Universal Studios Hollywood Invites Guests to Make Lifetime Memories by Becoming Annual Pass Members and Unlocking Exclusive Benefits Throughout the Year.

The World-Famous Studio Tour’s 60th Anniversary, One-Year Anniversary Celebration of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD, Plus all Theme Park Lands, Rides and Attractions.

Universal City, CA, February 27, 2024 – “Thank you for making us feel valued and special.” This is an overwhelming sentiment shared by Universal Studios Hollywood Annual Pass Members who visit the world-class entertainment destination regularly to enjoy innovative thrill rides and attractions at their own pace, whether it’s for a whole day or to pop in for a favorite ride or to enjoy an exclusive Pass Member opportunity.

With the purchase of a Universal Studios Hollywood Annual or Season Pass, guests can enjoy non-stop fun and flexibility over and over again. While each of the Passes has unique offerings, they have one thing in common: exclusive benefits, such as Pass Member Appreciation Days, Pass Member Park Takeover events,  access to special events, including new rides and attraction previews, discounts in the theme park and at Universal CityWalk Hollywood and sweepstakes. The Platinum Annual Pass includes the coveted after 3pm Universal Express pass with access to participating rides, attractions and seated shows in a separate queue with a shorter wait time.

As Universal Studios Hollywood embarks on the 60th anniversary of the world-renowned Studio Tour and the one-year anniversary of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD™, the theme park is extending a special offer to prospective Annual and Season Pass Members: now through April 10, 2024, guests can save up to $50 when purchasing an Annual Pass online. Current Annual and Season Pass members, who pay in full for their passes, can also continue to enjoy a 15% discount on Annual Pass membership renewals and upgrades.

A Universal Studios Hollywood Annual or Season Pass is the ultimate ticket to ride that affords guests the opportunity to customize their visits. When SUPER NINTENDO WORLD opened, Pass Members were among the first to experience the land with an exclusive preview. With an Annual or Season Pass, guests can return to the Mushroom Kingdom to play at their leisure and improve their score on the “Mario Kart™: Bowser’s Challenge” ride, all while collecting stamps and digital coins with their Power-Up Band™.

For guests who prefer a twilight walk in the park, an Annual or Season Pass will surely illuminate the way, especially when the after-hours Pass Member Park Takeover events shine a spotlight on seasonal events and exclusive Pass Member access, like meeting the Grinch™ for a photo op during the Grinchmas™ holidays.

The array of Annual and Season Passes available cater to a variety of needs and budgets:

  • Platinum Annual Pass: For the ultimate Universal fan, the Platinum Pass Member has no blackout dates, complimentary General Parking (valid only for entry after 6pm), one complimentary General Admission ticket to Halloween Horror Nights (select nights only and advanced reservation required), invites to special Pass Member events, 15% discount on food, beverage and merchandise at participating in-Park locations, 10%-15% discounts on food and shopping at participating Universal CityWalk locations and discounts on Halloween Horror Nights tickets. As an added bonus, Platinum Annual Pass members can skip the regular lines with a one-time per day, after 3pm Universal Express with access to most rides, attractions and seated shows.
  • Gold Annual Pass: Visit Universal Studios Hollywood for over 325 days of the year, including complimentary General Parking (valid only for entry until 6pm), invites to special Pass Member events, 15% discount on food, beverage and merchandise at participating in-Park locations, 10%-15% discounts on food and shopping at participating Universal CityWalk locations and discounts on Halloween Horror Nights tickets.
  • Silver Annual Pass: Visit Universal Studios Hollywood for over 275 days of the year, plus receive invites to special Pass Member events, 10%-15% discounts on food and shopping at participating Universal CityWalk locations and discounts on Halloween Horror Nights tickets.
  • California Neighbor Pass: With more than 150 days to visit, the California Neighbor Pass provides invites to special Pass Member events, 10%-15% discounts on food and shopping at participating Universal CityWalk locations and discounts on Halloween Horror Nights tickets.

There is no time like the present to gift friends and family a lifetime of memories with a Universal Studios Hollywood Annual or Season Pass. Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect this year:

The World-Famous Studio Tour celebrates a milestone 60th anniversary accompanied by nostalgic limited-time experiences, merchandise and food. Pass Members can expect an exclusive preview event along with a series of commemorative magnets that pays homage to iconic Studio Tour attractions.

