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ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURES ARTS AND SCIENCES REVEALS 2022 STUDENT ACADEMY AWARD® WINNERS. ALL WINNING FILMS NOW ELIGIBLE FOR 2022 OSCARS®

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):

Alternative/Experimental
Olivia Peace, “Against Reality,” University of Southern California

Animation
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

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

Narrative
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 oscars.org 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.
 

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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
10. COS SLAY
11. Goth Circus
12. Abbadon’s Cimbalom
13. Screamin My Name
14. Underworld
15. Animatronic featuring MILKBLOOD
 
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FINAL DAYS TO VIEW THE WIZARD OF OZ AND SPIKE LEE GALLERIES AT THE ACADEMY MUSEUM.

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 academymuseumstore.org.

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.

WHEN
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.

ADMISSION/ TICKETS
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 atthemain.org.

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.

About BAFTA

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).

About EE

EE runs the UK’s biggest and fastest mobile network, offering superfast connections in more places than any other operator. EE brought the first 4G network to the UK in October 2012 and launched the UK’s first 5G network in May 2019.

EE has received extensive independent recognition, including being named the UK’s no.1 5G network by RootMetrics® in 2020 and being named the UK’s best network every year since 2014 for the following awards: The Mobile Choice Awards, The Mobile Industry Awards and by RootMetrics®.

As well as offering mobile services to consumers and small and medium businesses, EE also provides home and business broadband using both 4G and fixed line connections.

EE is committed to being number one for service in the industry and has nearly 600 shops across the UK. EE remains the only mobile provider to answer 100% of customer calls in the UK and Ireland and was recognised as the UK’s Best Large Contact Centre by the UK Customer Experience Awards 2018 and Welsh Contact Centre Awards 2019. EE was awarded The Sunday Times’ Best 100 Companies to Work for in 2018 and 2019, as well as being named Best Employer 2018 by the European Contact Centre & Customer Service awards.

EE is part of BT’s Consumer business unit which provides products and services to all of BT’s consumer customers in the UK. Follow us on:

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LinkedIn at: www.linkedin.com/company/ee-uk

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 www.southbankcentre.co.uk/

LUMINARIES GATHER FOR AN EVENING WITH SACHEEN LITTLEFEATHER AT THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURES MUSEUM.  LITTLEFEATHER’S FOUR-HOUR VISUAL HISTORY NOW AVAILABLE ON THE MUSEUM’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL.

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.

GLENN WEISS AND RICKY KIRSHNER TO PRODUCE THE 95TH OSCARS, SET TO AIR LIVE MARCH 12, 2023, ON ABC.

OSCARS RED CARPET AND KEY ART CREATIVES NAMED: DAVID CHAMBERLIN, LISA LOVE, RAÚL ÀVILA AND KENNY GRAVILLISMISTY BUCKLEY AND ALANA BILLINGSLEY SIGN ON AS 
OSCARS PRODUCTION DESIGNERS.

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.
 

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ACADEMY MUSEUM WILL OFFER LIVESTREAM OF AN EVENING WITH SACHEEN LITTLEFEATHERON SEPTEMBER 17, 2022.

FOLLOWING THE PROGRAM, MUSEUM WILL PUBLISH 
LITTLEFEATHER’S FOUR-HOUR VISUAL HISTORY.

 

Los Angeles, Calif. – On September 17, 2022, the Academy Museum will host An Evening with Sacheen Littlefeather, a special program of conversation, healing, and celebration that will reflect on the historic 1973 Academy Awards® ceremony during which Sacheen Littlefeather (Apache/Yaqui/AZ) declined Marlon Brando’s Academy Award at his request.

The event, programmed by Littlefeather and produced by Academy Museum Vice President of Education and Public Engagement Amy Homma, is part of the museum’s ongoing dedication to create programs and exhibitions in partnership with film artists and communities that illuminate the entertainment industry’s past and pave the way for meaningful change in its future.

As An Evening with Sacheen Littlefeather is at capacity, the museum will livestream the program on its YouTube channel. The program will be available until Friday September 23. A standby line will also be available at the museum starting at 2pm PDT on Saturday, September 17.

In addition, the museum will publish a nearly four-hour visual history of Littlefeather, interviewed by Academy Museum Director and President Jacqueline Stewart, following An Evening with Sacheen Littlefeather at 7 pm PDT. Details will be shared following the event.

