.”
Lightning designer Robert Dickinson returns for his 26th Oscar show. He has won 18 Emmy Awards, including three for Oscar telecasts. His extensive credits include the “Kennedy Center Honors,” “Grammy Awards,” “Primetime Emmy Awards,” “Tony Awards,” “NAACP Image Awards” and “American Music Awards”; Olympics ceremonies in Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Athens and Vancouver; and the specials “Peter Pan Live!” and “The Sound of Music Live!”
The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
The presenters and performers, including past Oscar winners and nominees, are:
Benicio Del Toro
“Each of these artists brings a wonderfully distinctive element to the Oscars stage,” said Hill and Hudlin. “Together they represent the many thrilling ways stories can be shared about the human experience, and we’re honored they will be part of the celebration.”
Nominations for the 88th Academy Awards, 2016
Performance by an actor in a leading role
Bryan Cranston in “Trumbo”
Matt Damon in “The Martian”
Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant”
Michael Fassbender in “Steve Jobs”
Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl”
Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Christian Bale in “The Big Short”
Tom Hardy in “The Revenant”
Mark Ruffalo in “Spotlight”
Mark Rylance in “Bridge of Spies”
Sylvester Stallone in “Creed”
Performance by an actress in a leading role
Cate Blanchett in “Carol”
Brie Larson in “Room”
Jennifer Lawrence in “Joy”
Charlotte Rampling in “45 Years”
Saoirse Ronan in “Brooklyn”
Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Jennifer Jason Leigh in “The Hateful Eight”
Rooney Mara in “Carol”
Rachel McAdams in “Spotlight”
Alicia Vikander in “The Danish Girl”
Kate Winslet in “Steve Jobs”
Best animated feature film of the year
“Anomalisa” Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran
“Boy and the World” Alê Abreu
“Inside Out” Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera
“Shaun the Sheep Movie” Mark Burton and Richard Starzak
“When Marnie Was There” Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura
Achievement in cinematography
“Carol” Ed Lachman
“The Hateful Eight” Robert Richardson
“Mad Max: Fury Road” John Seale
“The Revenant” Emmanuel Lubezki
“Sicario” Roger Deakins
Achievement in costume design
“Carol” Sandy Powell
“Cinderella” Sandy Powell
“The Danish Girl” Paco Delgado
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Jenny Beavan
“The Revenant” Jacqueline West
Achievement in directing
“The Big Short” Adam McKay
“Mad Max: Fury Road” George Miller
“The Revenant” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
“Room” Lenny Abrahamson
“Spotlight” Tom McCarthy
Best documentary feature
“Amy” Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees
“Cartel Land” Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin
“The Look of Silence” Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
“What Happened, Miss Simone?” Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes
“Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom” Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor
Best documentary short subject
“Body Team 12” David Darg and Bryn Mooser
“Chau, beyond the Lines” Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck
“Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah” Adam Benzine
“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
“Last Day of Freedom” Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman
Achievement in film editing
“The Big Short” Hank Corwin
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Margaret Sixel
“The Revenant” Stephen Mirrione
“Spotlight” Tom McArdle
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey
Best foreign language film of the year
“Embrace of the Serpent” Colombia
“Son of Saul” Hungary
“A War” Denmark
Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin
“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared” Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
“The Revenant” Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
“Bridge of Spies” Thomas Newman
“Carol” Carter Burwell
“The Hateful Eight” Ennio Morricone
“Sicario” Jóhann Jóhannsson
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” John Williams
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
“Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio
“Manta Ray” from “Racing Extinction”
Music by J. Ralph and Lyric by Antony Hegarty
“Simple Song #3” from “Youth”
Music and Lyric by David Lang
“Til It Happens To You” from “The Hunting Ground”
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga
“Writing’s On The Wall” from “Spectre”
Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith
Best motion picture of the year
“The Big Short” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers
“Bridge of Spies” Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers
“Brooklyn” Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Doug Mitchell and George Miller, Producers
“The Martian” Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam, Producers
“The Revenant” Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon, Producers
“Room” Ed Guiney, Producer
“Spotlight” Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, Producers
Achievement in production design
