Global Movie Day was established by the Academy as a day for film fans around the world to celebrate their favorite movies and engage with Academy members and filmmakers across social media, serving as a reminder of the power of film.

People throughout the world are encouraged to participate by sharing photos and videos on their social media platforms and using the hashtag #GlobalMovieDay. Global Movie Day is commemorated annually on the second Saturday of February. 

Exclusive content from Oscars® producers Jesse CollinsStacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh as well as AwkwafinaYalitza AparicioPriyanka Chopra JonasEugenio DerbezJay EllisKen JeongSanaa LathanEva LongoriaAnthony MackieMarlee MatlinPark So DamRita Wilson and Cathy Yan

Exclusive Academy archived content from Kathy BatesBong Joon HoLaura DernCynthia ErivoRian Johnson and Taika Waititi.

Available now on the Global Movie Day YouTube Playlist 
*This playlist will be updated throughout the day with exclusive content. 

Peggy Lee’s “Fever” Gets Contemporary Music Video Treatment; ‘Peggy Lee Love Songs’ Valentine’s Day EP Available Today.

LOS ANGELES, CA – February 12, 2021 –  Peggy Lee Associates, in conjunction with UMe, are pleased to share a new contemporary music video for Fever,” one of Lee’s most memorable and notable hits. 

The video premiere’s today via her newly rebranded YouTube Channel. Directed by Charlie Di Placido, and featuring a talented cast of dancers, the finger-snapping, eye-catching video illustrates what Lee’s known for: an enticing tone and distinctive delivery, and celebrates her alluring subtlety, elegance, and individual expression. 

As one of the 20th century’s most important musical influences in the world of jazz and popular music, Peggy Lee was a pioneer and trendsetter who fought battles and broke barriers that benefitted the artists who followed her. 

Also available today is the digital-only Peggy Lee Love Songs EP, a dazzling eight-track collection curated just in time for Valentine’s Day and conveniently available to stream wherever you listen to music.   2020 marked Lee’s centennial, which was celebrated with new music releases, a GRAMMY Museum virtual panel discussion that featured Billie Eilish, k.d. lang, and Eric Burton (Black Pumas), a PBS documentary, and a recently announced biopic to be directed by Todd Haynes and starring Michelle Williams. 

Born Norma Deloris Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota, she was christened Peggy Lee in 1937 by a local North Dakota deejay. A 13-time GRAMMY® Award-nominee, Peggy Lee helped redefine what it meant to be a female singer with her captivating voice, which continues to resonate with audiences of all ages. Her compositions and recordings, including “It’s A Good Day,” “I Don’t Know Enough About You” and “I Love Being Here With You,” can be heard today in countless television shows and feature films. Best known for such songs as “Is That All There Is?,” “Fever,” “Why Don’t You Do Right,” and “I’m A Woman,” which made her a jazz and pop legend, she recorded over 50 albums and amassed over 100 chart entries. She won the GRAMMY® for Best Contemporary Vocal Performance for her 1969 hit “Is That All There Is?”

In 1995, she received the GRAMMY’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Coined “the female Frank Sinatra” by Tony Bennett, Lee did something few of her male counterparts ever attempted: she wrote songs. As one of the foremothers of the singer-songwriter school, Lee ranks among the most successful female singer-songwriters in the annals of American popular music. Over her remarkable seven-decade career, singer, songwriter and composer Peggy Lee wrote over 270 songs and recorded over 1,100 masters. 

Her vast and varied catalog of compositions have been covered by Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Diana Krall, Queen Latifah, Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, Janelle Monae, Nina Simone, Regina Spektor and Sarah Vaughan.  About Peggy LeeOne of the most important musical influences of the 20th century, Peggy Lee wrote over 270 songs, recorded over 1,100 masters, and had over 100 chart hits throughout her seven-decade career.

As one of the world’s first female contemporary singer-songwriters, she co-wrote and sang many of her own hits, most notably “He’s A Tramp” for Disney’s Lady and the Tramp as well as “It’s A Good Day” and “Mañana.”  