The momentum continues with the one-year celebration of the visually spectacular land, SUPER NINTENDO WORLD, along with an array of new offerings, including a commemorative, special-release Golden Power-Up Band™, a complimentary 1-year anniversary button, while supplies last, and the permanent addition of the all-new Power Up Cafe on New York Street, located on the upper deck of the park.

Magic awaits at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ with thrills and surprises just a wand flick away.

Adventure and thrills await throughout the theme park, at every ride and attraction, and at seasonal and special events that just can’t be missed. Experience the fun at SUPER NINTENDO WORLDThe Wizarding World of Harry PotterJurassic World—The Ride, Illumination’s award-winning The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, Springfield, U.S.A. and The Simpsons Ride™, Transformers™:  The Ride-3D, “Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride” and the World-Famous Studio Tour.

More information about the Universal Studios Hollywood Annual and Season Passes are available here. Blacked out dates apply to select passes and reservations may be required for return visits. Food and beverage discount excludes alcoholic beverages, and merchandise discount excludes film, media, collectibles and all Nintendo® items. Additional restrictions apply.

For more information about Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk, guests can visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com; like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and X (formerly known as Twitter).

96TH OSCARS® ANNOUNCE FIRST SLATE OF PRESENTERS.

MAHERSHALA ALI, NICOLAS CAGE, JAMIE LEE CURTIS, BRENDAN FRASER, JESSICA LANGE, MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY, LUPITA NYONG’O, AL PACINO, MICHELLE PFEIFFER, KE HUY QUAN, SAM ROCKWELL, MICHELLE YEOH AND ZENDAYATHE OSCARS SET TO AIR LIVE MARCH 10 ON ABC.

LOS ANGELES, CA – Mahershala Ali, Nicolas Cage, Jamie Lee Curtis, Brendan Fraser, Jessica Lange, Matthew McConaughey, Lupita Nyong’o, Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ke Huy Quan, Sam Rockwell, Michelle Yeoh and Zendaya will present at the 96th Oscars®, executive producer and showrunner Raj Kapoor and executive producers Molly McNearney and Katy Mullan announced today. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the 96th Oscars will air live on ABC and broadcast outlets worldwide on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at the new time of 7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PDT.

The producers will continue to announce talent joining the show in the coming weeks.

The 96th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at the Dolby® Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is home to a global membership of more than 10,500 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.

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HOLLYWOOD STREET CLOSURES FOR 2024 OSCAR® WEEK.

LOS ANGELES, CA – To ensure public safety, support security strategies and facilitate the production of this year’s Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the City of Los Angeles have finalized street closure plans around the Dolby® Theatre at Ovation Hollywood.

To accommodate the construction of press risers and pre-show stages along the Oscars red carpet, all lanes of Hollywood Boulevard are closed from Orange Drive to Highland Avenue from 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, February 29 until 6 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2024.

MTA will begin re-routing bus traffic and subway trains will bypass the Ovation Hollywood station after the last regularly scheduled train on Saturday, March 9, until the first scheduled train after 6 a.m. on Monday, March 11.

Between Sunday, March 3, and Oscar® Sunday, March 10, additional streets and sidewalks will be closed for varying periods.

Details of the closures and maps of affected areas are available from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the Thirteenth District City Council field offices and on the Academy’s website at https://www.oscars.org/closures.

The 96th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at the Dolby® Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC at the new time of 7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PDT and in more than 200 territories worldwide.


ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is home to a global membership of more than 10,500 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 film


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SUPER NINTENDO WORLD themed Spirit Airlines aircraft in the skies today!

