Latest Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences News

Immigration tale 'El Norte' returning to theaters for 1 day

Sep. 12, 2019 3:04 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — "El Norte," the seminal film about a brother and sister who flee violence in Guatemala to seek a new life in the United States, is returning to the big screen for one day this month to commemorate its 35th anniversary. As the flood of Guatemalans and other Central Americans endure the...

Reporters focus on Polanski's film, not his crime, at Venice

Aug. 30, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Roman Polanski is not at the Venice International Film Festival, but his new film, "An Officer and a Spy" is. Yet, after much hand-wringing over its inclusion among the films in competition for the Golden Lion award, journalists at a news conference Friday stayed focused on the film...

Charges dropped against alleged thief of McDormand Oscar

Aug. 20, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped the case against a man charged with stealing Frances McDormand's Oscar statuette from a 2018 Academy Awards after-party. Terry Bryant's felony grand theft trial was to begin Tuesday, but Los Angeles prosecutors said in court that they were unable to proceed...

Q&A: New film academy president talks hostless show, museum

Aug. 8, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been on the job for less than a day, but already has more than enough on his plate. Casting director David Rubin has ascended to the post as the head of the organization that puts on the Oscars after a turbulent...

Casting director David Rubin elected film academy president

Aug. 7, 2019 2:27 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Casting director David Rubin has been elected the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that bestows the Oscars. He is the first casting director to ascend to the film academy's presidency. He succeeds cinematographer John Bailey, who has...