She’s best known for hits “Why Don’t You Do Right?” “Fever,” “I’m A Woman,” and “Is That All There Is?,” for which she won the GRAMMY® for Best Contemporary Female Vocal Performance. A 13-time GRAMMY® nominee, she received Lifetime Achievement awards from NARAS, ASCAP and The Society of Singers, was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Pete Kelly’s Blues.

For more information about Peggy Lee, visit peggylee.comFACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM

One Week from NASA’s Mars Rover Landing, coming up Feb. 18, 2021.

Get Ready to Watch the Mars Landing Show

NASA – One week from today on Thursday, Feb. 18, NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover will touch down on the Red Planet. Tune in to watch the landing broadcast starting at 11:15 a.m. PST / 2:15 p.m. EST / 19:15 UTC. There is also a program available in Spanish. See TV Schedule .

Share Your Landing Celebrations!Send us pictures and/or video of yourself and family on social media using #CountdownToMars and you may appear in an upcoming video. See detailsHave fun, and help us celebrate Perseverance’s arrival on Mars!

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Los Angeles arriving May 2021. Location in the heart of LA to be announced. Tickets on Sale now!


Los Angeles, Calif. – From creators of the blockbuster exhibit seen by over 2 million visitors in Paris and after a sold-out run in Toronto, the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit makes its mark at a super-secret location in the heart of LA!


Lose yourself in 500,000 cubic feet of monumental projections animating Vincent van Gogh’s oeuvre. Wander through entrancing, moving images that highlight brushstrokes, detail, and color – truly illuminating the mind of the genius.

You will be immersed in Van Gogh’s works – from his sunny landscapes and night scenes to his portraits and still life paintings. The installation includes the Mangeurs de pommes de terre (The Potato Eaters, 1885), the Nuit étoilée (Starry Night, 1889), Les Tournesols (Sunflowers, 1888), and La Chambre à coucher (The Bedroom, 1889), and so much more.

Astonishing in scale and breathtakingly imaginative, you will experience Van Gogh’s art in a completely new and unforgettable way.

The exhibit is designed and conceived by Massimiliano Siccardi, with soundtrack by Luca Longobardi, who both pioneered immersive digital art experiences in France. For more info visit:

Second Annual Newhallywood Silent Film Festival to feature Scandals and Tragedies of the “Silent Era.” Online, February 12 – 14, 2021

Enjoy Engaging Virtual Sessions and Discussions from February 12-14

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Did you know that the “Silent Era” of film was struck with countless scandals and tragedies? This year, we’ll delve into some of these infamous events that rocked the silent film world during the second annual Newhallywood Silent Film Festival.

The festival will be hosted online from February 12 – 14, 2021. The City of Santa Clarita is excited to deliver another year of intriguing insight into some of the entertainment industry’s defining productions and the stars behind them.

The Newhallywood Film Festival is a FREE event with scheduled sessions and discussions occurring virtually. All virtual sessions and links can be accessed at One session will spotlight the Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle scandal that ruined the career of the second most popular comedy star at the time. In another discussion, attendees will learn about the murder of director William Desmond Taylor, that led to the end of female star Mabel Normand’s career. This year will also feature the induction of the first two filmmakers into the Silent Film Hall of Fame, with French director Georges Melies, remembered in Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo,” and Newhall’s own William S. Hart, who was the biggest cowboy star of his day.

For a full schedule of online events taking place during the 2021 Newhallywood Silent Film Festival, please visit For questions related to the festival and other art opportunities in Santa Clarita, please email


Nia DaCosta to host Scientific and Technical Awards virtual presentation on Saturday, February 13, 2021.

Los Angeles, Calif. — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that 17 scientific and technical achievements represented by 55 individual award recipients, as well as two companies, will be honored in a virtual Scientific and Technical Awards presentation on Saturday, February 13, 2021.  Hosted by filmmaker Nia DaCosta (“Little Woods”), the show will be available on the Oscars® website starting at 1 p.m. PT.

