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I’m very humbled today. I’m incredibly proud of this film and of Tom, my dear friend who has made something that we all are so passionate about. I share this with Rachel, the entire cast and the amazing group of journalists who were brave enough to make a difference. A very special thanks to Mike Rezendes who opened his work and his life to me. And Michael, Liev, Brian, John, Stanley… these are actors I have admired throughout my entire career and I feel honored to have told this special story with them. This film is very important to me, and is even more important to journalism. 

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Right now at the Academy: we are putting together Oscar invite packets for the Nominees Luncheon, the Governors Ball, and the 87th Oscars ceremony.

Tomorrow at 5am Pacific Time: we will begin announcing the nominees.

Immediately after that: we will address and mail the invitations. 

You can watch the nomination announcements on Good Morning America, YouTube, and/or at Oscars.com

“Well, this is surreal. I am completely knocked out, thank you to the Academy for this incredible honor. I am very proud and lucky to be a part of Birdman and can’t believe it came to this. I am so f–king excited. Are you allowed to say f–k when you’re making a statement for the Oscars? I’m just really f–king excited.”

-Emma Stone, Best Supporting Actrees Nominee for Birdman [x]

OSCAR NOMINATIONS FOR BENEDICT and THE IMITATION GAME

A big congratulations to Benedict Cumberbatch and the rest of the cast and crew of The Imitation Game on recieving their Acadamy Award nomitations.

Benedict Cumberbatch is nominated in the category ‘actor in a leading role’ for his portrayal of Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.

Besides being nominated for 'best actor in a leading role’, The Imitation Game is also nominated in in the categories 'best picture’, 'actress in a supporting role’ 'directing’, 'editing’, 'music (original score)’, 'production design’ and 'writing (adapted screenplay)’.

The Academy has a problem It’s a problem that needs to be solved.
A year ago, I did a film called Selma, and after the Academy Awards, Cheryl invited me to her office to talk about what went wrong then,” he said. “We had a deep and meaningful [conversation]. For 20 opportunities to celebrate actors of color, actresses of color, to be missed last year is one thing; for that to happen again this year is unforgivable.
A year ago, I did a film called Selma, and after the Academy Awards, Cheryl invited me to her office to talk about what went wrong then,” he said. “We had a deep and meaningful [conversation]. For 20 opportunities to celebrate actors of color, actresses of color, to be missed last year is one thing; for that to happen again this year is unforgivable.
This institution doesn’t reflect its president and it doesn’t reflect this room. I am an Academy member and it doesn’t reflect me, and it doesn’t reflect this nation.
We have a situation whereby currently the biggest movie in the world and of all time [Star Wars: The Force Awakens] is led by a black man. That film was knocked off the top spot this weekend by a film led by two black men, Ride Along 2. The biggest TV show on the planet is led by black people, Empire.
There was a photograph up here earlier, and it’s a photograph of Lyndon Johnson giving a pen that was used to sign the Voting Rights Act to Dr. King. The year before that photograph was taken, the Civil Rights Act was passed. It was started as an idea by JFK; LBJ used the sentiment at the loss of JFK’s life to bring about the Civil Rights Act being passed. When Dr. King said we need the Voting Rights Act to be passed, LBJ said it’s too soon, it can’t be done. People were losing their lives. People weren’t allowed to vote. Dr. King said [we cannot] wait. What was done was done not in years but months. The march from Selma to Montgomery, those marches began in January of 1965, and by March of ’65 the world was aware what was going on in Selma. By August of that year, the Voting Rights Act was passed.
The Academy is an institution in which they all say radical and timely change cannot happen quickly. It better happen quickly. The law of this country can change in a matter of months. It better come on. The Oscars is on February 28. Cheryl needs us to pray that by that date, change is going to come. We need to pray for Cheryl, we need to support Cheryl, we need to love Cheryl. We cannot afford to get bitter, we cannot afford to get negative. But we must make our voice heard.
—  David Oyelowo speech to audience at a gala honouring Cheryl Boone Isaacs on 18 January, 2016.

Northup’s story is remarkable indeed. Written with white lawyer David Wilson, his narrative was published on 15 July 1853, about six months after his release. By all accounts, the two men strove to create an authentic text that revealed the insidious ruthlessness within slave culture… In a larger sense, of course, all extant, authentic slave narratives are also remarkable, simply because their authors lived to write (or at least collaborate in writing) them.

Find out more about the true story of Solomon Northup that inspired the recent film, 12 Years a Slave.

Image credit: Title page of an early edition of Twelve Years a Slave. Courtesy of the Internet Archive.

“I’m so incredibly honored to be recognized by the Academy, and even more thrilled to share this honor with the entire family of filmmakers, cast, and crew of ‘The Theory of Everything..’ This role was a once in a lifetime experience. Congratulations to my fellow nominees, thank you to the Academy, and thank you most of all to Stephen and Jane Hawking.”

-Eddie Redmayne, Best Actor Nominee for The Theory of Everything

From left: Animated Feature Film nominees Roy Conli, “Big Hero 6”, Tomm Moore, “Song of the Sea”, Chris Williams, “Big Hero 6”, Yoshiaki Nishimura, “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”, Don Hall, “Big Hero 6”, Isao Takahata, “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”, Bonnie Arnold, “How to Train Your Dragon 2”, Anthony Stacchi, “The Boxtrolls”, Graham Annable, “The Boxtrolls” and Dean DeBlois, “How to Train Your Dragon 2” prior to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Oscar Week: Animated Features event on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

By the time Inside Llewyn Davis begins in 1961, the film’s putative hero, Dave Van Ronk, was “King of the Street in Greenwich Village. He ruled supreme,” according to Bob Dylan.

David King Dunaway, co-author of Singing Out: An Oral History of America’s Folk Music Revivals, on Dave van Ronk, the inspiration behind the new Coen Brothers movie, Inside Llewyn Davis.

Image credit: Oscar Isaac in Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis, Alison Rosa ©2012 Long Strange Trip LLC.