And the Oscar goes to

The Museum of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

E o Oscar vai para – And the Oscar 2011 goes to…Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

It was Gertrude Stein who once said of Oakland, “There is no there there.” The same has often been said of Hollywood (both the place and the industry). There is no single place a visitor can go to get a real sense of its essence. The purpose of a museum dedicated to the filmmaking arts and sciences would be to put a “there” in Hollywood. To illuminate something of what we do and how we do it. Something of the sweat and something of the inspiration; something of the practical and something of the magic; to capitalize on the national and international love of filmed entertainment and promote an appreciation of, knowledge of, and respect for our work.

Our mission is to create a place to celebrate and explore how film has reflected and shaped world culture, and to help us all better understand what the movies have meant – and continue to mean – in our lives. Thirteen locations across Los Angeles were carefully assessed as potential sites on which to build our new institution. Ultimately, the Museum Committee felt that the museum was meant to live in Holly­wood, a neighborhood synonymous with the film industry. The chosen site, adjacent to the Academy’s existing Pickford Center, allows for the creation of a sunny, eight-acre campus.

The museum will be open year-round and become a landmark attraction for Hollywood and the greater Los Angeles area, a place for watching and learning about film and filmmaking, for exploring film’s relationship with the greater world and for listening to stories told by filmmakers themselves.

The museum’s public programs, lectures and hands-on exhibits will attract Los Angelenos, tourists, Academy members, film professionals, students and everyone in between. While people may be initially drawn in by the allure of Hollywood, we hope they will leave inspired and exhilarated, with a deeper appreciation for what movies have given them – characters they root for and sympathize with, glimpses into lives they wouldn’t have otherwise known, and stories that have shaped the American dream and our sense of national identity.

Who are our heroes and how have they changed over time? How have films depicted volatile issues like civil rights, religion, gender relations, poverty and war? How have they shaped our sense of masculinity, femininity and romance? How have Hollywood and Southern California affected the image of the United States, at home and abroad? Such are some of the topics the museum’s exhibits will explore, while allowing visitors to view films within the historical, cultural and technological contexts in which they were made.

Diane Keaton and Woody Allen analyze a sculpture on display at MOMA in Manhattan (1979)

But to see a film on screen is to see a finished product, not the creative process behind it. And so the Academy’s museum will also include spaces that explore the evolution of filmmaking. It will pull back the curtain, celebrating movie magic while allowing visitors a peek at how it is created. Each of the crafts will be illustrated in lucid, dazzling and unexpected ways, inviting visitors to explore often hidden worlds, whether that be a soundstage, an art department, a post-production studio or the Oscar® show itself. Visitors will be invited to sit in the director’s chair, costume a character, light a starlet, choose a location, cast a film, edit a trailer, score a movie, even walk the red carpet. They will come away with a better understanding of each craft, feeling that they have experienced cinematic creation themselves. It will forever change the way they watch movies.

The Academy’s museum will be a place of continuously changing exhibitions and programs of interest to residents as well as tourists. It will not rely solely on static objects and images, but will instead utilize interactive and experiential exhibitions, along with well-chosen memorabilia – “the bones of our saints,” if you will. Premieres, foreign films, silent movies, retrospectives, tributes – the screen­ing schedule in the museum’s state-of-the-art theater will be diverse and enticing, luring locals again and again and becoming one of the first things movie-loving tourists will check when planning trips to Southern California.

The Academy has collaborated with many different constituen­cies to determine the content of its museum exhibitions – from craftspeople in each branch, to historians, scholars and film critics, to staff at prominent museums around the country. The priorities are clear: to develop signature content, robust educational programs and exhibits that will attract both residents and tourists, all while providing a “red carpet” standard of visitor hospitality and service.

Years from now, we envision that the museum’s campus will be the hub of the vibrant neighborhood of Hollywood. Its collection, in concert with those of the Margaret Herrick Library and the Academy Film Archive, will continue to provide an important record of the evolution of filmmaking. The museum will be acknowledged as the best in the world on the subject, having become a “must-see” destination in the Los Angeles area and a major center for Academy members to gather and discuss, debate and share issues of importance to filmmaking – past, present and future.

