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"Just Prepare", Oscar Producers Advise Nominees At Annual Luncheon


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Apart from the award show itself, the Oscar luncheon is the event of Oscar season. Unlike the more stressful award ceremony, the luncheon is an informal opportunity for all Oscar nominees to mingle, regardless of their popularity or likelihood of winning. Attendees of the luncheon receive a goodie bag, a certificate and the chance to mingle with others at their randomly assigned table and the entire event. The Academy also places a member of their Board of Governors at host each table. For an informal event, there are quite a few rules, but this is the Academy, after all.

Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron made a point of telling them a billion people will be watching in more than 225 countries and that the time begins the moment they hit the microphone and they will have only 45 seconds. “But don’t be nervous,” Zadan said by way of advice to the attendees, according to Deadline. “Just prepare”.

Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, GLAAD Event
Oscar vets Craig Zadan and Neil Meron already know a thing or two about the luncheon.

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World Of Cinema Mourns The Death Of Academy President Tom Sherak


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Today the world of cinema mourns the death of Tom Sherak, studio executive and former Academy president. On Tuesday it was announced that Sherak had succumb to a long battle with prostate cancer and died at his Calabasas, Calif. home.

Tom Sherak, Dinner Of Champions
Sherak died as one of the most respected men in Hollywood.

Sherak had a long and fruitful career at 20th Century Fox, followed by a few years at Revolution Studios. However, his career peaked when he was elected President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences in 2009, for two consecutive terms. On September 26, 2013, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Tom Sherak as director of the newly created Mayor's Entertainment Industry and Production Office.

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