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Academy Award for Best Picture

The Academy Award for Best Picture is one of the Academy Awards presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since the awards debuted in 1929. This award goes to the producers of the film and is the only category in which every member of the Academy is eligible to submit a nomination and vote on the final ballot. Best Picture is the final award of the night and is considered the most prestigious honor of the ceremony; the Grand Staircase columns at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, where the Academy Awards ceremonies have been held since 2002, showcase every film that has won the Best Picture title since the award's inception. There have been 563 films nominated for 92 winners. At the 1st Academy Awards ceremony, there were two categories of awards that were each considered the top award of the night: Outstanding Picture and Unique and Artistic Picture, the former being won by the war epic Wings, the latter by the art film Sunrise; each award was intended to honor different and important aspects of superior filmmaking.

The following year, the Academy dropped the Unique and Artistic Picture award, decided retroactively that the award won by Wings was the highest honor that could be awarded. Although the award kept the title Outstanding Picture for the next ceremony, the name underwent several changes over the years as seen below. Since 1962, the award has been called Best Picture. 1927/28–1928/29: Academy Award for Outstanding Picture 1929/30–1940: Academy Award for Outstanding Production 1941–1943: Academy Award for Outstanding Motion Picture 1944–1961: Academy Award for Best Motion Picture 1962–present: Academy Award for Best Picture Until 1950, this award was presented to a representative of the production company. That year the protocol was changed; this rule was modified in 1999 to apply a limit of three producers receiving the award, after the five producers of Shakespeare in Love had received the award. As of 2014, the "Special Rules for the Best Picture of the Year Award" limit recipients to those who meet two main requirements: Those with screen credit of "producer" or "produced by" those three or fewer producers who have performed the major portion of the producing functionsThe rules allow "bona fide team of not more than two people to be considered to be a single'producer' if the two individuals have had an established producing partnership for at least the previous five years and as a producing team have produced a minimum of five theatrically released feature motion pictures during that time.

The Academy can make exceptions to the limit, as when Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack were posthumously included among the four producers nominated for The Reader. As of 2014 the Producers Branch Executive Committee determines such exceptions, noting they take place only in "rare and extraordinary circumstance."Steven Spielberg holds the record for most nominations at ten, winning one, while Kathleen Kennedy holds the record for most nominations without a win at eight. Sam Spiegel and Saul Zaentz tie for the most wins with three each; as for the time when the Oscar was given to production companies instead, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer holds the record with five wins and 40 nominations. The Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director have been linked throughout their history. Of the 92 films that have won Best Picture, 66 have been awarded Best Director. Only five films have been awarded Best Picture without receiving a Best Director nomination: Wings, Grand Hotel, Driving Miss Daisy and Green Book.

The only two Best Director winners to win for films that did not receive a Best Picture nomination were during the early years of the awards: Lewis Milestone for Two Arabian Knights, Frank Lloyd for The Divine Lady. On June 24, 2009, AMPAS announced that the number of films to be nominated in the Best Picture award category would increase from five to ten, starting with the 82nd Academy Awards; the expansion was a throwback to the Academy's early years in the 1930s and 1940s, when eight to 12 films were nominated each year. "Having 10 Best Picture nominees is going to allow Academy voters to recognize and include some of the fantastic movies that show up in the other Oscar categories but have been squeezed out of the race for the top prize," AMPAS President Sid Ganis said in a press conference. "I can't wait to see what that list of 10 looks like when the nominees are announced in February."At the same time, the voting system was switched from first-past-the-post to instant runoff voting. Two years after this change, the Academy revised the rule again so that the number of films nominated was between five and ten.

Bruce Davis, the Academy executive director at the time, said, "A Best Picture nomination should be an indication of extraordinary merit. If there are only eight pictures that earn that honor in a given year, we shouldn't feel an obligation to round out the number." One point of contention with the award is the lack of consideration of non-English language films for Best Picture. Only eleven foreign language films have been nominated in the category: La Grande Illusion.

