Latest Academy Awards News

The Latest: Marvel boss says Mahershala Ali is 'Blade'

Jul. 20, 2019 9:51 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on developments at San Diego Comic-Con (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Two-time Academy Award-winner Mahershala Ali is going to be "Blade." Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige closed out an epic presentation Saturday at Comic-Con with the news. Ali joined his fellow Marvel...

'Lion King' composer Hans Zimmer finds circle of life

Jul. 17, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Composer Hans Zimmer can't seem to get away from "The Lion King." The emotional score has gotten him jobs, his only Oscar and secured him a place in the hearts of children and adults. But he wasn't sure he wanted to come back when Jon Favreau approached him to revisit the soundtrack for...

Valentina Cortese, Italian screen diva, dead at 96

Jul. 10, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Valentina Cortese, an Italian post-war screen diva who was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar but lost out to Ingrid Bergman, died on Wednesday. She was 96. Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala announced the death of the Milan-born actress in a tweet, thanking Cortese for having "given us...

Filmmaker sentenced again in second sexual abuse case

Jul. 9, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) — A filmmaker who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival and produced a movie whose lead actress won an Oscar in the mid-1980s was sentenced Tuesday on a sexual abuse charge for the second time in as many weeks. Under the terms of a plea agreement, Sterling Van Wagenen avoided time...

Sundance co-founder gets at least 6 years in sex abuse case

Jul. 2, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

AMERICAN FORK, Utah (AP) — A filmmaker who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival and produced a movie whose lead actress won an Oscar in the mid-1980s was sentenced Tuesday to at least six years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of a child. The judge who delivered the sentence of six years to...

Academy welcomes 842 new members, half of them women

Jul. 1, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Monday invited 842 members from 59 countries to the Oscars organization and, for the first time, reached gender parity in its new class of inductees. Half of the new invitees to the film academy are women. In 10 of the 17 branches —...

Rock star: After 'Free Solo,' climber unsure of next journey

Jun. 25, 2019 8:25 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Rock climber Alex Honnold meticulously chalked his hands before pulling himself up to the thin ledge inside the climate-controlled climbing gym. He dangled by his finger tips for a bit and then fell back to the bouncy mat. Nice and safe. No heart-pounding fear of a 3,000-foot drop, either. In...

Unheard song from Queen frontman Freddie Mercury released

Jun. 20, 2019 9:19 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Universal Music unveiled a previously unheard and unreleased song by the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. The record label announced the track, "Time Waits for No One," on Thursday. It was originally recorded in 1986 for the concept album of the musical "Time" with musician Dave Clark....

Correction: Obit-Sylvia Miles story

Jun. 13, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story June 12 about the death of actress Sylvia Miles, The Associated Press reported incorrectly reported the actress' age and that she died in an ambulance on the way to a New York hospital. Miles' niece and a longtime friend say she was 94, and the niece said she was declared dead...

Film academy sets 2021, 2022 Oscars date for late February

Jun. 11, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Oscars will be headed back to late February after next year's show. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says Tuesday that the 93rd and 94th ceremonies will be held on Feb. 28, 2021 and Feb. 27, 2022 respectively. The 2020 show was moved up significantly on the calendar to...