The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the key dates for the 85th Academy Awards season.

The key dates are:          
Friday, November 30, 2012:         Official Screen Credits due
Saturday, December 1, 2012:         Governors Awards presentation
Monday, December 17, 2012:         Nominations voting begins
Thursday, January 3, 2013:         Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT
Thursday, January 10, 2013:         Nominations announced 5:30 a.m. PT, Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater
Monday, February 4, 2013:         Nominees Luncheon
Friday, February 8, 2013:         Final voting begins
Saturday, February 9, 2013:         Scientific and Technical Awards presentation
Tuesday, February 19, 2013:         Final voting ends 5 p.m. PT
Sunday, February 24, 2013:         85th Academy Awards presentation
The Academy Awards ceremony will be held at The Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.

The European Film Academy announced the three nominations in the category EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY ANIMATED FEATURE FILM 2012.

Czech Republic/Germany/Slovakia
DIRECTED BY: Tomáš Lunák
A black & white tale about the hallucinations of a lonely train dispatcher at the Czechoslovak border.

DIRECTED BY: Ignacio Ferreras
The story of Emilio and Miguel’s newly formed friendship at their nursing home and the discovery of new beginnings in the most unusual of places

In a quest from exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London, a pirate captain fights his rivals for the ‘Pirate of the Year’ award.

The winner  will be announced at the European Film Awards Ceremony in Malta on Saturday, 1 December.

UNDEFEATED - winner of 2012 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature Film

Monday, September 24, 5 p.m. PT is the deadline for filmmakers to submit documentary features to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for consideration for the 85th Academy Awards®.

To be eligible, the documentaries must complete seven-day commercial runs in both Los Angeles County and the Borough of Manhattan in New York between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2012.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at The Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. 


Craig Zadan and Neil Meron who produced the 2002 Academy Award Best Picture winner "Chicago," will produce the 85th Academy Awards, Academy President Hawk Koch announced this week. The 85th Academy Awards will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

"Craig and Neil have great talent relationships and bring an infectious energy to the production," said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson." They are creative producers in the best sense of the word."

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Actor, singer, dancer, writer and comedian Dick Van Dyke will receive SAG-AFTRA’s highest honor – the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Van Dyke will be presented the performers union’s most prestigious accolade, given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, which premieres live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT and 5 p.m. PT.

The Scientific and Technical Awards Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that seven scientific and technical achievements have been selected for further awards consideration.

The list is made public to allow individuals and companies with similar devices or claims of prior art the opportunity to submit their achievements for review. The deadline to submit additional entries is Tuesday, August 28, at 11:59 p.m. PT.

The committee has selected the following methods or devices for further consideration:

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10-13-year-old audiences in Amsterdam, Belgrade, Copenhagen, Erfurt, Norrköping and Turin have elected KAUWBOY by Boudewijn Koole as the winner of the first European Film Academy Young Audience Award. The German jury speakers Marie-Louis und Carl (both 12 years old) presented the award to co-author Jolein Laarman who thanked the children for their votes and stated, “it’s so important that the European Film Academy gives all the children a voice!”

The European Film Academy Young Audience Award is organised and presented by the European Film Academy and EFA Productions with the support of the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM). 

Thirteen students from colleges and universities around the world were honored tonight (June 9) as winners at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 39th Annual Student Academy Awards.  The medal placements were announced at the awards ceremony, which featured as presenters actors Laura Dern, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Greg Kinnear and Mena Suvari alongside Academy President Tom Sherak at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The winners are:

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A Simple Life was the big winner of the 2012 Hong Kong Film Awards, winning five major awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress. A Simple Life, also known as Sister Peach, directed by Ann Hui tells about a heartwarming relationship between a young master of a big family, Roger and the servant of the family who raised him, Sister Peach. The film is inspired by a true story of the producer, Roger Lee, and his servant.

The complete list of 2012 Hong Kong Film Award winners :

Best Picture: A Simple Life

Best Director: Ann Hui On-Wah; A Simple Life

Best Actor: Andy Lau Tak-Wah; A Simple Life

Best Actress: Deannie Yip Tak-Han; A Simple Life

Best Supporting Actor: Lo Hoi-Pang); Life Without Principle

Best Supporting Actress: So Hang-Suen; Life Without Principle

Best Screenplay: Susan Chan; A Simple Life

Best New Actor: Jam Hsiao); The Killer Who Never Kills

Best Cinematography: Jake Pollack, Lai Yiu-Fai; Wu Xia

Best Editing: Yau Chi-Wai; Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

Best Art Direction: Yee Chung-Man, Ben Lau; Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

Best Costume Design and Make-Up: William Cheung Suk-Ping, Let The Bullets Fly

Best Action Choreography: Yuen Bun, Sun Jian-Kui, Allen Lan Hai-Han; Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

Best Original Film Score: Chan Kwong-Wing, Peter Kam Pui-Tat, Chatchai Pongprapaphan, Wu Xia

Best Original Song: from Hi, Fidelity, Composer: Jun Kung, Lyrics: Calvin Poon Yuen-Leung, Performer: Sandy Lam

Best Sound Design: Kim Seok-Won, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

Best Visual Effects: Kim Wook, Josh Cole, Frankie Chung; Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

Best Chinese-language Film from the Two Coasts: You Are The Apple Of My Eye (TAIWAN)

Best New Director: Jessey Tsang Tsui-Shan; Big Blue Lake

Lifetime Achievement Award: Ni Kuang

Professional Achievement Award: Fong Ho Yuen

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, director of A Separation (Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film) and his producer, Memento Films Production’s Alexandre Mallet-Guy, will be awarded the European Commission’s first EU Media Prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Farhadi and Mallet-Guy will receive the award for their new project that will be filmed in France and in French in the Fall.

“In these times when certain politicians are trying to turn the beautiful rainbow of cultural diversity in the world into differences and confrontations, I believe that this MEDIA award for my next film project is a very encouraging sign,” Farhadi said of the prize.

The MEDIA prize is awarded to the best project with box-office potential submitted by a screenwriter and a production company. The project is selected from the applications submitted for development support from the MEDIA program in a given year. MEDIA will allocate support for the screenplay, casting, preparing a financial plan, marketing and piloting production. The EU MEDIA prize is part of the MEDIA program’s new €1.8 billion agenda set to kick off in 2014 and run through 2020 called “Creative Europe” meant to facilitate cultural exchange among film industry professionals through digital technology.