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In The Tea Leaves Of Summer, Some (Speculative) Outlines Of A Laura Dern Presidency At The Film Academy

Laura Dern

"It's just speculation at the moment," Laura Dern told the Los Angeles Times last month, describing talk that she has become a prospect for the presidency of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences when new officers are elected on August 8. But it's a hot summer afternoon, and all the serious people are at Comic-Con. So what the heck? Let's peer at the leaves in our iced green tea and speculate, just a little. If indeed she were to become the Academy's 36th… Read


Whoopi Goldberg & Participant’s David Linde Among First-Timers Elected To Movie Academy’s Board Of Governors

Whoopi Goldberg

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its new Board of Governors today, and 10 of them are first-timers including Oscar winner and The View mainstay Whoopi Goldberg in the Actors branch and Participant Media CEO David Linde in the Executives branch. Here is the list of newcomers and incumbents whose election was announced today: Whoopi Goldberg, Actors Branch Mandy Walker, Cinematographers Branch Isis Mussenden, Costume Designers Branch Wynn P. Thomas… Read


Film Academy Invites Record 774 New Members, From Gal Gadot To Betty White

UPDATED with Cheryl Boone Isaacs interview:   The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have unveiled 774 new members (although 30 0f those names are duplicates over several branches) invited to join the Oscars organization, bringing the total membership closer to 8,500 -ish.  This is a record number, up from last year’s  683. The invitees come from 57 countries, the organization says in unveiling its list, with the list comprising 39% female and 30% people of color… Read


As Tuesday Board Meeting Nears, The Film Academy’s Soap Opera Continues

When the Daytime Emmys next come around, they should save one for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; after all, AMPAS has become one of the best soap operas in town. Infighting. Executive churn. Diversity wars. Legal action. Even an Oscar for the wrong movie. Hollywood’s film academy has seen it all. On Tuesday, the Academy's 54-member board of governors will meet for another round of drama, before replacing almost a third of its members from a slate of… Read


Academy Board Of Governors Candidates Set; Ted Sarandos Doesn’t Make The Cut

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has sent out its list of final candidates for its Board of Governors elections being held this month. The list was culled from more than 150 entrants which included Netflix's Ted Sarandos in the Executives branch — he did not make the final list. Sarandos was considered a controversial entry into the mix given his distruptor credentials at Netflix — see the hot topic at the Cannes Film Festival. It was thought he’d have a… Read


A24 Hits The Festivals & The Oscars With Diverse Slate And Savvy Digital Marketing Strategy — Deadline Disruptors

A24, the company founded in 2012 by Daniel Katz, David Fenkel and John Hodges, has been hitting the motherlode—for indie companies, anyway—with smart film choices and even smarter ways of bringing them to marketplace, particularly in their increasingly innovative—and, yes, disruptive—use of digital marketing. It not only has been working at the box office, but also at the Academy Awards, where the company defied expectations and watched their first in-house production… Read


Awards Consultant Lisa Taback On The Evolving Art Of Oscar Strategy – Deadline Disruptors

Lisa Taback

"The formulas don't work," says awards consultant Lisa Taback, reflecting on the two most recent Academy Award Best Picture winners, Spotlight and Moonlight, which felt like long-shots for the Oscar stage when they first started their journeys. There are no easy paths to awards glory, she insists. "It really comes down to the individual film and filmmaker. The fun part is to venture in and figure out what the narrative is going to be, and to stick with that even as the… Read


Damien Chazelle Finds The “Fertile Terrain” Of An Industry In Upheaval – Deadline Disruptors

Damien Chazelle has never been one to take the path of least resistance. That was certainly the case when he was mounting La La Land, his ode to the musical's golden age. At every turn he was told that a project like that, on the scale he wanted, would be an impossible sell. And yet he persevered, delivering to the fall festivals a movie that captured the hearts of all who saw it. He was the youngest-ever winner of the Best Director Oscar in February when, at just 32, he… Read


Barry Jenkins On ‘The Underground Railroad’ And The Power Of “No” – Deadline Disruptors

Barry Jenkins

As Barry Jenkins sits down to discuss disruption, on the eve of his first trip to Cannes—a newly minted Oscar winner—there's a knock on his front door. A courier has arrived with a very special package. "You're my best friend, bro," Jenkins tells the courier. "I have just finally received the card that says, "Best Picture: Moonlight." The fabled card. The one held aloft on Oscar night by La La Land producer Jordan Horwitz, to announce to the world that Moonlight had, in… Read


70 Years Of Cannes: How The World’s Premier Film Festival Has Repeatedly Set The Stage For Industry Disruption

Aquarius Cannes

In Deadline’s special issue being published on the occasion of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, and dedicated to those people or entities that have disrupted the normal show business order, it occurred to me it would be entirely appropriate to label the festival itself as a key annual disruptor on the industry calendar. Each year, it seems there is some sort of significant Cannes-related moment that turns things on their head, causes controversy, or signals a new wave in… Read


Oscars: ABC Confirms Jimmy Kimmel Will Return To Host 90th Academy Awards

He missed his network’s upfront, but Jimmy Kimmel will be back to host the 90th annual Academy Awards. This is the move Deadline told you in March was coming after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences moved quickly to lock up this year’s producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd. The Academy was also moving aggressively to bring back Kimmel for a reprise as host. The announcement puts this year’s Best Picture fiasco in the rearview mirror as the team behind… Read


A Modest Oscar Proposal: Reserve One Of Those Governors Awards For Brad Grey

Here's a modest proposal for the Academy's new board when it assembles this summer: Reserve one of those annual Governors Awards for Brad Grey, who died last night. Grey wasn't fully recognized as an Oscar player — public acknowledgment seemed more often to land with Harvey Weinstein or with the co-chiefs of Fox Searchlight, Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley. But it's hard to think of a studio chief who more consistently put films in the Best Picture ranks over the past dozen… Read