Academy Museum of Motion Pictures – Ready For Its Close-Up

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The Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences, which is creator of the biggest and most prestigious awards show in the world; The Academy Awards, has been busier than usual lately, announcing the new creation of the exciting, upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures (pictured here). They have also recently announced their new logo (also pictured here), which replaces the earlier logo of the image of Oscar with the spotlight from behind him, to now having the spotlight shine from the top, in the shape of an “A,” in order to place equal emphasis on the Academy, as well as on The Oscars.

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Christina Kounelias, Chief Marketing Officer of The Academy states, “Two years ago we began a thoughtful internal dialogue regarding the visual identity of the Academy, and found a need for a new design system that reflects the creativity of our organization. We set out to build something that accurately reflects our community of artists, their diverse talents, and the creative process they employ to bring disparate ideas together into a single vision.” Ms. Kounelias continues, “The new logo spotlights the Oscar from above creating a triangular shape and uniting the ‘A’ of the Academy with our iconic statuette. This design gives the Academy a presence in its own logo for the first time and underscores our efforts to support creative arts and sciences year-round.”

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9 Foreign Language Films Advance In Oscar Race

Nine features will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 86th Academy Awards]. Seventy-six films had originally been considered in the category.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Belgium, “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Felix van Groeningen, director;

Bosnia and Herzegovina, “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker,” Danis Tanovic, director;

Cambodia, “The Missing Picture,” Rithy Panh, director;

Denmark, “The Hunt,” Thomas Vinterberg, director;

Germany, “Two Lives,” Georg Maas, director;

Hong Kong, “The Grandmaster,” Wong Kar-wai, director;

Hungary, “The Notebook,” Janos Szasz, director;

Italy, “The Great Beauty,” Paolo Sorrentino, director;

Palestine, “Omar,” Hany Abu-Assad, director.

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Foreign Language Film nominations for 2013 are being determined in two phases. The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based Academy members, screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and December 16. The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.

The shortlist will be winnowed down to the five nominees by specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles. They will spend Friday, January 10, through Sunday, January 12, viewing three films each day and then casting their ballots.

The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.