The 19th Annual MMPA Oscar Week Luncheon To Hosts Celebs and Stars at Afternoon Affair

The 19th Annual MMPA Oscar Week Luncheon To Hosts Celebs and Stars at Afternoon Affair

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The 19th Annual MMPA Oscar Week Luncheon To Hosts Celebs and Stars at Afternoon Affair

On Friday, January 20, 2012 The Multicultural Motion Picture Association announced their upcoming 19th Annual MMPA Oscar® Week luncheon where Academy Award nominees past and present, including Producers, Directors, Film Editors, Actors, Costume Designers, and past honorees are expected to come out for a star-studded afternoon of camaraderie and praise for young up-and-coming film talent.

This year the event will be held at the Sofitel Hotel Los Angeles located at 8555 Beverly Boulevard in Beverly Hills, CA 90048 on Friday, February 24, 2012 at 12:00pm.

Per event producers as in previous years, the 19th Annual MMPA Oscar Week Luncheon will be among the highlights of the week’s activities leading up to the Oscars and the MMPA’s annual luncheon will again be among the hottest tickets in town, this year made even hotter by the buzz surrounding many Golden Globe winners and potential Academy nominees already slated to attend this star-studded affair.

“After a solid year of burgeoning creative accomplishments on the part of our diverse film community, it continues to be inspiring to see the level of Hollywood talent who continue to express their desire to be a part of this afternoon of philanthropy and giving.” said Jarvee Hutcherson, President of The  Multicultural Motion Picture Association (MMPA).

The prestigious organization of actors, cinematographers, editors, writers, and directors has in the past played host to an array of celebrities and nominees from Salma Hayek, Robert DeNiro, Kate Winslet and Djimon Hounsou to Sandra Bullock, Denzel Washington, and Leonardo DiCaprio among others.

Last year at the 18th Annual MMPA 2011 Oscar Week Luncheon Civic Awards were presented to Kate Linder ( Actress, Philanthropist), Edward Lozzi ( Publicist, Edward Lozzi & Associates), Renee’ Valente (Producer, Valente Productions), Michelle Phillips (Actress, Singer) and A.C. Lyles(Paramount Pictures). Each civic honoree gave a speech after receiving their award, but the one who received an outstanding ovation was A.C. Lyles, producer from Paramount Pictures.

The Annual MMPA Oscar Week Luncheon event benefits The Multicultural Motion Picture Association’s Filmmakers Scholarship Fund.  As a part of the annual afternoon affair, awards are presented annually, to filmmakers selected for their creative achievements, vision and technical talent, and in addition to financial awards toward their tuition, film companies traditionally arrange gifts of technical support for scholarship recipients.

The event is open to the MMPA members and the general public is invited to attend. The organization is selling individual tickets starting at $200 and up and group table tickets from $2500 and up for the lunch and awards show. For more information on how to get your tickets contact the MMPA office at (310)497-4554.

About The Multicultural Motion Picture Association: The MMPA
Is a 501 © 3 non-profit arts organization that provides scholarships annually to a certain number of qualified film students and trade guild apprentices who have shown dedication and talent for furthering their studies in the cinematic arts. The MMPA’s annual Oscar Week Luncheon is always a highly anticipated afternoon event amid sumptuous mid-day dining where talented young filmmakers intermingle with Academy Award® nominees and studio executives. The MMPA utilizes committed individuals who bring their skills and commitment to schools, as well as youth and civic organizations, where teens and young adults need career mentoring, coupled with equipment and technical support. The Multicultural Motion Picture Association is also the producer of the Diversity Awards. For more information visit http://www.thediversityawards.org

Photo by Alex Palomares for Diversity News Magazine and Graphic logo credit to: The Multicultural Motion Picture Association 

Sources: The Multicultural Motion Picture Association, Examiner.comDiversity News Magazine & Diversity News Publications

EDITOR’S NOTE: Article published first in our publication Diversity News Magazine dot com and now is been re-published.

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Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Announce Dorian Award Nominees for 2011’s Best in Film and Television

Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Announce Dorian Award Nominees for 2011’s Best in Film and Television

Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Announce Dorian Award Nominees for 2011’s Best in Film and Television
Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Announce Dorian Award Nominees for 2011’s Best in Film and Television

On Monday, January 9, 2012 The Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association  announced their Dorian Award nominees for last year’s best in films, TV and performances. The full list of categories and nominations is below. Winners will be announced Monday, January 16, with a celebratory toast to be held February 19 in Los Angeles.

