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Civic Leaders Honored at the 18th Annual MMPA Oscar Week Luncheon & Awards

February 27, 2011 by  
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On Thursday, February 24, 2011 The Multicultural Motion Picture Association (MMPA) presented their 18th Annual Oscar Week Student Filmmakers Scholarship Luncheon and Fashion Show.
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The event was held at the London Hotel in West Hollywood, CA from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and it was hosted by radio and tv personality Sam Phillips. The event featured a red carpet, entertainment by Izzy Chait and Band, lunch, awards presented to Civic Leaders, and a fashion show coordinated by Parris Harris.


MMPA President Jarvee Hutcherson and Mistress of Ceremony Sam Phillips presented and handed over The 18th Annual MMPA 2011 Civic Awards to Kate Linder ( Actress, Philanthropist), Edward Lozzi ( Publicist, Edward Lozzi & Associates), Renee’ Valente (Producer, Valente Productions), Michelle Phillips (Actress, Singer) and A.C. Lyles (Paramount Pictures). Each civic honoree gave a speech after receiving their award, but the one who received an outstanding ovation was A.C. Lyles, producer from Paramount Pictures.

Some of the celebrities and personalities that attended the event were: Quinton Aaron (Actor), Kim Lee (Actress, Model), Said Faraj (Actor), Kristen Ruhlin (Actress), Rob Margolies (Director), Suzanne Delaurentiis (Producer/ Actress), Kim Meyers (WGA), Tery Lopez (WGA), Yuri Naruse ( Model), Papa Joe (Actor, Host), Delane Vaughn ( Actor), Jeta Adams (Director), Abagail Schrader (Actress), Danielle Lester (Actress), Samantha Lester ( Actress), Paula Halla (Model), Sylvia Lester (Actress), Dick Michaels, Ken Garcia, Jeta Amata, Marina Pahomova, Devon Guzzie and many more.


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Ted Williams, who became recently a celebrity for his voice, was supposed to receive an award but could not attend due to medical restrictions.
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Please check our coverage from last year’s event at http://diversitynewspublications.com/2010/03/allison-iraheta-of-american-idol-season-8-attended-the-17th-annual-mmpa-oscar-week-student-filmakers-luncheon/
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About The Multicultural Motion Picture Association (MMPA):
Is a 501 © 3 *non-profit arts that provides scholarships annually to a certain number of qualified film students and trade guild apprentices who have shown dedication and talent for furthering their studies in the cinematic arts. The MMPA’s annual Oscar Week Luncheon is always a highly anticipated afternoon event amid sumptuous mid-day dining where talented young filmmakers intermingle with Academy Award® nominees and studio executives. The MMPA utilizes committed individuals who bring their skills and commitment to schools, as well as youth and civic organizations, where teens and young adults need career mentoring, coupled with equipment and technical support. The Multicultural Motion Picture Association is also the producer of the Diversity Awards. For more information visit http://www.thediversityawards.org

Sources: MMPA, Diversity News Magazine and GME Experts
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Editor’s Note: Story was proofread by Linda Krongold, our New York, NY Special Correspondent For Diversity News. For more information you can contact her atandmeljar@aol.com
Special thank you to publicist Betrice Coleman-Sweet from Global Marketing and Entertainment (G.M.E) Experts for taking care of us at the event. Also please feel free to leave comments about the event and our coverage.


Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Grants $500,000 to Film Organizations

May 14, 2010 by  
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On May 14, 2010 The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that it has awarded a total of $500,000 to a record 73 film-related nonprofit organizations – including universities, museums and career development programs – throughout the United States as part of its annual Institutional Grants program.

“The Academy strives to make the motion picture industry as accessible as possible to new talent and the public.” said Andrew Marlowe, Grants Committee Chair.  He concluded “Among the wide variety of programs earning the Academy’s support are grants that will provide students with valuable internship opportunities and enable established filmmakers to visit schools and organizations where they can discuss their work and share their expertise.”

