Four individuals and one writing team have been selected as winners of the 2022 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.  Each individual and writing team will receive a $35,000 prize and mentorship from an Academy member throughout their fellowship year.  They also will be featured at the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards and Live Read on November 9 at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, where an ensemble of actors will read selected scenes from the winning scripts.  The Nicholl Fellowships was established in 1985 through the support of Gee Nicholl in memory of her husband Don Nicholl.

The 2022 winners are (listed alphabetically by author):

Jennifer Archer (Springwater, Ontario, Canada), “Into the Deep Blue”
Nick Bennet is rebuilding his life after the death of his mom, a DUI, and mandatory grief counseling.  Together with Fiona, his fiery best friend from therapy, they navigate the waters of grief and their growing feelings.

Callie Bloem and Christopher Ewing (Los Angeles, CA), “Tape 22”
A music journalist reeling from the death of his wife discovers a mixtape that brings her back to life for four minutes and 23 seconds a day, exactly the length of her favorite song.  Now he’s determined to bring her back for good even if he might accidentally open a black hole in the middle of L.A.

Sam Boyer (Pasadena, CA), “Ojek”
In Jakarta, a loyal motorcycle taxi driver struggles to build a better life through a deadly new business that tests his transporting talents – and inner humanity.  Think “Drive” in Indonesia.

J.M. Levine (La Crescenta, CA), “Operation Gemini”
After being separated from her newborn twins during the invasion of Kyiv, a mother recruits two civilians to drive her back into war-torn Ukraine to rescue her children before medical supplies run out and the Russian army takes over.  Inspired by a true story.

Timothy Ware-Hill (Orange, NJ), “Tyrone and the Looking Glass”
In Birmingham, AL, 1963, during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, a Negro boy goes on a quest to find the four magical treasures he needs to wield the Looking Glass – the only weapon powerful enough to defeat a three-headed dragon that seeks to destroy him and his loved ones.

A total of 5,526 scripts, from 85 countries, were submitted for this year’s competition.  The first and quarterfinal rounds were judged by industry professionals, including graduates of the Academy’s Diverse Reader Training Workshop, a free referral-only program established to train individuals from underrepresented communities to be story analysts.  The semifinal round was judged by Academy members across the spectrum of the motion picture industry.  Eleven individual screenwriters were selected as finalists.  Their scripts were then read and judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, who ultimately voted the winners.

The 2022 finalists are (listed alphabetically by author):

Michael Boyle, “8 Habits of Highly Murderous People”
Darcy P. Brislin, “We Sing”
Jake Disch, “The Supremes”
Julian Hooper, “Madame”
S.E. Sinclair, “The Stratford Wife”

The five fellowships are awarded with the understanding that recipients will complete feature-length screenplays during their fellowship year.  The Academy acquires no rights to the works of Nicholl fellows and does not involve itself commercially in any way with their completed scripts.

The Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee is chaired by Eric Heisserer (Writers Branch).  The members of the committee are Susan Shopmaker (Casting Directors Branch); John Bailey and Steven Poster (Cinematographers Branch); James Plannette and Stephen Ujlaki (Members-at-Large); Jason Michael Berman, Julia Chasman and Peter Samuelson (Producers Branch); Bobbi Banks (Sound Branch); and Larry Karaszewski, Adele Lim, Zak Penn, Dan Petrie Jr., Katie Silberman and Dana Stevens (Writers Branch).

The 2022 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards and Live Read at the Academy Museum on November 9 is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required.  Tickets may be obtained online here starting today.  The Academy Museum is located at 6067 Wilshire Boulevard.

The global competition, which aims to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters, has awarded 176 fellowships since it began in 1986.  In 2022, several past Nicholl fellows added to their feature film and television credits:

• Nikole Beckwith received a Best Screenplay nomination in the Film Independent Spirit Awards for writing “Together Together,” which she also directed.
• Destin Daniel Cretton, who directed and co-wrote, with fellow Andrew Lanham, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” recently signed on to direct Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.”  Cretton is an executive producer on the HBO Max series “Tokyo Vice.”
• Jacob Estes wrote and directed XYZ Films’ “He’s Watching.”
• Susannah Grant, who was the showrunner on the Netflix miniseries “Unbelievable,” is writing and directing “Lonely Planet” for Netflix.
• John Griffin is the creator of and a writer on the Epix series “From.”
• Terri Edda Miller made Variety’s Women’s Impact Report 2021 for her work as co-showrunner on CBS’s “The Equalizer” with fellow Andrew W. Marlowe.
• Annmarie Morais is co-creator, co-showrunner and a writer on the CBC and BET+ series “The Porter.”
• Ehren Kruger co-wrote Paramount Pictures’ “Top Gun: Maverick.”
• Geeta Malik wrote and directed “India Sweets and Spices,” adapted from her Nicholl-winning script “Dinner with Friends.”  She was selected for the Warner Bros. Television Directors’ Workshop this year.
• Burlee Vang and Abel Vang co-wrote and co-directed “They Live in the Grey.”

For more information about the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, visit

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 arts and sciences of the movies, including public programming, screenings, publications, educational outreach, exhibitions, and more.


UNIVRS – A New Retail Destination with Limited-Edition, Character-Inspired Merchandise Now Open at Universal CityWalk Hollywood.