The DORIAN AWARD NOMINATIONS:

FILM OF THE YEAR

Midnight in Paris / Sony Pictures Classics

The Artist / The Weinstein Company

The Descendants / Fox Searchlight

The Skin I Live In / Sony Pictures Classics

The Tree of Life  / Fox Searchlight

Weekend / Sundance

FILM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Christopher Plummer / Beginners (Focus Features)

Leonardo DiCaprio / J Edgar (Warner Bros.)

Janet McTeer / Albert Nobbs (Liddell Entertainment)

Meryl Streep / The Iron Lady (The Weinstein Company)

Michael Fassbender / Shame (Fox Searchlight)

Rooney Mara  / The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Columbia)

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR (Film, DVD or TV)

Carol Channing: Larger Than Life / Entertainment One

Cave of Forgotten Dreams / Sundance

Page One: Inside the New York Times / Magnolia Pictures

Pina / IFC Films

We Were Here / Red Flag Releasing

LGBT-THEMED FILM OF THE YEAR 

Albert Nobbs / Liddell Entertainment

Beginners / Focus Features

Pariah / Focus Features

Tomboy / Rocket Releasing

Weekend / Sundance

LGBT-THEMED DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR

Becoming Chaz / World of Wonder

Bill Cunningham New York / Zeitgeist

Making the Boys / 4th Row Films

Vito / Automat Pictures

We Were Here / Red Flag Releasing

CAMPY (INTENTIONAL OR NOT) FILM OF THE YEAR

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never / Paramount

Kaboom / Desperate Pictures

The Muppets / Disney

Thor / Paramount

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 / Summit

UNSUNG FILM OF THE YEAR

50/50 / Summit Entertainment

Insidious / FilmDistrict

Jane Eyre / Focus Features

Warrior / Lionsgate

Win Win / Fox Searchlight

TV DRAMA OF THE YEAR 

American Horror Story / FX

Downton Abbey / PBS

Homeland / Showtime

Mildred Pierce / HBO

The Good Wife / CBS

TV COMEDY OF THE YEAR

Modern Family / ABC

Louie / FX

30 Rock / NBC

The Big Bang Theory / CBS

Happy Endings / ABC

TV MUSICAL PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

A Very Gaga Thanksgiving / ABC

Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On / HBO

Glee / Fox

Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour / HBO

The Voice / NBC

TV PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Bryan Cranston / Breaking Bad / AMC

Claire Danes / Homeland / Showtime

Jessica Lange / American Story / FX

Kate Winslet / Mildred Pierce / HBO

Madeline Stowe / Revenge / ABC

LGBT-THEMED TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

American Horror Story / FX

Happy Endings / ABC

Modern Family / ABC

RuPaul’s Drag Race / Logo

True Blood / HBO

CAMPY (INTENTIONAL OR NOT) TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

American Horror Story / FX

Hot In Cleveland / TV Land

Revenge / ABC

The A List New York / Logo

True Blood / HBO

UNSUNG TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

Enlightened / HBO

Happy Endings / ABC

Louie / FX

Pan Am / ABC

Parenthood / NBC

Suburgatory  ABC

THE WE’RE WILDE ABOUT YOU RISING STAR AWARD

Elizabeth Olsen

Jessica Chastain

Melissa McCarthy

Michael Fassbender

Tom Hardy

WILDE WIT OF THE YEAR AWARD

Kathy Griffin

Kristen Wiig

Louis C.K.

Rachel Maddow

The Staff Writers of Happy Endings

TIMELESS STAR (To be announced)

Given to a living actor or performer whose exemplary career has been marked by character, wisdom and wit.

ABOUT GALECA and the DORIAN AWARDS: The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA), formed in 2009, is comprised of over 50 esteemed critics, entertainment journalists and pop culture critics who work for noteworthy newspapers, magazines, websites and TV and radio outlets nationwide. With Oscar Wilde as their patron saint, the group’s collective experience continues to offer society a unique and cherished perspective on popular culture. GALECA members nominate movies, TV programs and performances from a variety of categories, not just LGBT-centric. For more information visit http://www.galeca.com or LIKE them on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/DORIAN-AWARDS/194318627297655?ref=ts

Source: http://galeca.com
Graphic credit to: The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association

EDITOR’S NOTE: Article first published in our site Diversity News Magazine Dot com and now we are re-publishing from the archive files.

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