DAILY NEWS:Oscar Security Breach?; Razzie Nods; Sony Classics Grabs Another Movie
by Eugene Hernandez and Maya Churi
>>Knowles Claims Inside Word on Oscar Nominations
(indieWIRE/2.15.2000) -- Harry Knowles' website, Ain't It Cool News,
has published what it claims is a short list of Academy Award nominees.
Knowles indicated on his site yesterday that the list of 8
nominees in many Oscar categories is "from deep within the
halls of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences."
The list, from a source named only as "Doctor Evil's Evil Lite Son,"
is claimed as a longer group from which the ultimate nominees will
A breach of Academy security would be unprecented given the
extreme measures the organization takes to guarantee complete
secrecy until the nominees are announced at 5:38 a.m. PT.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences "locks down"
its headquarters on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills where the
nominations are announced. Staffers responsible for organizing
the early morning announcement ceremony are prevented from
making or receiving calls and access to the building is
restricted the night before until shortly before the
In the Best Picture category, Knowles indicates that the five
nominees will be chosen from the following 8 films:
"American Beauty," "The End of the Affair," "The Green Mile,"
"The Hurricane," "The Sixth Sense," "Topsy Turvy," and
"The Talented Mr. Ripley." The site offers lists for 17
of the 23 categories.
While industry prognosticators could clearly come up with a list
comprised of similar predictions...in a few hours readers will be
able to assess the accuracy of Knowles' claims.
An email message to Harry Knowles was not returned by press time
and a call to AMPAS was made after hours in Los Angeles.
>>Razzie Noms Showcase Year's Worst
(indieWIRE/2.15.2000) -- While most moviegoers and media will be
buzzing later today about the movies chosen as the best of 1999,
some will take a moment to stop and think about the worst that
Hollywood had to offer.
Yesterday, nominees for the Golden Rasberry Awards were announced,
with "Wild Wild West" and "Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace"
were the most nominated -- each received 8 Razzie nods, including
recognition in the "Worst Movie of the Year" category. Rounding
out the "top" slot are "Big Daddy," "The Haunting," and...
"The Blair Witch Project."
>>Sony Pictures Classics picks up yet another film
(indieWIRE/2.15.2000) -- Picking up it's fifth film in recent weeks, Sony
Pictures Classics is clearly on a roll. The Hollywood Reporter reported
yesterday that Sony Classics has acquired North American rights to
"Soloman & Gaenor" a Welsh period dramatic film written and directed by
Paul Morrison. The story, which reportedly follows a Jewish man who
struggles to conceal his identity in order to pursue the love of his
life, is set in a small Welsh mining town in the years before World
War II. IndieWIRE reported last week the Sony Pictures Classics
acquired domestic rights to Takeshi Kitano's newest film "Brother"
which stars Omar Epps. That acquisition came on the heels of the
Sundance Film Festival where the company picked up three other
films: "Groove," "Shadow Magic" and "The Tao of Steve"
(which was acquired after the festival ended).