There's a job vacancy in town -- a damn good job at that -- but it's not the sort of position you can simply apply for.
Annual branch elections of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences returned nine incumbents to the board and voted in four new governors.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 134 artists and executives to join its ranks. Voting membership of the Acad has held steady at just under 6,000 since 2003.
It was a big week for Oscar, with two announcements on Friday of changes that might seem like minor tweaks at first glance but in fact have bigger implications.
The June 24 announcement that the 82nd Academy Awards will feature 10 best-pic nominees will have profound effects on Hollywood.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today it will tighten its nomination standards for the original song category.
And the winner is... well, actually there are lots of winners with the decision to broaden the best-picture Oscar race to 10 films.
So far, 2009 has been filled with surprise box office hits: "Taken," "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," "Fast and Furious," "The Hangover." But kudos possibilities? Not so much.
"Chameleon," the third feature by helmer Kisztina Goda, has been selected as Hungary's entry in the foreign-language film category of the Academy Awards.
Oscar marches into March next year, with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences picking a later date for the ceremony due to the Winter Olympics.
The slashing of marketing budgets by big spenders on Madison Avenue already has hit Hollywood pretty hard. But the biz should brace itself to feel the brunt of reduced spending this year.
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