The presentation also will feature a special segment hosted by Kathleen Kennedy, Oscar®-nominated producer and recipient of the Academy’s Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.  The segment highlights the groundbreaking achievements of women working in the science and technology of filmmaking

“In a year of upheaval, some things remain constant: around the world, extremely clever people are striving to push the technology of film to new heights, and the Academy is privileged to be able to recognize and celebrate their accomplishments,” said Doug Roble, chair of the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee.  “After a lengthy investigation period, the committee, made up of a diverse group of industry experts, identified 17 different technical achievements that absolutely deserve to be honored.  We congratulate all the inventors for their contributions to our art form.” 

Unlike other Academy Awards® to be presented this year, achievements receiving Scientific and Technical Awards need not have been developed and introduced during a specified period of time.  Rather, the achievements must demonstrate a proven record of contributing significant value to the process of making motion pictures. 

The Academy Awards for scientific and technical achievements are: 


To Masato NakashimaKoichi UenoJunji Sakuda and Junro Yonemitsu for the development of the EIZO auto-calibrating SDR monitors that incorporate a built-in sensor, digital uniformity equalizer and accompanying SDK.

EIZO auto-calibrating SDR monitors increase artists’ confidence in facility-wide image reproduction accuracy and reduce disruptions to the creative process and production workflows. They have become indispensable for many major motion picture animation and effects facilities.

To Alejandro ArangoGary MartinezRobert Derry and Glenn Derry for the system design, ergonomics, engineering and workflow integration of the widely adopted Technoprops head-mounted camera system.

The Technoprops head-mounted camera system, with its modular and production-proven construction, supports consistent face alignment with improved actor comfort, while at the same time permitting quick reconfiguration and minimizing downtime. This system enables repeatable, accurate and unobstructed capture of an actor’s facial movements.

To Babak Beheshti and Scott Robitille for the development of the compact, stand-alone, phase-accurate genlock synchronization and recording module, and to Ian Kelly and Dejan Momcilovic for the technical direction and workflow integration, of the Standard Deviation head-mounted camera system.

The Standard Deviation head-mounted camera system provides a robust method of accurate camera synchronization to the house clock. Combined with practical innovations for usability, it enables multiple head-mounted camera systems to be used in large capture volumes, resulting in adoption by numerous motion picture productions.

To Sven Woop and Carsten Benthin for core development, Attila T. Áfra for motion picture feature development, and Manfred Ernst and Ingo Wald for early research and technical direction, of the Intel® Embree Ray Tracing Library.

For the past decade, the Intel Embree Ray Tracing Library has provided a high-performance, industry-leading, CPU-based ray-geometry intersection framework through well-engineered open source code, supported by a comprehensive set of research publications. It has become an indispensable resource for motion picture production rendering.

To Hayley IbenMark MeyerJohn Anderson and Andrew Witkin for the Taz Hair Simulation System.

Taz is a robust, predictable and efficient mass-spring hair simulation system with novel formulations of hair shape, bending springs and hair-to-hair collisions. It has enabled Pixar artists to bring to life animated digital characters with a wide variety of stylized hair, from straight to wavy to curly.

To Stephen Bowline for the ILM HairCraft Dynamics System.

The ILM HairCraft Dynamics System has a physically robust hair-dynamics model that simulates hair by embedding curves in tetrahedral mesh volumes. Its unique spring-based control system has helped ILM artists create a wide range of photorealistic digital characters and digital stunt doubles.

To Kelly Ward HammelAleka McAdamsToby JonesMaryann Simmons and Andy Milne for the Walt Disney Animation Studios Hair Simulation System.

The WDAS Hair Simulation System is a robust, predictable, fast and highly art-directable system built on the mathematics of discrete elastic rods. This has provided Disney artists the flexibility to manipulate hair in hyper-realistic ways to create the strong silhouettes required for character animation and has enabled a wide range of complex hairstyles in animated feature films.

To Niall RyanChristoph Sprenger and Gilles Daviet for the Synapse Hair Simulation System.

