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Movie Academy Unveils 2018-19 Governors; Alfred Molina & Susanne Bier Elected; Jason Blum & Jennifer Todd In Runoff

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced its newly elected 2018–19 Board of Governors, including four first-timers, 10 incumbents and two returnees. There also will be a runoff between Jason Blum and Jennifer Todd in the Producers Branch. The rookies are Alfred Molina, Actors Branch; Tom Duffield, Designers Branch; Susanne Bier, Directors Branch; Bonnie Arnold, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch. Molina, who replaces Tom Hanks, beat out… Read


Film Academy Paid Its Governors $1M For Work On Oscars, Museum & Governors Awards In Past Decade-Plus

Members of the Film Academy's board of governors serve without pay, but some are rewarded handsomely for their service. Since 2005, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has paid out more than $1 million to its governors for services related to the Academy Awards, its annual Governors Awards and its $388 million museum project. The Academy is conducting an election for 17 seats on its 54-member board of governors. Results are expected next week. "The Academy… Read


The Roundup Begins, As More Than 180 Vie For 17 Film Academy Board Seats

At this point, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ governors election looks more like a round-up than a race; more than 180 members have declared their interest in filling 17 contested spots on the 54-member Board of Governors. Voting in the run-off round starts on Monday and ends May 18. That will narrow the present field to a maximum of four nominees per branch in the final round, which follows. For now, there are on average about 11 candidates in the… Read


Roman Polanski Threatens To Sue Movie Academy Over “Illegal” Expulsion

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Less than a week after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences publicly kicked out Bill Cosby and  Roman Polanski from its membership, the Oscar winning director says he'll take the group to court unless he's reinstated or gets to defend himself. “I am writing this letter to you to avoid unnecessary litigation,” said Polanski’s attorney Harland Braun in a letter sent to AMPAS president John Bailey today (read it here). “Mr. Polanski has a right to go to court and… Read


Roman Polanski Lawyer Claims Movie Academy Broke Rules In Expelling Director; AMPAS Says No

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He remains a fugitive from American justice over the rape of a minor in the 1970s, but Roman Polanski intends to battle being kicked out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, claims the Oscar winner's attorney – and he'll use the organization's own Standards of Conduct to do so. The movie academy however says he is aiming at the wrong target. The Academy said Thursday that Polanski and Bill Cosby had been expelled from the organization by AMPAS’ board of… Read


Movie Academy Expels Bill Cosby And Roman Polanski

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said today that its board of governors has voted to expel Bill Cosby and director Roman Polanski from its membership. The vote came during a meeting Tuesday night and was “in accordance with the organization’s Standards of Conduct,” the Academy said in announcing the news Thursday. “The Board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy's values of respect for human dignity,” it said in… Read


Academy Streamlines Eligibility & Campaigning Rules For Oscars

The Academy's Board of Governors has streamlined its rules for the 91st Academy Awards, which are set for February 24. For the first time, studios, distributors and filmmakers will be required to use an Academy-approved mailing house to send sanctioned awards materials for eligible films to Academy members. Each approved mailing house will be provided with an official list of Academy members who have opted-in along with their contact information to facilitate both… Read


Oscar 2019 Key Dates: Academy And ABC Unveil Timeline


The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and ABC have just announced their key dates for the 91st Oscars taking place (as previously announced) on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. The timeline outlines voting open and closing as well as when the Governor’s Awards and the Scientific and Technical Awards will be given out. The 91st Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live in the U.S. by ABC as well… Read


Dan Fellman Joins Film Academy’s Board Of Governors After Bill Mechanic Exit

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Dan Fellman, the longtime Warner Bros distribution exec who retired in 2015, has been named governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Executives Branch, where he will serve out the term of Bill Mechanic, who resigned the post last week in news that broke yesterday. The Academy's 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. Mechanic and now Fellman’s governor term expires June 30… Read


Read Bill Mechanic’s Resignation Letter To Academy President John Bailey

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UPDATED: Deadline obtained a copy of Bill Mechanic’s letter to the Academy Board which you can read below. John Bailey President, AMPAS Dear John: There’s a moment when if you fail to make an impact, the right thing to do is make for the exits. After Saturday’s meeting, I’m at that moment and I respectfully must resign from the Board of Governors. I have a great love and respect for the Academy. I grew up loving movies and watching the Academy Awards, never dreaming of… Read


National Board Of Review Sets Date And Host For 2019 Film Awards Gala

Next Oscar season already has one noteworthy date on the books. The National Board of Review has reserved January 8, 2019, for its annual film awards gala in New York. As it has for more than a decade, the event will be held at Cipriani 42nd Street. Willie Geist, host of NBC’s Sunday Today and co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, will return for a fifth straight year as host. NBR President Annie Schulhof said Geist’s “continual support of the NBR as well as his passion for… Read


Steven Spielberg Says Netflix Movies Shouldn’t Win Oscars, Warns TV “Poses Clear And Present Danger To Filmgoers”

Even while promoting his futuristic, high-tech new movie, Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg is revealing his traditionalist streak., questioning the level playing field between theatrical features and films launched on Netflix and other streaming services. During his five-decade directing career, as innovations from DVD commentary tracks to digital cameras and projectors have arisen, the filmmaker has often questioned the need to veer from the classical approach. There… Read