Universal Studios Hollywood and Spirit Airlines Soar to New Heights with the First-Ever SUPER NINTENDO WORLD Themed Airbus A320neo;

Inaugural Flight Takes to the Skies from Detroit to Fort Lauderdale Today

Next-Level Flyaway Sweepstakes Coincides with Program, Inviting Participants to Enter for a Chance to Win a Trip to Experience SUPER NINTENDO WORLD at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Universal City, Calif. –  Universal Studios Hollywood and Spirit Airlines have joined forces to launch the first-ever Airbus A320neo featuring a SUPER NINTENDO WORLD™ aircraft wrap. The flight takes to the skies today from Detroit (DTW) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL), and the specially-themed aircraft will continue flying to destinations through May 2024. The one-year celebration of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD continues as Universal Studios Hollywood takes to the skies with a SUPER NINTENDO WORLD themed Spirit Airlines aircraft (image attached / credit: Spirit Airlines) today through May. Plus, people can enter a sweepstakes to win a trip to USH! To enter Next-Level Flyaway Sweepstakes: http://flyaway.spirit.com/.

The plane featuring the special-edition livery belongs to one of the most fuel-efficient fleets in the industry. Travelers can experience Spirit’s affordable nonstop flights from 20 U.S. cities to Los Angeles (LAX) enroute to Universal Studios Hollywood and SUPER NINTENDO WORLD. Flight bookings on the specially-themed aircraft are based on the plane’s flying schedule.

Spirit Airlines travels to more than 80 destinations and 15 countries in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean, inviting guests to enjoy the latest interior designs featuring wider seats, extra cushions and more usable legroom for an enhanced experience in style and comfort.

As Universal Studios Hollywood celebrates the one-year anniversary of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD, guests can find new ways to level up, including the debut a commemorative, special-release Golden Power-Up Band™ and a complimentary 1-Year Anniversary Button, while supplies last. Guests can also enjoy the all-new Power Up Cafe, serving Super Mario Power-Up themed menu items.

First time visitors and returning guests to the land will be swept up into the 360-degree world of Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach where they become an integral part of their exhilarating world. From the moment guests pass through the iconic green pipe, a journey filled with exploration, discovery and play awaits that is unlike anything they have ever experienced. Their journey begins as they enter Peach’s Castle before venturing further into the colorful Mushroom Kingdom.

SUPER NINTENDO WORLD is a visually spectacular land, located within an expanded area of Universal Studios Hollywood, filled with the vibrancy of colors and architectural ingenuity. The land features the groundbreaking “Mario Kart™: Bowser’s Challenge” ride, as well as many thrilling and interactive activities to engage the entire family within the captivating Mushroom Kingdom.

Along with themed dining at Toadstool Cafe™ and shopping at the 1-UP Factory™ retail store, SUPER NINTENDO WORLD is an inspiring, game-changing addition to the world-famous theme park.

Coinciding with the Spirit Airlines’ SUPER NINTENDO WORLD aircraft wrap is the Next-Level Flyaway Sweepstakes inviting guests to enter for a chance to win a three-day, two-night trip for four to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD at Universal Studios Hollywood. The Sweepstakes entry dates are from February 21 to March 20, 2024.

  • Roundtrip coach (economy) flights with Spirit Airlines from the winner’s origin airport to LAX
  • 2-Night standard hotel accommodation at the Sheraton Universal Hotel
  • 2-Day General Admission tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood where they can experience SUPER NINTENDO WORLD and all of the other theme park’s dynamic immersive lands, rides and attractions.

For more information and details, guests can visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com; like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and X (formerly Twitter

BAFTA Winners Announced in London during ceremony at The Royal Festival Hall in London, 2024 EE BAFTA Film Awards, Oppenheimer wins seven BAFTAs.

London – The winners of the 2024 EE BAFTA Awards (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Film Awards) were announced tonight in a ceremony hosted by David Tennant at The Royal Festival Hall in London and broadcast on BBC One and iPlayer. The EE BAFTAs celebrate the very best in film of the past year.

The winners of the 2024 EE BAFTA Film Awards have been announced and are as follows.

  • Oppenheimer wins seven BAFTAs, including Best Film and Director
  • Poor Things wins five BAFTAs
  • The Zone of Interest wins three BAFTAs
  • Emma Stone wins Leading Actress for Poor Things
  • Cillian Murphy wins Leading Actor for Oppenheimer
  • Da’Vine Joy Randolph wins Supporting Actress for The Holdovers
  • Robert Downey Jr. wins Supporting Actor for Oppenheimer
  • Earth Mama wins Outstanding Debut
  • Samantha Morton receives the BAFTA Fellowship
  • June Givanni receives the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award
  • Mia McKenna-Bruce wins the EE Rising Star Award

Oppenheimer won seven BAFTAs: Best Film; Director for Christopher Nolan; Leading Actor for Cillian Murphy; Supporting Actor for Robert Downey Jr.; Cinematography; Editing, and Original Score.