The Academy Foundation’s Grants Committee selected the following programs for 2010–2011:

Internship Programs

$10,000
California Institute of the Arts (Valencia)
Columbia University School of the Arts (New York City)
Emerson College (Boston)
New York University – Kanbar Institute of Film & Television
University of California, Los Angeles – Film and Television Program
University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem)
University of Southern California (Los Angeles)

$9,500
New York University – Moving Pictures Archive and Preservation Program

$8,300
Stanford University

$7,500
Columbia College Hollywood (Tarzana, CA)
DePaul University (Chicago)
Florida State University (Tallahassee)
Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles)

$5,000
Brooklyn College
Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
Hampshire College (Amherst, MA)
Montclair State University (New Jersey)
Penn State University (University Park)
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
University of Arizona (Tucson)

Institutional Grants

$15,000
American Film Institute (Los Angeles) – Directing workshop for women
Streetlights (Los Angeles) – Job training program

$12,500
Inner-City Filmmakers (Los Angeles) – Job training program
Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Film program

$10,000
Film Independent (Los Angeles) – Project: Involve
George Eastman House (Rochester, NY) – Visiting artist series
UCLA Film & Television Archive – Screening series
Writers Guild Foundation (Los Angeles) – Education programs

$7,500
The ACME Network (Los Angeles) – The ACME Animation Program
American Documentary (New York City) – History of Documentary film project
Cornell Cinema (Ithaca, NY) – Visiting filmmaker program
The Flaherty/International Film Seminars (New York City) – 56th Flaherty Film Seminar
Frameline (San Francisco) – Frameline at the Center screening series
International Documentary Association (Los Angeles) – Doc U Seminar series
Jacob Burns Film Center (Pleasantville, NY) – Filmmaker residencies
The MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, NH) – Filmmaker residencies
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – Visiting filmmakers program
National Association of Latino Independent Producers (Santa Monica, CA) – Latino Producers Academy
New York Women in Film & Television – Women’s film symposium
Salt Lake City Film Center – Visiting artists program
Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) – Guest speakers’ program

$5,700
Crowing Rooster Arts (New York City) – Cine Institute Haitian film training program

$5,000
Appalshop (Whitesburg, KY) – AMI Advanced Lab program
The Autry National Center of the American West (Los Angeles) – Crossing Borders film series
Brooklyn Museum (New York City) – First Saturdays screening series
California College of the Arts (Oakland) – Master class program
California State Summer School for the Arts (Los Angeles) – Visiting artist residency
Cinefamily (Los Angeles) – Silent Treatment film series
Film Forum (New York City) – Premiere screenings/filmmakers-in-person program
IFP (New York City) – Independent filmmaker labs
IFP Chicago – Producers’ workshop series
The Light Factory (Charlotte, NC) – German New Wave tribute program
Maysles Institute (New York City) – filmmaking education program scholarship fund
Northwest Film Forum (Seattle) – Visiting artist program
Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) – Conference on film criticism
Oklahoma City Museum of Art – Hollywood Costume Design exhibition
Outfest (Los Angeles) – Access LA seminar series and screenwriting lab
Paramount Center for the Arts (Peekskill, NY) – Music and Film series
SIFF (Seattle) – FutureWave Filmmakers Visits program
San Francisco Film Society – Artist-in-residence program
Southern Arts Federation (Atlanta) – Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers
Squaw Valley Community of Writers (CA) – Screenwriting program
Tribeca Film Institute (New York City) – Tribeca All Access program
Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY) – Guest filmmaker series
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN) – Filmmakers in Conversation program
Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH) – Visiting filmmaker series

$3,700
Berklee College of Music (Boston) – Visiting artists program

$3,500
IFP Minnesota – Independent Producers Conference
3rd i South Asian Independent Film (Berkeley, CA) – Speaker series

$3,000
Echo Park Film Center (Los Angeles) – Microcinema screening series

$2,800
Boulder Public Library (CO) – Stan Brakhage screening program

$2,500
Northeast Historic Film (Bucksport, ME) – Summer film symposium

Since its establishment in 1968, the Academy Foundation has distributed more than 710 institutional grants totaling more than $6.3 million in funding. For more information on the grants program, visit http://www.oscars.org/education-outreach/grants/.

The Academy Foundation – the Academy’s cultural and educational wing – annually distributes more than $1 million to film scholars, cultural organizations and film festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad. The Foundation also presents the Academy’s rich assortment of screenings and other public programs each year.
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ABOUT THE ACADEMY:
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies. For more information about the Academy visit http://www.oscars.org, http://www.facebook.com/TheAcademy and
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The Hurt Locker wins six Oscars at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards

March 8, 2010 by  
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119038_D_258On Sunday, March 7, 2010 The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented the 82nd Annual Academy Awards (OSCAR) at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

 

The show was broadcast live on ABC Network the presentation is televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide from 8ET/5PT and was hosted by Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin.

