Janet Yang and Bill Kramer Get Ready for Oscar Awards
President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Janet Yang, left, and CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bill Kramer poses for a portrait during the 96th Academy Awards Oscar nominees luncheon on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Janet Yang and Bill Kramer Get Ready for Oscar Awards

March 1st, 2024

Janet Yang and Bill Kramer work for the movies. They help decide on awards for the best movies. People like movies a lot this year. They are talking about the Oscars. The Oscars is a big party for movies. People watch this on TV. Janet and Bill are happy. They say many people watch a video about "Barbie". This year, many different kinds of movies can win a prize. A long time ago, someone named Louis started the Oscars. Now, Janet and Bill want to help make things better. They talk with people about movies and hard problems. They want to make everything fair for everyone. The Oscars has a museum too. It has many old movie things. People like to see them. They also make videos about how movies are made. Lots of people watch these videos. Janet and Bill are excited. They want many people from all over the world to enjoy movies. They are planning for the future. They want to keep making the Oscars good for everyone.
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💭 Discussion Questions

. What do Janet Yang and Bill Kramer do for movies?
. What is the Oscars?
. What do people like to see at the Oscars museum?

📖 Vocabulary

🌐 Cultural context

The Oscars is an annual event in the United States where awards are given to the best films. It is watched on television globally. Janet Yang and Bill Kramer are involved with this event, which has a long history and is very prestigious in the film industry.

🧠 Further reading

Awards ceremony
People sometimes have parties to say "good job" to people who did great things. These parties can happen anywhere, like in schools or big rooms. At these parties, a person talks to everyone, tells jokes, and gives out prizes. A long time ago in Greece, people had competitions for stories and funny plays. They gave prizes for the best story, the person who made the play, and the best actor. At the sports games, they also had prizes. People who won got tree leaves and on the last day, they got special leaves for their heads. There were no medals, and they only talked about who came first. Today, these parties can have music, dinner, and a big room with microphones and videos. They invite special guests and people who write news. They give the winners something to remember their win, like a certificate or a trophy. In America, these parties for movies and TV can be really big now, but they started small. The first big movie party was in 1929, and they only took 15 minutes to give out statues for the best movie and actors. Another party for movies started in 1944 by some news people.

IMDb is a place on the internet where you can find lots of information about movies, TV shows, video games, and people who make them. You can see who acts in them, who makes them, and read stories about them. There are also games and things to watch at home. People who like movies started IMDb in 1990. Now it belongs to Amazon. If you join IMDb, you can help by adding new things or making changes. People who do a good job can make more changes. There are some rules about what you can change, and sometimes you have to wait a little, but it's a big help. On IMDb, you can make your own username that might be a fun pretend name. Everyone helps to make IMDb better, but we don't always know who they are. There are many people who use IMDb to learn about movies and shows.

Film preservation
People work to save old movies so we can watch them now and in the future. They try to keep movies like they were when they were first made. Movies can get old and not work well. People make new copies so they don't get lost. They keep movies safe and let people see them. Long ago, saving a movie meant making a copy. Now, it means taking care of it and making copies in the best way. It also means keeping movies in good places for a long time. Saving movies is not the same as changing them. Changing movies means adding new things or making them look different. Some old movies were getting ruined. A bad problem called "vinegar syndrome" was hurting them. Also, some color movies were fading. So people started making copies on safer materials. Many old movies have already been lost. We don't have lots of movies from a long time ago, like before 1920 or before 1950. The work to save movies is very important. A big group called UNESCO says that movies are a special part of what we all share in the world. They started saying this in 1980.