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."


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:


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:


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.

The Iranian film, NADER AND SIMIN, A SEPARATION dominated the 6th Asian Film Awards (AFA) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. NADER AND SIMIN, A SEPARATION won awards for Best Film, Best Editor, and Best Director and Best Screenwriter for screenwriter-director Asghar FARHADI.

The winners of the 6th AFA are:

Best Film

Best Director

Best Actor
Donny DAMARA ― LOVELY MAN (Indonesia)

Best Actress
Deanie IP ― A SIMPLE LIFE (Hong Kong)

Best Newcomer
NI Ni ― THE FLOWERS OF WAR (Mainland China)

Best Supporting Actor
Lawrence KO ― JUMP! ASHIN (Taiwan)

Best Supporting Actress
Shamaine BUENCAMINO ― NIÑO (The Philippines)

Best Screenwriter

Best Cinematographer
Jake POLLOCK, LAI Yiu-fai (HKSC) ― WU XIA (Mainland China / Hong Kong)

Best Production Designer
YEE Chung-man, SUN Li ― WU XIA (Mainland China / Hong Kong)

Best Composer
CHAN Kwong-wing, Peter KAM, Chatchai PONGPRAPAPHAN ― WU XIA
(Mainland China / Hong Kong)

Best Editor

Best Visual Effects
Wook KIM, Josh COLE, Frankie CHUNG ― THE FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE (Hong Kong / Mainland China)

Best Costume Designer
YEE Chung-man, LAI Hsuan-wu ― THE FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE (Hong Kong / Mainland China)

The winners of the special awards of the 6th AFA are:

The Lifetime Achievement Award

2011’s Top Grossing Asian Film Award

The Edward Yang New Talent Award

People’s Choice Awards: My Favorite Actor
Andy LAU ― A SIMPLE LIFE (Hong Kong)

People’s Choice Awards: My Favourite Actress

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, and the Oscar® telecast will be presented on Sunday, February 24th.

The ceremony will take place at the Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network to more than 225 countries.

Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" was voted Best Danish Film, and Winter's Bone was voted Best American Film at the 65th Bodil Awards, presented Saturday 3 March 2012 by the Danish Film Critics' Association. "A Funny Man" won 4 awards, including Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.

Best Danish Film
Melancholia - Lars von Trier

Best Actor
Nikolaj Lie Kaas – A Funny Man

Best Actress
Lene Maria Christensen – A Family

Best Supporting Actor
Lars Ranthe – A Funny Man

Best Supporting Actress
Paprika Steen - SuperClásico

Best Documentary Film
The Will - Christian Sønderby Jepsen

Best Director of Photography
Manuel Alberto Claro – Melancholia, Rebounce

Best Production Design
Charlotte Bay Garnov and Peter Grant – Dirch

Best Foreign Film (other than USA)
A Separation - Asghar Farhadi

Best American Film
Winter's Bone - Debra Granik

Special Bodil
Jes Graversen, film distributor, Miracle Film

Honorary Bodil
Ghita Nørby, actress

Blockbuster Audience Award
A Funny Man - Martin Zandvliet

Ib Award
Ib Tardini