  • Why is the Academy planning to build a movie museum?
  • A frequent comment by out-of-town visitors is that there’s no single place to go to get a real sense of Hollywood. One of the reasons the Academy is planning a museum in Hollywood is to provide that place, so that visitors from around the world can return home with a greater understanding and appreciation of what Hollywood and the movies are all about.At the same time, we’re thrilled to be able to expand the number and type of events we have long hosted for the Los Angeles community – film screenings like our Great to Be Nominated series, lectures by top filmmakers, and educational programs with area students.
  • Why did you select Hollywood as the location for the new museum?
  • After a search that spanned the greater Los Angeles area, we decided that Hollywood would be the best place to locate our museum. We hold the Oscar presentation ceremony in Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre. We house our film archive, our Science and Technology Council and several other departments in our Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study (a former radio and television studio on Vine Street which will be part of the overall campus). The Academy is committed to Hollywood — Hollywood the industry and Hollywood the community –– and so it made sense that our museum would be there, too.
  • Where exactly will it be?
  • We’ve chosen a site just south of the Sunset and Vine intersection, and will aim to develop two contiguous blocks into an eight-acre museum campus. This location is bounded by Fountain to the south, Delongpre to the north, Vine to the east, and Cahuenga / Ivar to the west.
  • Will you be keeping the buildings that are already there or building a new museum from the ground up? Do you have an architect picked out?
  • Our existing Pickford Center will remain and become part of the overall campus, but the rest of the museum buildings will be new. We are happy to announce that an architect has been selected for the project. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will be designed by French architecture firm Atelier Christian de Portzamparc. Click here to find out more about the Academy’s selection of Christian de Portzamparc.
  • How big will it be?
  • Big enough to provide a day’s worth of entertainment, surprise and delight for film buffs of all ages. We’re still working out the final size, but we expect the museum to be spread out over a number of buildings, with open-air gathering spaces in between.
  • When do you expect to break ground/open?
  • We’re about two years from breaking ground and about four years from opening.
  • What’s going to be inside the museum?
  • We are working with exhibit design firms to develop distinctive, enriching, and fun exhibits that will take visitors through the history of film, the process of filmmaking, and of course, the excitement of the Academy Awards.
  • Are you taking donations of movie artifacts?
  • We are not actively collecting at this point. But if you have an object you think might be perfect in a museum of this type, please tell us about it using the contact form.
  • How will you pay for all this?
  • We intend to raise most of the necessary money privately, through a museum fundraising campaign.
  • What about all the extra traffic a museum will bring?
  • Since many of us already live and work in Hollywood, we’re very sensitive to concerns about traffic. We are committed to minimizing any negative effects that the construction and operation of our museum might bring, and we have a number of experts and government agencies on our team of advisors, including traffic engineers, to help us in this regard.
  • Will there be a gift shop? Will you sell replicas of the Oscar statuette?
  • We plan to have a store where visitors can purchase items related to the museum experience and to movies in general. We don’t yet know what kinds of things those will be, but there won’t be replicas of the Oscar statuette for sale. No matter what we build, there will still only be one way to get an Oscar statuette: by earning it for accomplishment in film.

Oscar Predictions: Who Will Win at the 2011 Oscars?
The 2011 Oscar nominations are in! Which means it’s now time for us to gaze into our crystal ball and post our official Oscar predictions in time for the Feb. 27 ceremony.

Should Colin Firth start writing his speech? Will Natalie Portman dance away with her first Oscar? And what will win Best Picture: ‘The King’s Speech’ or ‘The Social Network’?

Check out our final winners predictions below.

Oscar Winners 2011 List

BEST PICTURE

The Nominees:
‘Black Swan’
‘The Fighter’
‘Inception’
‘The Kids Are All Right’
‘The King’s Speech’
‘127 Hours’
‘The Social Network’
‘Toy Story 3’
‘True Grit’
‘Winter’s Bone’

Will Win: ‘The King’s Speech’
Dark Horse: ‘The Social Network’

Commentary: For months, it seemed like nothing could stop ‘The Social Network’ from winning Best Picture, especially after it took home four Golden Globes in January.

But in recent weeks, the Facebook frontrunner has been dethroned by ‘The King’s Speech’ after the British period piece won prizes from the Producers Guild, Directors Guild and Screen Actors Guild of America.

Now we’re left with a very important question: Will the Academy continue to award innovative, more modern movies, as they did with ‘No Country For Old Men’ and ‘The Hurt Locker’? Or will they go for the more emotional, classic Oscar bait choice? Anything can happen, but for now, we think Harvey Weinstein may want to get his speech ready.

BEST DIRECTOR

The Nominees:
Darren Aronofsky, ‘Black Swan’
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, ‘True Grit’
David Fincher, ‘The Social Network’
Tom Hooper, ‘The King’s Speech’
David O’Russell, ‘The Fighter’

Will Win: David Fincher
Dark Horse: Tom Hooper

Commentary: Just like in the Best Picture race, Best Director has been narrowed down to two contenders: ‘The Social Network’ and ‘The King’s Speech.’

But in this category, ‘The King’s Speech’ has a bigger hill to climb. Tom Hooper up against a veteran director (Fincher) who is well overdue for an Oscar, and who fits in with the recent winners in this category — Ang Lee, Martin Scorsese, the Coen Brothers, Danny Boyle and Kathryn Bigelow. ‘The Social Network’ may be losing steam in other categories, but we still “like” its chances here.

BEST ACTOR

The Nominees:
Javier Bardem, ‘Biutiful’
Jeff Bridges, ‘True Grit’
Jesse Eisenberg, ‘The Social Network’
Colin Firth, ‘The King’s Speech’
James Franco, ‘127 Hours’

Will Win: Colin Firth
Dark Horse: None

Commentary: We could go on, and on and on about how under-the-radar contenders like Jesse Eisenberg or James Franco could pull off a last-minute upset, but we’d just be kidding ourselves. This race has been Colin Firth’s to lose from the get-go, and after winning the Critics’ Choice, the Golden Globe and the SAG Award, there’s no stopping him now. Firth will win the Oscar on Feb. 27. You can go ahead and bet the farm.

BEST ACTRESS

The Nominees:
Annette Bening, ‘The Kids Are All Right’
Nicole Kidman, ‘Rabbit Hole’
Jennifer Lawrence, ‘Winter’s Bone’
Natalie Portman, ‘Black Swan’
Michelle Williams, ‘Blue Valentine’

Will Win: Natalie Portman
Dark Horse: Annette Bening

Commentary: For awhile, it seemed like this race would turn into a showdown between the veteran actress (Bening) and the pretty young ingenue (Portman). But between the awards she’s won, her pregnancy and engagement, this story will likely end with Portman dancing away with the Oscar after all.

Sure, ‘Black Swan’ didn’t get as many nominations as some were predicting; it received “only” five total. But the momentum remains in Portman’s favor following her victory at the SAG awards — so much that we’d be shocked if anybody else won.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR


The Nominees:
Christian Bale, ‘The Fighter’
John Hawkes, ‘Winter’s Bone’
Jeremy Renner, ‘The Town’
Mark Ruffalo, ‘The Kids Are All Right’
Geoffrey Rush, ‘The King’s Speech’

Will Win: Christian Bale
Dark Horse: Geoffrey Rush

Commentary: Though he may not be as big of a lock as Colin Firth, we can’t imagine anyone winning Best Supporting Actor besides Christian Bale. It’s the type of performance the Academy loves to honor, and he’s already won practically every major award in sight. The remaining four nominees simply won’t be able to put up a fight.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS


The Nominees:
Amy Adams, ‘The Fighter’
Helena Bonham Carter, ‘The King’s Speech’
Melissa Leo, ‘The Fighter’
Hailee Steinfeld, ‘True Grit’
Jacki Weaver, ‘Animal Kingdom’

Will Win: Melissa Leo
Dark Horse: Hailee Steinfeld

Commentary: This remains the only open acting category. Conventional wisdom and statistics show that Melissa Leo is the obvious frontrunner, and she’ll probably win. But keep an eye out for newcomer Hailee Steinfeld. She’s in the second-most nominated movie of the year, and if there’s one category in which voters love to honor an up-and-comer, it’s here. We’re sticking with Leo, but don’t be surprised if Steinfeld’s name is called on Oscar night.

