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The Academy Announces Winners of the Prestigious Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship

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The Academy Announces Winners of the Prestigious Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship
With the abundance of labs and fellowships designed to give up-and-coming filmmakers a much-needed boost, the Nicholl Fellowship — launched in 1986 — still stands above the fray as being one of the most important opportunities for entry into the industry. Each of the winners receives a $35,000 prize with the understanding that they will complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year. Just as important, their winning project instantly becomes a must-read by every agency in Hollywood.

The global competition has awarded 152 fellowships to date. Recent scripts by Nicholl Fellowship alumni include “The Glass Castle” and “Holy Rollers;” additional program veterans have gone on to receive plum writing assignments in film (Pixar’s “Cars 3”) and television (Netflix’s “The Punisher”).

Nine individuals and one screenwriting team were selected as 2017 fellowship recipients from more than 7,000 submissions; the winners are listed in bold:

Vigil Chime, “Bring Back Girl”

Sj Inwards, “Jellyfish Summer”

Max Lance and Jen Bailey,
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Ted Sarandos Snubbed by Academy and More Details From the Board of Governors Candidates

Earlier today, the Academy sent an email to all members with the final list of Board of Governors candidates. Conspicuously absent is Netflix CEO and Ted Sarandos, who hosted a recent Academy museum fundraiser and was hoping to get a chance to run for the board.

Also absent is Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the current president of AMPAS, who’s stepping down this August and not seeking a third three-year term on the 54-member board. You have to be on the board in order to run for President. Others no longer in the running are Sony Pictures Classics and CBS Films executives Michael Barker and Terry Press, producer Paula Wagner, director Brett Ratner and actors Queen Latifah and Lou Diamond Phillips. Actress Laura Dern is one current board member who is backed by Academy CEO Dawn Hudson and gaining support.

The final election begins Monday, June 19 and closes on Friday, June
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Ted Sarandos Snubbed by Academy and More Details From the Board of Governors Candidates

Earlier today, the Academy sent an email to all members with the final list of Board of Governors candidates. Conspicuously absent is Netflix CEO and Ted Sarandos, who hosted a recent Academy museum fundraiser and was hoping to get a chance to run for the board.

Also absent is Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the current president of AMPAS, who’s stepping down this August and not seeking a third three-year term on the 54-member board. You have to be on the board in order to run for President. Others no longer in the running are Sony Pictures Classics and CBS Films executives Michael Barker and Terry Press, producer Paula Wagner, director Brett Ratner and actors Queen Latifah and Lou Diamond Phillips. Actress Laura Dern is one current board member who is backed by Academy CEO Dawn Hudson and gaining support.

The final election begins Monday, June 19 and closes on Friday, June
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Latest 2015 Awards Roundup: "Birdman" Triumphs with Cinematography, Sound Mixing and Editing Awards!

With one week before the Academy Awards, "Birdman" continues its triumphant march towards Oscar glory. Just this past weekend, the Alejandro González Iñárritu contender won the top awards at the American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) awards, the 62nd Sound Editors' Golden Reel, and the 51st Cinema Audio Society. The film also took home the Best Contemporary Hair Styling award from the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild.

Will this transfer to Oscar glory?

Here's the complete list of winners from the Asc, Golden Reel, Cinema Audio Society, and Make-Up Artist and Hair Stylists Guild awards.

29th American Society of Cinematographers Winners

Feature Film: "Birdman"

Emmanuel Lubezki, Asc, AMC

Television Episodic: "Boardwalk Empire: Golden Days for Boys and Girls"

Jonathan Freeman, Asc

Television Movie/Miniseries/Pilot: "Manhattan" pilot

John Lindley, Asc

Spotlight Award: "Concrete Night" ("Betoniyo")

Peter Flinckenberg, Fsc

62nd Sound Editors' Golden Reel Winners

Feature Animation: .Big
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‘Birdman,’ ‘Unbroken’ Lead Mpse Golden Reel Awards

‘Birdman,’ ‘Unbroken’ Lead Mpse Golden Reel Awards
The 62nd Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards recognized features including “Birdman,” “Big Hero 6,” “Unbroken” and “Get on Up” at Sunday night’s ceremony at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.

Birdman” took the sound editing music award, while James Brown biopic “Get On Up” received the musical feature sound editing award. “Unbroken” won for dialogue/Adr, while “American Sniper” won for FX/Foley. “Big Hero 6″ took the sound and music editing award for feature animation.

The Golden Reel Awards recognize outstanding achievement in sound editing in 20 categories including feature films, long-form and short-form television, animation and documentaries.

Darren Aronofsky was honored with the Filmmaker award, with supervising sound editor Craig Henighan presenting,while the Career Achievement Award went to supervising sound editor Skip Lievsay, with Greg Orloff presenting.

