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Oscar 2014: (Flexible) maximum of two winners in Best Animated Feature Film category (photo: 2013 Best Animated Feature winner Brave) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced another rule change for the 2014 Academy Awards. This latest change affects the Animated Feature Film category. According to the Academy’s press release, from now on there will be "a maximum of two award recipients" for Best Animated Feature Film, one of whom must have a producer credit. And that’s where things get a bit confusing. Despite the "maximum of two" Oscar recipients, "the director and/or key creative individual shall continue to be a recipient, and in the circumstance of a two-person team with shared and equal director credit, a third statuette may be awarded." In other words, it’s a flexible two-person maximum. Last year, at most two individuals were listed per nominated film in the Best Animated »
- Andre Soares
Future recipients of the Oscar for animated feature film will include one producer, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday.
A new tweak to the Oscar rules by the Acad’s Board of Governors reiterated that there would typically be two people honored for each animated feature Oscar, but specified that one would be a producer, alongside the director “and/or key creative individual.”
In the case of a two-person team with shared and equal director credit, the Academy said a third statuette may be awarded.
- Jon Weisman
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has approved the rules for next year's Oscars, with the most significant change affecting the Animated Feature Film category. In that category, a new rule designates a maximum of two award recipients, one of whom must have a producer credit. "The director and/or key creative individual shall continue to be a recipient, and in the circumstance of a two-person team with shared and equal director credit, a third statuette may be awarded," The Academy noted. This year, a film with two director credits -- "Brave" (shared by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman) -- won the Oscar, and both Andrews and Chapman took a statuette. However, producer Katherine Sarafian did not. Previously announced rules changes for the 86th Academy Awards include allowing members to see the nominated documentary shorts and foreign language films either at a theatrical screening or on DVD. »
- Peter Knegt
'Glam' version of character from Pixar animation Brave removed from Disney website after creator describes it as 'horrible'
Disney has been forced to remove a "glammed-up" version of Princess Merida from the Pixar fantasy fairytale Brave from its official website following a high-profile campaign.
Red-headed teenage tomboy Merida had been given a makeover in advance of her induction into the Disney Princess collection, rendering the character slimmer, older and somewhat sexualised in comparison with her appearance in 2012's Oscar-winning animation. More than 200,000 people signed a Change.org petition calling on the studio to return the character to her more realistic origins and the redesign was also criticised by Merida's Oscar-winning creator Brenda Chapman.
While Disney has not officially announced a U-turn, the creator of the Change.org petition says "glam" Merida has gone missing from the Disney Princesses website after being officially inducted at Disney World last weekend.
"Numerous supporters »
- Ben Child
On May 11, 2013, Disney crowned Merida from Disney/Pixar’s feature film “Brave” as the 11th official Disney princess, making her the first Pixar princess. The ceremony took place at Cinderella’s Castle in Disney’s Orlando theme park. Merida joins the likes of Snow White, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Belle, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel, and Aurora from “Sleeping Beauty.” The woman that Disney has selected to be Merida in Orlando is impeccable (unless she can’t do a Scottish accent). Her resemblance to the Scottish princess is uncanny.
Merida has been praised by audiences and the media as an ideal Disney princess for little girls to admire and take many pages out of her book. But Disney’s makeover of the Scot undermines the admiration. So much so that a petition has been started to repeal the diminishment. In the petition, Merida is described as “strong, confident, and self-rescuing.” In the movie “Brave, »
- Matthew Curry
London, May 14: Disney is under heavy criticism for creating a "glammed-up" version of Princess Merida from the Pixar's fantasy fairytale 'Brave' for a new toy line.
The bow-slinging princess appears slimmer, older and somewhat sexualised, in comparison to the teenage tomboy from last year's movie, in advance of her official induction into The Disney Princess Collection.
Merida's creator Brenda Chapman - replaced by Mark Andrews part way through the production - but maintained a co-director's credit, said that Disney missed the point when they created a new version of her creation, the Guardian reported.
She wrote to her. »
- Smith Cox
There was a certain fist pump-ery involved with the wily little heroine Disney and Pixar drew up for "Brave." Merida was a lot more rough-and-tumbling Katniss Everdeen than airy-fairy Cinderella, and the world dug it ... to the tune of more than a half billion smackers worldwide. Some of us sensed a new, bolder, more "with it" direction for the House of Mouse's idea of a Princess — one that didn't need a Prince Charming to kiss away the spell but who could get out there and handle business her own dang self.
