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2014 Oscar Telecast Ratings: A Success Since 2005, but Mediocre Historically

Gene Del Vecchio | Posted 05.03.2014 | Entertainment
Gene Del Vecchio

If more blockbusters were in contention for Best Picture, it would not be a stretch to imagine a 10 to 20 percent increase in ratings. That would equate to millions of dollars for ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Film Academy Elects First African-American President

Posted 07.30.2013 | Black Voices

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the group which awards the Oscars each year, has elected its first African-American president...

Is There a Category Missing at the Academy Awards?

Andrew Benkovic | Posted 03.28.2013 | Entertainment
Andrew Benkovic

When it comes to the Oscars, one group is shutout: the stunt coordinators. So this poses the question -- is it time for "Best Stunt Coordinator" to be added to the Oscar lineup?

Why Les Miz Won't Get One Oscar Nomination

Dan Mirvish | Posted 03.10.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Mirvish

One Oscar Les Miserables won't be nominated for is "Best Original Musical." Wait a minute, you're thinking, that's crazy talk -- there's no category called "Best Original Musical." As a matter of fact, there is such a category, but it's just never been activated.

Jerry Lewis, Amped on Movie Technology

Debra Levine | Posted 11.18.2012 | Arts
Debra Levine

Still emitting zingers but notably less frenetic than in prior years, the perpetually youthful comic was an active participant, to the delight of all, in a panel discussion called "The Innovative Genius of Jerry Lewis."

First U.S. Stanley Kubrick Retrospective Will Debut In November

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 08.17.2012 | Arts

In November, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will co-present a retrospective of the work of Sta...

Movie Academy Journeys to Mars and (Far) Beyond at Sold-Out Event

Jonathan Handel | Posted 09.10.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

"What's anything without a trip to Mars?," asked NASA's Eric De Jong Tuesday night on stage at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. No ...

The Academy Wishes Gene Kelly A Happy 100th Birthday

Debra Levine | Posted 05.21.2012 | Arts
Debra Levine

A parade of Technicolor-tinged dance sequences enchanted a full house at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater Thursday night. "A Centennial Tribute to Gene Kel...

The Oscars, Once Again, Leave Blacks the Color Purple

Brian Ross | Posted 05.01.2012 | Black Voices
Brian Ross

The Oscars are known for many odd customs and bits of superstition, but American Blacks best know the Color Purple Curse. Viola Davis was upset by the veteran Meryl Streep at the Oscars, even though Davis had won the Screen Actors Guild award days earlier.

2,000+ Words for the 2,000 Year Old Man: Mel Brooks Is Saluted by the Academy

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

Cloris Leachman aptly put it, "There is much that is serious about Mel Brooks. Inside that rapid-fire humor machine is a man with deep emotions, with a great capacity to care, and to love."