Mpse president Frank Morrone said in his opening address, “Our goal is to improve the prestige and recognition
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‘Birdman,’ ‘Unbroken’ Lead Mpse Golden Reel Awards

‘Birdman,’ ‘Unbroken’ Lead Mpse Golden Reel Awards
The 62nd Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards recognized features including “Birdman,” “Big Hero 6,” “Unbroken” and “Get on Up” at Sunday night’s ceremony at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.

Birdman” took the sound editing music award, while James Brown biopic “Get On Up” received the musical feature sound editing award. “Unbroken” won for dialogue/Adr, while “American Sniper” won for FX/Foley. “Big Hero 6″ took the sound and music editing award for feature animation.

The Golden Reel Awards recognize outstanding achievement in sound editing in 20 categories including feature films, long-form and short-form television, animation and documentaries.

Darren Aronofsky was honored with the Filmmaker award, with supervising sound editor Craig Henighan presenting,while the Career Achievement Award went to supervising sound editor Skip Lievsay, with Greg Orloff presenting.

Mpse president Frank Morrone said in his opening address, “Our goal is to improve the prestige and recognition
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jennifer Lopez Among 276 New Academy Members for 2013

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its 276-member-strong class of 2013.

The list, published by The Hollywood Reporter, includes actors, cinematographers, designers, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, makeup artists and hairstylists, "members-at-large," musicians, producers, PR folks, short filmmakers and animators, sound technicians, visual effects artists, and writers.

Jason Bateman, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Mortimer, Sandra Oh, Jason Schwartzman, and Michael Peña are among the roster of actors, while "The Heat" and "Bridesmaids" helmer Paul Feig made the directors' cut.

"We did not change our criteria at all," says Academy president Hawk Koch of this year's larger-than-usual class. "Yes, this year there is a tremendous amount of women, a tremendous amount of people of color, people from all walks of life. This year, we asked the branches to look at everybody who wasn't in the Academy but who deserved to be.
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Class of 2013: 276 New Members Invited to Join the Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the 276 members of the entertainment industry invited to join organization. The list includes actors, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, producers and more. Of those listed below, those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2013. "These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today," said Academy President Hawk Koch in a press release. "Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy." Koch also told Variety, "In the past eight or nine years, each branch could only bring in X amount of members. There were people each branch would have liked to get in but couldn't. We asked them to be more inclusive of the best of the best, and each branch was excited, because they got
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Academy adds record number of new members

Academy adds record number of new members
The Academy just added 276 Oscar voters.

That’s 100 more than last year, and part of an easing of a longstanding cap on the number of new members allowed to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences each year.

AMPAS usually adds between 130 and 180 new members, replacing those who have quit or passed away. The membership now stands around 6,000.

Jason Bateman, Jennifer Lopez, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emmanuelle Riva, and Chris Tucker are among the actors who have been invited to join, the organization announced today.

Other interesting additions: the musician Prince, Girls and Tiny Furniture writer/director/actress Lena Dunham,
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276 Receive Membership Invites From The Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 276 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2013.

“These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy.”

The 2013 invitees are:

Actors

Jason Bateman – “Up in the Air,” “Juno

Miriam Colon – “City of Hope,” “Scarface

Rosario Dawson – “Rent,” “Frank Miller’s Sin City

Kimberly Elise – “For Colored Girls,” “Beloved

Joseph Gordon-Levitt – “Lincoln,” “The Dark Knight Rises

Charles Grodin – “Midnight Run,” “The Heartbreak Kid

Rebecca Hall – “Iron Man 3,” “The Town

Lance Henriksen – “Aliens,” “The Terminator

Jack Huston – “Not Fade Away,” “Factory Girl

Milla Jovovich – “Resident Evil,
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Film Academy Invites 276 New Members

Film Academy Invites 276 New Members
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ava DuVernay and Paul Feig are among the 276 new members invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

The total of new invitees is exactly 100 more than were tapped in 2012. Total membership in the Academy numbers more than 6,000.

“We’re very proud,” Academy prexy Hawk Koch told Variety. “The difference this year is we relaxed the quota system. In the past eight or nine years, each branch could only bring in X amount of members. There were people each branch would have liked to get in but couldn’t. We asked them to be more inclusive of the best of the best, and each branch was excited, because they got to bring in the people who should be in the branch.”

Koch said that in particular, visual effects and documentary were among the branches with the biggest gains, reflecting their intense recent growth.

