Oscars

Aug 022013
 

ELLEN DEGENERES RETURNS TO HOST THE OSCARS

Television icon Ellen DeGeneres will return to host the Oscars® for a second time, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Academy Awards® will be broadcast live on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, on the ABC Television Network.

“We are thrilled to have Ellen DeGeneres host the Oscars,” said Zadan and Meron. “As a longtime friend, we had always hoped to find a project for us to do together and nothing could be more exciting than teaming up to do the Oscars. There are few stars today who have Ellen’s gift for comedy, with her great warmth and humanity. She is beloved everywhere and we expect that the audience at the Dolby Theatre, and in homes around the globe, will be as excited by this news as we are.”

“I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say – the third time’s the charm,” said DeGeneres.

“I agreed with Craig and Neil immediately that Ellen is the ideal host for this year’s show,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President. “We’re looking forward to an entertaining, engaging and fun show.”

“Ellen is talented, wonderfully spontaneous, and knows how to entertain a worldwide audience,” said Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO. “She’s a big fan of the Oscars; we’re huge fans of hers. It’s a perfect match.”

“It is an honor to welcome back Ellen DeGeneres as the host of the biggest entertainment celebration of the year,” said Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group. “She is the consummate entertainer, equally beloved by her peers in the industry, movie fans and television viewers. We very much look forward to having her back on ABC for Oscar Sunday.”

DeGeneres hosted the 79th Academy Awards in 2007, for which she received a Primetime Emmy® nomination for “Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.”

DeGeneres has made a home for herself in daytime with her hit syndicated talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which has earned a total of 45 Daytime Emmys during its 10 seasons.

DeGeneres’ began her career as an emcee at a local comedy club in her hometown of New Orleans. Her acting career in television included roles in several successful sitcoms before being offered a part on “These Friends of Mine” by ABC. After the first season, the show was renamed “Ellen.” Running from 1994 to 1998, the show garnered record ratings, with DeGeneres receiving Emmy nominations each season in the Best Actress category. In 1997, DeGeneres was the recipient of the coveted Peabody Award as well as earning an Emmy for writing the critically acclaimed “Puppy Episode” when her character came out as a gay woman to a record 46 million viewers.

DeGeneres has also been successful in her feature film work. DeGeneres scored unprecedented popular and critical response to her character, Dory, the fish with extreme short-term memory, in the blockbuster Pixar animated feature “Finding Nemo.” DeGeneres recently announced the highly anticipated sequel to “Finding Nemo,” Disney-Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” currently scheduled to be released in November 2015.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Feb 242013
 

Oscars Governors Ball

Oscars Governors Ball

Ball Production by Cheryl Cecchetto / Sequoia Productions
Menu Created by Wolfgang Puck with Chef Partner Matt Bencivenga and Pastry Chef Sherry Yard
Fun Ballroom Facts