BEST DOCUMENTARY

 

The Nominees:
‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’
‘Gasland’
‘Inside Job’
‘Restrepo’
‘Waste Land’

Will Win: ‘Inside Job’
Dark Horse: ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’

Commentary: ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ may be the most popular and widely-seen movie of the bunch, but we’re liking the topical ‘Inside Job’s’ chances here. (The film tracks the reasons behind the 2008 financial crisis.)

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

The Nominees:
‘How to Train Your Dragon’
‘The Illusionist’
‘Toy Story 3’

Will/Should Win: ‘Toy Story 3’
Dark Horse: None

Commentary: ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ and ‘The Illusionist’ are both strong movies, but when you’re up against a Best Picture nominee — not to mention a Pixar movie — you pretty much have no shot at winning. In fact, we’ll go ahead and call ‘Toy Story 3’ a lock in this category.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

The Nominees:
‘Another Year’
‘The Fighter’
‘Inception’
‘The Kids Are All Right’
‘The King’s Speech’

Will Win: ‘The King’s Speech’
Dark Horse: ‘Inception’

Commentary: After getting snubbed for Best Director, you’d think the Academy would leap at the chance to give Christopher Nolan a makeup Oscar wherever they could. Unfortunately, it won’t be in this category, as Nolan is up against Best Picture frontrunner ‘The King’s Speech.’ Sure, Nolan may have won the WGA, but remember: ‘The King’s Speech’ was ineligible in that race. This one is a completely different ballgame.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

The Nominees:
‘127 Hours’
‘The Social Network’
‘Toy Story 3’
‘True Grit’
‘Winter’s Bone’

Will Win: ‘The Social Network’
Dark Horse: None

Commentary: Even if ‘The Social Network’ doesn’t win Best Picture, Aaron Sorkin’s fast-talking screenplay is a lock to win Best Adapted Screenplay, and his speech should be one of the highlights of the evening.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

The Nominees:
‘Biutiful’ (Mexico)
‘Dogtooth’ (Greece)
‘In a Better World’ (Denmark)
‘Incendies’ (Canada)
‘Outside the Law’ (Algeria)

Will Win: ‘In a Better World’
Dark Horse: ‘Biutiful’

Commentary: Javier Bardem’s Best Actor nomination proves the Academy — or at least the acting branch — is a fan of ‘Biutiful.’ Still, we think Denmark’s ‘In a Better World’ will keep its Golden Globe-winning momentum going all the way to the Kodak stage.

BEST ART DIRECTION

The Nominees:
‘Alice in Wonderland’
‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I’
‘Inception’
‘The King’s Speech’
‘True Grit’

Will Win: ‘Alice in Wonderland’
Dark Horse: ‘The King’s Speech’

Commentary: All signs point to ‘The King’s Speech,’ especially after it won the Art Directors Guild award. However, Tim Burton’s eye-popping sets may be too hard for voters to resist. (See: ‘Sleepy Hollow.’)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

The Nominees:
‘Black Swan’
‘Inception’
‘The King’s Speech’
‘The Social Network’
‘True Grit’

Will Win: ‘True Grit’
Dark Horse: ‘Inception’

Commentary: Wally Pfister’s beautifully lensed work on ‘Inception’ won him top honors from the American Society of Cinematographers. But he’s up against Roger Deakins, who lensed the 10-time nominated ‘True Grit’ and who has yet to win an Oscar (if you can believe it). We think 2011 may finally be his year.

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

The Nominees:
‘Alice in Wonderland’
‘I Am Love’
‘The King’s Speech’
‘The Tempest’
‘True Grit’

Will Win: ‘The King’s Speech’
Dark Horse: ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Commentary: Jenny Beavan is a past winner (‘A Room With a View’), so she’s already in good graces with the Academy. Plus, the fact that she designed the costumes for the Best Picture frontrunner should be enough to push her past dark-horse contender and two-time winner Colleen Atwood (‘Alice in Wonderland’).

