The 74th Annual Academy Awards might be most memorable for adding the first new category in 20 years, for animated feature. The addition is significant because, critics contend, well-reviewed films…
Judging from the number of foreign-lingo releases that washed up on American shores this year, the critical and B.O. success of Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" helped open the floodgates…
Indie film first slipped a foot into Oscar's doorway in the '80's, when "small" films like "Kiss of the Spider Woman," "The Trip to Bountiful" and "My Left Foot" began getting "big" Oscar attention.
Given Steven Spielberg's cachet as the most powerful filmmaker in Hollywood, the idea of his latest film getting lost amid all the award season hoopla seems unfathomable. Could it be that the…
After decades of hopping from venue to venue -- the cold vastness of the Shrine Auditorium, the cramped confines of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and a half-dozen other places around town -- the…
As the media turned their attention to the opening of Hollywood & Highland and its Kodak Theater last month, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences quietly continued work on another Hollywood…
What do Trey Parker, Spike Lee, John Lasseter and Robert Zemeckis have in common from their college days? The then-budding directors all stepped up to the podium and took home Student Academy Awards…
A couple of years ago, film producer Laura Ziskin casually remarked to her significant other, Alvin Sargent, that she wouldn't mind producing the Academy Awards telecast one day.
The first Oscar presented for feature animation at the 74th Academy Award ceremonies could include a battle between DreamWorks' "Shrek" and Disney/Pixar's surging holiday release "Monsters, Inc."
Any listing of the most influential animated films ever made would have to be topped by legendary features such as "Dumbo" and "Bambi" and shorts including Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie," Chuck…