“Bridge of Spies” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich
“The Danish Girl” Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Michael Standish
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson
“The Martian” Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Celia Bobak
“The Revenant” Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Hamish Purdy
Best animated short film
“Bear Story” Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala
“Prologue” Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton
“Sanjay’s Super Team” Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle
“We Can’t Live without Cosmos” Konstantin Bronzit
“World of Tomorrow” Don Hertzfeldt
Best live action short film
“Ave Maria” Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont
“Day One” Henry Hughes
“Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)” Patrick Vollrath
“Shok” Jamie Donoughue
“Stutterer” Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage
Achievement in sound editing
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Mark Mangini and David White
“The Martian” Oliver Tarney
“The Revenant” Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender
“Sicario” Alan Robert Murray
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Matthew Wood and David Acord
Achievement in sound mixing
“Bridge of Spies” Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
“The Martian” Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth
“The Revenant” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson
Achievement in visual effects
“Ex Machina” Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams
“The Martian” Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner
“The Revenant” Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould
“The Big Short” Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
“Brooklyn” Screenplay by Nick Hornby
“Carol” Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy
“The Martian” Screenplay by Drew Goddard
“Room” Screenplay by Emma Donoghue
“Bridge of Spies” Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
“Ex Machina” Written by Alex Garland
“Inside Out” Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
“Spotlight” Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
“Straight Outta Compton” Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea B
OSCAR® WINNERS MORGAN FREEMAN AND JOHN LEGEND ADDED AS PRESENTERS ALONG WITH J.J. ABRAMS, SACHA BARON COHEN AND HENRY CAVILL DAVE GROHL WILL GIVE A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
Oscar® winners Morgan Freeman and John Legend have been added to the list of presenters along with J.J. Abrams, Sacha Baron Cohen and Henry Cavill for the 88th Oscars® telecast. Oscar producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin also announced a special performance by Dave Grohl for the 88th annual event, hosted by Chris Rock, airing live Oscar Sunday, February 28, on ABC.
The most recent list of presenters marks the return of Sacha Baron Cohen, Morgan Freeman and John Legend. J.J. Abrams, Henry Cavill and Dave Grohl take to the Oscar stage for the first time.
“We’re thrilled to be joined by a movie icon, a filmmaking dynamo, a larger than life action hero, a master of satire and two world renowned music power-hitters, “said Hill and Hudlin. “This year’s show reflects a commitment to showcase cinematic contributions from a variety of genres and this latest list of presenters reflects just that.”
Previously announced presenters and performers include:
Benicio del Toro
Louis Gossett, Jr.
Eddie Redmayne, and
OLIVIA MUNN AND JASON SEGEL TO HOST
ACADEMY’S SCI-TECH AWARDS
LOS ANGELES, CA – Actors Olivia Munn and Jason Segel will host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation on Saturday, February 13, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. They will present 11 awards to 33 individual recipients and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers during the evening.
“The Sci-Tech Awards Presentation is one of our special events during Oscar® season, and we’re thrilled to have Olivia and Jason as this year’s hosts,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their humor and charm will be terrific complements to the brilliance of our colleagues and their outstanding scientific and technical achievements.”
Munn’s feature film credits include “Ride Along 2,” now in theaters, as well as “Mortdecai,” “Deliver Us from Evil” and “Magic Mike.” She also starred in the critically acclaimed series “The Newsroom” for three seasons. Munn will appear as Psylocke in the upcoming X-Men sequel “X-Men: Apocalypse.”
Segel currently stars in James Ponsoldt’s dramatic biopic, “The End of the Tour,” in which he plays David Foster Wallace. His other film credits include “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” (writer), “The Muppets” (writer, producer), “Get Him to the Greek” (writer, co-producer), “I Love You, Man” and “Knocked Up.” On television, Segel starred in “How I Met Your Mother” and “Freaks and Geeks.” Additionally, Segel is an author for a children’s middle-grade fiction series titled “Nightmares!”
Portions of the Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation will be included in the Oscar telecast.