The Synapse Hair Simulation System is a robust, predictable and highly scalable position-based dynamics system with a novel inverse parameter solver. It has helped Weta Digital artists create a wide range of photorealistic digital characters and digital stunt doubles.

To Jens-Jørn Stokholm and Ole Moesmann for their innovative development of miniature high-performance DPA lavalier microphones.

The DPA 4061 and 4071 lavalier microphones exemplify creative design, precise manufacture and meticulous quality control, resulting in consistent performance and exceptional on-set motion picture audio recording.

To Chris Countryman and Omer T. Inan for their engineering of the subminiature high-performance Countryman Associates lavalier microphones.

Originated by company founder Carl Countryman (1946–2006), these meticulously crafted subminiature microphones are easily concealed. Their spectral response-shaping filters, cable mounting and capsule design contribute to their wide adoption by motion picture production sound mixers.

To Fredrik LimsäterBjörn Rydahl and Mattias Lagergren for the design, architecture and engineering of ftrack Studio.

An extensible, efficient and intuitive post-production tracking software system, ftrack Studio has enabled small and large studios alike to efficiently schedule and manage complex digital motion picture animation and visual effects.

To Don Parker for the product vision and design, Matt Daw for the core architecture, and Isaac ReubenColin Withers and Neil Brandt for the foundational engineering, of the Shotgun post-production tracking system.

An extensible, web-based, flexible and scalable system, Shotgun has enabled the efficient management of highly complex visual effects and animation post-production workflows. By facilitating deep integration into a wide variety of facility pipelines, Shotgun has successfully productized the tracking of complex production data on large-scale motion pictures.


To Dr. Zvi ReznicMeir FederGuy Dorman and Ron Yogev for the development of the Amimon wireless chipset, which enables untethered, high-quality on-set, encrypted digital video monitoring with sub-frame latency.

By using novel extensions of digital data transmission and compression algorithms, and data prioritization based on error rate, the Amimon chipset supports the creation of systems with virtually unrestricted camera motion, expanding creative freedom during filming.

To Nicolaas VerheemGreg Smokler and Ilya Issenin for the development of the ruggedized Teradek Bolt wireless video transmission system for on-set remote monitoring.

The Teradek Bolt system features a frame-synchronized back channel for real-time camera control, an error-resilient timecode channel and integrated production metadata, which have led to its widespread adoption in motion picture production.

To Alexey Lukin and the Team of MathematiciansSoftware EngineersSound Designers and Product Specialists of iZotope, Inc. for the development of the RX audio processing system.

Featuring spectral processing algorithms enhanced with machine learning, the iZotope RX system is widely favored by motion picture sound professionals for audio repair and enhancement. 

To Jeff BloomGuy McNally and Nick Rose for the original concept and engineering of the Wordfit System for automatic ADR synchronization, and to John Ellwood and Jonathan Newland for the engineering and development of VocALign and Revoice Pro. 

Wordfit revolutionized the process of post sync ADR by eliminating the need for manual editing to perfect lip sync. VocALign and Revoice Pro are software tools that together give sound editors unprecedented control over the final performance in replaced dialog. In use for many years, these technologies continue their predominance in the creation and seamless integration of replacement dialog tracks in motion pictures.

To Sanken Microphone Company Limited for the original innovation and continuous refinement of the Sanken COS-11 series of miniature lavalier microphones.

Sanken’s early engineering work in microphone orientation and miniaturization has inspired the current generation of lavalier microphones. The exceptional sound quality and durability of the COS-11 series have made them the predominant lavalier microphones used in motion picture production sound recording. 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Join NASA’s Mars Rover Landing in Two Weeks.

NASA – On Feb. 18, 2021, NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover makes its final descent to the Red Planet. Here are some of the ways you can take part in this landing.

