KEY DATES ANNOUNCED FOR 2023 AWARDS SEASON. The 96th Oscars®will take place on Sunday, March 10, 2024

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC today announced the 96th Oscars® will take place on Sunday, March 10, 2024.  The show will air live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide from the Dolby® Theatre at Ovation Hollywood.

Academy key dates for the 2023 Oscar® season are as follows:

General entry categories submission deadline          Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Governors Awards                                                      Saturday, November 18, 2023

Preliminary voting begins 9 a.m. PT                          Thursday, December 14, 2023

Preliminary voting ends 5 p.m. PT                             Monday, December 18, 2023

Oscar Shortlists Announcement                                 Thursday, December 21, 2023

Eligibility period ends                                                  Sunday, December 31, 2023

Nominations voting begins 9 a.m. PT                        Thursday, January 11, 2024

Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT                           Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Oscar Nominations Announcement                            Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Oscar Nominees Luncheon                                        Monday, February 12, 2024

Finals voting begins 9 a.m. PT                                   Thursday, February 22, 2024

Scientific and Technical Awards                                Friday, February 23, 2024

Finals voting ends 5 p.m. PT                                      Tuesday, February 27, 2024

96th Oscars                                                                Sunday, March 10, 2024

All dates for the 96th Academy Awards® are subject to change.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is home to a global membership of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished film industry artists and leaders. The Academy recognizes and celebrates all aspects of the arts and sciences of moviemaking through renowned awards for cinematic achievement, including the Oscars®. With the world’s largest film museum and collection, the Academy preserves our cinematic history and presents honest and powerful programs about cinema’s past, present, and future. Across all initiatives, the Academy connects global audiences – its members, the film industry, and film fans – through their shared passion for making and watching films.


BAFTA Television Craft Awards 2023: Winners Announced.

House of The Dragon and This is Going to Hurt win three BAFTAs each, The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II wins two BAFTAs, Alison Barnett receives BAFTA Special Award.

London, Sunday 23 April 2023: BAFTA has announced the winners of the BAFTA Television Craft Awards 2023 at a ceremony in London.  Celebrating the very best behind-the-scenes television talent of 2022, the ceremony was hosted by Mel Giedroyc, and featured a host of top TV talent as guest presenters including: Adil Ray, Adrian Lester, Charlene White, Clara Amfo, Cristo Fernandez, Dino Fetscher, George Webster, Kola Bokinni, Lisa Hammond, Lolly Adefope, Melissa Johns, Rachel Parris, Sacha Dhawan, Therica Wilson-Read and Tracy Ifeachor.

House of the Dragon, the prequel to Game of Thrones, was successful in three categories: Amanda Knight, Barrie Gower and Rosalia Culora for Make-Up & Hair Design; Alastair Sirkett, Doug Cooper, Martin Seeley, Paula Fairfield, Tim Hands and Adele Fletcher for Sound: Fiction; and Angus Bickerton, Nikeah Forde, Asa Shoul, Mike Dawson, MPC and Pixomodo for Special, Visual & Graphic Effects.

This is Going to Hurt won in three categories: first-time winner Adam Kay won a  BAFTA for Writer: Drama, for the series based upon his memoir as a junior doctor; Selina MacArthur, also a first-time winner, won for Editing Fiction; and Nina Gold and Martin Ware wonfor Scripted Casting.

The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II won in two categories: Peter Bridges, Matthew Charles, Conrad Fletcher, Julian Gough, Andy James and Andy Payne for Sound: Factual; and Directing Team for Director: Multi-Camera.

BAFTA continues to shine a spotlight on the very best emerging talent in the industry. The Emerging Talent: Fiction award went to writer Pete Jackson for Somewhere Boy, and Emerging Talent: Factual saw producer/director Charlie Melville win for John & Joe Bishop: Life After Deaf.