  • 1,500 guests
  •  950 event staff
  •  350 culinary staff
  • 12,000 glasses for beverages
  • 1,500 bottles of Thienot Champagne
  •  4,000 small plates
  •  4,500 ramekins and verrines
  •  6,000 cocktail forks
  • 4,500 bamboo skewers
  •  4 different waiter uniforms totaling 344 specialty costumes designed for the ball
  •  1.78 million beads in the chandelier rings
  •  .45 miles of rope and tape light in the chandelier
  • CNC Router has spent more than 530 hours cutting the curved shapes used on the décor elements including; laminate flooring, partitions, riser walls, stage plugs and the chandelier
  •  18,000 LED points of light in the chandelier
  •  More than 100 suspension points to hang the chandelier
  • 1,000 sheets of 4’ x 8’ of plywood
  •  28,000 square feet of ceiling fabric
  •  12,000 square feet of wall fabric
  •  Approximately 1,500 yards of assorted metallic damask, metallic silk with velvet trim, peau de soi and hand-embroidered confetti organza with metallic threads for table linens and pillows
  •  423 furniture pieces
  •  1,935 yards of fabric to recover furniture
  •  6.072 feet of metal used to fabricate 302 barstools
  •  60 feet glass creating custom round, square, rectangle and oval tables
  • 38 gallons of environmentally friendly custom paint
  •  2,100 man hours
  • Fun Food Facts
  •  6,500 wood fired Oscar shaped flat bread
  •  3,500 miso cones
  •  250 pounds troll-caught Atlantic bigeye
  •  17 whole us wild caught yellowtail
  •  1300 farmed oysters
  •  5 kilos American farm raised caviar
  •  600 Maine lobsters
  • 7,500 individual us shrimp
  •  250 pounds sticky rice
  • 30 gallons cocktail sauce
  •  50 whole yellowtail snapper
  •  25 gallons spicy mustard
  •  1,250 stone crab claws
  •  1,200 yukon gold potatoes
  •  200 pounds beluga lentils
  •  300 whole jidori chickens
  •  6,000 chestnut tortellini
  •  400 pounds Snake River Farms New York steak
  •  10 pounds white truffles from Alba, Italy
  •  10 pounds winter black truffles from Burgundy, France
  • 3,500 kombu chips (seaweed chips)
  •  2,500 caprese cones
  •  2,750 bacon wrapped dates
  • 4,500 pieces of truffle and parmesan grissini
  •  20,000 pieces of California grown micro greens
  •  6,000 pieces housemade mini brioche buns
  •  5,000 cage-free eggs
  •  200 quarts heavy cream
  •  200 quarts milk
  •  150 pounds organic sugar
  •  1,000 pounds of Guittard bittersweet chocolate
  •  10 pounds edible gold dust
  • 5,000 mini chocolate Oscars
  •  200 pounds McGrath Farm strawberries
  •  300 pounds Pudwil Farm blackberries
  • 1600 pounds unsalted butter
  •  20 pounds crème fraiche
  •  More than 80 local farmers for fruits and vegetables
  •  All fish and seafood SeafoodWatch compliant
  •  540 bottles 2007 Sterling Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
  •  540 bottles 2009 Sterling Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay
  •  2,280 Total bottles of Sterling Vineyards wine
  •  13,680 Total glasses of Sterling Vineyards wine
  • 1,824,000 – number of premium Sterling grapes to create the spectacular wines for the Oscar celebrations
Feb 232013
 

Governors Ball Red Carpet Preview Feb 21

Governors Ball Red Carpet Preview Feb 21

WHAT:
A preview of the food and décor of this year’s Governors Ball – the celebration immediately following the Oscars® hosted by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
WHO:
Cheryl Cecchetto, Governors Ball producer
Wolfgang Puck, master chef
Evite/Postmark.com, digital cards designed by Marc Friedland for at-home Oscar parties
Patrón and Ultimat Vodka, creating custom cocktails for the Oscars
Sterling Vineyards, the featured wine of the Oscars
Thiénot, the exclusive champagne of the Oscars
WHEN:
Thursday, February 21, 2013
10 to 11 a.m.
10 – 10:10am Still photography only
10:10 – 11am Photography, video and interviews
WHERE:
Red Carpet
Hollywood & Highland Center®
MISC:
To gain access to the Red Carpet, individuals must present either an Oscars Day of Show Credential or an Oscars Setup Credential.
For information on applying for an Oscars Setup Credential, visit
http://www.oscars.org/press/credentials.html
RSVP not required.