Among the other
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Frank Morrone to Succeed Bobbi Banks as President of Motion Picture Sound Editors

Frank Morrone has been elected to succeed Bobbi Banks as president of the Motion Picture Sound Editors (Mpse). Banks resigned as president and a board member of the non-profit, citing personal reasons. She held both positions since 2006. Morrone was the organization's vice president. The board also elected Mark Lanza as vice president and Chris Reeves as secretary. “The Mpse board of directors extends its sincere thanks to Banks for her contributions over the last eight years and wishes her the best. Under her leadership, the Mpse has experienced significant growth in its mission and the scope of its annual Golden Reel Awards

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Mpse Golden Reel Awards Nominees Announced

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The Motion Picture Sound Editors announced its nomineees for the 60th Mpse Golden Reel Awards, recognizing sound editors' work in film, television, animation and computer entertainment media. "2012 was a spectacular year for sound," said Mpse president Bobbi Banks. "We offer our sincere congratulations to this year's Golden Reel nominees who, once again, have astounded us with their creativity and artistic excellence. We are very pleased to have this opportunity to recognize their dedication and tireless work in advancing the craft of entertainment sound." The awards will be held Feb. 17 at
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'Life of Pi' Director Ang Lee to Be Honored by Sound Editors

'Life of Pi' Director Ang Lee to Be Honored by Sound Editors
Life of Pi director Ang Lee will receive the 2013 Filmmaker Award from the Motion Picture Sound Editors at the organization’s 60th Mpse Golden Reel Awards on Feb. 17, 2013 at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles. “Ang Lee is a fascinating innovator,” said Mpse president Bobbi Banks. “He continually breaks ground through the use of the latest technology both visually and sonically. That continues with Life of Pi where his use of Dolby Atmos guides audiences into the emotional intimacy of the sound experience.” Along with Life of Pi, Lee’s films include The Wedding Banquet, Taking Woodstock;

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Sound Editors Give ‘Super 8′, ‘War Horse’, ‘Rise Of Planet Of Apes’ Most Nominations

The Motion Picture Sound Editors today announced their 2012 Mpse Golden Reel Award nominations which acknowledge the year’s best work in sound and music editing in motion pictures and television in various categories: Dialogue & Adr, Effects & Foley, and Music. ”The significance of sound should not be underestimated,” said Mpse president Bobbi Banks. “The emotional intimacy of the sound experience is amplified by giving the audience the perception that they are encountering the same state of cognitive consciousness as the characters.” The Mpse is honoring producer Gale Anne Hurd for the 2012 Mpse Filmmaker Award and sound designer/editor George Watters II for the Mpse Career Achievement Award. The 59th Golden Reel Awards will be held February 19th at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Downtown La. Here are the 2012 nominations: Feature Films Category Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue, and Adr in an Animation Feature Film The Adventures of Tintin Cars 2
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Spielberg Lands New Film Honour

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Spielberg Lands New Film Honour
Hollywood director Steven Spielberg has picked up another accolade to add to his impressive collection - he's landed The Motion Picture Sound Editors' (Mpse) 2010 Filmmaker Award.

The E.T. director will be honoured at Mpse's Golden Reel awards ceremony on 20 February in Los Angeles, for the groundbreaking soundtracks incorporated in his projects.

Mpse President Bobbi Banks says, "Steven Spielberg's evolution of the sound experience and collaboration with the sound and music editors has helped to shape new dimensions in sound."

Spielberg Honored by Sound Editors

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Spielberg Honored by Sound Editors
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Steven Spielberg, whose films have led to 10 Academy Awards in the sound categories, has been named recipient of the 2010 Filmmakers Award from the Motion Picture Sound Editors.  

"Steven Spielberg's evolution of the sound experience and collaboration with the sound and music editors has helped to shape new dimensions in sound," said Mpse president Bobbi Banks in a press release announcing the award, which will be given to Spielberg on February 20 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. 

Among Spielberg's films, "Jaws," "Indiana Jones...
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MPSE re-elects Bobbi Banks as head

The Motion Picture Sound Editors have re-elected Bobbi Banks as president for a third term. Other officers are Frank Morrone, vp; Paul Rodriguez, treasurer; and Mark Lanza, secretary.

The board voted Glenn Morgan, sergeant at arms. Film seats on the board will be held by Mike Draghi, Scott Haller, Hal Levinsohn and Bernard Weiser; TV seats will be held by Ruth Adelman, Jason Arnold, Maciek Malish and Chris Reeves.

Banks has served on the board of directors for 16 years and is the first woman to serve as president more than two terms at the organization.
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Sound editors pick Banks as prez -- again

Bobbi Banks has been elected for a second term as president of the Motion Picture Sound Editors.

Banks is the fourth woman to be president of the 54-year-old organization. Officers include vp Frank Morrone (also his second term); Marc Perlman, treasurer; Mark Lanza, secretary; and Solange Schwalbe, sergeant-at-arms. Returning board members are Scott Haller, Michael Ryan, Glenn Morgan, Maciek Malish, Chris Reeves and Jason Arnold. New board members include Bernard Weiser, Hal Levinson and Ruth Adelman.

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