The exclusive location embraces drop culture with merchandise inspired by Jurassic Park, E.T., JAWS, Universal Monsters, Felix the Cat and more for entertainment and fashion tastemakers.

Universal City, Calif. – September 28, 2022 – Universal UNIVRS – a new, first-of-its-kind retail destination is now open at Universal CityWalk Hollywood. This brick-and-mortar store brings favorite brands from across NBCUniversal to life in a unique shopping destination that leans into the “get it before it’s gone” drop culture shopping mentality. Open in time for Halloween Horror Nights and seasonal holiday celebrations at Universal Studios Hollywood, UNIVRS is open 7 days a week.

Tapping into entertainment and fashion tastemakers through their style-driven offerings, merchandise at UNIVRS marries popular brand designs with current fashion silhouettes and trending styles, driven by favorite characters and iconic on-screen moments – such as Illumination’s Minions, Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic Park and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and classic characters like Felix the Cat, Universal Monsters and more. Exclusive merchandise will be released in limited quantities; from tees and hoodies, to track suits and hats, to tote bags and skate decks, products will range in price from $30-$100 and in size from XS-2XL, across the mens, womens and unisex categories.

Developed by Universal Products & Experiences – a new division of Universal Parks and Resorts – the store aims to “drop” new styles in limited quantities every few months, with products available only at the UNIVRS store, which is located in the Universal Studio Store adjacent to the theme park’s main entrance.

“Universal UNIVRS celebrates casual and super fans who are looking for elevated, character-inspired merchandise that’s influenced by popular fashion trends seen around the world,” said Vince Klaseus, president of Universal Products & Experiences. “With new, limited-edition collections released every few months – and only available at Universal CityWalk – shoppers will continue to be surprised by new styles and the store’s fresh take on apparel, accessories and collectibles.”

With a focus on culture and creatives, UNIVRS also serves as a way to highlight international and local artists through exclusive merchandise. Artists from the UK and Korea – Marylou Faure and SAMBYPEN, respectively – worked with Universal on designs inspired by Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru that have been applied to various streetwear styles, such as bucket and corduroy hats, crop tank tops, matching sweatshirt and pant sets, track suits, tees and more. Additionally, Los Angeles-based artist, Jason Keam created a selfie wall mural in the UNIVRS store to celebrate the 40th anniversary of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial; this mural art will also inspire designs for exclusive apparel and totes – coming soon!

“This is a one in a million opportunity for me to celebrate the epic classic, E.T., through my creative lens,” said Jason Keam. “Growing up in Southern California, much like the kids in the film, I craved inspiration, friendships and adventure all the while staying connected to my family and community. My hope is that my artwork and involvement in this project conveys a playful spirit, sense of wonder and connection to our homes, no matter the galaxy.”

UNIVRS merchandise highlights include:

  • Numbskull’s Rubber Road (UK) collectible ducks, featuring rubber ducks as characters from popular NBCUniversal film and TV brands, such as Good Luck Trolls, Illumination’s MinionsJAWSBack to the Future and more
  • Kid Robot collectible 11” figures showcasing Illumination’s Minions
  • Bucket and trucker hats, along with tees, hoodies, tracksuits, socks and more feature artwork by international designers Marylou Faure (UK) and SAMBYPEN (Korea) inspired by colorful interpretations of the 1960s/70s vibe as seen in Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru
  • The classic black and white Felix the Cat appears in a variety of colors and patterns in a varsity style aesthetic across beanies, skirts, shirts, jackets, sweaters, tees and more
  • Good Luck Trolls combine with positive affirmations and tie dye for a collection of sweatshirts, sweatpants, tees and totes
  • Short and long-sleeve unisex tees featuring various artwork of iconic NBCUniversal characters, such as JAWS, Big Lebowski, Hot Stuff, Richie Rich, Fast & Furious, The Breakfast Club, Universal Monsters and more
  • Unisex apparel and totes showcase iconic black and white film imagery and iconography from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment classics such as: E.T.Jurassic ParkBack to the Future and more
  • Skate decks featuring colorful artwork inspired by brands like Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, E.T. and Minions

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LOS ANGELES – Karishma Dube and Oleksandra Kostina have been selected to be the domestic and international recipients, respectively, of the 2022 Academy Gold Fellowship for Women.  Part of the Academy Gold global talent development and inclusion initiative, the Fellowship for Women is a one-year program that combines direct support, personalized mentorship and access to once-in-a-lifetime networking opportunities for emerging women filmmakers to further their pursuits in the field.  The Academy currently awards two fellowships annually, one in the U.S. with a prize amount of $35,000 and one internationally in the amount of €20,000.  The fellowship, presented this year in partnership with CHANEL, is now in its fifth year.

Fellows also receive lifelong career advancement support through the Gold Alumni Program, which provides continued access, opportunity, professional development and education for alumni of Academy Gold programs, including Gold Rising, the Student Academy Awards and the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.  To be eligible for the domestic fellowship, applicants must be alumnae of an Academy Gold program or be nominated by an Academy Gold partner company, while international applicants must be recommended by a member of a key film organization or production company in order to be considered.