The evening’s program will include a land acknowledgement courtesy of Virginia Carmelo (Tongva/So. CA), a reading of the Academy’s letter of apology to Littlefeather, Native American performances, and a conversation between Littlefeather and Academy Member, producer, and co-chair of the Academy’s Indigenous Alliance Bird Runningwater (Cheyenne/Mescalero Apache/NM). Additional performers and speakers will include Academy CEO Bill Kramer, traditional vocalist and singer Calina Lawrence (Suquamish/WA), former Academy President David Rubin, incoming Academy President Janet Yang, emcee Earl Neconie (Kiowa/OK), emcee Jacqueline Stewart, Michael Bellanger (Ojibiway/MN & Kickapoo/OK) and the All Nation Singers and Dancers, and Steve Bohay (Kiowa/OK) and the Sooner Nation Singers and Dancers, and the White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers with Joe Tohonnie (Apache/AZ).

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
6067 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036

Saturday, September 17, 2022. 5 pm PDT.

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 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. 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.

Line-up for Presenters for 74th Emmy Awards airing on Monday Sept. 12, 2022 on NBC and NBC Peacock, Hosted by Kenan Thompson.

Los Angeles, Calif. – The Television Academy and NBC today announced the first group of stars set to appear on the 74th Emmy Awards hosted by Kenan Thompson on Monday, September 12.

Talent includes:

  • Will Arnett (Murderville)
  • Angela Bassett (9-1-1; American Horror Story)
  • Vanessa Bayer (I Love That for You)
  • Kelly Clarkson (The Kelly Clarkson Show)
  • Ariana DeBose (Schmigadoon!; Westworld)
  • Taye Diggs (All American; The Best Man: The Final Chapters)
  • Hannah Einbinder (Hacks) — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Selena Gomez (Only Murders in the Building) — Outstanding Comedy Series
  • Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
  • Jung Ho-yeon (Squid Game) — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
  • Lee Jung-jae (Squid Game) — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
  • Jimmy Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel Live!) — Outstanding Variety Talk Series;(Live in Front of a Studio Audience: ‘The Facts of Life’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes’) — Outstanding Variety Special (Live)
  • Diego Luna (Andor; Narcos: Mexico)
  • Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Organized Crime)
  • Seth Meyers (Late Night with Seth Meyers) — Outstanding Variety Talk Series; (Late Night with Seth Meyers: CORRECTIONS) — Outstanding Short Form Comedy, Drama or Variety Series
  • Amy Poehler (Lucy and Desi) — Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special; Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program; (Making It) — Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program
  • Molly Shannon (I Love That for You)
  • Jean Smart (Hacks) — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Kerry Washington (Live in Front of a Studio Audience: ‘The Facts of Life’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes’) — Outstanding Variety Special (Live)
  • Natalie Zea (La Brea; Justified)

The 74th Emmy Awards, produced by Done+Dusted in association with Hudlin Entertainment and directed by Hamish Hamilton, will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Monday, Sept. 12 (8:00-11:00 PM EDT/5:00-8:00 PM PDT) on the NBC Television Network and will simultaneously stream live on Peacock.

In order to create a more inclusive experience for blind and visually impaired viewers, NBCUniversal is proud to present the full NBC broadcast with live audio description on the Secondary Audio Program channel (SAP), provided by Descriptive Video Works. The broadcast will be available with additional audio narration, describing the rich visuals of the Emmys.

For more information, please visit Emmys.com.

Done+Dusted will produce the telecast in association with Hudlin Entertainment.

Emmy Rewind: Queen Elizabeth II & BAFTA

In honor of Queen Elizabeth II and her support of the arts and entertainment, revisit this 1992 emmy magazine article celebrating the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Los Angeles, Calif. – Queen Elizabeth II has been a familiar presence on television screens the world over. The UK’s longest-serving monarch, who died today, September 8, 2022, at the age of ninety-six, made hundreds of TV appearances over the course of her seventy-year reign — including her annual Christmas speech to the British Empire.

In 2016, she made her mark on American television when the Emmy Award-winning Netflix series The Crown premiered. The dramatic series aims to encompass her reign from young adulthood — when she was crowned at the age of twenty-five — to the present. As the character has aged, she has been portrayed by actresses Claire Foy, then by Olivia Colman — both of whom won Emmys for their work — and next by Imelda Staunton.

While it is unknown whether the royal family watches The Crown (though it is rumored they do), what is known is that the Queen made her love and appreciation of the arts official by bestowing appointments to the Order of the British Empire — including awards given to actors Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Daniel Day-Lewis and Ian McKellen, to name but a few.
 
Queen Elizabeth II was also a financial supporter of the arts, and gifted the royalties from the famed British television documentary Royal Family — which aired on BBC 1 and ITV in June of 1969 — to the Society of Film and Television Arts (SFTA) — a forerunner of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). The gift enabled the organization to move its offices to the former home of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours — a facility that was renovated to include two modern screening theaters, a members’ lounge and bar, a dining space and a conference suite.