 

The movie the won the most Oscars was The Hurt Locker. Taking home for: Writing (Original Screenplay), Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Film Editing, Directing and Best Picture.

 

 

Please see the complete list of the 82nd Annual Academy Awards (Oscar) winners:

Best Picture

  • The Hurt Locker
    The Hurt Locker
    Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier and Greg Shapiro
“I was just gonna reiterate that with Rob and Patrick, who took a very brave shot with this movie. And we owe them dearly. Perhaps one more dedication, to men and women all over the world who… Sorry to reiterate, but wear a uniform, but even not just the military – HazMat, emergency, firemen. They’re there for us and we’re there for them. Thank you. Thank you.” said Kathryn Bigelow, Director for Best Picture.

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Jeff Bridges
    Jeff Bridges
    Crazy Heart

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Christoph Waltz
    Christoph Waltz
    Inglourious Basterds

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Sandra Bullock
    Sandra Bullock
    The Blind Side

“Did I really earn this or did I just wear you all down? I would like to thank the Academy for allowing me in the last month to have the most incredible ride with rooms full of artists that I see tonight and that I’ve worked with before and I hope to work with in the future, who inspire me and blaze trails for us. Four of them that I’ve fallen deeply in love with I share this night with and I share this award with.” said Sandra Bullock, Oscar winner as Actress in a Leading Role for The Blind Side.

She added “I have so many people to thank for my good fortune in this lifetime and this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, I know. To the family that allowed me to play them, the Tuohy family, I know they’re in here and you’ll probably hear her in a minute. Maybe not. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to… the family that made this film that gave me the opportunity to do something different. John Lee Hancock, Gil Netter, Alcon, Warner Bros., the actors, everyone who’s shown me kindness when it wasn’t fashionable, I thank you. To everyone who was mean to me when it wasn’t… George Clooney threw me in a pool years ago. I’m still holding a grudge. But there’s so many people to thank.”

“I would like to thank what this film is about for me which are the moms that take care of the babies and the children no matter where they come from. Those moms and parents never get thanked. I, in particular, failed to thank one. So… if I can take this moment to thank Helga B. for not letting me ride in cars with boys until I was 18 because she was right. I would’ve done what she said I was gonna do. For making me practice every day when I got home. Piano, ballet, whatever it is I wanted to be. She said to be an artist, you had to practice every day, and for reminding her daughters that there’s no race, no religion, no class system, no color, nothing, no sexual orientation that makes us better than anyone else. We are all deserving of love. So, to that trailblazer, who allowed me to have that. And this. And this. I thank you so much for this opportunity that I share with these extraordinary women and my lover Meryl Streep. Thank you.” Ms. Bullock concluded.

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Mo'Nique
    Mo’Nique
    Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

Animated Feature Film

  • Up
    Up
    Pete Docter

Art Direction

  • Avatar
    Avatar
    Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg (Art Direction); Kim Sinclair (Set Decoration)

Cinematography

  • Avatar
    Avatar
    Mauro Fiore

Costume Design

  • The Young Victoria
    The Young Victoria
    Sandy Powell

Directing

  • The Hurt Locker
    The Hurt Locker
    Kathryn Bigelow

Documentary Feature

  • The Cove
    The Cove
    Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens

Documentary Short

  • Music by Prudence
    Music by Prudence
    Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett

Film Editing

  • The Hurt Locker
    The Hurt Locker
    Bob Murawski and Chris Innis

Foreign Language Film

  • The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)
    The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)
    Argentina
    Directed by Juan José Campanella

Makeup

  • Star Trek
    Star Trek
    Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow

Music (Original Score)

  • Up
    Up
    Michael Giacchino

Music (Original Song)

  • Crazy Heart
    Crazy Heart

    “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)”
    Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Short Film (Animated)

  • Logorama
    Logorama
    Nicolas Schmerkin

Short Film (Live Action)

  • The New Tenants
    The New Tenants
    Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

Sound Editing

  • The Hurt Locker
    The Hurt Locker
    Paul N.J. Ottosson

Sound Mixing

  • The Hurt Locker
    The Hurt Locker
    Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett

Visual Effects

  • Avatar
    Avatar
    Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
    Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
    Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • The Hurt Locker
    The Hurt Locker
    Written by Mark Boal
Photo credit: Bob D’Amico/ABC and courtesy of the Academy Press Dept.
Editor’s Note: Congratulations to all the nominees and the winners of the Oscars.