Yeah, but that didn't last long did it? Saturday, Disney unveiled a shinier, supposedly prettier and definitely thinner variation of Merida at Walt Disney World when it inducted the character into the Disney Princesses line-up. Barf.
Naturally, the virtual vitriol began almost immediately, and joining in on the pitchfork raising was none other than the movie's own canned director Brenda Chapman, »
- Amanda Bell
The character's creator says Disney's new version of her hero 'send[s] a message that the original, realistic girl is inferior'
Disney has been fiercely criticised for creating a "glammed-up" version of Princess Merida from the Pixar fantasy fairytale Brave for a new toy line.
Bow-slinging Merida has been given a makeover in advance of her official induction into The Disney Princess Collection. She now appears slimmer, older and somewhat sexualised, in comparison to the teenage tomboy from last year's Oscar-winning animation.
A petition launched on the Change.org website calling on the studio to return the character to her more realistic origins has reached more than 100,000 signatures in just over a week and gained the support of Merida's creator Brenda Chapman.
Addressed to Disney chairman Bob Iger, the petition reads: "Merida was the princess that countless girls and their parents were waiting for – a strong, confident, self-rescuing princess ready to »
- Ben Child
You’re a pretty girl. You’ve got some acting chops. You come out to Hollywood and try to give the whole thing a go, and suddenly, you’re just average. That wild hair has become a liability. Those pretty eyes are a little too dull and oh, maybe just a centimeter too close together. Those lips could be a little fuller. And that waistline, well, let’s just say you should think twice before digging into that bread basket at dinner.
It happens all the time in real life. Is it a surprise that not even our animated images »
- Lindsey Bahr
Right now, it’s good to be Mark Andrews. After Brenda Chapman parted ways with Pixar in the middle of production on Brave, the studio’s 2012 release, Andrews stepped in to see the film through to completion; he was rewarded for his efforts this past February, pulling out a surprise victory at the Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year. While he duo shared the honor together, courtesy of a co-nomination, it’s Andrews who’s making the first post-Oscars move, announcing that he’s begun work on his next picture.
Andrews, who appears to have developed an affinity for Scotland while directing Brave, recently traveled to Glasgow as part of a mentoring project for Scottish students. Edinburgh-based publication Scotsman caught up with him to chat about his family ties to the Highlands, as well ...
Click to continue reading ‘Brave’ Co-Director On Chances for a Sequel & His »
- Andrew Crump
Feature Mark Harrison 9 Apr 2013 - 07:15
The Host arrived in cinemas recently, and joined a number of female-led movies of recent years. As ever, it owes some of its success to the Twilight films, as it's based on an earlier novel by author Stephenie Meyer, but the real legacy of those films has been to emphasise the influence of female audiences, and to popularise female leads in big movies.
If we go by the most popular example of her work, Meyer hasn't exactly created the strongest female characters in the past. But on the surface, The Host appears to centre around a girl called Melanie, whose will is strong enough to bust through the influence of alien body-snatchers, who have effectively taken over the world, as well as her body. »
This article originally appeared in If Magazine #149 (October-November). In February, Brave won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film.
Re-writing the rules of animation is no small task but for the team at Pixar, it is a regular occurrence. With Scottish-set animation Brave, the 80-strong team of animators immersed themselves in the Scottish way of life as part of their method-acting approach to creating authentic characters.
They even wore kilts and visited local zoos to observe the behaviour of native animals. Director Mark Andrews, in particular, was obsessed with organising bi-weekly lessons in swordplay. The regular animation reviews would often end with an invitation to pick up a sword and act out a specific shot move-for-move.
Character rigging and modeling supervisor, Bill Sheffler, says this was important because ultimately, the physical performance came from the animators. "We videotape ourselves doing activities like archery and horse-riding and then caricatured that. »
- Rodney Appleyard
Exclusive: Wme has signed Mark Andrews. Sure you know him; he was the only Academy Award winner on Sunday who took the stage in a kilt, when he accepted the Best Animated Film prize for Brave with Brenda Chapman. He wrote and replaced Chapman as director on the Disney film. Before that, Andrews co-wrote the script for John Carter. His first Oscar nomination came in 2006 for his work on the short film One Man Band. Wme will help Andrews work on both live-action and animation projects in the future and explore opportunities in television as well. He continues to be represented by Nancy Newhouse Porter from Newhouse Porter Hubbard. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The Oscars. Hollywood’s biggest night of the year took place Sunday and I was in the press room once again for all the winner’s speeches. From comic turned reporter David Arquette crashing the room (he reportedly was covering the event for Sirius Xm radio, which carries Howard Stern’s show) and asking a question of winner Christoph Waltz to the surprise tie between Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty in the Sound Editing category to Jennifer Lawrence’s explanation of her trip up to the stage, here are some moments from backstage at the Dolby Theatre.