Poor Things won five BAFTAs: Leading Actress for Emma Stone; Costume, Make Up & Hair, Production Design and Special Visual Effects.

The Zone of Interest won three BAFTAs:  Outstanding British Film, Film Not in the English Language, and Sound. 

The Holdovers won two categories: Supporting Actress for Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and Casting.

Anatomy of a Fall won Original Screenplay.

American Fiction won Adapted Screenplay.

Earth Mama won Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.

20 Days in Mariupol won Documentary.

he Boy and the Heron won Animated Film.

Jellyfish and Lobster won the British Short Film award; while the BAFTA for British Short Animation was won by Crab Day.

June Givanni was presented with the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award.

The BAFTA Fellowship was presented to actress and director Samantha Morton. The Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA in recognition of an individual’s outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games across their career.

The EE Rising Star Award, the only award voted for by the public, went to Mia McKenna-Bruce.

This marks a first BAFTA Director win for Christopher Nolan, and first time Film Awards nomination and win for Cillian Murphy and Da’Vine Joy Randolph. 

The Zone of Interest is the first film to win both the Outstanding British Film and Film Not in the English Language categories.

All winners were in attendance and accepted their awards on stage, with the exception of Animated Film.

The ceremony included a performance by Sophie Ellis-Bextor of Murder on the Dancefloor. Hannah Waddingham performed a solo rendition of Time After Time as part of the In Memorium, honouring those in the film industry who have sadly passed away in the last 12 months.

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 www.bafta.org. BAFTA is a registered charity (no. 216726).

Universal CityWalk Hollywood Invites Guests to Wine, Dine, Shop and More in February and March in celebration of Valentine’s Day and St. Paddy’s Day.

Universal CityWalk Hollywood Invites Guests to Wine, Dine, Shop and More in February and March.

Universal City, Calif. – A lot of tasty treats are in store for the romantic month of February. Check out some of the latest offerings at Universal CityWalk!

  • The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen: An extra sweet treat is in store at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen with The Sweetheart Milkshake, a limited time specialty milkshake that is available now through February 21, 2024. The Sweetheart, which is ideal for sharing and is deliciously crafted with vanilla ice cream, strawberry sauce, buttercream frosting, festive sprinkles, whipped topping, chocolate-covered strawberry and topped with sweetheart candies.
  • Universal Cinema: Date night awaits… Enjoy dinner at any one of Universal CityWalk’s top-tier restaurants and catch the latest blockbuster at the Universal Cinema featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres. Now through summer, guests can receive 10% off their dinner at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen with the purchase of a same-day Universal Cinema movie ticket.
  • Voodoo Doughnuts: Now through February 14, guests can purchase a variety of delectable treats in honor of Valentine’s Day at Voodoo Doughnuts, including the Conversation Hearts, Valentine’s Sprinkle Cake, Box of Love and Chocolate Sweetheart doughnuts. From March 14 – 17, Voodoo will celebrate the luck of the Irish with a specialty St. Patrick’s Day doughnut.
  • Universal Monsters Tribute Store: Opening later this month, the Universal Monsters Tribute Store at Production Central is the place to shop for everyone celebrating horror all year long. Each section of the store features an iconic classic Universal Monster, including The Mummy, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula and Wolf Man, with unique apparel, accessories, glassware and collectibles.
  • NBC Sports Grill & Brew:  Let’s get happy with Happy Hour at NBC Sports Grill weekdays from 2 – 5pm. From a night out with friends and family to date night, the eclectic menu includes select draft beer, wine, cocktails and hearty burgers such as the NBC Classic, BBQ Burger and Jalapeno Burger. The Happy Hour menu offers a variety of sharable snacks, including Fried Pickles, Chips and Queso, Loaded Fries or Tots, Pretzel Bites and Chicken Tenders.

