Lindsey Bahr, Ap Film Writer Updated 8:12 pm CDT, Thursday, September 6, 2018 FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2015 file photo, an Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The organization that bestows the Academy Awards says it is suspending plans to award a new Oscar for popular films amid widespread backlash to the idea. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says Thursday that it will study plans for the category further. less FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2015 file photo, an Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The organization that bestows the Academy Awards says it is suspending ... more Photo: Matt Sayles, Matt Sayles/Invision/AP The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a new awards category for best "popular" film. Here's what probably would have won each year since 1980.* Don't … [Read more...] about Film academy president says popular Oscar was misunderstood
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After nearly 60 years of playing outlaws, journalists and other outsiders, Robert Redford is ready to hang up his acting hat. The actor, filmmaker and founder of the Utah-based Sundance Institute has announced he will retire from acting, and that his next movie, “The Old Man and the Gun,” will be his last in front of the camera. “Never say never, but I pretty well concluded that this would be it for me in terms of acting, and [I’ll] move towards retirement after this 'cause I’ve been doing it since I was 21,” Redford told EW. “I thought, ‘Well, that’s enough.’ And why not go out with something that’s very upbeat and positive?” In a statement, Sundance Institute executive director Keri Putnam said Redford “continues to play an active and crucial role in the work of Sundance Institute to advance his vision of supporting independent artists around the world and connecting audiences with bold … [Read more...] about Robert Redford to take last bow as an actor; will academy finally reward him with an acting Oscar?
THIS weekend saw the 72nd Tony Awards take place at Radio City Hall in New York. It was hosted by Josh Grobin and Sara Bareilles - here's a list of the winners and some highlights from America's top theatre gongs. Glenda Jackson - Best Performance by a Lead Actress (play) The 82-year-old British actress took home the award for best actress for her turn in Edward Albee's Three Tall Women. It was her third role after a 25-year break from the stage. Glenda, a former Labour politician, also has two Academy Awards under her belt as well as an Emmy and another Tony. Three Tall Women is a 1994 Pulitzer-winning play following the journeys of three women, A, B and C - all variations of the same person during different times in her life. Andrew Garfield - Best Performance by a Lead Actor (play) Andrew won best actor for his role in Angels in America - a play about AIDS and homosexuality in Eighties America. The 34-year-old gave an impassioned speech about the Trump administration and … [Read more...] about Tony Award winners 2018 – Full list from Glenda Jackson and Andrew Garfield to The Band’s Visit and Harry Potter
In resigning from the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Bill Mechanic, the former Fox studio chief, has penned a long list of serious problems that he charges the organization has failed to address. "We have failed," he wrote in an April 12 letter to Academy president John Bailey in which he formally resigned. Mechanic, who had been one of three representatives of the Academy's executives branch on the 54-person board, emphasized, "I feel I have failed the organization. I feel we have failed the organization." He went on to share his view that the Academy has not addressed a range of issues — from inclusion ("this is the Industry's problem far, far more than it is the Academy's") to the Oscars telecast ("a long and boring show"). He also charges that the still-under-construction Academy Museum is "ridiculously over its initial budget and way past its original opening date," and — in a thinly veiled barb directed at the … [Read more...] about Producer Bill Mechanic’s Academy Board Kiss-Off: “We Have Failed” (Exclusive)
Updated 1:15 pm, Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Photo: Chris Pizzello, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this June 9, 2016, file photo, composer John Williams poses on the red carpet at the 2016 AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to John Williams at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Williams, who earned his 51st Oscar nomination this year, will be honored by performing rights organization BMI with an award bearing his name. BMI says The John Williams Award will be presented to him at the 34th annual BMI Film, TV and Visual Media Awards on May 9. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) less FILE - In this June 9, 2016, file photo, composer John Williams poses on the red carpet at the 2016 AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to John Williams at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Williams, who ... more Photo: Chris … [Read more...] about BMI to honor 51-time Oscar nominee John Williams with award