Pepper Mashay and Stephen Baldwin attends Pre Oscar Party and Anniversary Celebration

March 6, 2010 by  
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peppermMore then 1000 people were at the Pre Oscar Party and Anniversary Celebration held by David Harrison Levi. The place was full of lots of people who wanted to meet, celebrate and network with industry shakers and makers. It was hard to walk inside the venue, and the line for the red carpet was very long, but celebrities did not care about it because they wanted to be photographed and interviewed.



“The event was entertaining, and Life is an upscale, remarkable club! Great night with great friends.” said DeeDee Bigelow, Actress/Producer.

In an email dated 3-4-2010 to his Facebook friends, Davi Harrison Levi thanked all the media, photographers and all the musicians who performed on the day of the event. Some of the people that he mentioned were Stephen Baldwin, Estelle Harris (Seinfeld), Skip E. Lowe (TV Host) , Jaira Valenti, Tamara Wentworth, Cher Rue, Lee Lang and Seth Donavan. He also thanked his musical guest artists and bands: David Williams, Lyric, SpaceMonk, Natalia Flores, D ‘London, Kate Campbell, Thomas King, Larry Willard, Dian Wilson, Leona, Valerie from the Philippines, Smitty, Pepper Mashay, Wency Marjorie, MOI, Jamie Meyer, Tatiana Nicole Del Toro (from American Idol Season 8), the Adam Lasher Band, Minna Valance & Martin Gerschwitz.
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“With all the events I have attended and hosted, this was the most organized and I feel the most successful. We had a great team that worked hard to put together the event, an amazing group of artists that performed live, celebrity guests, a slew of press and media, and most importantly, A large group of people that came out to support the event and the cause. I could not have been more proud of how the event went, and look forward to working with David Harrison Levi again on the carpet.” said Seth Donavan, Actor/Red Carpet Host.
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The place was filled up to the max, possibly because people knew that this kind of event would enable them to make lots of connections for their carreer. Also, they wanted to hear their favorite artists performing such as MOI, SpaceMonk, Smitty, Tatiana Nicole Del Toro, the Adam Lasher Band, and the international dance diva Pepper MaShay. The red carpet talent, celebrities and media representatives were handled by Cher Rue, Jaira Valenti and Tamara Wentworth.
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The event was held on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am at Life on Wilshire located at 6311 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048.
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Editor’s Note: Story was proof read by Linda Krongold, our New York, NY Special Correspondent For Diversity News. For more information you can contact her at andmeljar@aol.com

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Public Service Announcement by Tish ThaDish Roberts, Diversity News#3960 Team Leader for AIDS Walk Los Angeles

Tish ThaDish RobertsWatch Public Service Announcement by Tish ThaDish Roberts, (Diversity News#3960 Team Leader, actress, model, host and choreographer) for AIDS WALK LOS ANGELES 2009 at THE BEVERLY HILTON 9876 Wilshire Boulevard Beverly HIlls, California 90210.

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Preferential Voting Extended to Best Picture on Final Ballot for 2009 Oscars (R)

September 1, 2009 by  
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01_81stOscarStat.jpgBeverly Hills, CA — On Monday, August 31, 2009 The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that they will be using the preferential voting system to determine which of the 10 contenders for its Best Picture award will receive the 2009 Oscar. The system has long been used in the round of voting which determines the nominees in most categories, but it has not been used on the final ballot for Best Picture since 1945.

In June the Academy’s Board of Governors extended the Best Picture category from five to 10 nominees, which necessitated a change to the voting system for the category. With 10 nominees, the preferential system is one that best allows the collective judgment of all voting members to be most accurately represented.

“Instead of just marking an ‘X’ to indicate which one picture they believe to be the best, members will indicate their second, third and further preferences as well,” Academy President Tom Sherak said. “PricewaterhouseCoopers will then be able to establish the Best Picture recipient with the strongest support of a majority of our electorate.”

In 1934 and 1935, there were 12 nominees for Best Picture and the preferential system was used to determine the winners. From 1936 through 1943, there were 10 nominees for Best Picture and the preferential system was used for final balloting. In 1944 and 1945, the preferential system continued to be used, though there were only five nominees in the category.

The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar® presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

About the Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

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