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 Jeff Reichert, from left, Julia Reichert, and Steven Bognar, winners of the award for best documentary feature for "American Factory", pose in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
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The Netflix film about the Dayton auto glass plant run by a Chinese company was honored with The Oscar for best feature-length documentary.

The latest documentary from Yellow Springs filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar has been nominated for an Academy Award.

The film American Factory follows the rebirth and transformation of the former General Motors Assembly plant in Moraine into Chinese-owned Fuyao Glass America.

After weeks of hand-wringing, vote-wrangling and even some stern finger-wagging from the Department of Justice, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has declined to pursue a controversial proposal to change the Oscars' eligibility rules.

Memorable Music in Old Movies: More Oscars and Korngold

Feb 25, 2017
color photo of Olivia de Havilland as Maid Marian and Errol Flynn as Robin Hood in The Adventures of Robin Hood
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The first Academy Awards given for music in films, a practice that began in 1934, named only the head of the music department of the studio instead of the individual composer.

Max Steiner (see the first in this pair of blog posts), who wrote the music for King Kong (1933), was the head of the music department for RKO Pictures when his score for the 1935 film The Informer won that year, so technically he may have been the first composer to be named for the awards.

black-and-white photo of Fay Wray as Ann Darrow in 1933 King Kong film
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With the Academy Awards coming up this Sunday, I got to thinking about music in movies. This first of two blog posts offers a few personal—and maybe quirky—reflections on music from the early days of sound movies and a few old classic films that made innovative use of sound, especially symphonic music from three very talented composers.

The Rise of Black Cinema

Feb 23, 2017
Oscar Awards
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This year more African-Americans than ever have been nominated for Oscar awards. Although this is a big step for the awards show that is historically dominated by white films, many still believe that the film industry needs to do much more to highlight diverse stories and experiences. Today we'll discuss how black cinema is on the rise and how the film industry can work to continue including more diverse voices and stories.

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When the nominees for the 2017 Academy Awards were announced this morning, La La Land racked up 14 nods, tying records held by Titanic and All About Eve.

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The 88th Academy Awards will air this Sunday, amid an ongoing controversy over diversity after nominations for the second year in the row did not include any actors of color. This hour we will discuss the diversity landscape of the Academy and Hollywood at large. 

11:00 It's Oscar season! The 84th annual Academy Awards are this weekend... On this segment of "All Sides Weekend," WOSU Midday Host Amy Juravich will talk about the Oscars which will be awarded this Sunday, every category from the guaranteed winners to the long shots. Guests