GOLDEN GLOBES AWARDS WINNERS, 2016
THE REVENANT, Best Picture, Drama
THE MARTIAN, Best Picture, Musical or Comedy
LEONARDO DICAPRIO ((THE REVENANT), Best Actor, Drama
MATT DAMON (THE MARTIAN), Best Actor, Musical or Comedy
BRIE LARSON (ROOM), Best Actress, Drama
JENNIFER LAWRENCE (JOY), Best Actress, Musical or Comedy
SYLVESTER STALLONE (CREED), Best Actor, Supporting Role
KATE WINSLET (STEVE JOBS), Best Actress, Supporting Role
INSIDE OUT, Best Motion Picture, Animated
REVENANT, ALEJANDRO INARRITU, Best Director
STEVE JOBS, AARON SORKIN, Best Screenplay
SON OF SAUL, HUNGARY, Best Motion Picture, Foreign
16, Kung Fu Panda 3, Movie Premiere, Graumun’s Chinese Theatre
21, L.L. Cool J. Receives Star on Walk of Fame, Hollywood and Highland
26, Fifty Shades of Black, Movie Premiere, L.A. Live
27, American Crime Story, TV Premiere, Regency Village
15, Grammy Awards
12, Game of Thrones, Season 6, Graumun’s Chinese Theatre
CHILD ABUSE REPORT: KEEPING KIDS SAFE IN HOLLYWOOD
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The beautiful and sexy Charlize Theron, always looking amazing, lands our front page here again this year, as Presenter for The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016.
Welcome to the new issue of The Hollywood Sentinel! The Hollywood Sentinel is the only free entertainment site that reports ‘only’ the good news, that is read by some of the biggest stars on the planet. With exclusive interviews with the stars, and covering all areas of the arts, The Hollywood Sentinel brings to the world each Monday, with breaking ‘daily news,’ its message of power, education, and spiritual messages, that is not mere political taglines, but rather, our way of life. Be sure to check out our daily Oscar coverage on our various pages. Congratulations to all of the Oscar nominees, and winners!
SPOTLIGHT WINS BEST PICTURE
Child sexual abuse has gotten the SPOTLIGHT in a big way this year, with the films win for BEST PICTURE. The Hollywood Sentinel would like to the Thank The Academy for recognizing the importance of putting child sex abuse at the forefront of the minds of the world, with this brave, and landmark decision in acknowledging the importance of this film.
Winning Best Picture for the Oscar, The film Spotlight’s acceptance speech was given by the films’ producers; Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, with an excerpt as follows;
MICHAEL SUGAR stated, “Thank you, hello everybody. I love you, Lauren, we did it. This film gave a voice to survivors, and this Oscar amplifies that voice which we hope will become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican. Pope Francis, it’s time to protect the children and restore the faith. Thank you very much.” Amen!
BLYE PAGON FAUST stated, “We would not be here today without the heroic efforts of our reporters. Not only do they effect global change, but they absolutely show us the necessity for investigative journalism.” Thank you to that.
The filmmakers further gave a shout out to (…)the brave survivors of abuse worldwide.
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Sexy Rooney Mara a Class Act at The Oscars
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HOSTS ANNOUNCED FOR “THE OSCARS® BACKSTAGE” ON OSCAR.COM
This year’s “The Oscars® Backstage” on Oscar.com, which is the ultimate second screen experience for fans watching the show, will be hosted by a multi-talented group of TV personalities, including actor/writer/producer Orlando Jones, actress and TV personality Diane Mizota, actor Matt Shively, film critic and entertainment reporter Ben Lyons, and entertainment and sports reporter Chris Connelly. The director’s cut from the best of the live backstage cameras will also be available on ABCNews.com, AOL, Comcast Xfinity and Yahoo.
Presented again this year by Samsung, “The Oscars® Backstage” allows fans to choose from four channels that will pull from more than 20 live cameras strategically placed on the red carpet and backstage at the Dolby Theatre®, providing fans with insider views into the most memorable moments of the night. Pre-show channels include: Director’s Cut, Arrivals, Fashion and Red Carpet. During the show, the channels are Director’s Cut (including the popular Thank You cam), Audience, Backstage and Press Rooms.
Jones (“Sleepy Hollow,” “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” “MadTV”) and Access Hollywood Live’s #MyStyleFinds Mizota will host “The Director’s Cut” feeds during both the pre-show and awards telecast. Shively (ABC’s “The Real O’Neal’s”) will report from the fan bleachers on the red carpet with The Players’ Tribune Chief Correspondent Ben Lyons reporting from behind-the-scenes. “Good Morning America” and ESPN contributing editor Chris Connelly is returning as the official greeter of The Oscars red carpet, which includes welcoming nominees, presenters and performers to the show.
Pictured above, Oscar® nominees Leonardo DiCaprio and Sylvester Stallone at the Oscar® Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills Monday, February 8, 2016. The 88th Oscars®, hosted by Chris Rock, will air on Sunday, February 28, live on ABC. We’re glad Sly has that name tag on, otherwise we might not know who he is. (Yeah right)!
Are the Oscars Black Enough?
The recent uproar against the Oscars for not having any Oscar nominated stars this year in 2016, is a sign of the cultural sensitivity of our times. I had the pleasure to see in person the head of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences– Ms. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, a number of years ago at the Memorial for A.C. Lyles; Paramount Pictures Producer, who was also publicist for the studio at one time, and repped some of the biggest stars of all time including Marilyn Monroe and James Dean among many more. Ms. Boone Isaacs– President of the Academy (who is African American), is a lovely and very intelligent woman, who A.C. always spoke very highly of to me. She and others at the Academy have sadly been the brunt of certain hostilities toward this legendary institution, which fortunately seems to have simmered down.
With that said, The Academy took the heat from Spike Lee (who they recently hired for a job), Will Smith (a regular Oscar presenter), and others, and then decided to make some changes. They then recently announced new policy. Witness;
ACADEMY TAKES HISTORIC ACTION TO INCREASE DIVERSITY
Lifetime voting rights re-framed; new governor seats added and committees restructured, with goal to double number of diverse members by 2020
In a unanimous vote on January 21st, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved a sweeping series of substantive changes designed to make the Academy’s membership, its governing bodies, and its voting members significantly more diverse. The Board’s goal is to commit to doubling the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020.
“The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition.”
Beginning later this year, each new member’s voting status will last 10 years, and will be renewed if that new member has been active in motion pictures during that decade. In addition, members will receive lifetime voting rights after three ten-year terms; or if they have won or been nominated for an Academy Award. We will apply these same standards retroactively to current members. In other words, if a current member has not been active in the last 10 years they can still qualify by meeting the other criteria. Those who do not qualify for active status will be moved to emeritus status. Emeritus members do not pay dues but enjoy all the privileges of membership, except voting. This will not affect voting for this year’s Oscars.
At the same time, the Academy will supplement the traditional process in which current members sponsor new members by launching an ambitious, global campaign to identify and recruit qualified new members who represent greater diversity. In order to immediately increase diversity on the Board of Governors, the Academy will establish three new governor seats that will be nominated by the President for three-year terms and confirmed by the Board.
The Academy will also take immediate action to increase diversity by adding new members who are not Governors to its executive and board committees where key decisions about membership and governance are made. This will allow new members an opportunity to become more active in Academy decision-making and help the organization identify and nurture future leaders. Along with Boone Isaacs, the Board’s Membership and Administration Committee, chaired by Academy Governor Phil Robinson, led the efforts to enact these initiatives. (source: The Academy)
As host, Chris Rock’s opening speech ranged from a few mild laughs, to poignant, as he discussed at length his feeling on how ridiculous it was to boycott the Oscars, and how he was glad just to be working in this day and age. Others I spoke with, wondered why other ‘minorities’ have not been the focus of so called ‘diversity,’ such as Native Americans, who were here before us all. This is obviously a broad ranged and touchy subject, which we will not digress here upon now, but will save for a future online ‘radio’ conversation, here at The Hollywood Sentinel .
The 88th Oscars were held on Sunday, February 28, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and were televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation was also televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
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