CHANEL’s support of the Academy Gold Fellowship for Women reflects the House’s deep commitment to the art of film and dedication to nurturing the next generation of women filmmakers.  Since its inception, the House of CHANEL has been intrinsically linked to the world of film.  House founder and visionary Gabrielle Chanel worked with the leading filmmakers of her time, drawing inspiration from and supporting her fellow creative peers.  Her legacy of fostering creativity lives on through CHANEL’s dedication to film, which is expressed through programs such as the Academy Gold Fellowship for Women and the brand’s other long-standing film partnerships.

Born and raised in New Delhi and now based in New York, Dube is an alumna of the graduate film program at New York University.  Her film “Bittu” premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in 2021 and was shortlisted in the Live Action Short Film category for the 93rd Academy Awards©.  The film also won a DGA Student Film Award and a Student Academy Award in 2020.  Her previous film, “Devi,” played in 54 international film festivals, including the BFI London Film Festival, Frameline and Outfest LA, where it won the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Short in 2017.  Dube was featured in Filmmaker magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2021, and her work has appeared on BBC World News, The Advocate and The Juggernaut.  Her work as director and producer has been supported by BAFTA, the Tribeca Film Institute, and Women in Film and Sundance Institute.  She is currently developing her first feature as a writer-director.

Kostina received a master’s degree in economics from the Kyiv National Economic University in 2008.  She began her career in the film industry in 2007, working as a line producer for television films, documentaries and television shows.  Since 2013, she has been a freelance executive and line producer on feature films, mostly international co-productions.  Her credits as an executive producer include Myroslav Slaboshpitskiy’s “The Tribe” and Nariman Aliev’s “Evge,” both of which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.  Her credits as a line producer include Mantas Kvedaravicius’s “Partenonas,” which premiered at the Venice International Critics’ Week.  In 2018, Kostina established the production company Bosonfilm, which specializes in narrative features, and in 2019 she became a co-owner of the stop motion animation studio Happy Hippie Lab.  Her debut project as a producer is the feature film “Pamfir,” directed by Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk.  The film is a Ukraine-France-Poland-Chile-Luxembourg-Germany co-production and premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes this year.

The 2022 fellows were selected from a group of 12 finalists.  The finalists are:

Tayo Amos
Akanksha Cruczynski
Joslyn Rose Lyons
Jennifer Haskin-O’Reggio
Amy Tofte

Charlène Favier
Una Gunjak
Lisa Jespersen
Laura Samani
Senem Tüzen

For more information about the Academy Gold Fellowship for Women, visit

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 arts and sciences of the movies, including public programming, screenings, publications, educational outreach, exhibitions, and more.



LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted 14 students as winners of the 49th Student Academy Awards® competition.  This year, the Student Academy Awards competition received a total of 1,796 entries from 614 colleges and universities around the world.  The 2022 winners join the ranks of such past Student Academy Award® winners as Patricia Cardoso, Pete Docter, Spike Lee, Patricia Riggen and Robert Zemeckis.

The winners are (listed alphabetically by category):

Olivia Peace, “Against Reality,” University of Southern California

Jan Gadermann and Sebastian Gadow, “Laika & Nemo,” Konrad Wolf Film University of Babelsberg, Germany
Lachlan Pendragon, “An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It,” Griffith Film School, Australia
Yanis Belaid, Eliott Benard and Nicolas Mayeur, “The Seine’s Tears,” Pôle 3D Digital & Creative School, France

Shuhao Tse, “Found,” New York University
Jared Peraglia, “Here to Stay,” New York University
Gabriella Canal and Michael Fearon, “Seasons,” Columbia University

Nils Keller, “Almost Home,” University of Television and Film Munich, Germany
Welf Reinhart, “Rooms,” University of Television and Film Munich, Germany
Freddy Macdonald, “Shedding Angels,” American Film Institute

First-time honors go to Pôle 3D Digital & Creative School.

All Student Academy Award-winning films are eligible to compete for 2022 Oscars® in the Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film or Documentary Short Film category.  Past winners have gone on to receive 65 Oscar® nominations and have won or shared 14 awards. 

For the first time since 2019, students will participate in an in-person award ceremony on Thursday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m., at the David Geffen Theater in Los Angeles.  The medal placements – gold, silver and bronze – in the four award categories will be announced at the ceremony.

The 49th Student Academy Awards ceremony on October 20 is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required.  Tickets may be obtained online at starting today.  The David Geffen Theater is located at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures at 6067 Wilshire Boulevard.

Starting this year, the Student Academy Awards no longer distinguish between domestic (U.S.-based) schools and international (non-U.S.-based) schools for categories.  All eligible submissions, regardless of where they are from, now qualify for the competition category the filmmaker selected in their submission application.

The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to provide a platform for emerging global talent by creating opportunities within the industry to showcase their work.

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 arts and sciences of the movies, including public programming, screenings, publications, educational outreach, exhibitions, and more.


Spooky hitmaker collective LVCRFT teams up with the legendary horror composer Christopher Young on ‘Scream Warriors,’ “The Most Terrifying Album Ever Made,” coming out on September 30.

“Skeleton Sam” will be featured in Disney’s upcoming Hocus Pocus 2 film.

