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Oscar Nominees Luncheon: Contenders Told To Submit List Of “Thank Yous” In Advance As Event Draws Huge Crowd

At today’s annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs blissfully took care of a question that may have been on lots of minds in the room filled with contenders and voters. Show More Summary

Oscars 2016: Academy president acknowledges 'elephant in the room' at luncheon

6 hours agoHealth : Booster Shots

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs opened the academy’s annual Oscar nominees luncheon Monday by acknowledging a topic that has touched nearly every event this awards season --  the question of diversity. “This year, we all know there’s an elephant in the...

Oscar Nominees Lunch: The 2016 Class Photo

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon was this afternoon at the Beverly Hilton. The event celebrating this year’s noms for the 88th Oscars drew about 150 nominees, AMPAS officials estimated to Deadline’s Pete Hammond, who was on the scene (his report is coming later today). Show More Summary

Movie Academy Introduces On-Screen ‘Thank-You’ Crawl

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has a new idea to try to cut down on one tradition loathed by Oscars producers and viewers alike: Acceptance speeches filled with "thank you's" to agents, studio, executives, and other people the audience has never heard of.

Despite Diversity Controversy, Oscars Ceremony Remains Intact

At a luncheon for the Oscar nominees, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences indicated that the awards ceremony would proceed as planned.

In Academy’s Diversity Efforts, a Risk of Bias

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ goal of doubling its minority membership and achieving gender parity could discriminate against older members.

#OscarsSoWhite joins a long line of Oscar controversies

The #OscarsSoWhite uproar over the lack of diversity in the Academy Award nominations the last two years and the subsequent call by some for a boycott of the ceremony played a role in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences changing the rules regarding the organization's membership. But...

Helen Mirren says it's 'unfair' to criticize the Oscars for nominating only white actors

Helen Mirren is defending the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, saying it's "unfair" to criticize the organization over the Oscars' diversity controversy. For the second year in a row, all 20 actors nominated are white, which...Show More Summary

Watch: Helen Mirren Claims #OscarsSoWhite Debate is 'Unfair' to the Academy

4 days agoNews : Newsweek: US

Oscar winner Helen Mirren believes the Academy of Motion Pictures and Arts is facing “unfair” criticism over claims the organisation is racially exclusive. Since it was announced in January that—for the second year in a row—there isShow More Summary

Congressmen send letter to film academy and call diversity plan a 'first step'

Members of Congress are commending the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its new diversity initiatives, offering support as the organization moves forward with its efforts. Representatives Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) sent a letter to academy President Cheryl...

Cheryl Boone Isaacs: ‘At Some Point, You Need To Speak Up’

Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since she was nominated for the position in 2013. It is a prestigious position in perhaps the most prestigious organization in Hollywood. The president of the Academy has a wide range of responsibilities, but perhaps none has been more... Show More Summary

Marlon Brando Nailed Hollywood's Diversity Issue Over 40 Years Ago

5 days agoNews : Huffington Post

In 1973, the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated Marlon Brando for Best Actor after a now iconic performance in "The Godfather" as Don Vito Corleone. He was pretty much a shoe-in. When presenters Liv Ullmann and Roger Moore announced his name, however, Brando famously wasn't there to accept it. Show More Summary

Quincy Jones Will Use the Oscars to Demand Diversity

On Monday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed that Quincy Jones will present an award at the Oscars ceremony in February, and the legendary record producer has said he will use his moment in the spotlight to affirm...Show More Summary

What You Need to Know About This Year's Oscar-Nominated Documentaries

As the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences comes under fire - for the second consecutive year - for the lack of diversity among the nominated actors, this year's critically acclaimed documentary features are not only diverse but also vastly momentous. Show More Summary

Oscars: Second Group Of Presenters Includes Steve Carell, Priyanka Chopra, Olivia Munn & Kerry Washington

UPDATE, 12:05 PM: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the second group of presenters for the 88th Academy Awards later this month. They are Steve Carell, Priyanka Chopra, Quincy Jones, Byung-hun Lee, Jared Leto, Julianne Moore, Olivia Munn, Margot Robbie, Jason Segel, Andy Serkis, J.K. Show More Summary

Hollywood's Pathetic Treatment of Women Is Ready for Its Close-Up

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has taken a lot of heat lately for its failure to nominate any actors of color for the Oscars, two years running. But race may not be Hollywood's biggest diversity problem. The number of women directing big-budget films and TV series is stunningly low. Show More Summary

Academy's Response to #OscarsSoWhite Controversy Encourages Prejudice, Says Movieguide's Ted Baehr

Media critic and founder of the family and values based Movieguide, Ted Baehr, says the solution to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy proposed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is flawed and encourages prejudice, the exact opposite of the Academy's intention.

Oscars: Olivia Munn & Jason Segel To Host Sci-Tech Awards

Olivia Munn and Jason Segel are set to host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation on Saturday, February 13, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. They will present 11 awards...Show More Summary

Olivia Munn, Jason Segel to Host Sci-Tech Oscars

Olivia Munn and Jason Segel will team up to host this year's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation. The "Ride Along 2" actress and "End of the Tour" actor will give out 11 awards to...Show More Summary

Will concerns about diversity make the Oscars too PC?

To the editor: William Goldstein is right about the new rules meant to boost diversity among the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science members. The academy doesn't make movies; its members vote to reward excellence in what is, by its nature, an imperfect and very subjective process. ("I'd...

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