Feb 212013
 

CHRIS CONNELLY TO WELCOME   OSCARS® RED CARPET GUESTS

CHRIS CONNELLY TO WELCOME OSCARS

Academy Award® nominees, presenters and performers arriving on the red carpet on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, will be greeted by entertainment and sports reporter Chris Connelly, the Academy announced today. This will be Connelly’s first stint as the Academy’s red carpet greeter.   Connelly’s celebrity chats will be streamed live in the Backstage Pass on Oscar.com and the official Oscars App.  The interviews will also be audible to the thousands of bleacher fans and arriving guests.   Connelly is a reporter for ESPN and a contributor on pop culture to ABC News, where he frequently interviews filmmakers and actors.  From 2000 to 2007, he was a co-host and interviewer for the official Academy Awards pre-show, duties for which he brought the wrong pants to the show only once. He first covered the red carpet at the Oscars in 1989, for MTV, where he was the host of the network’s movie show, “The Big Picture.”  From 1987 to 1996, he was an editor and writer for the movie magazine, Premiere.   Stories he has worked on at ESPN have won three Sports Emmys® and six Edward R. Murrow Awards. Since 2006, he’s served as correspondent and host for ESPN’s yearly “My Wish” series, in collaboration with Make-A-Wish. He was a consulting producer for ESPN Films’ documentary series 30 for 30, which won a Peabody Award.   The Oscars Backstage Pass is designed to be the ultimate complement to the live telecast. With more than 20 live cameras strategically placed on the Red Carpet and throughout the backstage area of the Dolby Theatre during the telecast, fans will have insider views into the most memorable moments of the night.  The Backstage Pass experience launched in 2011 to much acclaim and has been recognized with an Emmy for Creative Achievement in Interactive Arts and an Industry Star Mobile Excellence Award.  It remains unprecedented in terms of live event second screen access.  This Backstage Pass is sponsored by Samsung, and is available for the first time on Android, including Samsung’s Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note 10.1 and GSIII.   Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane. The Oscar presentation will be televised live on the ABC Television Network and in more than 225 countries worldwide. For more information go to Oscar.com or download the official Oscars app.

Feb 182013
 

Grammy Award-winning singer Kelly Rowland today announced that she has been invited to join Emmy® and Tony® award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth, Entertainment Weekly Managing Editor Jess Cagle and “Good Morning America” anchor Lara Spencer to host the official Oscar® pre-show, ”The Oscars Red Carpet Live.”

ADDITIONAL HOST NAMED FOR OSCARS RED-CARPET SHOW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The show is executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, producers of the Oscar telecast, and produced by Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare for Don Mischer Productions.

“The Oscars Red Carpet Live” will take place on Oscar Sunday, February 24, in front of the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and be televised live on the ABC Television Network beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.  The red carpet show will also be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.   For more information go to Oscar.com or download the official Oscars app.
ABOUT CRAIG ZADAN AND NEIL MERON
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are producers of critically acclaimed and award-winning feature films, television movies, series, and Broadway productions.  Their feature films include “The Bucket List”, “Footloose”, “Hairspray”, and “Chicago”, which won six Academy Awards including one for Best Picture.  For television, they’ve produced films of “Steel Magnolias,” “Life with Judy Garland,” and “A Raisin in the Sun,” among many others and the series “Smash” and “Drop Dead Diva.”  They recently returned to their roots in live theater by producing Broadway revivals of the Tony-winning “Promises, Promises” and the Tony-winning 50th Anniversary revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
ABOUT DON MISCHER PRODUCTIONS
Don Mischer Productions produced the Academy Awards as well as the pre-show telecast in both 2011 and 2012. The company’s principals are award-winning, producer and director, Don Mischer, and producers Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare. This will be the third year that Charlie and Juliane are producing the pre-show.
DMP has produced everything from Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies, to Super Bowl Halftime shows, to the Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, as well major award show broadcasts including the Oscars and Emmys.
ADDITIONAL HOST NAMED FOR OSCARS® RED-CARPET SHOW
Grammy Award-winning singer Kelly Rowland today announced that she has been invited to join Emmy® and Tony® award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth, Entertainment Weekly Managing Editor Jess Cagle and “Good Morning America” anchor Lara Spencer to host the official Oscar® pre-show, ”The Oscars Red Carpet Live.”

The show is executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, producers of the Oscar telecast, and produced by Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare for Don Mischer Productions.

