April 16, 2014

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Coppola and Godard to Receive Academy’s Governors Awards

HollywoodNews.com: The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted last night to present the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to producer-director Francis Ford Coppola and Honorary Awards to historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow, director Jean-Luc Godard and actor Eli Wallach. All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 2nd Annual Governors Awards dinner on Saturday, November 13, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.
“Each of these honorees has touched movie audiences worldwide and influenced the motion picture industry through their work,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “It will be an honor to celebrate their extraordinary achievements and contributions at the Governors Awards.”
Brownlow is widely regarded as the preeminent historian of the silent film era as well as a preservationist. Among his many silent film restoration projects are Abel Gance’s 1927 epic “Napoleon,” Rex Ingram’s “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” (1921) and “The Thief of Bagdad” (1924), starring Douglas Fairbanks. Brownlow has authored, among others, The Parade’s Gone By; The War, the West, and the Wilderness; Hollywood: The Pioneers; Behind the Mask of Innocence; David Lean; and Mary Pickford Rediscovered. His documentaries include “Hollywood,” “Unknown Chaplin,” “Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow,” “Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius” and “D.W. Griffith: Father of Film,” all with David Gill; Brownlow also directed “Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic” and “Garbo,” the latter with Christopher Bird.
Coppola began his film career in the early 1960s making low-budget films with 2009 Honorary Award recipient Roger Corman. By the end of the 1970s he had won five Oscars®: Best Picture (“The Godfather Part II”); Directing (“The Godfather Part II”) and Writing (“Patton,” “The Godfather,” “The Godfather Part II”). Among his numerous producing credits are “American Graffiti, “Gardens of Stone,” “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” “Jack” and “Tetro.” In 1969 he established American Zoetrope, an independent film studio that helped launch the careers of George Lucas and Carroll Ballard, and has since produced more than 30 films, including “The Black Stallion,” “The Outsiders,” “Lost in Translation” and “The Good Shepherd.”
A key figure in the French New Wave movement, Godard started out writing about cinema before beginning to make his own short films. His influential first feature, “Breathless” (1960), impressed audiences and filmmakers alike with its jazzy take on the American crime film. For fifty years, Godard has continued to write and direct challenging, and sometimes controversial, films [...]

Tom Sherak Re-elected Academy President

Hollywoodnews.com: Tom Sherak was re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight (8/3) by the organization’s Board of Governors. This will be his second consecutive one-year term in the office.
Sherak is beginning his eighth year as a governor representing the Executives Branch. He had previously also served as treasurer for the Academy.
In addition, Public Relations Branch governor and past Academy president Sid Ganis was elected first vice president; Writers Branch governor James L. Brooks was elected to one vice president post and Phil Robinson, also from the Writers Branch, was re-elected to a vice president post; Producers Branch governor Hawk Koch was re-elected treasurer; and Actors Branch governor Annette Bening was elected secretary.
These will be the first officer stints for Brooks and Bening.
Sherak, a marketing, distribution and production executive with more than four decades of experience in the motion picture industry, is currently a consultant for Marvel Studios and Relativity Media.
Previously, Sherak was a partner at Revolution Studios where he oversaw the release of more than 30 films including “Black Hawk Down,” “Anger Management,” “Rent,” and “Across the Universe.”
Prior to joining Revolution, Sherak was chairman of Twentieth Century Fox Domestic Film Group and served as senior executive vice president of Fox Filmed Entertainment. Previously, he held various positions at Fox, including senior executive vice president, where he oversaw the distribution and post-production of “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Speed,” and “Independence Day,” among others.
In 1990 Sherak was named executive vice president of Twentieth Century Fox. Prior to that he was president of domestic distribution and marketing for Fox, where he launched such films as “Romancing the Stone,” “ Aliens,” “Wall Street,” “Die Hard” and “Working Girl.” He began his career in the industry at Paramount Pictures in 1970.
Academy board members serve three-year terms, while officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive terms in any one office.
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‘The Hurt Locker’s’ Kathryn Bigelow elected to Academy’s Board of Governors