The hope for the relationship between BAFTA and the Television Academy, as expressed in emmy magazine contributor Noble Wilson’s 1992 article, was to “establish a facility for visiting members, so that [Television Academy] members visiting London and BAFTA members traveling to Los Angeles could find a home away from home.”

A special relationship indeed.



Just 110 years ago, the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours opened its prestigious galleries on London’s Piccadilly. Today the “pictures” there are on film or tape, and the galleries have become the home of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). Officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1976, the facility now has two modern screening theaters, a members’ lounge and bar, as well as a very handsome dining and conference suite.

BAFTA is the amalgam of the former British Film Academy and the Guild of Television Producers and Directors. Its 2,200 members work in both the film and television industries, 400 of them as expatriate members in Los Angeles. While the interests of TV and film members have not always coincided, separate academies would find it very difficult to achieve the necessary support and funding; it is also quite evident that the two media are coming ever closer together, both in production and in the arrangements for distribution. Special effects, created electronically on videotape and then transferred to film, are being used by more and more filmmakers; while television programs are made on film, often for showing in movie theaters before airing on TV.

The academy has a royal president, Princess Anne, who takes much interest in its affairs. The vice-president is the celebrated producer-director Sir Richard Attenborough. There’s a council and a board of management, both working under the overall chairmanship of Richard Price, of one of the U.K.’s leading independent production and distribution houses and an old friend of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) [now known as the Television Academy]. Day-to-day administration is in the hands of Tony Byrne, with his staff of forty.

What does BAFTA do? Well, its prime purpose, like that of ATAS, is the promotion of excellence, and many of its strategies in pursuit of that purpose are very similar to those of its American cousin: the giving of awards, training, mounting of special events and tributes, and screenings of its members’ work. Indeed the frequent showing of new feature films is one of the most popular activities.

The televised awards, of course, give BAFTA its highest public profile. The telecast of the production and performance awards from London’s Grosvenor House Hotel usually achieves an audience of more than 10 million (about a 40 rating) and has on occasion pulled in 13 million. BBC Television and one of the ITV companies, London Weekend (LWT), alternate in providing the coverage.

This year it was the turn of LWT, with the well-known talk-show host Michael Aspel, as master of ceremonies. Among the distinguished guests was ATAS executive director James L. Loper, who regularly takes advantage of this event to talk with some of the leading figures in British television. During the evening the PBS documentary series The Civil War, made by Ken Burns’s Florentine Films, was named best foreign program. Highlights also included the presentation of special awards to Audrey Hepburn and Sir John Gielgud.

A separate craft awards ceremony is usually held a week before the production awards in a venue outside London. This year it took place in Bristol, and the awards were given out in the presence of Prince Edward.

The system of nomination and voting for the production and performance awards is lengthy but comprehensive: All full members are invited to nominate programs screened during the preceding twelve months; the ten programs achieving the highest number of nominations, together with another five put forward by the program awards committee, are sent back to the members; members then choose four programs out of the fifteen; finally peer group juries vote for the winners from the four highest- scoring nominations.

The voting procedure for the craft awards is broadly similar.

Inevitably there have been criticisms of the system over the years, but so far no one has come up with anything that is thought to be fairer or more democratic. Edward Mirzoeff, BAFTA’s vice-chairman of television, likes to think that there could be a way of making absolutely sure that excellent programs that just aren’t seen by enough members, or that in the plethora of a year’s programming just get forgotten, can find their way into the final fifteen. Not an easy problem and one that must be only too familiar to award givers the world over.

In collaboration with Shell U.K., BAFTA has mounted a number of varied events and initiatives. There have been several tribute awards to famous British artists such as Julie Andrews, Sean Connery, and Michael Caine; it has produced study guides to promote the use of film in schools and an information packet on careers in film and television; it has supported Screenwriters’ Studio, the U.K.’s only master class for film and TV scriptwriting; it has sponsored a Fulbright fellowship in film and television studies and organized a nationwide rally of famous classic cars in aid of a charity; together with Central Television and the British Council it organized a festival of British film and television in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1990; and last year, at the invitation of the Library of Congress, BAFTA, and Central Television, with the help of many other British companies, mounted a similar festival in Washington, D.C., during the state visit of Queen Elizabeth II. And that’s just some of a long list of activities.

By now you will be wondering where the money comes from. There are a number of sources of funding. Over the last three years Shell U.K. has provided $5.25 million to help fund the special events of the kind mentioned above. It’s not known why the company decided not to maintain its support, or if it is, nobody’s telling. The official line is that the deal was for a maximum of three years. Others have suggested that a change of chairman at Shell or pressure from the parent company, Royal Dutch Shell in the Netherlands, may have been the reason. However BAFTA’s plans for special events in the coming year or two are not going to be spoiled; new corporate backing from a number of sources has been found, and the mood is one of optimism.

