Apr 212014

Academy Announces Key Dates For The Oscars
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network today announced the dates for the 87th Oscars.  The Academy Awards® presentation will air live on ABC on Oscar® Sunday, February 22, 2015.

  • Key dates for the Awards season are:
  • Saturday, November 8, 2014 The Governors Awards
  • Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Official Screen Credits and music submissions due
  • Monday, December 29, 2014 Nominations voting begins 8 a.m. PT
  • Thursday, January 8, 2015 Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT
  • Thursday, January 15, 2015 Oscar nominations announced
  • Monday, February 2, 2015 Oscar Nominees Luncheon
  • Friday, February 6, 2015 Final voting begins 8 a.m. PT
  • Saturday, February 7, 2015 Scientific and Technical Awards
  • Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Final voting ends 5 p.m. PT
  • Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015 87th Academy Awards begins 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT

The Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Jul 262013





The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces the gift of the Abe and Charlotte Levitow Collection featuring animation art and related production materials documenting the career of animator Abe Levitow. Donated in their parents’ honor by the Levitows’ three children, Roberta, Judy and Jon, the collection features animation cels, backgrounds, storyboards, graphic art materials and related film prints – hundreds of items that represent Levitow’s accomplishments as an artist, animator and director for Warner Bros., UPA and MGM, and include his work on features such as “Gay Purr-ee” (1962) and “The Phantom Tollbooth” (1970).

The collection, which will be housed in both the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library and the Academy Film Archive, is a significant addition to the Academy’s holdings in the animation field. “We are honored that the Levitow family has entrusted the preservation of their father’s legacy to the Academy’s archivists,” said Margaret Herrick Library Director Linda Mehr, “and you really can’t go wrong when Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are in the mix, can you?”

Levitow began his career at Leon Schlesinger Productions, where he served as a publicity artist and animator on cartoons released through Warner Bros. He worked primarily as a member of the Chuck Jones unit, contributing to many of Jones’s films in the late 1940s and early 1950s, including the Academy Award®-winning animated short “For Scent-imental Reasons” (1949). He was elevated to director on several Warner Bros. cartoons before moving on to UPA in the late 1950s, where he served as animation director on the studio’s first feature, “1001 Arabian Nights.”

At UPA, Levitow had two career directing milestones: first, on the animated feature “Gay Purr-ee,” featuring the voices of Judy Garland and Robert Goulet with original songs by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, and then with “Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol,” an animated musical version of the Charles Dickens tale. Following his stint at UPA, Levitow joined the animation unit at MGM, where he directed a number of the later Tom and Jerry cartoons, including “The A-Tom-inable Snowman” (1966), “Guided Mouse-ille” (1967) and “Rock ‘n’ Rodent” (1967).

In addition to the more than 500 pieces of original production art, which will join more than 15,000 such items already held by the Margaret Herrick Library, the Levitow Collection includes scripts, sound recordings and other documentation related to Levitow’s work in film, television and commercials. All of the production materials may be accessed by filmmakers, historians, journalists, students and the public at the library, located in the Academy’s Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study in Beverly Hills. Many of the pieces in the Levitow Collection are available for viewing online through the Library’s Production Art Database at http://collections.oscars.org/prodart. Additional information about Abe Levitow is also available at: www.abelevitow.com.

For more information about Academy’s holdings, visit www.oscars.org.

Jan 232013

ACADEMY ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR FINAL OSCAR® VOTING Increased Turnout Achieved during Nominations Round


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the schedule for the final round of voting for this year’s Oscars®.

Final balloting will begin on Friday, February 8, at 8 a.m. PT, and close on Tuesday, February 19, at 5 p.m. PT.  To provide as many options as possible, Academy members who voted online during the nominations round will have the option of using a paper ballot in the final round.  Members who have registered to vote online may request a paper ballot by contacting the Academy’s Membership Department by Friday, February 1.

Several voting resources will once again be available to members, including assisted voting stations in Los Angeles, New York, and London, and a 24-hour call center.

“One of our basic goals at the Academy is to increase member engagement.  Despite some challenges, more members voted for this year’s nominations than they have in the past several years,” said Academy Chief Operating Officer Ric Robertson.  “We are looking forward to a continuation of that trend in the final voting.”

Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.