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.
Not everybody is so happy with the "Slumdog Millionaire" Oscar-win. Take director Edward Zwick who had his own movie "Defiance" last year. He says "Slumdog" marks a sea change for the movie biz.
"IT'S A grand and glorious feeling. But I'll be wearing the same size hat tomorrow," said Clark Gable after winning an Oscar back in 1939.
"Slumdog Millionaire" stands to reveal just how global the Oscars have become as it tries to spin its wins into increased ticket sales worldwide.
U.K. shingle Wall to Wall and helmer James Marsh ("Man on Wire") are collaborating on another project.
ABC, the Academy and first-time Oscar producers Laurence Mark and Bill Condon can take a deep breath: The words "record" and "low" will not be used to describe this year's ratings.