Individual full membership costs $166 a year; corporate membership runs $8,750, or $17,500 if you are a “foundation member.” Corporate members can entertain at BAFTA events, get reduced rates for using facilities at the BAFTA center, and thus have access to television and film personalities at the highest executive level. In February a British car manufacturer invited its clients to a champagne supper in the center, followed by the screening of a new film in the 200-seat theater.

What of the future? Chairman Richard Price says he is keen to see the promotion of excellence extended to include more categories of programming. At the moment the awards for production and performance are in the fields of drama, factual programs, light entertainment, comedy, news and remote broadcasts, music, and children’s and arts programs. Price hopes that recognition can be given to such programs as talk shows, sports, and daytime programming. He also feels that the skills and talents of those who make commercials should not be ignored. It’s not immediately clear how these ideas can be realized, but they will certainly have the backing of many people in the industry.

Price has already introduced a new source of funds: a lifetime member ship in BAFTA for a single payment of $1,925. At a stroke that brought in a bonus of $115,000!

And BAFTA recently introduced sep arate awards for programs made for Scottish and Welsh audiences. This year the ceremonies were held in Glasgow, Scotland, and Cardiff, Wales, and according to Price, who attended both events, many of the programs (which are normally not seen outside the respective national borders) were of high quality.

There’s no doubt that the relationship between BAFTA and ATAS is much appreciated: Both Richard Price and director Tony Byrne feel there is real benefit to be had in the mutual exchange of experience and in personal contact. On a practical level it’s hoped to establish a facility for visiting members, so that ATAS members visiting London and BAFTA members traveling to Los Angeles could find a home away from home.

I recently asked Tony Byrne what gave him the most job satisfaction over the last year. He said that despite months of hard-hitting recession, BAFTA has been able to stay on course and even pick up a little speed. An achievement indeed.


This article originally appeared in the May/June 1992 issue of emmy magazine under the title, “Europe Report: A British Salute to Excellence.”

A message from BAFTA regarding Her Majesty The Queen.

8 September 2022

A message regarding Her Majesty The Queen.

We are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty The Queen, whose close association with the Academy spanned 50 years. 

Through her various patronages, The Queen was renowned for her support of the UK’s creative industries, having been patron of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Royal Variety Charity and the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund.  Over the years, The Queen has visited countless film and television organisations, supporting their efforts by highlighting the work they do.   

In 1972, The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh generously gave their share of the profits from the documentary film Royal Family to the Society of Film and Television Arts (SFTA, a forerunner of BAFTA) as a donation towards a new headquarters for the Society.  The original idea to have a headquarters was conceived in early 1970 by Richard Cawston, a producer of Royal Family. 

The official opening of BAFTA’s new headquarters at 195 Piccadilly, in March 1976, was conducted by The Queen and attended by past Presidents of the organisation, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Earl Mountbatten of Burma, and HRH Princess Anne, who was President at the time.  On the occasion of the official opening, the Society of Film and Television Arts was renamed the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.  Five decades on, 195 Piccadilly remains BAFTA’s iconic London home and is at the heart of the Academy’s charitable activity. 

The Queen played a significant role in one of the most ambitious overseas initiatives the Academy has ever undertaken, when in 1990, the Library of Congress in Washington invited BAFTA to organise a joint Festival of British Film and Television.  The Academy organised a major British cultural programme in 1991 for the first state visit to Washington by The Queen and The Duke since 1976.  The Queen supported numerous events within the festival, including the Great British Picture Show at the Library of Congress, at which over 100 feature films were screened within a week.  The Queen also attended a BAFTA lunch at The Jefferson Building, together with The Duke, which included a presentation of a British Academy Special Award to actress Angela Lansbury by Sir Richard Attenborough. 

In 1996, when the Academy celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special event at 195 Piccadilly, The Queen and The Duke attended this milestone in the organisation’s history and to mark the occasion there were presentations of a Lifetime Achievement Award to cinematographer Freddie Young and the BAFTA Fellowship to Dame Maggie Smith.   

The Queen received her own BAFTA on 4 April 2013, the occasion of a reception for the British film industry hosted by Her Majesty at Windsor Castle.  An honorary British Academy Special Award was presented by Sir Kenneth Branagh in recognition of The Queen’s outstanding patronage of the film and television industries.   

The Queen occupies a unique place in the Academy’s history and will be missed enormously. 

Our thoughts are with our President, HRH The Duke of Cambridge and the Royal Family, to whom we offer our deepest sympathy.

Kevin Price 

Chief Executive Officer (Interim)

Krishnendu Majumdar 

Chair