WEEKLY WRAP: Academy expands, Malden passes

Posted by · 5:05 pm · July 3rd, 2009

Karl Malden and Claire Trevor at the 1951 Academy AwardsThis week’s Off the Carpet column took a long, hard look at the ramifications of a 10-nominee Best Picture race.

As the popular game of expanding past fields to ten continued, we joined in the speculation.

Meanwhile, AMPAS added 134 members to its voting body, from Seth Rogen to Danny Boyle to Peter Gabriel.

And they furthered their controversial remodelling, scrapping all honorary awards from the Oscar telecast.

We bade a sad farewell to Oscar-winning actor and former AMPAS president Karl Malden.

In other disheartening news, Michael Bay’s “Transformers” sequel rocked the box office.

We championed “An Education” and its star Alfred Molina, while the film was the subject of this week’s Page to Screen column.

With “Public Enemies” on everyone’s mind this week, we counted down the best performances from Michael Mann films.

The Edinburgh Film Festival wrapped, handing its top award to Duncan Jones’s “Moon.”

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