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Academy Directors Branch Was Most Aggressive On Diversity: Here’s How

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EXCLUSIVE: The long-overdue broadening of the Academy membership’s diversity covered every branch, but none reshaped its membership as strongly as did the Directors Branch. The executive committee, chaired by Michael Mann and also headed by Kathryn Bigelow and Ed Zwick, made real strides, according to a memo Deadline got hold of that was sent to Directors Branch members today. The Directors Branch invited the highest percentage of women and minorities into its fold of any… Read


Academy OKs New Rules On Oscar Qualifying Runs, Campaigning

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The Academy certainly has been busy this pre-holiday week admitting a record number of new members , setting dates for the Oscar season  and now updating  guidelines for eligibility and campaign practices. In regard to the latter the Academy's Board of Governors has approved rules and campaign regulations for the 89th Oscars.  According to the Academy the most significant changes adopted at Tuesday night’s board meeting affect the Los Angeles qualifying run required in… Read


Oscars: Academy Reveals Dates For Nominations & Voting On 89th Annual Awards Show

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A day after it unveiled nearly 700 new invitees, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has the schedule of key dates leading up the 2017 Oscars: Saturday, November 12: Governors Awards Thursday, January 5: Nominations voting opens Friday, January 13: Nominations voting closes Tuesday, January 24: Oscar Nominations Announcement Monday, February 6: Oscar Nominees Luncheon Saturday, February 11: Scientific and Technical Awards Monday, February 13: Finals voting… Read


Academy President On Diversity Of New Oscar Voters: “This Is A Change I Truly Believe People In Our Industry Are Ready For And Want”


Last night, the Board Of Governors of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved a record-shattering 683 new members, more that double last year’s 322, which had been the most given keys to Oscar’s kingdom previously. Beyond that though there was tremendous pressure to come up with a list that goes a long way in diversifying the membership, especially to meet the Academy’s goal stated on January 22 to “double the number of diverse members” in the… Read


Movie Academy Stresses Diversity As It Invites Record 683 For Membership Including Nate Parker, Freida Pinto & the Wachowskis

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today invited a record 683 people to joins its ranks, and was careful to include a breakdown by gender and race. That’s more than double last year’s 322 invitees. The new list comprises 46% women, including Rachel McAdams and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, and 41% people of color, including Idris Elba, James Hong and rising stars Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick Boseman and The Force Awakens‘ John Boyega. Lana and Lilly… Read


Cannes Vs Oscar: Why The Palme d’Or And Best Picture Academy Award Don’t Make A Perfect Match

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As we embark on 69th Cannes Film Festival, the eternal question returns: Why is it that the two most prestigious and glamorous events in cinema — the Riviera festival and the Academy Awards — never seem to agree on what a Best Picture should be? Since 1955, when Cannes began handing out the Palme d'Or — a top prize equivalent to Oscar's Best Picture — the two have been in agreement just once. That was right at the start, when the Ernest Borgnine starrer Marty picked up… Read


Academy Sues Broker For Reselling Oscar Tickets, Infringing Trademark

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And the lawsuit goes to … Key Access. The Oscar ceremony is invite-only, but the group behind the annual shindig says the Los Angeles ticket broker sold some ducats to this year’s event. Now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is suing Key Access and its owner. In a suit filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here), the Academy claims the broker “engaged, in the unauthorized sale and transfer of Academy Award tickets to members of the general… Read


Academy Further Clarifies New Rules For Membership – Update

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UPDATED with Academy letter to members at bottom: Well, it doesn’t look like Oscar will be kicking any nuns or many senior citizens to the curb after all. With Tuesday’s clarification of what “active voters” really means, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences might have dodged a potential bullet. In January, when the organization announced emergency measures to diversify its membership and purge the rolls of Oscar voters no longer active in the industry, it stirr… Read


Academy Apologizes After Letter Accuses Oscar Telecast Of Being “Tone-Deaf” Toward Asians – Update

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UPDATE with Academy statement: Twenty-four people in the entertainment industry, the majority of whom are of Asian decent, have gone to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to air their grievances about jokes made during the Oscar telecast at the expense of Asians and how they perpetuated stereotypes. For instance, Oscar host Chris Rock used Asian children as props for a sweatshop and math joke, while presenter Sacha Baron Cohen joked about "those yellow men… Read


How Mark Rylance Got An Oscar For ‘Bridge Of Spies’ Without Ever Stepping Onto The Campaign Circuit

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Final Notes On The Season column of 2015-16: The postmortems are winding down on the just-finished awards season as winning campaigns pat themselves on the back, while losing campaigns hold meetings to figure out what went wrong. There was one Oscar handed out Sunday night, however, that was about as pure as you can get in this era of hand-shaking lunches, brunches, dinners, receptions and Q&As, in which campaigning for Oscars is virtually indistinguishable from running… Read


Sacha Baron Cohen Secretly Transforms Into Ali G For Oscars – Exclusive Video

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EXCLUSIVE: Sacha Baron Cohen revealed after the Oscars that he had to sneak past Academy officials to transform himself into his Ali G alter ego, and now Deadline has the video proof. In this brief clip, seemingly taped with Cohen’s consent through a bathroom-stall door, the tuxedoed actor sits while his wife Isla Fisher applies his fake Ali G beard. On Monday, Cohen told Good Morning Britain that Academy bosses — and, apparently, co-presenter Olivia Wilde — had no idea… Read


Oscar Ratings: Chris Rock’s Return As Host Draws 34M Viewers In 8-Year Low

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UPDATE, MARCH 1 1:27 PM: Like last year, the Oscars had a few stragglers when it came to viewership. Nielsen is now reporting that the total audience for the 88th Academy Awards has eked up to 34.4 million with a key demo rating of 10.5/31. That’s a rise of a tenth among adults 18-49 and just 100,000 in total viewership and still has Sunday’s Chris Rock hosted show as the third least watched Oscars ever and an 8-year low for the telecast. Additionally, it looks like that… Read