Now through February 2021:

  • Get Your Landing Resources
    Posters, stickers, fact sheets, mission patches and more.
  • Ways To Participate
    Try the Photo Booth, Send Your Name on the next mission to Mars, and check out other interactive experiences.
  • Watch Online
    Our quick guide to the TV programs coming up you can watch online.
  • Mission to Mars Student Challenge
    Get Mars-related webcasts for learners of all ages, along with lessons and activities for students.
  • Register for a Virtual Landing Event 
    Get notifications about landing opportunities, programming, and other mission information, plus a landing stamp for your virtual passport.
  • Virtual NASA Social 
    Connect online with other space enthusiasts, ask questions and get answers from NASA experts. Get a special badge to share online or print at home.

On Landing Day, Feb. 18, 2021:

After Landing:

  • Explore Mars with Perseverance
    As the rover begins its mission at Jezero Crater, visit the mission website for the latest news and images every day.

The Perseverance Rover Landing

Perseverance will touch down on Mars on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, at approximately 12:55 p.m. PST (3:55 p.m. EST). During landing, the rover plunges through the thin Martian atmosphere, with the heat shield first, at a speed of over 12,000 mph (about 20,000 kph). A parachute and powered descent slow the rover down to about 2 mph (three-fourths of a meter per second). A large sky crane then lowers the rover on three bridle cords to land softly on six wheels. Landing on Mars is hard. Read all about the rover’s harrowing entry, descent and landing.

Landing at Jezero Crater

The rover’s new home is Jezero Crater, a large impact crater about 28 miles wide (45 kilometers wide) just north of the Martian equator. Jezero once contained a lake, which scientists think is one of the most ideal places to find evidence of ancient microbial life. If life exists anywhere else in our solar system, chances are, it might be at Jezero Crater. The main question Perseverance is trying to answer is: Was there ever ancient life on Mars? To answer that question, the rover will collect and store the most compelling rock and soil samples for return to Earth by a future mission. Once on Earth, scientists can use a variety of sophisticated instruments, many of them too large and bulky to transport to Mars, to help answer this question.

Landing on Mars is Hard

Landing on Mars is challenging. Only about 40 percent of the missions ever sent to Mars – by any space agency – have been successful. Perseverance is only the fifth NASA rover to attempt landing on Mars. Will you be watching? Tune in to our Watch Online page.

Pioneer Oil Refinery, California’s first commercial oil refinery and a Santa Clarita Landmark named a Historic Site by the National Register of Historic Places.

First Successful Oil Refinery in California Undergoing Stabilization Efforts.

Built in the 19th century, the Pioneer Oil Refinery in Newhall played a pivotal role in the early development of the Santa Clarita Valley. As the first successful oil refinery to be built and operated in California, the refinery was recently added as a Historic Site in the National Register of Historic Places and has been listed in the California Register of Historical Resources.

The Pioneer Oil Refinery was built by California Star Oil Works (later Chevron) in 1876 and was used to process oil discovered in Pico Canyon until around 1888 when its use was changed to instead provide water to the oil drilling operation at Pico Number 4 in Mentryville. The first historical recognition for the refinery came in 1930 when the site was recorded as California’s first commercial oil refinery.

In 1975, the site was identified as a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark as well. Chevron donated the Pioneer Oil Refinery site to the City of Santa Clarita in 1997, and since then, the City Council has worked to preserve and restore this one-of-a-kind piece of American history.

The City Council recently approved more than $250,000 to stabilize and restore the structures located on the Pioneer Oil Refinery site. While the site is not currently open to the public, future plans include the creation of an educational park to share the history of the refinery with residents and visitors of all ages.

Residents can view the National Register of Historic Places by visiting To learn more about the Pioneer Oil Refinery, please contact Lance O’Keefe, Recreation and Community Services Manager, at (661) 250-3716.

City of Santa Clarita Press release.

New Year, New Tips for Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort: Come Now for Fun Finds; Come Again Soon for Star Wars Trading Post in a New Location.

Anaheim, Calif. – Just in time for your winter shopping adventures, tips for exploring the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Downtown Disney District.

