Wednesday, Sep. 9, 2020

Any change to the Oscars is going to get people talking, so the leaders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were not exactly surprised that the new best picture inclusion standards became a trending topic on social media as soon as they were announced Tuesday night. 

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Tuesday, Sep. 8, 2020

In an historic move, the Oscars are raising the inclusion bar for best picture nominees starting with the 96th Academy Awards in 2024. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday laid out sweeping eligibility reforms to the best picture category intended to encourage diversity and...

Tuesday, Jun. 30, 2020

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 819 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.  The 2020 class is 45% women, 36% underrepresented ethnic/racial communities,...

Friday, Jun. 12, 2020

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the next phase of its equity and inclusion initiative, Academy Aperture 2025.  This phased initiative will further the Academy’s ongoing efforts to advance inclusion in the entertainment industry and increase representation within its...

Wednesday, Jun. 10, 2020

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay has been elected to the film academy’s Board of Governors for the first time. 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its new members Wednesday, which include the “Selma” filmmaker, “A Star is Born” producer Lynette Howell Taylor and casting...

Tuesday, Apr. 28, 2020

The Academy’s Board of Governors has approved rules and campaign regulations for the 93rd Academy Awards®.

The devastating COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of all Los Angeles County movie theaters as of Monday, March 16, 2020.  Current Academy Awards rules (under Rule Two, Eligibility...

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020

While falling short of declaring that L.A.-headquartered MAJORITY rules at the Oscars, suffice it to say that the production company will enjoy a prominent place at this Sunday’s awards ceremony as two of its directors, Laura Nix and Siqi Song, scored Academy Award nominations--the latter for...

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020

Home is a complicated notion for Feras Fayyad, the director of the Oscar-nominated Syrian documentary "The Cave." His family home in Syria is believed to have been taken just weeks ago as President's Bashar al-Assad's Russian-backed forces seized the area. His family is living in temporary...

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020

The mood at Diane von Furstenberg's lunch honoring this year's female Oscar contenders could have been downbeat, given the shutout of women directors for Sunday's awards. Instead, it was celebratory and defiant.

The 30-plus nominees who gathered at von Furstenberg's home, tucked into...

Monday, Jan. 27, 2020

Renée Zellweger, Al Pacino and dozens of other Academy Award nominees bowed their heads in a moment of silence Monday for Kobe Bryant to open the annual Oscars luncheon, a somber moment in an otherwise sunny annual affair that serves as a meet-and-greet, celebration and training session for each...

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