I for one cheered to see women in film bringing home the gold in the technical categories. Those with Academy Awards were Karen Baker Landers for achievement in sound editing for her work on Skyfall, a first win for Costume Designer Jacqueline Durran and her gorgeous work on Anna Karenina, Lisa Westcott’s »
- Michelle McCue
"...Seth MacFarlane Worst Oscar Host Ever..." screamed a futuristic entertainment news headline, delivered by 'Captain Kirk' (William Shatner) to 85th Academy Awards host Seth MacFarlane, during the opening moments of the Oscars presentation, February 24, 2013.
Viewers were then subjected to a schizophrenic ceremony that couldn't decide whether to honor or ridicule the Hollywood community and the year's best filmmakers.
And the winners are :
Actor In A Leading Role
Daniel Day-Lewis - "Lincoln"
Actor In A Supporting Role
Actress In A Leading Role
Actress In A Supporting Role
Anne Hathaway - "Les Miserables"
Animated Feature Film
Ang Lee - "Life of Pi"
Documentary (Short Subject)
- Michael Stevens
2013 Oscar Award Winners list released last night. Last night, February 24th, the prestigious 2013,85th Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood,California,and most of Hollywood's elite stars and more,showed up to drool all over each other,and give out awards,which is what this post is about,so we won't bore you with who showed up and who wore what. Let's just get straight down to business and tell you who and what ,won what. "Argo" won for Best Motion Picture of the Year. Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln” won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook won for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. Christoph Waltz in “Django Unchained” won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. Anne Hathaway in “Les Misérables” won for »
You're a woman at the Academy Awards. Congratulations! Either you're nominated (the nerves!) or you're there to enjoy the show (the glam!). But this isn't just any other night in the spotlight. This isn't the ****ing Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, ladies.
This is the big leagues. This is the Oscars. You have to wear a dress that stuns. And you have to know who made it, and when, and why, and how, and if the dress's designer had any underlying motivations of resentment or jealousy towards his or her extended family that went into the creation of the dress, and how that made him or her feel about living a life in the 21st century. Because Joan Rivers and Ryan Seacrest want to know, dammit, and so does everyone watching at home.
O you're a guy at the Academy Awards. Congratulations! Either you're nominated (the nerves!) or you're there to enjoy the show (the glam! »
- Nick Blake
In retrospect it may have felt like a night of obvious winners and very few surprises but only the Brits were spot on with their predictions.
The Oscars are one of the most talked about events of the year - and only British social media users were talking about the right winners of last night's 85th Academy Awards. A full list of winners is included below, along with an infographic.
Over one million social media mentions were analysed over seven days by leading global film communications company Way To Blue which revealed that people in the UK were the only nation to correctly predict all four winners of the big four Awards (Best Director, Film, Actor and Actress).
- David Bentley
And with all the hype, the endless amounts of expert prognostications and snarky articles on movie websites, the Oscars are over in only three-and-a-half short hours. Well, not short, exactly.
Certainly longer than some other things with lots of hype (Boom Sex Joke) - but still, here we are.
The awards have been handed out, and it's time to review what we all just watched.
Best: Seacrest Interviews Wallis
Early on the red carpet, when Ryan Seacrest was just wrapping up his tent and charcoal grill after having camped out at Hollywood and Highland since Thursday, he stuck a microphone in the face of the adorable Quvenzhane Wallis (pronounced "Had No Chance But Is Adorable So Academy Wanted Her There"), and while it was kind of tough for Seacrest to screw it up, the interview delivered.
Seacrest told Wallis that he knew well of her Disney Channel fandom (of course »
- Nick Blake
Los Angeles — Ben Affleck's "Argo," a film about a fake movie, has earned a very real prize: best picture at the Academy Awards. From the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama joined Jack Nicholson to help present the final prize. "There are eight great films that have every right, as much a right to be up here as we do," Affleck said of the other best-picture nominees. In share-the-wealth mode, Oscar voters spread Sunday's honors among a range of films, with "Argo" winning three trophies but "Life of Pi" leading with four. Daniel Day-Lewis joined a select group of recipients with his third Oscar, taking the best-actor trophy for his monumental performance as Abraham Lincoln in the Civil War saga "Lincoln." "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence triumphed in Hollywood's big games, winning the best actress as a damaged soul in "Silver Linings Playbook," while Ang Lee pulled off a »
- Alex Suskind
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