HollywoodNews.com: Director Kathryn Bigelow, film editor Anne Coates and documentarian Michael Moore have been selected to make up the year’s first-time electees to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors.
Coates received her award for the editing of “Lawrence of Arabia,” Moore won in the Documentary Feature category for “Bowling from Columbine,” and Bigelow received Oscars® this year in the Directing category and as one of the producers of “The Hurt Locker.” In addition, nine incumbents were reelected and three other filmmakers will return to the Board after a time away.
The reelected governors are Curt Behlmer, Sound Branch; Rosemary Brandenburg, Art Directors; Richard Edlund, Visual Effects; Leonard Engelman, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists; Charles Fox, Music; Jim Gianopulos, Executives; Hawk Koch, Producers; Marvin Levy, Public Relations; and Frank Pierson, Writers.
Returning to the board after a hiatus are John Bailey, Cinematographers; Ed Begley, Jr., Actors; and Jon Bloom, Short Films and Feature Animation. Bailey previously served on the board from 1996 to 2002; Begley and Bloom both were governors from 2000 to 2009.
Fourteen of the Academy’s 15 branches are represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. Terms are staggered so that each branch elects or reelects one governor each year. The Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch is represented by a single governor.
Governors who were not up for reelection and who continue on the Board are Annette Bening and Tom Hanks, Actors Branch; Jim Bissell and Jeffrey Kurland, Art Directors; Caleb Deschanel and Owen Roizman, Cinematographers; Martha Coolidge and Edward Zwick, Directors; Rob Epstein and Lynne Littman, Documentary; Robert Rehme and Tom Sherak, Executives; Donn Cambern and Mark Goldblatt, Film Editors; Bruce Broughton and Arthur Hamilton, Music; Mark Johnson and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers; Robert G. Friedman and Sid Ganis, Public Relations; Bill Kroyer and John Lasseter, Short Films and Feature Animation; Don Hall and Kevin O’Connell, Sound; Craig Barron and Bill Taylor, Visual Effects; and James L. Brooks and Phil Robinson, Writers.
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Sid Ganis will produce the 2nd Annual Governors Awards

BY STAFF
Producer Sid Ganis will produce the 2nd annual Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy President Tom Sherak announced today. One or more of the Academy’s highest honors – the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Awards and the Honorary Award – will be presented at the event, set for Saturday, November 13.
“Sid is the perfect person to produce our second Governors Awards ceremony,” said Sherak. “Last year’s Governors Awards was a very special evening for all of us and I know Sid will build on that success and take the evening to the next level.”
“I’m beyond excited to be involved in what is – after only one year – a wonderful and important Academy tradition,” said Ganis. “The first Governors Awards was about as perfect as it could have been and I’m looking forward to producing this year’s event to make sure it too is as perfect as possible.”
Ganis is the Academy’s immediate past president and represents the public relations branch on the Board of Governors. He founded Out of the Blue…Entertainment in 1996, following a distinguished career as an executive at several major studios. His producer credits include “Akeelah and the Bee,” “Big Daddy” and “Mr. Deeds.”
The 2010 honorees will be selected at a specially convened meeting of the Academy’s Board in late August.
The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and the Honorary Award are Oscar statuettes; the Irving G. Thalberg Award is a bust of its namesake. The most recent recipients of Honorary Awards were Lauren Bacall, Roger Corman and Gordon Willis; John Calley was the most recent recipient of the Thalberg Award.

Academy Foundation disputes “poor” rating

BY ROBERT W. WELKOS – PART 2 of 2
The Academy Foundation, a nonprofit arm of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has been given a “poor” rating by one of the country’s leading charity watchdog groups – a rating Academy officials don’t think it deserves.
Charity Navigator, which calls itself “the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities,” studied the Academy Foundation’s latest Internal Revenue Service Form 990 for fiscal year 2007-2008 and gave the foundation an overall rating of 36.39, or one star.
In the opinion of Charity Navigator, a nonprofit receiving only one star performs “far below industry standards and below nearly all charities in its cause.”
But Ric Robertson, the foundation’s executive administrator, doesn’t buy it.
He contends that the foundation actually deserves a far better rating and that Charity Navigator must not know all the facts.
The lowest rating a nonprofit can receive from Charity Navigator is zero stars, which it defines as performing “far below industry standards and below nearly all charities in its cause.” The best rating the group hands out is four stars to nonprofits it deems “exceptional.”
Sandra Miniutti, vice president of Charity Navigator, based in Mahwah, N.J., told HollywoodNews.com that looking at the most recent 990 filed with the IRS, the Academy Foundation reported program expenses of about 64% and administrative expenses of about 36%.
In dollar terms, program expenses amounted to $3,446,504 versus administrative expenses of $1,942,904.
“That pretty high,” Miniutti said of the foundation’s overhead costs. “Obviously, that pulls down the amount spent on programs.”
Robertson explained that AMPAS has four nonprofit affiliates and, taken together, their program expenses totaled $19 million.
These nonprofit affiliates include the Academy Foundation, the Vine Street Foundation, the Homewood Foundation and the Academy Archive Foundation.
Robertson said taken as a whole, the actual program/overhead expense ratio was 78% and 21%. That would put the Academy into the average range of most nonprofits examined by Charity Navigator.
He also noted that one reason for large overhead is that some of the Academy’s operations require a large staff. For instance, the Margaret Herrick Library’s staff numbers over 50.
“The lion’s share of that budget in running the Margaret Herrick Library is personnel,” Robertson explained. “[Charity Navigator] is probably not taking that into account. In order to run a world-class research facility it requires manpower.”
The Academy’s library contains more than 1,000 collections including [...]