Oscars searchable database back up

June 23, 2003 at 2:41 PM
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LOS ANGELES, June 23 (UPI) -- An official Academy Awards searchable database has returned to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Web site in a new and improved format.

The database, oscars.org/awardsdatabase, had been unavailable while navigational and presentation difficulties in the previous search engine were corrected and improved.

"The old database contained only the basic information about nominees and winners," said Academy Executive Administrator Ric Robertson. "So while all the data was correct, it was only searchable by keyword and had limited and often inadequate capabilities for sorting and displaying search results."

This complete historical record of the Academy's 75-year-old Awards competition lists some 6,500 people, almost 600 companies and countries and nearly 13,600 nominees (because many of the 6,500 people appear multiple times). Over the years there have been more than 9,000 nominations in 4,000 films. "It's a small database, but it is surprisingly complex," Robertson said.

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