Disney Accounts for Nearly 25% of Animated Films to be Considered for Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 21 films have been submitted for consideration for the Animated Feature Film category for the 85th Academy Awards. Among the films submitted are Disney/Pixar’s Brave, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, DisneyToon’s Secret of the Wings and Walt Disney Animation Studio’s Wreck-It Ralph.

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ABC Receives 48 Emmy Nominations

ABC received 48 nominations for the 64th Primetime Emmy® Awards, covering the eligibility period of June 1, 2011 through May 31, 2012. The nominations were announced today by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences from the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in the NoHo Arts District, California. Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum presided over the nominations along with Kerry Washington from the ABC drama “Scandal” and Jimmy Kimmel, host of ABC’s late night show “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

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Disney and ABC to Present Academy Awards Program Worldwide Through 2020

Disney Media Distribution and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have extended their agreement for DMD to distribute the annual Academy Awards® telecast internationally through 2020, Tom Sherak, Academy president and Anne Sweeney, president of the Disney/ABC Television Group, announced today. The previous agreement had been set to expire in 2014.

“Disney Media Distribution has been successful in securing distribution around the world for the Academy Awards and we’re thrilled to extend this partnership,” said Sherak. “The Oscars are an international event beloved by a global audience. It’s a testament to the magic of Hollywood.”

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Disney/ABC Television Garners 68 Daytime Emmy Nominations

The Disney/ABC Television Group received 68 nominations for the 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards announced today in New York City. “General Hospital” is the most honored show with 23 nominations, including a nod for Outstanding Drama Series. Executive producer of “The View” and “The Barbara Walters Specials” Bill Geddie will receive the 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions as writer, producer and director over his more than 30-year television career. “The View” received its 13th nomination for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment. ABC News’ “Good Morning America” received its sixth consecutive nomination for Outstanding Morning Program; “GMA” has won the award in three out of five years since the category was created.

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‘Newsies,’ ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ Make Headlines Catching 17 Tony Nominations

Disney's 'Newsies' on Broadway Disney’s limited Broadway run of its new musical ‘Newsies’ (based on the film) racked up an impressive eight Tony Award nominations including ‘Best Musical.’ The announcement was made earlier today by Kristin Chenoweth and Jim Parsons during the annual nominations ceremony.

For the coveted title of ‘Best Musical,’ ‘Newsies’ will be competing against ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It,’ ‘Once’ and ‘Leap of Faith,’ with the latter two also having been based on films. ‘Leap’ and ‘Newsies’ also share the music composition talents of Alan Menken.

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Disney World Chef Named as James Beard Nominee for Sixth Consecutive Year

Chef Scott Hunnel from Victoria & Albert'sFor the sixth year in a row, The James Beard Foundation has named Chef Scott Hunnel of Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa as a finalist on its annual list of top chefs in the country.

Nominated for the prestigious “Best Chef: South” award, Chef Hunnel is familiar with earning recognition as one of the nation’s best. He also received nominations from the Foundation in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

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Oscars: Pixar Down but Not Out, ‘Muppets’ Strike a (Con)Chord; DreamWorks Disney’s Savior

Nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards were announced earlier today by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and 2010 Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence in Hollywood, California. In regards to Disney films’ performances in the main category, there were, unfortunately, little surprises, but it’s unfortunate to report that even in the technical categories, Disney failed to shine. DreamWorks — whom Disney markets and distributes films for, much as they once did for Pixar Animation Studios — shines across the board, however, in particular for the Steven Spielberg epic War Horse.

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Photos: Disneyland Honors 55-Year Park Veteran Martinez with First-of-its-Kind Award

Oscar Martinez with Mickey Mouse. Courtesy Disneyland ResortYesterday, Oscar Martinez celebrated 55 years as a cast member at the Disneyland Resort. Martinez started his career at the park in 1956 as a bus boy and today serves as a cook at the Carnation Cafe on Main Street, USA. Throughout his service at the resort, Martinez has trained thousands of cast members and has become a favorite of many guests who visit him year after year.

Disney Parks' 55th Anniversary Service AwardMartinez is the first Walt Disney Parks & Resorts cast member to achieve this 55-year milestone and, as such, he became the first to receive the newly created 55-year Snow White-themed service award which was bestowed upon him in a ceremony held earlier at the resort.

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‘Muppets,’ ‘Gnomeo,’ ‘Pooh’ Among Films Shortlisted for Original Song Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 39 songs from eligible motion pictures have been shortlisted to be considered for nominees as Original Song fr the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Nine of the selected songs, which represents about 25% of the total list, come directly from Disney films. The number becomes even more impressive if you consider that two of the other shortlisted songs are affiliated with The Walt Disney Company: Star Spangled Man’ from Captain America: The First Avenger, which of course is a property of Disney’s own Marvel, and ‘The Living Proof’ from The Help, a DreamWorks film which was marketed and distributed by Disney’s Touchstone Pictures.

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Disney Pushes Five Films, One Short for Award Consideration in 2011

Maquette of Bambino from 'La Luna'Although only a handful of ‘For Your Consideration’ ads have popped up from Walt Disney Studios in the industry trades — and those namely for Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2 and Winnie the Pooh — the studio has updated its awards consideration site to invite organizations to take a closer look at five of its feature-length films released this past year, along with one of its shorts.

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