Nominees and special guests unveiled ahead of this Sunday’s 2024 EE BAFTA Film Awards.

  • Hannah Waddingham to deliver an exclusive live music performance, in addition to Sophie Ellis-Bextor who will perform her iconic hit ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’
  • Attendees and presenters announced today for the first time
  • Samantha Morton to receive BAFTA Fellowship
  • June Givanni to receive Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award
  • Ceremony to broadcast on BBC One and iPlayer from 19:00-21:00 (GMT) and globally in star-studded show hosted by David Tennant

LONDON – Tuesday 13 February: Today, BAFTA unveils the attending nominees and guest presenters for the 2024 EE BAFTA Film Awards this Sunday 18 February, for Britain’s biggest night of film. The EE BAFTAs will be hosted by David Tennant for the first time and will be broadcast on BBC One and iPlayer from 19:00-21:00 (GMT) and globally.

Emma Baehr, Executive Director of Awards & Content said: “It is a privilege to welcome so many nominees to the EE BAFTA Film Awards this Sunday, representing some of the best on-screen and behind-the-screen creative talent working in film today who have provided audiences worldwide with an incredible year of film. It is a joy to bring these 38 remarkable films and the teams that made them to public attention. With host David Tennant bringing his charm and charisma to the ceremony, and performances from Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Hannah Waddingham, it promises to be an entertaining show for all our nominees and guests at the Royal Festival Hall and the millions of people watching at home around the world.”

Attendees:

Nominees confirmed to date include (in alphabetical order)

Alex Fry, Alexander Payne, Alexandra Derbyshire, Amy Pascal, Andrew Haigh, Andrew Lowe, Annetta Marion, Arthur Harari, Ayo Edebiri, Barry Keoghan, Belén Atienza, Bradley Cooper, Carey Mulligan, Celine Song, Charles Roven, Charlotte Regan, Chris Smith, Christina Steinberg, Christine Vachon, Christopher Miller, Christopher Nolan, Christopher Sharp, Cillian Murphy, Claire Foy, Colman Domingo, Cord Jefferson, Damian Jones, Dan Friedkin, Daniel Lupi, David Hemingson, David Heyman, David Hinojosa, David Scarpa, David Thion, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Davis Guggenheim, Denise Ream, Dominic Sessa, Ed Guiney, Ella Glendining, Emerald Fennell, Emily Blunt, Emily Leo, Emma Stone, Emma Thomas, Fantasia Barrino, Graham Broadbent, Greta Gerwig, Ivana MacKinnon, J.A. Bayona, James Wilson, Jana Edelbaum, Joaquim Dos Santos, Joedan Okun, John Battsek, Jonathan Glazer, Jonathan King, Josey McNamara, Josh Singer, Justin K. Thompson, Justine Triet, Kemp Powers, Ken Loach, Kevin J. Walsh, Konstantinos Kontovrakis, Lauren Domino, Lisa Selby, Madeleine Gavin, Margot Robbie, Marie-Ange Luciani, Mark Huffam, Mark Johnson, Matthew Heineman, Medb Riordan, Mia McKenna-Bruce, Michelle Mizner, Molly Manning Walker, Mstyslav Chernov, Nathan Bryon, Noah Baumbach, Pamela Koffler, Paul Giamatti, Paul King, Paul Laverty, Paul Mescal, Pete Czernin, Peter Sohn, Phil Lord, Phoebe Dynevor, Rachel Cohen, Raney Aronson-Rath, Rebecca Lloyd-Evans, Rebecca O’Brien, Robert Downey Jr., Rosamund Pike, Ryan Gosling, Sam Fell, Sandra Hermida, Sandra Hüller, Sarah Harvey, Savanah Leaf, Shirley O’Connor, Simon Farnaby, Simon Halfon, Sophie Wilde, Steve Pegram, Sue Mi Terry, Teo Yoo, Theo Barrowclough, Tom Melia, Vivian Oparah, Yorgos Lanthimos, Yvonne Isimeme Ibazebo.