The Star Wars Trading Post, will soon be moving to new spot at the west end of the Downtown Disney District, becoming a destination for all things Star Wars. Walt Disney Imagineers have created a design inspired by a hidden jungle Resistance base, and it even includes Rey’s iconic speeder prominently displayed at the entrance.

From robes and lightsabers to creatures and toys, there’s something unique for every traveler on their galactic journey. The opening assortment will feature merchandise straight from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge along with classic Star Wars and The Mandalorian, with apparel, accessories, souvenirs, creatures, droids and more. Select items direct from the planet of Batuu also will be available on

This move for Star Wars Trading Post gives you one more reason to visit: WonderGround Gallery will soon re-open! With housewares and headbands, and Spirit Jerseys in an array of colors, WonderGround Gallery has something for the Disney fan’s home and their closet, along with its unique collection of art, gifts and collectibles!  

Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for opening dates for both Star Wars Trading Post and WonderGround Gallery.

Until then, you can visit Downtown Disney District every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., including the extension along Buena Vista Street and the Disneyland Resort Backlot Premier Shop.

For your winter shopping jaunt, check out these fun finds awaiting you throughout the Downtown Disney District.

  • Disney Parks 2021 collection*: Celebrate 2021 with clothing, accessories and more.
  • Lunar New Year*: Get ready for Year of the Ox with festive clothing and accessories featuring some favorite characters. 
  • Reigning Cats and Dogs*: Show your love for four-legged friends with fetching new clothing and accessories for you and your pet. 
  • “Soul”**: Find your spark with clothing, accessories and toys inspired by Disney and Pixar’s newest film.
  • Disney balloons: These treasured souvenirs are now available at the Buena Vista Street vending cart. UP balloons float on a string now through Jan. 31, 2021, and more themes are on the way, including a balloon to celebrate Lunar New Year.

Another good reason to come now is the launch of Bring Home the Magic, deals at World of DisneyElias & Co., and Disneyland Resort Backlot Premiere ShopLook for the gold shopping bag throughout these stores for seasonal savings. 

For added convenience at World of Disney, try mobile checkout by opening the Disneyland mobile app,*** grab a mobile checkout shopping bag, scan your items in-store, check out and pay in the app, and then show your QR code in the app at a designated exit.

After getting all those steps on your shopping adventure, treat yourself to a snack or a meal to take home. Some dining locations are open for takeout, including Black Tap Craft Burgers & ShakesSalt & StrawJambaWetzel’s Pretzels and Earl of Sandwich, now offering a mouth-watering Beefy Mac & Cheesy sandwich for a limited time. And you’ll definitely want to hit Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express, where the good times roll now through Feb. 16 with Mardi Gras beignets sprinkled with festive purple, green and gold – along with their original beignets and gumbo to-go.

As you wrap up your visit, be sure to stop at the art installation honoring “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman. You have until Feb. 28 to enjoy this stunning tribute to Boseman’s life and legacy, created by artist Nikkolas Smith. It’s on the west side of Downtown Disney District.

You can enjoy “Black Panther” from home, along with other remarkable films and shows in the Celebrate Black Stories Collection on Disney+.

If you haven’t visited the Downtown Disney District lately, be sure to visit to learn important information regarding our health and safety measures.

The classic Snow White themed attraction at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif., has undergone a magical reimagination during the park’s closure.

Anaheim, Calif. – The classic Snow White themed attraction at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif., has undergone a magical reimagination during the park’s closure. Walt Disney Imagineering has been putting the finishing touches on this cherished opening day attraction, which will be ready to welcome guests when the theme parks reopen at a later date. State-of-the-art audio and visual technology will allow guests to discover new surprises as well as enhanced story elements like the dazzling mine scene featuring familiar characters, shimmering lighting effects and jewels all around.

While Disneyland park has been closed, Walt Disney Imagineering has been putting the finishing touches on this cherished attraction, which will be ready to welcome guests when we reopen our theme parks at a later date. While you may recognize some familiar elements in the attraction, you’ll be surprised to discover enhanced story details and all-new scenes. Take a look at the sneak peek below!

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