A few things happened last week in Oscar news:

*Thursday Fox Searchlight announced that HITCHCOCK would be released November 23rd in time for and Oscar run. I previously did not think that it would be released this year because it just wrapped up filming in May. They some have a lot of confidence in Anthony Hopkins portrayal of Alfred Hitchcock.





*LINCOLN will get its world premiere at the AFI Film Festival as the official Closing Film on November 8th. They purposely are waiting until right after the election as to not sway any voting. It’s official release is November 16th.


*The New York Post reported that LINCOLN “had a test screening Tuesday night at the AMC Garden State Plaza 16 in Paramus, N.J.” An anonymous person gave their thoughts…

The performances of Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, and Hal Holbrook were great,” wrote this person, a passionate moviegoer who is not connected with the film industry, who flatly predicts that Day-Lewis will get a Best Picture nomination in the title role. “Sally Field was miscast as Mrs. Lincoln, Joseph Gordon Levitt as Lincoln’s eldest son was OK but he really didn’t add anything to the story.

“My biggest issue with the film as a whole was, it was boring,” this civilian viewer wrote. “With the film centering on the vote for the 13th amendment, ending slavery and the Civil War, you’d think Spielberg would have made a more exciting, riveting film. So much of the story takes place in small, smoky dark rooms with Lincoln talking to one or two people, that my mind began to wander. It felt claustrophobic.
If he had shown the horrors of slavery and the Civil War, it might have evened out the story. They pretty much kept the film centered around the politicians.”
I’m a big Spielberg fan, and I hope “Lincoln” works. If there are indeed problems with “Lincoln” — and, keep in mind, this is one nonprofessional’s opinion — Spielberg has seven weeks to try and fix things like, say, the pacing. And as Spielberg notes, test screenings can be deceiving. “Close Encounters” certainly worked out OK.


*The Directors Guild of America said that they will announce their nominations January 8th. The Oscar nominations will be two days later. This means that the DGA nominations will not effect the Oscar nominatons as in previous years.  The PGA nominations will also be announced after Oscar ballots close.



A few announcements regarding this year Academy Awards were made this week.

*The academy announced it has moved its Oscar nominations date to January 10.  Five days earlier than had previously been schedules in order to give the public and its members more time to see the nominated movies before the annual ceremony in Hollywood. This might help with the problem of voters just voting for movies that they hear about, but haven’t seen. Which happens more than you would think.

*Voting for the Oscars is going electronic for the first time. It will speed up the process and may encourage younger voters.
In a transition process, the academy’s 6,000 members also will be able to use traditional paper ballots to nominate and select the best actors, films, directors, screen writers and other winners of 2012.
In the past, Oscar ballots have been mailed around the world to Academy members. Then the results were counted by hand.
Industry watchers said the move to electronic voting could be difficult for some academy members, who have a reputation for being older and more conservative by nature.

* Also The Academy gave the go-ahead to continue last years process of making copies of films available to members through online streaming, rather than on traditional DVDs.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC today announced key dates for the 85th Academy Awards season:


Friday, November 30, 2012:             Official Screen Credits due

Saturday, December 1, 2012:            Governors Awards presentation

Monday, December 17, 2012:           Nominations voting begins

Thursday, January 3, 2013:               Nominations voting ends 5:00 p.m., PT

Thursday, January 10, 2013:             Nominations announced 5:30 a.m., PT, Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater

Monday, February 4, 2013:              Nominees Luncheon

Friday, February 8, 2013:                  Final voting begins

Saturday, February 9, 2013:             Scientific and Technical Awards presentation

Tuesday, February 19, 2013:             Final voting ends 5:00 p.m., PT

Sunday, February 24, 2013:             85th Academy Awards presentation


In an effort to provide members and the public a longer period of time to see the nominated films, the Academy will reveal the 85th Academy Awards nominations on January 10, five days earlier than previously announced.


In addition, this will be the first time the Academy will provide its membership the opportunity to vote electronically. Together with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Everyone Counts, the Academy has been developing an electronic voting process for more than a year. The Academy conducted extensive research and held numerous focus groups with its members to ensure a smooth transition and widespread adoption.


The Academy will make several voting resources available to members during the transition, including the installation of assisted voting stations in Los Angeles, New York and London, a 24-hour telephone help line during voting periods, and paper ballots.


In the pre-Nominations phase, members will continue to vote via paper ballot in eight categories due to specialized screening schedules and processes. Those categories are Animated Feature Film, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling and Visual Effects.

The Academy Awards ceremony will be held at The Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. A 90-minute red carpet show will immediately precede the broadcast.




SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK has won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. David O’Russells film starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence continues to get great reviews and is already on many Best Picture prediction lists.

This also begins the Best Actor discussion for Cooper. This could give him his first nomination. Look for Lawrence to also be considered for Best Actress.

We still wait to see how LINCOLN, LES MISERABLE, DJANGO UNCHAINED, ZERO DARK THIRTY and LIFE OF PI do, but right now ARGO and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK look to be front runners for Best Picture.



LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) – The next installment of the AFI Awards will take place on January 11, 2013, the American Film Institute said on Monday.

Honorees for the annual event will be announced December 10, the Institute added.
At the ceremony, AFI will honor the teams behind the 10 most outstanding films and 10 most outstanding TV shows of 2012, at a private luncheon in Los Angeles.
The deadline for television submissions is October 26, while film submissions must be in by November 1.
Honorees will be chosen by “a unique jury process comprised of experts from across the moving image communities – including film and television artists, scholars, critics and AFI trustees,” the Institute said.