Presenters confirmed to date include (in alphabetical order)

Adjoa Andoh, Andrew Scott, Bryce Dallas Howard, Callum Turner, Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daisy Edgar Jones, Daryl McCormack, David Beckham, Deepika Padukone, Dua Lipa, Emma Corrin, Gillian Anderson, Himesh Patel, Hugh Grant, Idris Elba, Indira Varma, James Martin, Jack O’Connell, Keegan-Michael Key, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Lily Collins, Marisa Abela, Rebecca Ferguson, Sheila Atim, Taylor Russell.

Special Award Recipients:

This year’s BAFTA Fellowship will be presented to award-winning British actor, writer and director Samantha Morton. It is the arts charity’s highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, games or television. As previously announced here.

BAFTA’s Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema will be presented to June Givanni, the pioneering film curator, writer and programmer of African and African diaspora cinema, and founder of The June Givanni PanAfrican Archive. 

Performers & Hosts

Also announced today, British actress and television star Hannah Waddingham will deliver an exclusive music performance. Sophie Ellis-Bextor will also perform her iconic hit, Murder on the Dancefloor as featured in nominated film Saltburn.

The 2024 EE BAFTA Film Awards ceremony will be hosted by David Tennant at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, offering audiences at home an unmissable night of entertainment.  

The legendary red carpet will be hosted by Clara Amfo and Alex Zane, LIVE on BAFTA’s social channels YouTubeX and Facebook, and Zainab Jiwa will be live from the red carpet exclusively on BAFTA’s TikTok channel from 15.00-16:00 GMT, giving audiences exclusive access to all the arrivals #EEBAFTAs. 

ACADEMY ESTABLISHES CASTING AWARD FOR 98TH OSCARS®

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the creation of an annual competitive Academy Award® for Achievement in Casting, beginning with the 98th Academy Awards® for films released in 2025.

“Casting directors play an essential role in filmmaking, and as the Academy evolves, we are proud to add casting to the disciplines that we recognize and celebrate,” said Academy CEO Bill Kramer and Academy President Janet Yang. “We congratulate our Casting Directors Branch members on this exciting milestone and for their commitment and diligence throughout this process.”

“On behalf of the members of the Casting Directors Branch, we’d like to thank the Board of Governors, the Awards Committee and Academy leadership for their support. This award is a deserved acknowledgment of our casting directors’ exceptional talents and a testament to the dedicated efforts of our branch,” said Academy Casting Directors Branch governors Richard Hicks, Kim Taylor-Coleman and Debra Zane.

Category rules for eligibility and voting for the inaugural award will be announced in April 2025 with the complete 98th Academy Awards Rules. The specifics of the award’s presentation will be determined by the Academy’s Board of Governors and its administrative leadership at a future date.

The Casting Directors Branch was created in July 2013. There are currently nearly 160 members of the branch.

The last new award category created was Best Animated Feature Film, established in 2001.
 


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The 66th Grammy Awards: A night of Tributes and Appreciation of all Genres of Music through the Eras. The 2024 Grammys hit all the right notes. Taylor Swift breaks Grammy record with fourth Best Album win.”

MUSIC’S BIGGEST NIGHT® Brought together Music’s Biggest Stars at the Crypto Arena in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024 on CBS.

All photos Courtesy of the Recording Academy® / Getty Images ©

Los Angeles, Calif. – The stars came out to shine at Music’s Biggest Night® during the 66th Grammy Awards held at the Crypto Arena in downtown Los Angeles. The heavy rain poured down outside even as Joni Mitchell’s rendition of her iconic song Both Sides Now from her 1969 album Clouds, drew tears of emotion from the audience and television viewers alike.

“Music has always been one of humanities greatest connectors,” said Harvey Mason jr., CEO, the Recording Academy. “Every song we heard tonight moved someone… Now is the time for Humanity to play together to come together, with empathy and Love,” Mason said.

Grammys host, Trevor Noah, kept the mood upbeat throughout the evening with his quick wit and humor as well as his heartfelt observations. “These people write the soundtracks of our lives,” Noah said.

Celine Dion presented the final award of the evening. “When I say that I’m happy to be here, I really mean it from my heart,” Dion said. “Those who have been blessed enough to be here at the Grammys must never forget the joy that music brings to people all around the world.” She then presented Taylor Swift with her fourth Album of the Year Award, the first artist to surpass Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder who held the most in the category with three Best Albums wins each, prior to this evening’s ceremonies.