“The Oscars Red Carpet Live” will take place on Oscar Sunday, February 24, in front of the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and be televised live on the ABC Television Network beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.  The red carpet show will also be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.   For more information go to Oscar.com or download the official Oscars app.
ABOUT CRAIG ZADAN AND NEIL MERON
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are producers of critically acclaimed and award-winning feature films, television movies, series, and Broadway productions.  Their feature films include “The Bucket List”, “Footloose”, “Hairspray”, and “Chicago”, which won six Academy Awards including one for Best Picture.  For television, they’ve produced films of “Steel Magnolias,” “Life with Judy Garland,” and “A Raisin in the Sun,” among many others and the series “Smash” and “Drop Dead Diva.”  They recently returned to their roots in live theater by producing Broadway revivals of the Tony-winning “Promises, Promises” and the Tony-winning 50th Anniversary revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
ABOUT DON MISCHER PRODUCTIONS
Don Mischer Productions produced the Academy Awards as well as the pre-show telecast in both 2011 and 2012. The company’s principals are award-winning, producer and director, Don Mischer, and producers Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare. This will be the third year that Charlie and Juliane are producing the pre-show.
DMP has produced everything from Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies, to Super Bowl Halftime shows, to the Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, as well major award show broadcasts including the Oscars and Emmys.

Feb 052013
 

OSCAR® WINNERS MERYL STREEP, JEAN DUJARDIN,OCTAVIA SPENCER AND CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER RETURN TO OSCARS® STAGELast year’s Academy Award® winners Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin, Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer will return to present on this year’s telecast, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.

“We are honored to have Meryl, Octavia, Christopher and Jean, last year’s Oscar winners in each of the acting categories, return to the Oscar stage,” said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
Streep, who is the most nominated actor with 17 nominations, has won three Academy Awards®, including last year’s lead actress award for her performance in “The Iron Lady.” Dujardin won the award for his lead performance in the Best Picture winner “The Artist,” it was his first nomination. Spencer, also a first time nominee, took home the Oscar for her supporting role in Best Picture nominee “The Help.” Plummer, who has twice been nominated, won the award for his supporting role in “Beginners.”
Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.
ABOUT CRAIG ZADAN AND NEIL MERON
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are producers of critically acclaimed and award-winning feature films, television movies, series, and Broadway productions.  Their feature films include The Bucket List, Footloose, Hairspray, and Chicago, which won six Academy Awards including one for “Best Picture.”  For television, they’ve produced films of “Steel Magnolias,” “Life with Judy Garland,” and “A Raisin in the Sun,” among many others and the series “Smash” and “Drop Dead Diva.”  They recently returned to their roots in live theater by producing Broadway revivals of the Tony-winning “Promises, Promises” and the Tony-winning 50th Anniversary revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

Jan 122013
 

AWARD-WINNING OFFICIAL OSCARS APP IS NOW LIVE

AWARD-WINNING OFFICIAL OSCARS APP IS NOW LIVE

  Unparalleled Backstage Pass Feature Provides Ultimate Insider

Access on Oscar Sunday

Expanded in 2013 to Include Android Platform

Oscar season kicks-off today with the launch of the official Oscars App. For the first time, the App is available for free on most Android 4.0 devices in Google Play, including Samsung’s Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note 10.1 and GSIII, as well as the new Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD in the Amazon appstore for Android.  The Oscars App continues to be available on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch in the App Store.  The Oscars will air on Oscar Sunday, February 24, live on the ABC Television Network, beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

Developed by the Academy and Disney/ABC Television Group’s Digital Media Team, the Oscars App provides unparalleled access to The Oscars before, during and after the show.  Beginning today, fans can go behind the scenes with The Oscars show host Seth MacFarlane on nominations morning, find out more about the nominees, and start filling out their My Picks interactive ballot.  Friends can view and share the ballot on Facebook, which will update in real time the night of the event, ensuring that the most competitive Oscars handicappers are instantly aware of their ranking among friends.

In the weeks leading up to the show, the app will feature original video with insider perspectives and behind-the-scenes news on all things Oscar – the nominees, the show itself, and of course, fashion.

On Oscar Sunday, Oscar.com will launch Backstage Pass, giving fans unprecedented access to the show.  Sponsored by Samsung, Backstage Pass is designed to be the ultimate complement to the live telecast, giving fans premier access to the most memorable moments of the night through over a dozen exclusive live cameras strategically placed on the Red Carpet and throughout the Dolby Theatre. Special cameras include the Thank You Cam — offering winners an extended opportunity to thank their supporters; Backstage Cam — capturing sound bites, backstage action, short interviews and behind-the-scenes footage; Control Room Cam – allowing users to watch the show’s director in action; and Press Room Cam – featuring moments of winners interacting with the world’s media moments after leaving the stage.  It will also feature real-time highlights from the show itself, which promises many surprises for Hollywood’s biggest night.

