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2009-06-24 16:51:55

Ten movies will be nominated in the best picture category at next year's Oscars, it was announced Wednesday at a press conference in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 82nd Academy Awards are to be presented March 7, 2010. After more than six decades, the Academy is returning to some of its earlier roots, when a wider field competed for the top award of the year, said Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis. The final outcome, of course, will be the same -- one best picture...

2008-08-29 06:00:39

By Alice Wyllie AT THE 80th annual Academy Awards back in February, the stars gracing the red carpet were a typically glamorous mix of suave actors in pristine tuxedos and beautiful actresses, all teeth, hair and diamonds, dressed in plunging, clinging, jaw-dropping gowns. Artfully they posed, hand-on-hip or coyly glancing over a shoulder. Among them all, there was one woman who stood out from the crowd for all the wrong reasons by Hollywood standards. Tilda Swinton, who was nominated...

2008-01-22 13:58:07

Movie star Cate Blanchett’s recent stirring performances may not have been the only reason she got two Oscar nods this week. Academy Award nominations tend to go to performers in dramas, who are female, who have been nominated in the past and who command a high rank in the movie-credit pecking order, a new study shows. Sociologists Nicole Esparza of Harvard University and Gabriel Rossman of the University of California, Los Angeles, used records from the Internet Movie...

2006-03-06 18:11:39

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Warning: Films about racial conflict, gay cowboys, Israeli assassins and effete New York intellectuals may be hazardous to your Oscar ratings, Nielsen Media Research figures revealed on Monday. Sunday's Academy Awards telecast averaged 38.8 million viewers, down nearly 8 percent from last year, bearing out predictions that a relative lack of star power and the serious, art-house subject matter of Oscar-nominated films such as "Crash,"...

2006-03-06 15:06:53

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar organizers' fears of weak television ratings for an Academy Awards lacking in star power and box-office hits may about to be confirmed. Preliminary figures released by Nielsen Media Research on Monday for ABC's 3 1/2-hour Oscar telecast capped by the surprise Oscar triumph of racial drama "Crash" indicate a ratings drop of about 10 percent from last year's ceremony. Sunday night's broadcast, hosted for the first time by comedian Jon Stewart, drew an...

2006-02-24 16:47:08

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The ABC network, flush from its blockbuster Super Bowl telecast, is reaping yet another bonanza from its upcoming Oscar show, traditionally one of the most watched events of the year on U.S. television. The Walt Disney Co.-owned network has sold its entire advertising inventory for the March 5 Academy Awards broadcast for an average of $1.7 million per 30-second spot, up from $1.6 million last year, an ABC source said on Friday. With an...


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