The Gold Knight: Motion picture academy announces more Oscar rule changes and Sci-Tech Awards shortlistWritten by James A. Molnar | The Gold Knight | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been busy at the end of summer, announcing a bevy of news items for its 85th Academy Awards next February. Here are all of the announcement, with the most recent first:
New music rules allow 5 nominees for Original Song
The Academy’s Board of Governors approved additional rules for the 85th Oscars with the most significant changes affecting the Original Song category.
All voting members of the Music Branch will receive a list and clips of the original songs submitted for nomination consideration. Then, they will be asked to watch the clip and vote “in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements in the category.” The five with the highest number of votes will be nominated.
Rules are reviewed annually by individual branch and category committees. The Awards Rules Committee then reviews all proposed changes before presenting its recommendations to the Board of Governors for approval. For more rules, visit the rules site on Academy’s website.
Art Direction award now known as Production Design
Upon the recommendation from the Designers Branch (formerly the Art Directors Branch), the Art Direction award will be known as the Production Design award.
The 85th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2012, will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.
Shortlist announced for Sci-Tech Awards
Seven scientific and technical achievements have been selected for further awards consideration, a kind of shortlist, the Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards Committee announced Aug. 17.
The list was made public “to allow individuals and companies with similar devices or claims of prior art the opportunity to submit their achievements for review,” according to the press release. The deadline was Aug. 28.
The following methods or devices are up for further consideration:
- Tissue: A Physically-Based Character Simulation Framework (Weta Digital)
- Zviz: Previsualization System (Lucasfilm)
- Light: Lighting Tool (PDI Dreamworks)
- Wavelet Turbulence for Fluid Simulation (University of California, Santa Barbara)
- Planar Tracking: mocha and Enabling Technology (Imagineer Systems Ltd.)
- Cine VCLX Portable Power System (Anton/Bauer)
- Matthews MAX Menace Arm (Matthews Studio Equipment)
Thorough investigations will be conducted each entry and the committee will meet in early December to vote on recommendations to the Academy’s Board of Governors, which will make the final awards decisions.
The 2012 Scientific and Technical Awards will be presented at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills on Feb. 9, 2013.
Toledo Free Press Lead Designer and Film Editor James A. Molnar blogs about all things Oscar at TheGoldKnight.com. Watch him discuss movies on “WNWO Today” around 5:50 a.m. on Fridays.