Latest 81st Academy Awards Stories

2009-03-25 15:56:59

A date has been set for the 82nd annual Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, organizers said Wednesday. Prizes for 2009's best in film are to be presented March 7, 2010, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis announced. The ceremony will again take place at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network, Ganis said. Nomination ballots will be mailed out Dec. 28, 2009, and are to be...

2009-02-23 17:24:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- MAXIMUM ENTERTAINMENT - a New York based boutique commercial advertising production company - is celebrating an Oscar(R) win for one of its directors, James Marsh. Marsh received the Academy Award on Sunday for best documentary for his film "Man on Wire." *(PHOTO 72dpi: Send2Press.com/mediaboom/09-0223-JamesMarsh_72dpi.jpg) *(Photo Caption: Director James Marsh, Maximum Entertainment.) The film is a partly dramatized re-telling of an outrageous plot by a...

2009-02-23 18:06:41

The U.S. television audience for this year's Academy Awards was significantly larger than last year's, Nielsen ratings released Monday indicate. An estimated 36.3 million viewers tuned in to ABC's telecast -- an increase of 13 percent over the 2008 audience of 32 million, the lowest on record, Daily Variety said Monday. Despite the increased viewership, the 81st Academy Awards was the third-lowest rated Oscars ever, topping only last year's telecast and the 2003 presentation, which drew just...

2009-02-22 23:35:00

Slumdog Millionaire, praised by its champions as a story of hope over despair, won eight Oscars including one for best picture Sunday night in Los Angeles. The story of a young man who, against all odds, wins on a TV game show as a way to win love, Slumdog Millionaire won Oscars for director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, as well as best score for A.R. Rahman and original song, Jai Ho. It also won for cinematography, film editing and sound mixing. Boyle literally bounced on stage...

2009-02-19 09:58:52

British-born rapper M.I.A., who gave birth to her first child last week, is expected to attend, but not perform at Sunday's Oscar show, a source told E! News. The 31-year-old recording artist is an Oscar nominee for her collaboration on the best original song contender O Saya from Slumdog Millionaire. M.I.A. famously performed at the Grammy Awards ceremony on her delivery due date Feb. 8. She's probably going to be at Oscars, a source told E! News. So that means there will be two nominees,...

2009-02-16 10:00:00

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The costumes from Universal Pictures' multiple Oscar(R) nominated, "Frost/Nixon" and Focus Features' multiple Oscar nominated, "Milk" will be on display along with props from Universal Pictures' Oscar nominated, "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" at Universal Studios Hollywood's "The Universal Experience: Behind the Scenes of Universal Pictures," movie-themed attraction designed to put the magic of Hollywood within arms reach of guests, beginning...

2009-02-16 10:45:51

Tim Gunn, Robin Roberts and Jess Cagle have been named the hosts of the official 30-minute Oscar's Red Carpet 2009 in Los Angeles, producers said. This will be the first time the trio presides over the Oscar pre-show, which is to air Sunday on the ABC television network, immediately prior to the 81st Academy Awards presentation. Gunn, who is chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne Inc. and well-known for his co-presenting of the Emmy-nominated program Project Runway, will interview...

2009-02-16 08:00:00

Rockwell is the First Architect to Craft the Environment for the World Renowned Academy Awards(R) Ceremony NEW YORK, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Internationally acclaimed architect and designer David Rockwell, who was selected by Academy Awards producers Laurence Mark and Bill Condon to design the sets for this year's Oscar telecast, is now revealing select design elements of the 81st Academy Awards ceremony, airing February 22, 2009 at 8:00pm EST on ABC. The first architect to design the sets,...

2009-02-03 17:16:51

U.S. actress Jessica Biel has agreed to be the host of the upcoming Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards. The event is to take place Saturday at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, Calif. Biel will next be seen in Easy Virtue, a feature opening in May in which she stars opposite Colin Firth and Kristen Scott Thomas. She recently completed Nailed with Jake Gyllenhaal, James Marsden and Catherine Keener, and her other credits include roles in I Now...

2009-01-29 14:10:03

Final ballots for Hollywood's 81st Academy Awards were mailed to the 5,810 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy said. Completed ballots must be returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers by 5 p.m. Feb. 17. Ballots received after the deadline will not be counted. Listed on the ballots mailed out Wednesday are nominees in 19 awards categories. Separate ballots for documentary feature, documentary short subject, foreign language film, animated short film and...

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