What happens when you combine the world’s top songwriters, a legendary horror film composer, and cutting-edge immersive sound? The answer is ‘Scream Warriors’ in Dolby Atmos by LVCRFT & Christopher Young, “the most terrifying album ever made,” out September 30th on all digital platforms. The sinister spawn of spooky-obsessed hitmakers – responsible for crafting songs like “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry, “Halo” by Beyonce, “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz, and “Levitating” by Dua Lipa – and featuring terrifying orchestrations and interludes by Christopher Young (Hellraiser, Nightmare On Elm Street 2, Sinister, etc.) – ‘Scream Warriors’ was mixed in Dolby Atmos, creating an immersive listening experience by revealing incredible details that can be heard and felt all around you.

“Think of the album as a soundtrack to a horror film that hasn’t been made yet,” comments LVCRFT songwriter Evan Kidd Bogart, AKA Lil’ Punkin, who when he isn’t writing ghoulish hits can be found writing smashes for the living like “Halo” by Beyoncé. “We really tried to create a listening experience that was groundbreaking and pushed the boundaries of an audio-visual listening experience. We wrote the music and then collaborated with Christopher and his team to orchestrate and sound design a universe of sonics that fully support the album’s story narrative – before, after, in between, and even within our songs.”
“In the past our music was fun and jaunty – think “I Put A Spell On You” or “Somebody’s Watching Me,’” adds producer Peter Wade, AKA Norman Crates. “This year we wanted to create something truly scary.”

The fourth installment in a series of Halloween releases – featuring hook-filled ghoulish pop bops to shake and wake the dead and undead, alike – ‘Scream Warriors’ is just the latest project from the Halloween obsessed hitmaker collective LVCRFT, whose mantra “spooky never sleeps” showcases the power of spooky to lift the spirits all year long. LVCRFT first made waves in 2019, when their single “Skeleton Sam” became a cult hit, leading GQ to call their 2019 debut ‘This Is Halloween Volume 1,’ “a clear ancestor of iconic Halloween hits like ‘The Monster Mash’ & ‘Thriller!,’” and Paper Magazine to call their 2020 follow-up “a perfect Halloween album.”

Since then, LVCRFT has become a dominant force in the spooky community, adored by legions of Halloween obsessed fans and music lovers, and a highly coveted songwriting commodity for film, TV, immersive events, and more. The excitement around the project has yielded partnerships with Netflix – most notably for their Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 3 and Adam Sandler’s Hubie Halloween – and Freeform, as LVCRFT was asked to craft the theme-song for the network’s popular 31 Nights of Halloween programming for three years in a row (listen to this year’s theme, a cover of Andrew Gold’s “It Must Be Halloween”). 2021’s album ‘The Return’ spawned a national campaign around the filming of the first official LVCRFT music video in a Spirit Halloween store and also led to LVCRFT’s very own Halloween-themed radio show on SiriusXM’s Volume, with Lyndsey Parker and AFI’s Davey Havok.

The members of LVCRFT have become fixtures at Halloween conventions around the country and beloved members of the spooky sub-culture, appearing live in-person and providing music for the events. In addition to ‘Scream Warriors,’ 2022 has found LVCRFT partnering with Saint from the Boulet Brothers Dragula, who starred in their “Half-O-Ween” and hosted an insane “Midsummer Scream” costume contest in July. Their recent single “Pumpkin Spice Everything” pays tribute to the annual Halloween season obsession, and the group just announced that their song “Skeleton Sam” will be featured in Disney’s upcoming Hocus Pocus 2 film. They’re even creating a scream library of spooky sound effects “of the community, for the community” to be used in immersive spaces, films, and wherever else spooky sounds are needed.

The members of LVCRFT are all LA natives who met over the years at various Halloween events – Hollywood horror nights, haunted houses, and other spooky events – and who bonded over their individual careers as hit songwriters. After hearing the same songs played at these events countless times, they thought, “We grew up listening to all of these old [Halloween] songs that we loved, but they’re old songs. Why haven’t there been new ones?” They arranged a studio, decked it out in Halloween gear, and wrote their 2019 debut within a week.

Stay tuned for continued updates.

‘Scream Warriors’ by LVCRFT and Christopher Young
1. Tsunami (Overture)
2. Killer
3. Asylum
4. Dead Inside
5. Sickness
6. Kill Room
7. Foghorn
8. Skinwalker
9. Gina’s Casket
11. Goth Circus
12. Abbadon’s Cimbalom
13. Screamin My Name
14. Underworld
15. Animatronic featuring MILKBLOOD


Last Week to See Iconic Ruby Slippers as Part of The Art of Moviemaking: The Wizard of Oz and Dozens of Items from Spike Lee’s Personal Collection in Director’s Inspiration: Spike Lee Installations Close Sep. 25. THE ART OF MOVIEMAKING: THE GODFATHER and DIRECTOR’S INSPIRATION: AGNÈS VARDA Open Nov. 3.

LOS ANGELES – The Art of Moviemaking: The Wizard of Oz and Director’s Inspiration: Spike Lee, both part of the Academy Museum of Motion Picture’s acclaimed Stories of Cinema exhibition, will close on September 25, 2022. Both galleries have been on view since the museum opened nearly a year ago on September 30, 2021.

