The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is a professional entertainment organization with a mission of advancing the craft of filmmaking. The Academy’s corporate management and general policies are overseen by a Board of Governors, which includes representatives from each of the moviemaking branches.
The roster of the Academy’s approximately 6,000 entertainment professionals is a “closely guarded secret.” While the vast majority of its members are based in the United States, membership is open to qualified filmmakers around the world.
Additionally, the Academy holds a Governors Awards annually, which honors lifetime achievements in film; gives Student Academy Awards annually to filmmakers at the undergraduate and graduate level; awards up to five Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting annually; and operates the Margaret Herrick Library, which is located at the Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study in Beverly Hills, California, with a second location at the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The Academy also has plans to open the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles in 2017.
The Academy is perhaps best known for its annual Academy Awards, which is now officially known as The Oscars.
As part of last night’s 92nd Academy Awards ceremony, actor Tom Hanks announced to the audience in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and to broadcast viewers around the world, that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will open to the public on Monday, December 14th, 2020. Hanks made the announcement in his capacity as … More
Independent films once again collected the most Oscars at the Academy Awards ceremony, including Best Picture for Summit Entertainment and Voltage Pictures’ The Hurt Locker. The win brings to 18 the number of independent films earning Best Picture over the past 30 years, the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) announced. This year, indies collected … More
As Tinsel Town gets ready for its biggest night of the year, Academy Award nominees and presenters joined some of the most well-known film stars in the world for the eighth annual “Night Before” party to benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF). Money raised supports the extensive programs and services MPTF provides to … More
They finally pulled the trigger. After Cablevision and WABC-TV didn’t make progress in the their tense negotiations over retransmission Saturday, ABC followed through on its threat to take the station off the Cablevision system on this day of the Academy Awards, according to a report on THR. But instead of pulling WABC-TV in the nation’s … More
Producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman announced earlier today that Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin are teaming up to co-host the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, according to THR. Martin previously hosted the Oscars in 2001 and 2003, and has been a presenter on a number of occasions. Baldwin has presented awards at the big event, … More
Director Sam Mendes works from screenwriter Justin Haythe’s adaptation of Richard Yates’s 1961 novel, to create another stunning work of suburban angst and dissatisfaction with marital conformity with Revolutionary Road. Audiences didn’t take to its blunt, piercing approach, however I found Revolutionary Road to be an enlightening tale that broke apart many of the illusions … More
Slumdog Millionaire, the indie film dedicated to the spirit of hope and survival, was named best picture at the 81st Annual Academy Awards. The film that fought its way to worldwide recognition nabbed an incredible eight statues, including best director honors for Danny Boyle. Below is the complete list of nominees for the 81st Annual … More
AMC Theaters is offering movie fans the rare opportunity to experience all five motion pictures nominated for “Best Picture” on one single day, for one discounted price. This Saturday, February 21, 2009, the AMC Best Picture Showcase will take place at 99 AMC theaters. Guests can purchase an exclusive AMC Best Picture Showcase All-Day Pass … More
The Academy just posted the nominees for the 81st Academy Awards. The live telecast takes place on February 22, 2009. Below is a video of President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Sid Ganis and producer, director and Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker, announcing the nominees this morning.
Hugh Jackman will host the 81st annual Academy Awards in February 2009. Executive producer Bill Condon and producer Laurence Mark made the announcement today. This is a marked departure for the Academy, which has been in the habit of asking comedians to host the big event, in recent years, including last year’s host, Jon Stewart. … More