Well it's Oscar time dear readers, and many questions abound: Who will win top honors as the best actor, best director, best writer--and what exactly is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences?
I did a little digging and came up with some back story on how and when the Academy was founded, and a little bit about what it does. According to Britannica.com:
The academy was created in 1927 by 36 film industry leaders after Louis B. Mayer, the head of the powerful Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio, actor Conrad Nagel, director Fred Niblo, and producer Fred Beetson had the idea for a new industry organization for handling labour disputes, promoting harmony among the different branches of film production (the academy's original branches represented actors, writers, directors, producers, and technicians), improving the public image of the film industry, and providing a common ground for the discussion of new production procedures and technologies. Never an effective arbiter, the academy abandoned labour negotiations by 1937, and its focus became cultural and educational.
One of the early committees formed within the academy was assigned the task of considering awards presentations. From this committee evolved the function for which the organization is best known: the annual presentation of the Academy Awards, gold-plated statuettes (traditionally called Oscars) symbolizing recognition for excellence in acting, directing, and other areas of motion-picture production.
Cast Party!: Theatre Networking & Karaoke
It's happening! CAST PARTY! Sunday, 3.3.13, 6pm-9pm.
The official happy-hour fundraiser for Monologue Madness 2013, hosted at MOVA Lounge, 14th & W St NW, welcomes the DC theatre community to a night of networking and karaoke! Join your cast-mates, past, present, and future; chat with directors in a casual environment; and support Monologue Madness 2013, back for year number three, at this fun & early evening of singing, dancing, and celebration!
Featuring a live DJ spinning a show-tunes vs. pop mash-up, karaoke, movie-musical screenings,drink specials, and raffles!
A limited number of passes are currently available. Grab yours online at www.MonologueMadness.net
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