BEST FILM EDITING

The Nominees:
‘Black Swan’
‘The Fighter’
‘The King’s Speech’
‘127 Hours’
‘The Social Network’

Will Win: ‘The Social Network’
Dark Horse: ‘The King’s Speech’

Commentary: This category is often a telling sign of what movie will win Best Picture, but no matter what happens in that race, ‘The Social Network’s’ fast-paced and stylized editing will likely be too hard for voters to resist here.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

The Nominees:
‘How to Train Your Dragon’
‘Inception’
‘The King’s Speech’
‘127 Hours’
‘The Social Network’

Will Win: ‘The King’s Speech’
Dark Horse: ‘The Social Network’

Commentary: Alexandre Desplat is long overdue for an Oscar, and his ‘King’s Speech’ score is the exactly the type that voters love to honor. But after the Golden Globes, voters could go for ‘The Social Network’ instead. Let’s be honest: Who wouldn’t want to see Trent Reznor accept an Oscar?

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

The Nominees:
‘Coming Home’ – ‘Country Strong’
‘I See the Light’ – ‘Tangled’
‘If I Rise’ – ‘127 Hours’
‘We Belong Together’ – ‘Toy Story 3’

Will Win: ‘127 Hours’
Dark Horse: ‘Toy Story 3’

Commentary: This is a wide-open field, which means that any movie could win, especially ‘Toy Story 3,’ which has the most recognizable name (Randy Newman). But don’t count out A.R. Rahman, who won two years ago for ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and who may very well win again this year.

BEST SOUND MIXING

The Nominees:
‘Inception’
‘The King’s Speech’
‘Salt’
‘The Social Network’
‘True Grit’

Will Win: ‘Inception’
Dark Horse: ‘The Social Network’

Commentary: Since it doesn’t have much of a chance in the major categories, expect ‘Inception’ to sweep the sound and visual categories.

BEST SOUND EDITING

The Nominees:
‘Inception’
‘Toy Story 3’
‘TRON: Legacy’
‘True Grit’
‘Unstoppable’

Will Win: ‘Inception’
Dark Horse: ‘True Grit’

Commentary: ‘Inception’ is the biggest and most tech-savvy movie of the bunch, so look for an easy win here. Its only main competitor, ‘True Grit,’ feels like a distant second at best.

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

The Nominees:
‘Alice in Wonderland’
‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I’
‘Hereafter’
‘Inception’
‘Iron Man 2’

Will Win: ‘Inception’
Dark Horse: ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Commentary: Once again, ‘Inception’s’ high-profile status — not to mention dazzling visual effects — is more than enough for a win here. If there’s a surprise, it’ll come from ‘Alice in Wonderland’ — but don’t count on it.

BEST MAKEUP

The Nominees:
‘Barney’s Version’
‘The Way Back’
‘The Wolfman’

Will Win: ‘The Wolfman’
Dark Horse: ‘The Way Back’

Commentary: We know what you’re thinking: Academy Award Winner ‘The Wolfman’? Sure, it sounds crazy, until you realize the makeup was done by six-time winner Rick Baker. Expect him to pick up a seventh win on Sunday.

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM

The Nominees:
‘Day & Night’
‘The Gruffalo’
‘Let’s Pollute’
‘The Lost Thing’
‘Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)’

Will Win: ‘Day & Night’
Dark Horse: ‘The Gruffalo’

Commentary: For more on the nominated films, click here.

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

The Nominees:
‘Killing in the Name’
‘Poster Girl’
‘Strangers No More’
‘Sun Come Up’
‘The Warriors of Quiugang’

Will Win: ‘Strangers No More’
Dark Horse: ‘Killing in the Name’

Commentary: For more on the nominated films, click here.

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT

The Nominees:
‘The Confession’
‘The Crush’
‘God of Love’
‘Na Wewe’
‘Wish 143’

Will Win: ‘Na Wewe’
Dark Horse: ‘Wish 143’

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