On February 25, fans can relive and share all their favorite water cooler moments, from the winners, to the must see fashion and every unexpected, magical moment.

“Our goal is to create a really full, immersive experience leading up to, during and after the Oscars,” said Karin Gilford, SVP of Digital Media for ABC Television Network. “Last year, we saw a huge increase in the number of people using the app.  With its availability now on the Android platform we look forward to bringing even more people into the Oscar experience.  We want this to be the next best thing to attending the show itself.”

“We’re always looking for ways to bring fans closer to the show and this app provides a unique and fun way to do that,” said Josh Spector, Managing Director of Digital Media and Marketing for the Academy.  “More fans than ever will be able to enjoy the full Oscar experience now that our app is available to Droid users.”

Key features of the app include:

  • Magazine-style format featuring photos, videos and the latest social media buzz.
  • Viewers can watch the live Backstage Pass experience in two different modes, Watch or Direct. In Watch mode, viewers will be guided through the live behind-the-scenes show. In the Direct mode, viewers can select the cameras they want to experience.
  • Live video grid allows viewers the ability to watch all available cameras simultaneously or zero in on one.
  • Once in a camera view, a ticker will display over the video updating viewers to what is happening on other cameras. Fans will be aware when their favorite actor enters another view, allowing them the opportunity to navigate between cameras.

The 85th Academy Awards will be presented live on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7:00 p.m. ET.

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May 232012
 

Memorable Moments from 2011 Oscars: David Seidler’s Oscar acceptance speech and Melissa Leo’s tribute to Kirk Douglas.

Millions and millions of people from all over the world were watching the Academy Awards’ Gala. Each of the viewers having their own subjective experience. For the Editor of US Celebrity Blog these were the memorable moments of 2011 Oscars.

David Seidler’s Oscar Acceptance Speech

David Seidler at the 83rd Academy Awards

Upon the receipt of the coveted golden Oscar statue for Original Screenplay for work done on “The King’s Speech”, David Seidler said:

“The writer’s speech, this is terrifying. My father always said to me, I would be a late bloomer. I believe I am the oldest person to win this particular award. I hope that record is broken quickly and often. I’d like to thank my daughter, Maya, my son, Mark, for having faith in their dad as I have faith in you. And I would like to thank my producers, my director, my cast, there’s so many people and they are saying “wrap up now.” I’m sorry. I would like to thank her Majesty, the Queen, for not putting me in the Tower of London for using the Melissa Leo “f” word. And I accept this on behalf of all the stutterers throughout the world. We have a voice, we have been heard, thanks to you the Academy.”

David Seidler is 73. His defiant “My father always said to me, I would be a late bloomer. I believe I am the oldest person to win this particular award. I hope that this record is broken quickly and often.” left an indelible impression on me.

Kirk Douglas, Hollywood Star From the Golden Era

The other memorable moment for me was the appearance of Kirk Douglas. Say what you will, but Hollywood is about legends, dreams and memories. As much as I found Anne Hathaway irresistible and James Franco charming in his own way, Kirk Douglas represents Hollywood from the years past. He is a legend from the Golden Era of Hollywood. In spite of his age, Kirk Douglas’ charm, sense of humor, acting talent and timing remain intact……..
When he announced that Melissa Leo, won an Oscar for Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her role in “The Fighter”, she was quite surprised.

Kirk Douglas and Melissa Leo

Melissa Leo with her Oscar and Kirk Douglas. Photo credit: Richard Harbaugh / ©A.M.P.A.S.

We’ll never know – after all she’s an Academy Award winner! – whether she’s planned the curtsy in front of Kirk Douglas or it was a spontaneous gesture. To me personally, for a split second it appeared to be a tribute. True, they both covered up the moment with humor. Still, whether the scene was improvised or deliberate,  it was an Oscar-worthy moment to behold. Since the Oscars are about peers honoring peers the curtsy couldn’t have been more poignant…….  (Way more memorable than her snafu during the acceptance speech.)