Movie Academy Stresses Diversity As It Invites Record 683 For Membership Including Nate Parker, Freida Pinto & the Wachowskis
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
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
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
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when the organization announced emergency measures to diversify its membership and purge the rolls of Oscar voters no longer active in the industry, it stirr… Read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
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
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
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
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
Oscars: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Truth About Why Producers Tried To Cut Alejandro Iñárritu’s Historic Speech
Alejandro G. Iñárritu made Oscar history in a couple of ways Sunday night becoming the first director to win back to back Oscars in 66 years, and only the third ever to do it after Joseph L. Mankiewicz and John Ford. He also became the third Mexican director in a row to win (his victory last year for Birdman, and Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity), a true statement of diversity in a broadcast that basically pummeled the industry audience with jabs at the mostly white nature of… Read
DiCaprio’s Best Actor Win Is Most-Tweeted Oscar Minute Ever; Eclipses DeGeneres’ Starry Selfie
It took Leonardo DiCaprio five tries and 23 years to win an acting Oscar — and when he took the Best Actor Academy Award last night, the Twittersphere breathed a collectively massive sigh of relief, sending out huzzahs fast as it could from around the globe. DiCaprio’s win for The Revenant generated more than 440K tweets per minute, the social media site said this morning. That makes it the most-tweeted minute of an Oscars telecast ever, beating the previous record of… Read
Stacey Dash Cameo Bewilders Oscar Attendees – And Stacey Dash
In a night of awkward moments, maybe the most cringe-inducing was when Oscars host Chris Rock brought Stacey Dash onstage. "It's hard to get a job,” he said, “and that's the truth out there for black actors. But let me tell you some good news: The Academy has taken steps to fix this problem, and that is why it is my honor to introduce the director of our minority outreach program. Please welcome Miss Stacey Dash!"
You know, Dash — Clueless actress-turned-Fox News Channel… Read
‘Spotlight’s Surprise Best Picture Win At The Oscars: What Does This Mean For Its Box Office?
Open Road’s Spotlight is already out on DVD/VOD, and it’s in its 17th weekend at the box office with $39.1 million. So, despite its Best Picture Oscar win, how much juice can possibly be left in this film at the domestic box office? While exhibitors typically have a policy against booking titles that are already out on home video, there’s always a want to get a Best Picture winner back into theaters. An Open Road insider confirmed earlier tonight that there’s a plan to… Read