Office Milestones, and Academy Presidents Elected

Compiled by Eugene Hernandez

>> Academy Seeking Foreign Language Oscar Submissions

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced yesterday
that it has mailed invitations to 73 countries seeking submission of
their top movies for consideration for the Foreign Language Film Oscar
at the 71st Academy Awards. Entry forms must be received by the
Academy no later that November 2, 1998. According to AMPAS, "to be
eligible for consideration for the 1998 Award, a film must have had its
first public showing for at least seven consecutive days in a commercial

theater in its home country between November 1, 1997 and October 31,
1998, and must have been produced with a pre-dominantly non-English
dialogue track in a language of the submitting country." The Academy
added the seven day minimum-run requirement in a change of the rules
this year. Nominations for the 71st Academy Award will be announced
on February 9, 1998 and winners will be announced on the Oscar telecast,
Sunday, March 21, 1999.

[Requests for information about the Foreign Language Film Award can
be made by calling Awards Coordinator Patrick Stockstill at

>> "Pi" = $1M, "Sex" = $3M and "Smoke" = $5M at Box Office

"Pi" (Artisan) passed the million-dollar mark at the box office this
weekend, bringing in $269,144 through in its first month in release
-- its total take so far is $1,002,124. "The Opposite of Sex" (Sony
Pictures Classics
) passed the $5 million-dollar hurdle, earning
$144,584 for an 80 day total of $5,032,716. While through its 45th
day in release, "Smoke Signals" (Miramax) earned $405,770 this weekend,
passing the $3 million-dollar mark for a total of $3,008,676. New
entry "Safe Men" (October) brought in $21,210 in its opening weekend.

>> Rehme Re-Elected Academy Prez; McDowall Elected Foundation Prez

Robert Rehme has been elected to his second consecutive one-year term
as the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Rehme also served as President of the Academy in 1992 - 93. Meanwhile,
actor Roddy McDowall has been elected the President of the Academy
Foundation, the educational and cultural arm of the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences.