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The 87th Academy Awards

The Academy Awards

According to its website, the Academy is “dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of motion pictures.The 87th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday February 22nd 2015 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, which has a capacity of 3,300 seats on Oscar Night. The Academy Awards are also known as the Oscars.

 

The Statuette

Officially named the Academy Award of Merit, an Oscar is given in recognition of the highest level of achievement in movie making. (The Academy adopted the nickname ‘Oscar’ in 1939, but no one is quite sure where its name originated – there are a few different theories!)

Although it weighs 8½ lbs, measures 13½ inches high, and has a diameter of 5¼ inches, the Oscar statuette stands tall as the motion picture industry’s greatest honour.

Award for Best Original Screenplay presented to Herman J. Mankiewicz in 1941 for writing Citizen Kane. Image from natedsanders.com.

Award for Best Original Screenplay presented to Herman J. Mankiewicz in 1941 for writing Citizen Kane. Image from natedsanders.com.

MGM art director Cedric Gibbons designed the statuette: a knight standing on a reel of film gripping a crusader’s sword. It was modelled after director and actor Emilio Fernandez, who posted nude for the design. George Stanley then sculpted Gibbons’ design.

The five spokes of the film reel represent the original branches of the Academy: actors, directors, producers, technicians, and writers. The original statuettes were gold-plated solid bronze, but in today’s Oscar the bronze has been replaced by gold-plated britannia metal. R.S. Owens and Company manufactures the statuettes in Chicago, who spend 3-4 weeks creating 50 statuettes in preparation for the awards ceremony.

Image: Mashable.com

Image: Mashable.com

 

What is the voting process?

The Race

The ‘race’ to be nominated consists of attempts by studios, independent distributors and publicists to make sure that each of the nearly 6,000 voting members of the Academy sees their film. It means special screenings for Academy members, free admission to commercial runs of a film, and the mailing of DVDs.

The Academy aggressively monitors Award campaigning and has issued regulations that limit company mailings to those items that actually assist members in their efforts to assess the artistic and technical merits of a film. This year, an Original Song nomination for ‘Alone Yet Not Alone’ was rescinded when the Academy discovered that the composer emailed 70 members of the Music Branch of the Academy to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period – during which information about the composer and lyricist is to remain anonymous. The composer, Bruce Broughton, breached of the Academy’s promotional regulations, the goal of which is to ensure that “the Awards competition is conducted in a fair and ethical manner.” It was the fifth time an Oscar nomination has been rescinded.

Nominations Process

The awards are voted on by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Nomination ballots are mailed to the Academy’s active members in late December. Members from each of the branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominated film editors, and so on. However, within the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominations are selected by vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees.

The members fill out the ballot in preferential order (though they are not required to list more than one), and are sent back online (or by mail if requested) to PricewaterhouseCoopers, an international accounting firm, in January. The votes are then counted by hand to prepare a list of nominees. Regular awards are presented for outstanding individual or collective film achievements in up to 25 categories, usually with 5 nominees in each category (up to 10 in the Best Picture category). The nominees are announced each January at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre, located at the Academy’s Headquarters in Beverly Hills. This year, directors Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and actor Chris Pine announced the nominations on Thursday, 15th January 2015.

Final Balloting Process

Final ballots are delivered to voting members in late-January and are due back to PricewaterhouseCoopers the Tuesday prior to Oscar Sunday for final tabulation.

The Academy’s entire active membership is eligible to select Oscar winners in all categories, although in five – Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, and Foreign Language Film – members can vote only after attesting they have seen all of the nominated films in those categories.

For all the other awards the winner is the person or film with the most votes, but the winner for Best Picture is the first film to get over 50% of the votes. Like in the system that is used in the nominations, voters rank their choices in preferential order and the films are then eliminated in the same manner that is used for the nominations.  Each movie gets its own pile — the film that appears most frequently as a first-place choice will have the largest stack, the movie with the next-most first-place votes will have the second-largest, and so forth. Then each stack is counted.

If one nominee garners more than 50% of the first place votes, it will win Best Picture. If, as is more likely, no nominee reaches this threshold, the tabulators go to the smallest stack remaining, eliminate that movie, remove that stack and go down those ballots to voters’ next-highest choice (of a movie that’s still in the running, of course) and redistribute the ballots across the piles once again. This process of elimination and reapportion continues until one film reaches at least 50% + one vote.

After final ballots are tabulated, only two partners of PricewaterhouseCoopers know the results until the famous envelopes are opened on stage during the Academy Awards presentation. If a wrong name were to be called, it would be immediately corrected by one of the partners, who would go to the microphone and announce the actual winner.

 

Who can win an Oscar?

The awards honour achievements in cinema from the previous year (2014), from on-screen actors to everyone behind-the-scenes.  These are the categories:

Best Picture

Actor in a Leading Role

Actress in a Leading Role

Actor in a Supporting Role

Actress in a Supporting Role

Animated Feature Film

Cinematography

Costume Design

Directing

Documentary Feature

Documentary Short Subject

Film Editing

Foreign Language Film

Makeup and Hairstyling

Music (Original Score)

Music (Original Song)

Production Design

Short Film (Animated)

Short Film (Live Action)

Sound Editing

Sound Mixing

Visual Effects

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Writing (Original Screenplay)

 

The Red Carpet

One of the most anticipated and exciting parts of the show is watching the stars arrive at the ceremony and walk down the Red Carpet. People watching at home want to see which stars are attending the event, what they’re wearing, and who they’re with. Most men attending the Oscars wear a tuxedo, and women wear extravagant, elegant dresses. The Red Carpet at the Dolby Theatre is 500 feet long, and is flanked by 700 fan bleacher seats which are allocated through an online global lottery. There are several TV shows and live online reports that show you what’s happening on the red carpet. Check out the printable ‘Red Carpet Bingo’ at the end of this post!

Sometimes you will also see or hear the expression ‘Oscar buzz.’ Here, buzz means ‘what people are talking about.’ Oscar buzz simply means ‘what people are saying about the Oscars’ – who will win, what film will win, etc. On Twitter, #Oscars is used.

 

The Academy Awards Ceremony

Far from the eagerly anticipated and globally televised event it is today, the first Academy Awards ceremony took place out of the public eye during an Academy banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Two hundred seventy people attended the May 16, 1929 dinner in the hotel’s Blossom Room; guest tickets cost $5. The first recipient of the statuette was Emil Jannings, who was named Best Actor for his performance in The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh. However, there was little suspense when the awards were presented that night, as the recipients had already been announced three months earlier.

That all changed the following year, however, when the Academy kept the results secret until the ceremony but gave a list in advance to newspapers for publication at 11 pm on the night of the Awards. This policy continued until 1940 when, much to the Academy’s surprise, the Los Angeles Times broke the embargo and published the names of the winners in its evening edition – which was readily available to guests arriving for the ceremony. That prompted the Academy in 1941 to adopt the sealed-envelope system still in use today. Since 2011, Marc Friedland has designed the envelopes and announcement cards bearing the names of each Oscar recipient.

The making of the envelope

 

The host of this year’s show is Neil Patrick Harris.

 

Each award is handed out by a presenter. The presenter is usually another actor. They announce the category and usually say, “And the nominees are…” The presenter will then read the names of the nominees from the Teleprompter.

There is also an In Memoriam segment which honours those who died during the previous year. A committee made up from the Academy weigh in a lot of factors when deciding on who features in the tribute – in particular, their contribution to and achievements in the film industry. The list is passed on to the producers who then commission the commemorative reel. Last year the tribute was presented by Glenn Close, followed by a performance by Bette Midler.

 

Once the presenter has finished announcing the nominees, he/she then says, “And the Oscar goes to…” or “And the Academy Award goes to…” and opens the envelope to read the name of the winner. The envelope is sealed so that no one knows the winner until that moment! (Only two partners of PricewaterhouseCoopers know the results beforehand.) The winner then comes to the stage to accept his/her award and make a short acceptance speech.

The final award of the night is always Best Picture.

 

For the full list of this year’s nominations: 

http://oscar.go.com/nominees

 

For the full list of this year’s presenters: 

http://oscar.go.com/photos/presenters-87th-oscars-2015/

 

Want to play Red Carpet Bingo?

http://marcfriedlandinc.com/TheOscarsRedCarpetBingo.pdf

 

Want to predict the winners?

Click here for your online ballot! (Here for printable ballot.)

 

Tie-In Lessons:

Film Poster Analysis, Film Revision: Key Words

 

Sources used in composing this guide: oscars.org, oscar.go.com, englishteachermelanie.com, latimes.com, ew.com.

Images: natedsanders.com, Mashable.com.

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Sample Learning Design: ‘In Search of Shakespeare’

As part of European Schoolnet Academy’s Games in Schools course I created this ‘Learning Design’ which revolves around the online PBS game In Search of Shakespeare.

Learning Design revolving around 'In Search of Shakespeare'

Learning Design revolving around ‘In Search of Shakespeare’

In this scheme, students revise their knowledge of Shakespeare’s life, the theatre, letter writing, and article writing.

 

The Learning Designer

Developed by the London Institute of Education, the Learning Designer is essentially an online tool to help create a lesson plan or scheme of lessons through a series of teaching and learning activities (TLAs). One of its useful features is the pie chart which shows how the time is divided in the lesson to the different types of activities (categorised as Acquisition, Collaboration, Discussion, Inquiry, Practice, and Production).

 

Further Information

More information on the Learning Designer is available here on IOE’s website and on the project’s website.

Report Writing

This is a small project I did with first year students which revised and assessed some aspects of the Functional Writing and Media Studies aspects of the course.

The PDF (which retains the original format) of the text below can be accessed here. The report format below is only one of several which can be used.

 

 

What are reports?

A report is a document which presents facts in a clear and logical way to offer the reader important information.

A report contains facts and information on a particular subject, and gives an account of some event or situation.

It draws conclusions and makes recommendations.

It is written objectively in a formal tone.

 

 

What are the main features of a report?

When you are writing a report, make sure you use the following headings.

  • TITLE: Give the report a title.
  • TERMS OF REFERENCE: Mention who requested the report and why.
  • INTRODUCTION: Introduce what the report is about and briefly outline the aims of the report.
  • PROCEDURE: How was the information gathered?
  • FINDINGS: Present your facts and findings.
  • CONCLUSION: The discoveries you made based on the findings of the report. Avoid giving your opinions on the event/situation/incident.
  • RECOMMENDATIONS: Suggest some steps to take in response to the findings and explain your recommendations (why am I recommending to do this?).
  • SIGNED: Include your name and the date on which the report was written.

 

 

Word Construction Activity

Use the letters below to make as many words as you can in 4 minutes. Words with less than three letters are not allowed. You can have a maximum of: three 3-lettered words and four 4-lettered words. No other restrictions.

REPORT WRITING

 

 

Sample Report

Pocket Money Survey

 

To: Board of Management, Hogwarts.

 

Terms of Reference

This report was commissioned by the Chairperson of the Board of Management to examine the spending habits of the school’s first year students.

 

Introduction

A survey was conducted to determine how the pocket money of first year students is spent. The average pocket money was given as €10.

 

Procedure

We surveyed 100 students asking them to fill in the questionnaire, which asked:

How much of your pocket money do you spend on the following areas?

  1. Food / Soft drinks
  2. Leisure goods/services
  3. Clothing
  4. Personal goods
  5. Transport

 

Findings

Males (%) Females (%)
Food / Soft drinks 39 24
Leisure goods/services 27 19
Clothing 10 24
Personal goods 14 23
Transport 10 10

 

  1. Food and drink accounts for the most pocket money: 39% of males and 24% of females.
  2. Leisure is the next priority for males, as they spend 27% of their money in this area.
  3. Females spend equal amounts on food and clothing (24%).
  4. Females spend more of their money on personal goods than makes (24% compared to 14%).
  5. Males spend equal amounts on clothing and transport (10%).
  6. Both males and females spend 10% of their money on transport.

 

Conclusions

  1. Transport is not a high priority for the students.
  2. Male students spend more than female students do on food and leisure.
  3. Female students give a higher priority to clothing and personal goods than their male counterparts.

 

Recommendations

  1. Students are spending too much money on food and soft drinks. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry should promote a healthy eating week. Student will be able to learn about their dietary needs from this.
  2. Too much pocket money is being spent on leisure. The school gym should be made available for students at certain times for them to use. They will then be less inclined to spend money unnecessarily.
  3. Students should consider walking more in order to save money they currently spend on transport. The money saved can be put to better use.

 

Signed

Salazar Slytherin.

25th March, 2014.

 

 

Using the sample report as a guideline,

circle the errors in the draft report below

and write why you circled each one.

report

 

To:       my school!!!

 

Introduction

It was open every school day for noms from 11am to 11:15am and again from 1pm to 2pm.

 

Terms of references

This report was commissioned by the chairperson of the Board of Management to examine the performance of the school shop.

 

Findings

  1. Costs for the year were €750. Sales were €1,000. Profit for year: €350. The profit was donated to the school library for the purchase of new books. They made a load of money from us.
  2. The class surveys I done indicates that the shop was popular with students.
  3. The following probs arose during the year:

(a)   There was an increase in litter near the cafeteria.

(b)   Some old people expressed concern at the sale of so-called ‘junk food’.

(c)    It was difficult to manage the long cues that frequently formed for food because we all want to go to there.

 

Recommendations

I would like to make the following recommendations:

(a) More litter bins should be provided.

(b) Teachers and some of the older students should help manage the queue.

 

Conclusion

The shop did grand this year. My recommendations would obviously make it even better.

 

Signed:

Elizabeth Miervaldis Lemon 80>-<

 

 

Your Task

Prepare a report on one of the following:

1. Reading habits of your class.

2. Sports in which your year participates.

3. The type of films your year like to watch.

4. Genres of music your year listens to.

5. Family sizes of your year.

6. What changes your class would like to see in school.

7. A topic of your own choosing (to be agreed with teacher).

 

PART ONE

Write a letter explaining what you’d like to write a report on. Introduce yourself, explain why you chose this, how/when you will carry out the survey and who will be surveyed. (Draft, then finalised letter.)

30marks

PART TWO

Write your report using the ‘Pocket Money Survey’ as a model. (Outline, draft and finalised report.)

30marks

PART THREE

Write and design a newspaper article based on your report. Use two/three columns, and include a headline, by-line, and one small picture with a caption. (First: outline the article and draft the design.)

40marks

 

 

Related past exam questions:

 

JC English (Higher), Paper I, 2008:

You are a member of your school’s Student Council. As there are now students from a range of  different nationalities attending the school, your Principal has asked the Council to come up with some suggestions to help your school to develop as an intercultural community.

Write a report to be submitted by the Student Council to the Principal outlining your ideas.

 

JC English (Higher), Paper I, 2002:

The Transition Year Class in your school carried out a survey of how the students in third year spent an average of ten euro pocket money per week. Based on the figures supplied below, write a report on this survey for your school magazine.

Pocket Money Survey

Males Females
Food / Soft drinks 3.90 2.40
Leisure goods/services 2.70 1.90
Clothing 1.00 2.40
Personal goods 1.40 2.30
Transport 1.00 1.00

 

Graphic Organisers

Collection of Graphic Organisers (PDF or online)

Graphic Organisers from SLSS

SLSS have an excellent collection of graphic organisers. This document contains blank graphic organisers, suggestions for possible uses of each organiser, and samples of each. Included are: ranking ladder, stair steps, chain of events, sequence charts, funnel, fishbone, brain droplets (wisdom pearls), cross classification chart, double and triple Venn diagrams, four corner organiser, tri pie, star burst, and research grid.

usuing-graphic-organisers-in-teaching-and-learning-(SLSS)-page-064

Fact versus Opinion

Fact-vs-opinion-page-001

Filter

Similar to the funnel above.  I’ve used this for breaking-down ‘large’ concepts and themes and brainstorming – it’s particularly helpful to students when filtering their ideas to focus on a specific topic – when writing a speech, for example.

Filter-page-001

Inverted Pyramid

Used for writing newspaper articles (language of information).

Inverted-Pyramid

Observation and Description: Five Senses

When reading a text, students can use the 5×5 chart to write short descriptions or observations related to sight, smell, sound, taste and touch.  It may prove even more useful for short story writing: students combine entries in the chart to create a description which they can write in the box at the top of the sheet.

Observation-and-Description---Senses

Story Pyramid

Story-Pyramid

A sample of a completed story pyramid using Cinderella can be viewed here. I’ve used this with my ‘Create A Character Activity‘.

 

Time-Order Chart

A simplified version for writing summaries.

Time-Order

Timeline (online)

TimelineJS is an open-source tool that can create interactive timelines just by using entries in a Google Spreadsheet. There are samples of timelines on their website, as well as instructions on how to create one. Click here to view my interactive timeline of Shakespeare’s life.

 

Writing Wheel

Writing-Wheel-page-001

An example from the NIPT website can be viewed here.

The 86th Academy Awards

The Academy Awards

According to its website, the Academy is “dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of motion pictures.The 86th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday March 2nd 2014 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, which has a capacity of 3,300 seats on Oscar Night. The Academy Awards are also known as the Oscars.

 

The Statuette

Officially named the Academy Award of Merit, an Oscar is given in recognition of the highest level of achievement in movie making. (The Academy adopted the nickname ‘Oscar’ in 1939, but no one is quite sure where its name originated – there are a few different theories!)

Although it weighs 8½ lbs, measures 13½ inches high, and has a diameter of 5¼ inches, the Oscar statuette stands tall as the motion picture industry’s greatest honour.

Award for Best Original Screenplay presented to Herman J. Mankiewicz in 1941 for writing Citizen Kane. Image from natedsanders.com.

Award for Best Original Screenplay presented to Herman J. Mankiewicz in 1941 for writing Citizen Kane. Image from natedsanders.com.

MGM art director Cedric Gibbons designed the statuette: a knight standing on a reel of film gripping a crusader’s sword. It was modelled after director and actor Emilio Fernandez, who posted nude for the design. George Stanley then sculpted Gibbons’ design.

The five spokes of the film reel represent the original branches of the Academy: actors, directors, producers, technicians, and writers. The original statuettes were gold-plated solid bronze, but in today’s Oscar the bronze has been replaced by gold-plated britannia metal. R.S. Owens and Company manufactures the statuettes in Chicago, who spend 3-4 weeks creating 50 statuettes in preparation for the awards ceremony.

Image: Mashable.com

Image: Mashable.com

 

What is the voting process?

The Race

The ‘race’ to be nominated consists of attempts by studios, independent distributors and publicists to make sure that each of the nearly 6,000 voting members of the Academy sees their film. It means special screenings for Academy members, free admission to commercial runs of a film, and the mailing of DVDs.

The Academy aggressively monitors Award campaigning and has issued regulations that limit company mailings to those items that actually assist members in their efforts to assess the artistic and technical merits of a film. This year, an Original Song nomination for ‘Alone Yet Not Alone’ was rescinded when the Academy discovered that the composer emailed 70 members of the Music Branch of the Academy to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period – during which information about the composer and lyricist is to remain anonymous. The composer, Bruce Broughton, breached of the Academy’s promotional regulations, the goal of which is to ensure that “the Awards competition is conducted in a fair and ethical manner.” It was the fifth time an Oscar nomination has been rescinded.

Nominations Process

The awards are voted on by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Nomination ballots are mailed to the Academy’s active members in late December. Members from each of the branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominated film editors, and so on. However, within the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominations are selected by vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees.

The members fill out the ballot in preferential order (though they are not required to list more than one), and are sent back online (or by mail if requested) to PricewaterhouseCoopers, an international accounting firm, in January. The votes are then counted by hand to prepare a list of nominees. Regular awards are presented for outstanding individual or collective film achievements in up to 25 categories, usually with 5 nominees in each category (up to 10 in the Best Picture category). The nominees are announced each January at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre, located at the Academy’s Headquarters in Beverly Hills. This year, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and actor Chris Hemsworth announced the nominations on Thursday, 16th January 2014.

Final Balloting Process

Final ballots are delivered to voting members in late-January and are due back to PricewaterhouseCoopers the Tuesday prior to Oscar Sunday for final tabulation.

The Academy’s entire active membership is eligible to select Oscar winners in all categories, although in five – Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, and Foreign Language Film – members can vote only after attesting they have seen all of the nominated films in those categories.

For all the other awards the winner is the person or film with the most votes, but the winner for Best Picture is the first film to get over 50% of the votes. Like in the system that is used in the nominations, voters rank their choices in preferential order and the films are then eliminated in the same manner that is used for the nominations.  Each movie gets its own pile — the film that appears most frequently as a first-place choice will have the largest stack, the movie with the next-most first-place votes will have the second-largest, and so forth. Then each stack is counted.

If one nominee garners more than 50% of the first place votes, it will win Best Picture. If, as is more likely, no nominee reaches this threshold, the tabulators go to the smallest stack remaining, eliminate that movie, remove that stack and go down those ballots to voters’ next-highest choice (of a movie that’s still in the running, of course) and redistribute the ballots across the piles once again. This process of elimination and reapportion continues until one film reaches at least 50% + one vote.

After final ballots are tabulated, only two partners of PricewaterhouseCoopers know the results until the famous envelopes are opened on stage during the Academy Awards presentation. If a wrong name were to be called, it would be immediately corrected by one of the partners, who would go to the microphone and announce the actual winner.

 

Who can win an Oscar?

The awards honour achievements in cinema from the previous year (2013), from on-screen actors to everyone behind-the-scenes.  These are the categories:

Best Picture

Actor in a Leading Role

Actress in a Leading Role

Actor in a Supporting Role

Actress in a Supporting Role

Animated Feature Film

Cinematography

Costume Design

Directing

Documentary Feature

Documentary Short Subject

Film Editing

Foreign Language Film

Makeup and Hairstyling

Music (Original Score)

Music (Original Song)

Production Design

Short Film (Animated)

Short Film (Live Action)

Sound Editing

Sound Mixing

Visual Effects

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Writing (Original Screenplay)

 

The Red Carpet

One of the most anticipated and exciting parts of the show is watching the stars arrive at the ceremony and walk down the Red Carpet. People watching at home want to see which stars are attending the event, what they’re wearing, and who they’re with. Most men attending the Oscars wear a tuxedo, and women wear extravagant, elegant dresses. The Red Carpet at the Dolby Theatre is 500 feet long, and is flanked by 700 fan bleacher seats which are allocated through an online global lottery. There are several TV shows and live online reports that show you what’s happening on the red carpet. Check out the printable ‘Red Carpet Bingo’ at the end of this post!

Sometimes you will also see or hear the expression ‘Oscar buzz.’ Here, buzz means ‘what people are talking about.’ Oscar buzz simply means ‘what people are saying about the Oscars’ – who will win, what film will win, etc. On Twitter, #Oscars is used.

 

The Academy Awards Ceremony

Far from the eagerly anticipated and globally televised event it is today, the first Academy Awards ceremony took place out of the public eye during an Academy banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Two hundred seventy people attended the May 16, 1929 dinner in the hotel’s Blossom Room; guest tickets cost $5. The first recipient of the statuette was Emil Jannings, who was named Best Actor for his performance in The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh. However, there was little suspense when the awards were presented that night, as the recipients had already been announced three months earlier.

That all changed the following year, however, when the Academy kept the results secret until the ceremony but gave a list in advance to newspapers for publication at 11 pm on the night of the Awards. This policy continued until 1940 when, much to the Academy’s surprise, the Los Angeles Times broke the embargo and published the names of the winners in its evening edition – which was readily available to guests arriving for the ceremony. That prompted the Academy in 1941 to adopt the sealed-envelope system still in use today. Since 2011, Marc Friedland has designed the envelopes and announcement cards bearing the names of each Oscar recipient.

The making of the envelope

 

The host of this year’s show is Ellen DeGeneres.

 

Each award is handed out by a presenter. The presenter is usually another actor. They announce the category and usually say, “And the nominees are…” The presenter will then read the names of the nominees from the Teleprompter.

There is also an In Memoriam segment which honours those who died during the previous year. A committee made up from the Academy weigh in a lot of factors when deciding on who features in the tribute – in particular, their contribution to and achievements in the film industry. The list is passed on to the producers who then commission the commemorative reel. Last year the tribute was presented by George Clooney, followed by a performance by Barbara Streisand.

 

Once the presenter has finished announcing the nominees, he/she then says, “And the Oscar goes to…” or “And the Academy Award goes to…” and opens the envelope to read the name of the winner. The envelope is sealed so that no one knows the winner until that moment! (Only two partners of PricewaterhouseCoopers know the results beforehand.) The winner then comes to the stage to accept his/her award and make a short acceptance speech. The final award of the night is always Best Picture.

 

For the full list of this year’s nominations: 

http://oscar.go.com/nominees

 

For the full list of this year’s presenters: 

http://oscar.go.com/blogs/oscar-news/140224-oscar-presenters-announced

 

Want to play Red Carpet Bingo?

http://marcfriedlandinc.com/TheOscarsRedCarpetBingo.pdf

 

Want to predict the winners?

Click here for your online ballot! (Here for printable ballot.)

 

Tie-In Lessons:

Film Poster Analysis, Film Revision: Key Words

 

Sources used in composing this guide: oscars.org, oscar.go.com, englishteachermelanie.com, latimes.com, ew.com.

Images: natedsanders.com, Mashable.com.

Advertising: TV Adverts

This (very enjoyable) lesson was part of a scheme of lessons related to printed visual texts, media studies and advertisements.

We used this worksheet (the class were familiar with the key words related to the topic before the lesson), and each video was played twice.

Even though I did this with a group of first years, it could be easily be tailored, for example, for use with a group of third years or with an LCA English and Communications group.

1. Daz Episode 31

 

2. Daz Episode 17

 

3. Hair Product Advert

 

4. US Presidential campaign advert

 

5. EastEnders Advert

 

6. John Cleese endorsement

 

7. Advert with waitress