Pioneer (The Maine album)

Pioneer is the third full-length studio album by The Maine. The album sold over 12,000 copies in its first week, debuting at number 90 on the Billboard 200. In May and June 2011, the group went on a co-headlining US tour with Augustana. During the tour, the group debuted several new songs. On June 5, the group revealed that they had started recording their next album before the tour began, were going to continue following the tour's conclusion. Recording took place at Sonic Ranch in El Texas with producer Colby Wedgeworth. On June 22, the group performed a new track titled "Don't Give Up on "Us"" on Fuel TV. In October and November, the group supported Taking Back Sunday on their headlining US tour. On October 5, Alternative Press reported that the group's next album would be titled Pioneer and was due for released in either late November or early December. On October 27, the group announced. In addition, a trailer was released which featured a snippet of a new track titled "Some Days". In November and December, the group went on a headlining US tour.

On November 1, "Don't Give Up on "Us"" was made available for streaming. That day, the album's track listing and artwork were revealed. On November 6, a lyric video was released for "Don't Give Up on "Us"". On November 9, the group released a video of them making the album. On November 15, "Some Days" was made available for streaming. A lyric video was released for the track on November 21. On December 2, Pioneer was made available for streaming, before being released on December 6 through the band's own label, Action Theory; the album features singles "Don't Give Up On Us" and "Some Days." To promote its release, the group held. It featured a documentary on the making of the album and a concert where the band performed material from all of their previous albums and EPs. Shortly afterwards, the group performed at the Unsilent Night festival. In January and February 2012, the band supported All Time Low on their UK tour. On January 22, the group released "Take Me Dancing", an outtake as a free download.

On February 5, a lyric video was released for the track. On February 16, a music video was released for the song. In February, the group embarked on a European tour. Between April and June, the group went on a headlining US tour with support from Arkells. On July 27, a music video was released for "Like We Did". A behind-the-scenes video was subsequently released. On September 11, Pioneer was reissued in the UK through Rude Records. Under the new title Pioneer & the Good Love, it featured new artwork and six new songs; the new songs were released separately on the Good Love EP, released on the same day. A behind-the-scenes video of the group recording the new songs was released. On September 30, the group performed at the Bazooka Rocks Festival in the Philippines. On October 11, the band released an alternative version of "Like We Did" under the name "Like We Did", they explained it was "a more abstract take on friendship and adventure". In October and November, the group went on a co-headlining US tour with Mayday Parade.

They were supported by The Postelles. On October 20, the group released a music video for "Thinking of You". All lyrics written by all music composed by The Maine. MembersJohn O'Callaghan – lead vocals, piano Jared Monaco – lead guitar Kennedy Brock – rhythm guitar, vocals Garrett Nickelsen – bass guitar Pat Kirch – drums, percussionProductionTim Kirch – Art direction, management Adrian Lozano – Engineering Dirk Mai – Art direction, photography The Maine – Composer, producer Kyle Miller – Design John O'Callaghan – Art direction, design Matt Salveson – Engineering Matthew Van Gasbeck – Engineering, keyboard Colby Wedgeworth – Engineering, mixing, producer Pioneer at YouTube

Powers That Prey

Powers That Prey is a 1918 silent comedy-drama film directed by Henry King. The film is based on the story Extra! Extra! by Will M. Ritchey, it is not known whether the film survives, which suggests that it is a lost film. Though critics were negative about the film, director King reported he enjoyed working with actress Mary Miles Minter. Burton Grant is run out of town, he asks his daughter Sylvia to turn his job at the Daily News over to editor Frank Summers. Sylvia has inherited her father's talents and decides to fire Frank and take over the newspaper herself. Meanwhile, Frank finds out; when Sylvia is informed, she publishes the news. She publishes stories about merchants who do not do business in ways that she believes are correct, which ruins the paper. Soon, the townspeople are after her and her father comes back to protect her against the outraged townsfolk, while Frank concerns about proving her reliability, she is successful in preventing McVey from furthering his graft policies, becomes engaged to Frank.

Mary Miles Minter as Sylvia Grant Allan Forrest as Frank Summers Harvey Clark as Burton Grant Clarence Burton as Jarvis McVey Lucille Ward as Mrs. Brackett Emma Kluge as Mrs. Sharon Perry Banks as George Lake Robert Miller as Bobs Powers That Prey on IMDb Film still at www.mary-miles-minter.com