With a pair of original ruby slippers, the iconic blue gingham pinafore worn by Judy Garland, as well as the sepia pinafore worn by Garland’s stand-in in the 1939 film. The Art of Moviemaking: The Wizard of Oz takes visitors behind-the-scenes to explore the many disciplines that come together to bring a single film to life—screenwriting, casting, makeup design, costume design, production design, sound design, special effects, acting, directing, producing, and more. 

Original posters, script drafts, drawings, production photography, the Cowardly Lion’s mane and the Wicked Witch of the West’s hat all come together to showcase a film that changed moviemaking forever.

Director’s Inspiration: Spike Lee draws from the Academy Award®-winning director’s personal collection of objects, such as a guitar owned by Prince (with whom he collaborated) and the custom purple Gucci suit Lee wore to the 2020 Oscars® to pay tribute to Lakers star player Kobe Bryant (whom he chronicled in the 2009 documentary Kobe Doin’ Work).

Informed by Spike Lee’s own account of the creative process, the gallery considers his body of work and the inspiration behind some of his most iconic titles such as Do the Right Thing (1989) and Crooklyn (1994) as well as recurring themes and collaborators.

The respective galleries will be transformed for The Art of Moviemaking: The Godfather and Director’s Inspiration: Agnès Varda, each opening November 3. 

The Art of Moviemaking: The Godfather, will showcase the collaborative process of the making of this masterpiece through a wide array of original objects, images, and stories. In 1972, director Francis Ford Coppola’s interpretation of Mario Puzo’s popular novel provided an operatic and poignant reflection on the American Dream that not only radically transformed the moviegoing experience, but also the moviemaking process. Featured costumes, props, scripts, and equipment will highlight the contributions of each cinematic branch, exploring how they innovated amidst the limitations and freedoms of “New Hollywood.” 

Object highlights include Don Corleone’s desk and chair used in The Godfather trilogy, Coppola’s original “Godfather notebook,” and a costume worn by Al Pacino in The Godfather Part II. This exhibition is organized by Assistant Curator Sophia Serrano. Leading up to The Godfather gallery rotation, the Academy Museum Store will be releasing an exclusive limited-edition The Godfather LP in partnership with Amoeba Music. The album will feature music from The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and will include music from the trilogy. Pre-order your copy today at

Also opening is Director’s Inspiration: Agnès Varda, an exploration of one of global cinema’s most radical and transformative artists. Belgian-born Varda’s work is undeniably personal drawing inspiration from her life, experiences, the people and the world around her. This gallery will highlight her influences and films from her six-decade long career ranging from La Pointe Courte (1955), widely regarded as the first film of the French New Wave, to her autobiographical Varda by Agnès (2019). A photographer prior to becoming a filmmaker, the gallery will explore Varda’s time behind the still camera including prints, contact sheets, and photography related production materials.

From her years living in Los Angeles to her familial relationships, the autobiographical elements that permeate all aspects of Varda’s filmography will be represented using personal postcards, props, family photographs, and other production materials. Additionally, Varda’s career as a fine artist and her longstanding love of art history which influenced many of her films will be explored using production notebooks, posters, and a model for one of her cinema shack installations. This gallery is curated by former Assistant Curator Ana Santiago and completed by Jessica Niebel, Exhibitions Curator with support from Manouchka Kelly Labouba, Research Assistant and the collaboration of Rosalie Varda-Demy, Mathieu Demy and Ciné-Tamaris.

Stories of Cinema is organized by Vice President of Curatorial Affairs Doris Berger, Senior Curator for Collections and Curatorial Affairs Nathalie Morris, Exhibitions Curators Jenny He and Jessica Niebel, Associate Curator Dara Jaffe, and Assistant Curators J. Raúl Guzmán, Dara Jaffe, Ana Santiago, and Sophia Serrano, with support from Curatorial Assistant Esme Douglas and Research Assistant Manouchka Kelly Labouba, the Academy Museum Inclusion Advisory Committee, and the Academy Branch Task Forces.

The Art of Moviemaking: The Wizard of Oz and Director’s Inspiration: Spike Lee close Sunday, Sep. 25.

The Art of Moviemaking: The Godfather and Director’s Inspiration: Agnes Varda, Open Nov. 3.

The Academy Museum exhibition galleries are open seven days a week, with hours Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tickets to the Academy Museum are available only through advance online reservations via the Academy Museum’s website and mobile app. 

General admission tickets for the museum’s exhibitions are $25 for adults, $19 for seniors (age 62+), and $15 for students. Admission for visitors ages 17 and younger, and for California residents with an EBT, card is free. 

Film screening tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (age 62+), and $5 for students and children (age 17-). Matinees are $5 for all.

About the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures 
The Academy Museum is the largest museum in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking. The museum advances the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum’s campus contains the restored and revitalized historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—and a soaring spherical addition. Together, these buildings contain 50,000 square feet of exhibition spaces, two state-of-the-art theaters, the Shirley Temple Education Studio, and beautiful public spaces that are free and open to the public. These include: The Walt Disney Company Piazza and the Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby, which houses the Spielberg Family Gallery, Academy Museum Store, and Fanny’s restaurant and café.

“Locals Only!” to Feature an ‘Evening with Sara Niemietz’ at The Main in Santa Clarita, November 4, 2022.

Music Series Showcases Local Performers at The MAIN

NEWHALL, Calif. – Enjoy an intimate evening of live music with one of the nation’s brightest up-and-comers at the next “LOCALS ONLY!” show! American singer-songwriter Sara Niemietz will visit The MAIN (24266 Main Street) for a special one-night-only performance on Friday, November 4, at 7:00 p.m.

Niemietz is a musician and actress based in Los Angeles and has performed on Broadway, as well as at Radio City Music Hall and the Grand Ole Opry. She has toured in over 30 countries, and her popular YouTube channel has surpassed 30 million views. Niemietz’s music videos caught the attention of Ellen DeGeneres, earning her an invitation to perform on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and share her gift with the world.

“LOCALS ONLY!” is a music series held every other month at The MAIN that features bands and performers from throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. November’s show will spotlight Niemietz’s music, which speaks to vulnerability, empowerment and shaking off the past.

General admission tickets are $12 each, and seating is extremely limited. To learn more about “LOCALS ONLY!” and to purchase tickets, please visit

BAFTA unveils new home of the EE BAFTA Film Awards: London’s iconic Royal Festival Hall as entries open for 2023.

The Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall to host the world’s leading film talent on Sunday 19 February 2023. EE BAFTA Film Awards to be broadcast on BBC One and worldwide. Entries open today.

LONDON, 21 September: Today, BAFTA unveils London’s Royal Festival Hall as its new home for one of the biggest nights in the global film calendar. The EE BAFTA Film Awards brings British and international talent together to celebrate the incredible ingenuity and creativity of film, and the people who bring them to life on both sides of the screen. The move will see BAFTA programme its most ambitious and accessible night yet, bolstered by a refreshed production and format. With entries opening today, the countdown to 19 February 2023 officially begins.

The Southbank Centre’s monumental Royal Festival Hall, opened by King George VI and HRH Princess Elizabeth on 3 May 1951 is located in the heart of London on the River Thames. BAFTA’s legendary red carpet will roll out at the UK’s largest arts centre next to some of the capital’s most famous landmarks, from Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament to the National Theatre, BFI and the London Eye.  

The ceremony will be broadcast on BBC One, BBC One HD, BBCiPlayer, and syndicated globally. Red carpet interviews with nominees and guests will be streamed live across BAFTA and BBC’s social channels, offering audiences an exclusive front row seat as talent arrive. Further details including host for the 2023 Awards, will be announced at a later date.

Emma Baehr, Executive Director of Awards and Content, said: The EE BAFTA Film Awards are a global spotlight on the most exciting, innovative and creative stories being told in Britain and around the world, as well as playing host to the world’s biggest stars and a variety of unforgettable moments. The Royal Albert Hall has been a wonderful home to us for the last six years. As we embark on the next chapter in an incredibly exciting year for film, we can’t wait to kick off our new residency at the Royal Festival Hall with BAFTA’s most ambitious celebration yet.

Anna Higgs, Chair of BAFTA Film Committee, said: After months of painstaking preparations we are delighted to officially open entries for the 2023 EE BAFTA Film Awards. With the impressive calibre and creativity of films already on release, or on the way, our members in the UK and around the world have a phenomenal awards season ahead. Celebrating excellence, championing the value of the screen industries, and driving positive change through ensuring a level playing field continue to be at the heart of what BAFTA does – so we can’t wait to get going on voting and celebrating another fantastic year for film.”

Elaine Bedell, CEO of the Southbank Centre, said: “I’m delighted that this cements the partnership between BAFTA and the Southbank Centre, as we’re also home to BAFTA’s TV and Games Awards. BAFTA’s decision to bring three Awards ceremonies under one roof underscores the variety, scale and creative potential of our spaces to programme a spectacular evening, for everyone. We’re delighted to support the vitally important screen industries and are so excited to see the Southbank Centre transformed for one of the biggest nights in the global film calendar.”

Celebrating excellence, nurturing the next generation of talent and creating a level playing field in film, games and television is at the heart of BAFTA’s mission as an arts charity. Films in contention will be decided by BAFTA’s global membership, via a robust and carefully audited process that involves three rounds of voting, with nominations unveiled on 19 January 2023. Audiences at home will also be invited to vote on their favourite breakout talent, via the prestigious EE Rising Star Award.

The EE BAFTA Film Awards have been a core part of the charity’s mission to identify and celebrate creative excellence since its inception 75 years ago. Previous venues include the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Opera House and the Odeon Cinema in Leicester Square, London. With a new CEO Jane Millichip starting next month, and a major redevelopment of BAFTA’s HQ completed earlier this year, 2022 marks an exciting year of transformation and renewal for the organisation.


BAFTA – the British Academy of Film and Television Arts – is a world-leading independent arts charity that brings the very best work in film, games and television to public attention and supports the growth of creative talent in the UK and internationally. Through its Awards ceremonies and year-round programme of learning events and initiatives – which includes workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes in the UK, USA and Asia – BAFTA identifies and celebrates excellence, discovers, inspires and nurtures new talent, and enables learning and creative collaboration. For more, visit BAFTA is a registered charity (no. 216726).

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About The Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre occupying a prominent riverside location that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. We exist to present great cultural experiences that bring people together and we achieve this by providing the space for artists to create and present their best work and by creating a place where as many people as possible can come together to experience bold, unusual and eye-opening work. We want to take people out of the everyday, every day. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. The Southbank Centre is made up of the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery as well as being home to the National Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection. It is also home to six Resident Orchestras (Aurora Orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Philharmonia Orchestra). For more, visit


Los Angeles, Calif. – On September 17, 2022, luminaries from the Native American, Indigenous, and entertainment communities came together at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles for An Evening with Sacheen Littlefeather—a public program focused on celebration, healing, and reflection. The event was followed by an intimate private reception. 

The museum livestreamed An Evening with Sacheen Littlefeather on its YouTube channel. The video will be available online until Friday, September 23; a trimmed version of the event will then be shared to the museum’s channel.

In addition, as part of the Academy’s Oral History Projects, the museum has published a nearly four-hour visual history with Littlefeather, interviewed by Academy Museum Director and President Jacqueline Stewart. The mission of the Academy Oral History Projects is to collect, record, preserve, and provide access to personal spoken accounts that provide insight into the history and evolution of the art, science, and craft of motion pictures. The recording arm of the program—the Visual History Program—has been operating since 2012 and has so far filmed 234 filmmaker interviews (about 940 hours of original content) and preserved another 1,200 historical interviews from other sources.

The event commenced with a Tongva land acknowledgement facilitated by Virginia Carmelo (Tongva/S. CA) before emcees Earl Neconie (Kiowa/OK) and Academy Museum Director and President Jacqueline Stewart took the stage. Their words were followed by an Honoring Song performed by Steve Bohay and the Sooner Nation Singers and Michael Bellanger and the All Nation Singers. The audience was then treated to a lively intertribal powwow dance featuring women’s northern traditional buckskin dancer Teresa Littlebird (Northern Cheyenne/CA), grass dancer Wesley Bellanger (Ojibiway/MN and Kickapoo/OK), grass dancer Randy Pico Jr. (Navajo & Luiseño, CA), southern straight men’s traditional dancer James Gregory (Osage/OK), southern women’s cloth dancer Michele Gregory (Pit River/No. CA), fancy shoal dancer Olivia Gone (Southern Cheyenne/OK), jingledress dancer Sophia Seaboy (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Sisseton/SD), and chicken dancer Ahshkii Keediniihii (Diné Navajo/AZ), plus a moving rendition of Song in Lushootseed and Don’t Count Me Out by vocalist Calina Lawrence (Suquamish/WA).

Following these powerful performances, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences CEO Bill Kramer took the stage to underscore the Academy and Academy Museum’s prioritization of representation, belonging, inclusion, and access. Visitors then watched a 60-second clip of Littlefeather’s speech from the 1973 Academy Awards® during which—at Marlon Brando’s request—she respectfully declined his Best Actor award in protest of the treatment of Native Americans in the entertainment industry. This clip is currently on view in the museum’s Academy Awards History gallery. 

Academy member, producer, and co-chair of the Academy’s Indigenous Alliance Bird Runningwater (Cheyenne/Mescalero Apache/NM) then took the stage with Sacheen Littlefeather (Apachi/Yaqui/AZ) for a 20-minute conversation that reflected on Littlefeather’s experiences the last fifty years.

Later in the evening, former Academy President David Rubin, with current Academy President Janet Yang, read the Academy’s apology letter—originally presented to Littlefeather on June 18, 2022—after which Littlefeather offered a moving response.

The White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers from Arizona with Joe Tohonnie got everyone on their feet with a dynamic dance to close out the program.

Immediately following the public program, the museum hosted a private reception for 300 guests in its Tea Room and Wilshire Terrace with food provided by guest chef Crystal Wahpepah (Kickapoo/OK), owner and operator of Wahpepah’s Kitchen in Oakland, CA. Wahpepah mindfully chooses Indigenous food sources for her cuisine, with ingredients originating from the people and lands to which she is connected and has a relationship.  In addition to Sacheen, the evening’s presenters and performers, and Academy and Academy Museum leadership, notable guests included: costume designer Ruth E. Carter, Oneida Nation Enterprises CEO and museum trustee Ray Halbritter (Oneida Indian Nation/NY), musical artist Taboo, actor Devery Jacobs, actor and filmmaker Riley Keough, actor Zahn McClarnon, and Academy member, producer, co-chair of the Academy’s Indigenous Alliance Heather Rae.   

About the Academy Museum
The Academy Museum is the largest museum in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking. The museum advances the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum’s campus contains the restored and revitalized historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—and a soaring spherical addition. Together, these buildings contain 50,000 square feet of exhibition spaces, two state-of-the-art theaters, the Shirley Temple Education Studio, and beautiful public spaces that are free and open to the public. These include: The Walt Disney Company Piazza and the Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby, which houses the Spielberg Family Gallery, Academy Museum Store, and Fanny’s restaurant and café. The Academy Museum exhibition galleries are open seven days a week, with hours Sunday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am to 8pm.

About the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
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 arts and sciences of the movies, including public programming, screenings, publications, educational outreach, exhibitions, and more.



Los Angeles, Calif. – With a focus on expertise in live television event production, Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner of White Cherry Entertainment have been named executive producers of the 95th Oscars®, Academy CEO Bill Kramer announced today.  For the eighth consecutive year, Weiss also will direct the show, which will air live on ABC and broadcast outlets worldwide on Sunday, March 12, 2023.  It will be Weiss’s second time and Kirshner’s first time producing the Oscars.

“We are thrilled to have Glenn and Ricky at the helm,” said Academy CEO Bill Kramer and Academy President Janet Yang.  “Their expertise in live television production is exactly what the Oscars needs.

A dynamic creative team has been assembled to work with Weiss and Kirshner to help shape the vision and direction of the Oscars, including the following:

  • red carpet show executive producer David Chamberlin, a veteran of live television production
  • red carpet creative consultants Lisa Love and Raúl Àvila, creative contributor and creative director for the Met Gala, respectively
  • creative director and Academy member Kenny Gravillis, who has developed iconic key art and campaigns for legions of movies
  • production designers Misty Buckley, production designer of world tours and televised music shows for artists Kacey Musgraves, Ariana Grande and Coldplay, and Alana Billingsley, art director on previous Oscars, Emmys® and GRAMMYS® broadcasts.

“We are thrilled to have Glenn and Ricky at the helm,” said Kramer and Academy President Janet Yang.  “Their expertise in live television production is exactly what the Oscars needs.  We look forward to working closely with them, our Board of Governors, and the Board’s Awards Committee to deliver an exciting and energized show.  Joining them is an incredible slate of creative partners – David Chamberlin, Lisa Love, Raúl Àvila, Kenny Gravillis, Misty Buckley and Alana Billingsley – who will bring fresh ideas to the broadcast and the red carpet.”

“Bill made us ‘an offer we couldn’t refuse’ but he really ‘had us at hello’,” said Weiss and Kirshner.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have live event veterans Glenn and Ricky as executive producers of the 95th Oscars telecast on ABC.  Their experience and creativity are bar none, and we look forward to seeing their vision play out for Hollywood’s biggest night,” said Rob Mills, executive vice president, Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment, Walt Disney Television.

Weiss has directed numerous live televised events, including seven previous Oscars shows, for which he won two Primetime Emmys, and 21 Tony Awards® shows, which earned him three directing and nine producing Primetime Emmys.  He also has won eight DGA Awards for his work on the Oscars and the Tonys.  Weiss’s additional directing credits include last year’s multi-network Inaugural Night special “Celebrating America,” “The Democratic National Convention,” “The Kennedy Center Honors,” “The Primetime Emmy® Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “BET Awards,” “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” “Academy of Country Music Awards” and many others.

Kirshner has more than 30 years of entertainment production experience and has produced shows for every major network.  He has received 26 Emmy nominations and has won nine Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award and an Edward R. Murrow Award.  Kirshner’s credits include many of the most watched and award-winning television specials, including the Tony Awards, 14 Super Bowl Halftime Shows, “Night of Too Many Stars,” “The Primetime Emmy Awards,” “The Democratic National Convention,” Presidential Inaugurals and many others.

Chamberlin will return for the fourth consecutive year to executive produce ABC’s “The Oscars Red Carpet Show,” the official live lead-in to the 95th Oscars broadcast.  Chamberlin leads Full Day Productions, with credits including the “Savage X Fenty Show,” “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration,” multiple “30 for 30” films, “Monday Night Football” with Peyton and Eli, NFL Honors and the ESPY Awards.

Love and Àvila will join the team for the first time to reimagine the Oscars red carpet aesthetic and guest experience.  Àvila is the creative director for the Met Gala, and Love is a creative contributor overseeing various aspects of the event.  They led the creative team for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures’ 2021 and 2022 galas.

Gravillis joins the team for the first time to conceptualize the key art for this year’s Oscars marketing campaign.  His design agency, Gravillis Inc., recently rebranded Orion Pictures and has developed iconic key art and campaigns for legions of movies, including “Dune,” “Summer of Soul,” “Birds of Prey,” “Queen & Slim,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Free Solo,” “Iris” and so many more.  A member of the Academy’s Marketing and Public Relations Branch, Gravillis also created posters and collateral materials for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures’ retail store.

Buckley and Billingsley join the team for the first time as production designers – and also the first women-led design team – for the 95th Oscars.  Buckley has designed world tours and productions for such artists as Ariana Grande, Kacey Musgraves and Coldplay, including the band’s Super Bowl Halftime Show.  She also designed the 2021 GRAMMYS, the London 2012 Paralympics Closing Ceremony, the 2015 Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony, the 2022 Commonwealth Games ceremonies, the Brit Awards and numerous television productions for the BBC and ITV.  Buckley earned a BAFTA nomination for her work with Stormzy at the 2019 Glastonbury Festival and Emmy nominations for her production design of the 2021 GRAMMYS and Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Live!.”  Billingsley was an art director on six previous Oscars broadcasts, for which she earned five Emmy nominations and won two Emmys.  Additional credits include “The Kennedy Center Honors,” “The Primetime Emmy Awards,” “GRAMMYS,” “CMA Awards,” “BET Awards” and numerous other live television productions.

The 95th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at the Dolby® Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.

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 arts and sciences of the movies, including public programming, screenings, publications, educational outreach, exhibitions, and more.