Other first-time BAFTA winners were: Felicity MorrisDirector: Factual for The Tindler Swindler; William Stefan SmithDirector: Fiction for Top BoyLisa McGeeWriter: Comedy for Derry Girls; Jane Petrie, Costume Design for The Essex Serpent; Jessica JonesOriginal Music: Factual for Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story;  Nicôle Lecky, Bryan Senti, Kwame ‘KZ’ Kwei-Armah JROriginal Music: Fiction for MoodChas AppetiPhotography & Lighting: Fiction for Jungle; and Becky Sloan and Joe PellingProduction Design for Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared.

Editing: Factual was won by Rupert Houseman for Chernobyl: The Lost TapesEntertainment Craft Team was won by Catherine Land, David Bishop, Patrick Doherty, Richard Sillitto, David Newton and Joe Phillips for Strictly Come Dancing; Photography: Factual was won by Marcel Mettelsiefen and Jordan Bryon for Children of the Taliban and Peter Anderson Studio won Titles and Graphic Identity for Bad Sisters.

The Television Craft Special Award was presented by Adrian Lester to Alison Barnett in recognition of her pioneering role as one of the very first female Heads of Production in the UK television industry. Alison Barnett is the first Head of Production to receive a BAFTA honorary award.

Highlights of the BAFTA TV Craft Awards will be shared via @BAFTA social channels on YouTube and Twitter #BAFTACraftAwards.

The BAFTA Television Craft Awards is supported by its official partners Mad Dog 2020 Casting, 3 Mills Studios, Hotcam, Microsoft, Sara Putt Associates, ScreenSkills High-end Television Skills Fund and Spotlight.

The BAFTA Television Awards with P&O Cruises, hosted by Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan, will take place on Sunday 14 May and will be broadcast at 7pm on BBC One and iPlayer.

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will present a Star Wars-inspired May the 4th celebration. 

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will present a Star Wars-inspired May the 4th celebration. This exciting event will include photo ops with R2-D2, hands-on activities related to the Star Wars universe, a 15% discount* on select Star Wars merchandise at the Academy Museum Store, and a special 40th anniversary screening of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary with our screening of the Special Edition, this final episode in the original Star Wars trilogy begins as Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), stunned by the news of his true parentage, makes a desperate attempt to rescue Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) from the clutches of Jabba the Hutt. Soon the construction of a new Death Star leads to a confrontation with the Emperor (Ian McDiarmid) as well as a decisive battle against the Empire, with the unexpected help of the plucky Ewoks. This action-packed intergalactic adventure was the final Star Wars film until George Lucas reignited the franchise 16 years later with Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999).

In addition, there will be two book signings, one with Paul Hirsch, Oscar-winning film editor of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) and Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Howard Kazanjian, producer of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983).

Paul Hirsch, A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away: My Fifty Years Editing Hollywood Hits—Star Wars, Carrie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Mission: Impossible, and MoreA Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away  provides a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most influential films of the last fifty years as seen through the eyes of Hirsch, the Oscar®-winning film editor who worked on such classics as George Lucas’s Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)—for which he won an Academy Award—and Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Brian De Palma’s Carrie (1976) and Mission: Impossible (1996), Herbert Ross’s Footloose (1984) and Steel Magnolias (1989), John Hughes’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) and Planes, Trains & Automobiles  (1987), Joel Schumacher’s Falling Down (1993), and Taylor Hackford’s Ray (2004)—for which Hirsch received his second Oscar nomination.

J. W. Rinzler, Howard Kazanjian: A Producer’s LifeHoward Kazanjian, a film producer whose career spans fifty years, has collaborated with Hollywood legends such as Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Sam Peckinpah, Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas, and has worked on such classics as Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes BackRaiders of the Lost Ark (1981), and  Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983). Complete with personal anecdotes from the front lines, and coupled with rare archival photographs, this full-length biography tells the story of Kazanjian’s rise in Hollywood and takes us behind the scenes of the producer’s role in some of the biggest blockbusters in film history

Guests are encouraged to come dressed in their best Star Wars-themed costumes!*

*Discount valid in-store only on selected Star Wars merchandise; does not apply to online orders. Discounts cannot be combined with other discounts and promotions.
**The following are not allowed when dressing in costume at the Academy Museum: body paint, props and toy weapons, and/or full-face coverings. Guests in costume are subject to search at the discretion of Academy Museum staff at any time, and we reserve the right to refuse entry for any reason.

This event includes photo ops, art-making activities, and book signings. It will culminate with a movie screening in the museum’s David Geffen Theater. Tickets to the book signings and screening are sold separately.

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

Access to the R2-D2 photo opportunities and educational activities are complimentary with the purchase of general admission; tickets 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. General admission tickets include access to R2-D2 and education studio activities.

Book Signings: Tickets are $30 for each book separately; $55 for both. Tickets include access to the event and a signed copy of the book(s). You must have a ticket to attend the book signing.

Film Screenings: Film screening tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (age 62+), and $5 for students and children (age 17-). Ticket prices for Academy Museum Members are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for students and children.

The Academy Museum is the largest institution 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, 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 Academy Museum Grand Lobby, which houses the Spielberg Family Gallery, Academy Museum Store, and Fanny’s restaurant and café. The Academy Museum exhibition galleries will be open seven days a week, with hours Sunday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am to 8pm.


  • 1:30–3:30pm | Photos with R2-D2! | Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby
  • 1:30–5:30pm | May the 4th Art-Making Activities | Shirley Temple Education Studio
  • 4:30–6:30pm | Photos with R2-D2! | Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby
  • 5–7pm | Book Signings | Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby
  • 7:30pm | Screening of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi | David Geffen Theater


Role Combines the Academy’s Member Relations, Awards Administration, Talent Development, Global Outreach and Impact Teams.

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has named Meredith Shea as its first Chief Membership, Impact, and Industry Officer, Academy CEO Bill Kramer announced today. Shea will report directly to Kramer.

“This is a pivotal time in the Academy’s history, and it’s both a joy and an enormous responsibility to support our industry and lead initiatives that connect people and communities through film.” – Meredith Shea

In this newly created position, Shea will strategically bring together the Academy teams who lead the strategy and implementation for the Academy’s new member cultivation and outreach, awards administration, rules and regulations, membership branch structural changes, member and industry engagement, film festival and international strategies, talent development programs, and industry DEAI and sustainability efforts.     

“We are thrilled to welcome Meredith back to the Academy in this leadership position. Her vast knowledge of the film industry and Academy membership, along with her commitment to building and nurturing a diverse and equitable global film community makes her a perfect professional for this new role. In addition, Meredith’s strategic acumen will help guide the Academy as we move towards our 100th year,” noted Academy CEO Bill Kramer.

“I have a deep connection to the Academy and its membership. This is a pivotal time in the Academy’s history, and it’s both a joy and an enormous responsibility to support our industry and lead initiatives that connect people and communities through film. I am incredibly thankful to Bill, Janet, and the Academy board for their insightful leadership and dedication to making positive changes in the world for filmmakers, audiences, and the industry. I look forward to working again with the Academy’s exceptionally talented staff and dedicated members to support the Academy’s mission,” Shea said in a statement.

Recently, Shea served as the Director of Industry Relations at ARRAY, the social impact collective dedicated to narrative change. There, she oversaw ARRAY Crew, the personnel database designed to connect underrepresented below-the-line crew members with producers, studio executives and department heads. Prior to that, Shea spent a decade at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a Membership and Awards executive. At the Academy, she oversaw the Directors, Film Editors, Short Films & Feature Animation and Writers branches, including the administration of the rules, submissions and voting for the Animated Feature and International Feature Film Oscar categories. Shea is a frequent participant on industry panels, including the Directors Guild of America, Producers Network Marché du Film at Festival de Cannes, Mifa at Annecy International Animation Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, and Flanders CONNeXT at Film Fest Gent. She has served on juries for numerous film festivals, and she began her career at the Everett Collection in film preservation and archival management. 

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.


HONOREES TO BE INDUCTED INTO WALK OF WESTERN STARS IN OLD TOWN NEWHALL. Local stuntmen Billy Burton and Walter Scott will be formally honored with a bronze saddle on terrazzo tile at the unveiling on April 21.

