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The Guardian Issues Fantastic Oscars Correction

The Guardian issued the above correction to remind the world that not all Bradley’s are the same.

(h/t: Elena Zak)

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Barry Blitt Honors The Oscars

For the his latest New Yorker cover, Barry Blitt honors the upcoming Academy Awards with a nip-and-tucked Oscar. Blitt gave the award a slew of upgrades, including “chin work,” “neck work,” and something scary called a “freshened nape.”

Nice work by Blitt, but our favorite Academy Award New Yorker cover was one from Bruce McCall. In 2012, McCall drew giant Oscars getting blitzed to celebrate winning several tiny human statues. See it below.

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Oscar Statues Aren’t Immune to Layoffs

With the Oscars right around the corner, you would think business would be booming for R.S. Owens, the company responsible for making the trophies, right?

Yeah, not so much, as the company notified the Illinois Department of Commerce it will be laying off 95 employees on Dec. 17 — more than a third of its 251-person workforce, according to TheWrap.

St. Regis Crystal Inc. is set to acquire R.S. Owens on that day and the company will continue to make trophies for the Oscars, Emmys, MTV Video Music Awards and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Fun fact: It takes three to four weeks for R.S. Owens to make the 50 new Oscar statuettes in January.


Returning to the FishbowlNY Fray

Several people have written, wondering what happened to the “Jerry Barmash” byline. Well, to make a long story short, my wife and I were among the millions affected by Superstorm Sandy. For the last five weeks, our lives have been turned upside down from just a few inches of water. We lived in one hotel after another until this past weekend when we moved into a rental, ahead of the major renovations to our home. Although it took time, and still not on regular basis, the show must, and thankfully, will go on! My thanks to co-editor Chris O’Shea for keeping FishbowlNY readers informed on a daily basis. My sincere gratitude to the Mediabistro editorial director Chris Ariens, who was extremely patient while I dealt with the enormity of this once-in-a-lifetime (hopefully) situation.

Not to sound like I just won an Oscar, but that segues nicely to this post.

Winners have been announced in the New York Film Critics Circle, an early Oscar indicator.

Zero Dark Thirty took home the big prize, Best Picture, at the 78th annual event yesterday. The critics needed a five-hour marathon session to settle on the victors. Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow netted her second Best Director win. She previously won for The Hurt Locker, a feat she followed up historically at the Academy Awards.

Daniel Day-Lewis, a four-time NYFCC winner, made it number five with the Best Actor nod, and vaulted to the front of the Oscar race for his tour de force as Lincoln.

Additionally, Sally Field was selected as Best Supporting Actress for portraying Lewis’ better half Mary Todd Lincoln in the Steven Spielberg epic.

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Disney Extends Worldwide Oscar Rights to 2020

The Oscars will remain under the Disney umbrella through 2020 after a new agreement was reached on Friday with the Motion Picture Academy.

The new deal ensures Disney Media Distribution will continue to own the worldwide distribution rights for another eight years. The current deal was set to expire in 2014. The Oscars is distributed to 225 counties across the world.

Last year, ABC and the Academy reached an agreement for the domestic TV rights of the Oscars through 2020.

Coming Soon: The Academy’s Outdoor Theater

Inspired by Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences formally unveiled their new outdoor screening venue and “Oscars Outdoors” summer series.

Located at the Academy Hollywood campus on 1341 Vine Street, screenings will be held every Friday and Saturday starting June 15. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for students and Academy members.

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Sean Young Won’t Face Charges for Oscars Outburst

Actress Sean Young‘s 15-seconds of TMZ fame is officially coming to an end as the former Blade Runner star won’t face charges for her physical altercation with a security guard at the Oscars.

From the LA Times:

John Franklin, a spokesman for the city attorney, cited insufficient evidence in the decision not to charge Young.

Young has demanded an apology and on Facebook said she suffered a bruised arm during the altercation with security.

“I just want everyone to know that I was sober, extremely well-behaved when a very stupid security guard went postal on me,” Young wrote.

Here’s Your Chance to Buy a Used Oscar Statuette

Do you have some extra cash laying around?

Well, here’s your opportunity to purchase one of 15 used Oscar statuettes that are set to be auctioned off next week.

“This is the most significant collection of Oscars to ever be auctioned. It contains Academy Awards from epic films such as ‘Citizen Kane’ and ‘The Best Years of Our Lives’” Los Angeles auctioneer Nate D. Sanders told Reuters.

Oscars from Citizen KaneCavalcade and The Best Years of Our Lives will be up for auction on Feb. 28 — two days after the Academy Awards.

Sanders expects to take home $2 million from the 15 statuettes.

Old, White Men Pick the Oscar Winners

A Los Angeles Times study has found that that the vast majority of members of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences – the folks who award Oscars – are male, Caucasian, and old.

The LA Times tracked down 5,100 Oscar voters, nearly 90% of the Academy’s 5,765 voting members, and the results of their investigation make it painfully clear the influential Hollywood organization is about as diverse as a Savannah country club. 94% of members are white, 77% are male, and the median age is 62!

The Academy says they are working towards becoming more diverse, but how they are going about it isn’t entirely clear. Academy members are all film industry professionals, and their demographics simply reflect those of Hollywood at large. As long as Hollywood is predominantly run and staffed by white men, most Oscar voters will be white men.

Are the Oscars Headed to the Nokia Theatre?

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences is looking into possibly relocating the Oscars from the Kodak Theatre to the Nokia Theatre starting in 2014, according to reports by The Hollywood Reporter (who first reported the story) and Los Angeles Times.

Preliminary discussions are underway between the Academy and AEG, the owners of the Nokia, which serves as home of the Emmy Awards and the American Music Awards. THR notes that the Shrine Auditorium and Music Center are also potential bidders for the film industry award show.

Hollywood would be the biggest loser if the Oscars end up relocating, according to the LAT:

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