Accepting her fourth win for Album of the Year for her Midnights album, Taylor Swift told the audience and viewers around the world, “The music is the work… All I want to do is keep doing this, I love it so much… it makes me so happy,” Swift said, thanking her team including Lana Del Ray, calling her a legacy artist. Earlier, Swift announced her upcoming album,The Tortured Poets Department, to be released April 19, while accepting her 13th Grammy for her Best Pop Album.

The Piano Man himself, Billy Joel, who earlier performed his new song, Turn the Lights Back On, closed out the 2024 Grammys with a triumphant rendition of his 1980s classic, You May Be Right. Tonight’s Grammys hit all the right notes and will go down in Music History as a night to remember!

The 66th Grammy Awards in Pictures

All Photos Courtesy of the Recording Academy® / Getty Images ©

Swift announced her upcoming album,The Tortured Poets Department, to be released April 19, while accepting her 13th Grammy for her Best Pop Album. Courtesy of the Recording Academy® / Getty Images ©

“These people write the soundtracks of our lives,” Trevor Noah said. All photos Courtesy of the Recording Academy® / Getty Images ©

“Music has always been one of humanities greatest connectors,” said Harvey Mason jr., CEO, the Recording Academy. “Now is the time for Humanity to play together to come together, with empathy and Love,” Mason said. Courtesy of the Recording Academy® / Getty Images ©

“The music is the work… All I want to do is keep doing this, I love it so much… it makes me so happy” -Taylor Swift – Courtesy of the Recording Academy® / Getty Images ©

All photos Courtesy of the Recording Academy® / Getty Images ©

All Photos Courtesy of the Recording Academy® / Getty Images ©

“Those who have been blessed enough to be here at the Grammys must never forget the joy that music brings to people all around the world.” – Celine Dion Courtesy of the Recording Academy® / Getty Images ©

All photos Courtesy of the Recording Academy® / Getty Images ©

MUSIC ICONS MARIAH CAREY AND LENNY KRAVITZ HONORED WITH GLOBAL IMPACT AWARD AT THIRD ANNUAL RECORDING ACADEMY® HONORS PRESENTED BY THE BLACK MUSIC COLLECTIVE.

THE STAR-STUDDED GRAMMY® WEEK EVENT TOOK PLACE ON THURS, FEB. 1, 2024, AT THE FAIRMONT CENTURY PLAZA.

SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (FEB. 2, 2024) – GRAMMY® Award-winning artists Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz were honored with the Recording Academy® Global Impact Award at the third annual Recording Academy Honors on Thurs, Feb. 1, 2024.

The Recording Academy Global Impact Award recognizes Black music creators whose dedication to the art form has greatly influenced the industry and whose legacy of service inspires countless individuals worldwide, celebrating those who, through leadership and passion, empower others to embrace their authentic selves and contribute to positive change. Adam Blackstone returned for the third consecutive year as music supervisor. The third annual Recording Academy Honors, sponsored by Amazon Music and City National Bank, took place just days before Music’s Biggest Night®with Amazon Music returning as a sponsor for a third consecutive year
 
“It was an honor to celebrate the incomparable careers of Mariah and Lenny as this year’s class of Recording Academy Global Impact Award Honorees,” said Harvey Mason jr., CEO of the Recording Academy. “This extraordinary group of icons has not only entertained millions around the world but has also paved the way for future generations of artists to push the boundaries of creative expression. As the Recording Academy Honors enters its third year, I couldn’t be prouder to see it flourish and solidify its impactful presence during GRAMMY week.”
 
The event included performances by Yolanda Adams, Babyface, Busta Rhymes, Erica Campbell, George Clinton, Davido, Andra Day, Manny Fresh, Tori Kelly, Quavo, Gabby Simone, Chad Smith, Andrew Watt, Verdine White, and Stevie Wonder, with appearances by H.E.R and Chair of the BMC, Rico Love.

In addition to the programming for the evening, music executive and renowned photographer Lenny S curated the Icons Gallery at the event, a captivating art activation paying tribute to generations of influential Black music icons. MVD Inc returned for the third consecutive year to produce the Recording Academy Honors Presented by the BMC.