The City of Santa Clarita invites community members to attend the unveiling of the newest inductees to the Walk of Western Stars on Friday, April 21, at 5:00 p.m. Local stuntmen Billy Burton and Walter Scott will be formally honored with a bronze saddle on terrazzo tile at the unveiling. This special event will take place on the sidewalk half a block south of Reyes Winery on Main, which is located on the west side of Main Street in Old Town Newhall, between 8th Street and Market Street.

Since 1981, the City has honored Western television, radio and film stars, and these new inductees will join them with their own bronze stars.

Billy Burton is a longtime Castaic resident, a stuntman and second unit director with an impressive career starting in the mid-1960s. He has made more than 100 movies and television shows, with 30 of them in the Western genre. He began his career on movies such as “The Shakiest Gun in the West,” “The Great Train Robbery,” and “Little Big Man” with Dustin Hoffman. Raised in Southern California, his horse-riding skills and cowboy lifestyle made him a natural fit as a stuntman during the heyday of Westerns. Some of Mr. Burton’s other credits include “Blazing Saddles,” “Bite the Bullet” and “Heaven’s Gate.”  He has also done stunts for non-Westerns, including “Predator,” “Bad Boys” and many more.

Walter Scott, who is a Canyon Country resident, has been in the movie business since the mid-1960s as well. He has more than 200 credits as a stuntman, actor and second unit director, 54 of which are for Westerns. One of Mr. Scott’s first jobs was as Clint Eastwood’s stunt double for the film “Hang ‘Em High.” He also worked on classic Western such as “The Cowboys,” “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid,” “The Outlaw Josey Wales” and “Comes a Horseman.” Recent credits include the television show “Westworld” and two films made by Quentin Tarantino: “The Hateful Eight” and “Django Unchained.” Outside of the Western genre, Mr. Scott did stunts for the 1975 version of “Rollerball,” “They Live” and “Back to the Future.”

Free parking for the Walk of Western Stars unveiling will be available in the parking structure located on 9th Street between Railroad Avenue and Main Street. Community members are invited to further celebrate the newest inductees at a special reception inside Reyes Winery on Main beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The reception will include light appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks, wine for purchase and video clips of the inductees’ work playing on screens.

Artazan, a Contemporary Handcraft Market at the Pasadena Convention Center, May 20-21.

Pasadena, Calif. – A beautifully curated, springtime market comes to the Pasadena Convention Center, May 20-21. Artazan features over 200 exhibits, artist demonstrations, fine foods and live music. The market is inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement, and is a grand celebration of today’s artists and artisans, bringing focus to handcraft in all forms.

The exhibits offer a range of art, jewelry, woodwork, ceramics, clothing, and artisan foods, as well as a selection of fine antiquities. Browsing the market, you’ll find products made with meticulous detail, natural materials, and brilliant colors. Everyday items that are both beautiful and useful, presented by the artists and artisans themselves.

The market is an interactive space that invites you to take part –watch artists demonstrate their work, get in the creative spirit and join in with a series of workshops such as plein air painting and mixed media, sample chocolates and specialty foods at the artisan food booths, and enjoy live music throughout the show.

The Arts & Crafts movement began in response to mass-production and looked to emphasize handmade artisanship. By 1908, Pasadena had become a showcase for Arts & Crafts, and today there are still countless examples of how Pasadena embodies the power of the movement, making it the perfect location for this handcraft market.   

Artazan’s objective is to present something new, and the best way to do that is to present something old. Celebrate the makers of our time with a nod to craftsmen of the past, and enjoy the vibrant showcasing of handcrafted wares, fine art, jewelry, ceramics, woodwork, antiquities, and artisan foods –it’s an art filled, handcraft market you don’t want to miss!

Join the celebration! Shop, play, and take in all the creativity. Admission is $8 online or $10 at the door, good for both days. 10am-6pm Saturday, and 10am to 5pm Sunday, May 20 – 21, 2023 at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E Green St, Pasadena, CA. See the website for tickets and exhibitor list: