Oscars Academy Catches Flak From IATSE President for Dumping Categories to Commercial Breaks

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The president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees on Wednesday criticized the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s controversial decision to announce four awards during the commercial break of the telecast.
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Kevin Hart Rules Out Hosting Oscars: ‘I’m Over It’

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Kevin Hart officially ended discussion about him hosting the 2019 Academy Awards on Wednesday, telling “Good Morning America” that he was “over” the negative attention surrounding his old homophobic tweets and wanted to move on.

“There is no ending to it. If you keep feeding this energy, then it’s going to grow. You’re not getting no more of my energy from it. I’m not giving no more, because it’s endless,” Hart told host Michael Strahan. “I want everybody to know I’m done with it. It’s a choice that I’ve personally made to say I’m not addressing it anymore.”

“I’m over it,” he said repeatedly.

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His response came when Strahan asked: “Is there a hope that you would host the Oscars this year?”

“No, I’m not hosting the Oscars this year,” Hart replied without hesitation. “The Academy, they’re amazing people, the offer was made, it was received, I was excited this happened, it didn’t work out the way it should have. Right now from a time perspective, I don’t really have time.”

Hart was dropped by the Oscars after multiple old tweets emerged showing his previous use of homophobic slurs. Hart fanned the flames when critics said an initial apology offered was insufficiently contrite. His image has rebounded somewhat with sympathetic appearances on “Ellen,” though he has continued to face backlash, including from CNN anchor Don Lemon, who said it was not Degeneres’ place to forgive Hart.

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“For many in the gay community but especially in the black community,” Lemon said, “the Twitter apologies and explanations on ‘Ellen’ have fallen flat … To many it seems he has somehow turned himself a victim, instead of acknowledging the real victims of violent and sometimes deadly homophobia.”

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Michael Rapaport Has a Modest Proposal Regarding Kevin Hart: ‘Castrate This F—ing Guy Publicly!’ (Video)

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Michael Rapaport has quite the ballsy suggestion for how to handle Kevin Hart.

Podcaster and “Atypical” star Rapaport weighed in on Hart — who abandoned a hosting gig for the 2019 Oscars in December following backlash over past homophobic tweets, only to tell Ellen DeGeneres this week that he is “evaluating” whether to take the hosting job after all — on Friday, sarcastically suggesting that people should “castrate this f—ing guy publicly!”

In a fiery, profanity-riddled video posted to his social media, Rapaport broached a number of potential punishments for Hart.

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“So Kevin Hart, who’s already apologized about his homophobic comments, went on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ today and apologized again. And some people just don’t think that’s enough,” Rapaport began his screed. “So I say those people, those righteous, Puritan people, let’s … f— it,, man! F— it! Kevin Hart just doesn’t know how to apologize. I say we castrate this f—ing guy publicly!”

The actor continued, “Or 10 years in solitary confinement for Kevin Hart, he needs to learn his f—ing lesson. Or public stoning! Public stoning! Or, hang him by his f—ing feet for 30 days right from the Hollywood sign — that’ll show Kevin Hart!”

Lest anyone think Rapaport was serious in his suggestions, the actor had a suggestion for the “fake do-gooders” going after Hart, as well.

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“Get the f— out of here, you f—ing fake do-gooders!” Rapaport vented. “Yo, Kevin Hart, send ‘em to me! I will tell all these motherf—ers who aren’t satisfied … I’ll do it! I’ll tell them to suck my f—ing dick!”

During DeGeneres’ interview with Hart, the talk-show host told the actor that she’d personally called the Academy to urge the organization to rehire him. And, DeGeneres said, she was told the Academy would be “thrilled” and that “we want him to host.”

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To that, Hart told DeGeneres, “Leaving here, I promise you, I’m evaluating this conversation. This is a conversation I needed to have, I’m glad that I had it here, and I’m glad that it was as authentic and real as I could have hoped that it would be. So let me assess, just to sit in this space and really think, and you and I will talk before anything else.”

On Twitter, the reaction was mixed, with many praising the interview, and others arguing with “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” executive producer Andy Lassner over the news.

“I don’t want to live in a world where forgiveness & personal growth aren’t possible. I grew up using gay slurs with my friends,” Lassner said to one person. “I thought it was funny & harmless. I learned and evolved. I changed. Life is hard. We make terrible mistakes. And then we try and be better.”

Watch Rapaport toss in his two cents below.

Lets Hang Kevin Hart by his Feet from the Hollywood sign for 30 Days until he finally learns his lesson.
FOH!!! Fake Do-Gooders!@kevinhart4real Say No More!!!@theellenshow @iamrapaport is live at:#KevinHart https://t.co/pjL2LTarjJ pic.twitter.com/dEyMU0ZYOj

– MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) January 4, 2019

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Academy Names LA Sparks President Christine Simmons Chief Operating Officer

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has named Christine Simmons as Chief Operating Officer, Academy CEO Dawn Hudson announced Thursday.

Simmons, who currently serves as the president and COO of the Los Angeles Sparks, will begin her role in January and will report to Hudson. She will be responsible for the day-to-day management with a focus on the Academy Foundation.

“There has been — and continues to be — a sea change in our film community, our Academy, and in the culture at large,” Hudson said. “Christine brings both nonprofit and corporate management expertise, an ability to implement creative solutions, and a love of film to our Academy. It’s the perfect moment for an innovative thinker.”

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Simmons added, “I look forward to joining the team and contributing to the innovation and growth of the operational excellence of the Academy. The organization’s efforts to support filmmakers and programs where every person’s story can be told are invaluable.”

Prior to working with the LA Sparks, a founding team of the WNBA and three-time League champions, Simmons served as executive vice president of Magic Johnson Enterprises. Before that, she worked at Disney and NBC/Universal Studios.

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Simmons also serves on the advisory councils for both Women in Sports and Events and Next Play Capital. She is also a member of the UCLA Foundation’s Board of Directors and the UC Regents.

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‘Black Panther,’ ‘Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ Lead Oscar Song, Score Shortlists

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the shortlists of films that remained in contention in nine categories, including Original Song and Original Score.

In the Original Song category, songs like “All the Stars” from “Black Panther,” “Girl in the Movies” from “Dumplin’,” “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” made the list. “Mary Poppins Returns” actually scored two spots on the list.

In the Original Score category, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “First Man,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Mary Poppins Returns” topped the list.

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For the first time ever, the Academy didn’t systematically dole out the shortlists of films that remain in contention. Instead, they dropped all the lists at once in a single press release that trimmed the fields in Best Documentary Feature, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Original Song and six other categories.

The full list of Oscar nominees will be announced on Jan. 22.

Below are the short lists for Original Song and Original Score:

Music (Original Song)

“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
“Treasure” from “Beautiful Boy”
“All The Stars” from “Black Panther”
“Revelation” from “Boy Erased”
“Girl In The Movies” from “Dumplin’”
“We Won’t Move” from “The Hate U Give”
“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns”
“Trip A Little Light Fantastic” from “Mary Poppins Returns”
“Keep Reachin’” from “Quincy”
“I’ll Fight” from “RBG”
“A Place Called Slaughter Race” from “Ralph Breaks the Internet”
“OYAHYTT” from “Sorry to Bother You”
“Shallow” from “A Star Is Born”
“Suspirium” from “Suspiria”
“The Big Unknown” from “Widows”

Music (Original Score)

“Annihilation”
“Avengers: Infinity War”
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
“Black Panther”
“BlacKkKlansman”
“Crazy Rich Asians”
“The Death of Stalin”
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”
“First Man”
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“Isle of Dogs”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“A Quiet Place”
“Ready Player One”
“Vice”

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Women Outnumber Men in Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship Winners for Screenwriting

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The Academy awarded five screenwriters, three individuals and one screenwriting duo, with the 2018 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting competition. And in a welcome change in the year of #TimesUp, three of the five are women.

The fellows will each receive a $35,000 prize, and for the sixth consecutive year, an ensemble of actors will read selected scenes from the winning scripts in a presentation on November 8 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Here’s the list of 2018 winners:

  • Allison Buckmelter and Nicolas Buckmelter, “American Refugee”
  • Joey Clarke, Jr., “Miles”
  • Grace Sherman, “Numbers and Words”
  • Wenonah Wilms, “Horsehead Girls”

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This year, a total of 6,895 scripts were submitted for the competition. A committee then narrowed down those entries to a list of finalists and ultimately voted on the winners. Here are the remaining finalists and their scripts:

  • Avi Glick, “A Yacht in the Apache Junction”
  • Ernestina Juárez, “Labyrinth of Destiny”
  • Neal McLaughlin, “The Sunshine Ward”
  • Daniel Miska, “The Soldier That Wagged Her Tail”
  • Gabriel Mizrahi, “Beside Ourselves”
  • Jordan Trippeer, “Air”

Fellowships are awarded with the understanding that the recipients will each complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year. The Academy acquires no rights to the works of Nicholl fellows and does not involve itself commercially in any way with their completed scripts.

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The Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee is chaired by Academy Writers Branch Governor Robin Swicord.  The members of the committee are Eva Marie Saint (Actors Branch); Steven Poster (Cinematographers Branch); Marcus Hu and William Mechanic (Executives Branch); James Plannette and Stephen Ujlaki (Members-at-Large); Stephanie Allain, Albert Berger, Julia Chasman, Julie Lynn, Peter Samuelson and Robert W. Shapiro (Producers Branch); Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Short Films and Feature Animation Branch); Bobbi Banks (Sound Branch); and Tina Gordon Chism, Eric Heisserer, Larry Karaszewski, Dan Petrie Jr., Misan Sagay, Kirsten Smith, Dana Stevens and Tyger Williams (Writers Branch).

The global competition, which aims to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters, has awarded 156 fellowships since it began in 1986.

Past fellows have included writer-director Allison Anders, Pulitzer-winning novelist Jeff Eugenides and Oscar winner Susannah Grant (“Erin Brockovich”).

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Marvel Focuses on a ‘Black Panther’ Best Picture Oscar Nod, Despite New Popular Film Category

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Looking to nab a Best Picture nomination for “Black Panther,” Disney has hired veteran Oscar strategist Cynthia Swartz to oversee the campaign, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

Disney and its superhero phenomenon “Black Panther” have been at the heart of much of the conversation surrounding the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ addition of a “popular film” category.

Views on the film’s awards potential went from: maybe it could be a best picture nominee, to concern it would be shoehorned into a popular film category created to boost the telecast’s sagging ratings by including more commercial hits.

But Marvel Studios still has its eyes set on best picture.

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“Black Panther,” which opened in February and has since grossed $1.3 billion worldwide, won plaudits from audiences and film critics alike, and has sparked academic conversations about race, the lasting ripple effects of slavery and border politics.

In an attempt to boost sagging ratings for the Oscars, the Academy has taken dramatic and likely controversial steps to overhaul the annual awards ceremony. Among the steps, the creation of a category designed to salute “outstanding achievement in popular film.”

The new category comes with a risk. If it is seen as a second Best Picture category for movies that people have actually seen, it could dilute the prestige of the real Best Picture category, and hurt the credibility of the Academy.

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Before the academy decided to shake up the awards ceremony and add the popular film category, many people in Hollywood thought “Black Panther” stood a good chance to become the first superhero film nominated for best picture.

Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” earned eight nominations back in 2009, and ended up winning two Oscars. But the film’s omission in the best picture category caused an uproar among fans, and is widely considered the reason the academy expanded the best picture category to as many 10 films from the traditional five nominees.

The idea was that this could open the door for more blockbuster movies, though, that hasn’t really been the case.

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One Oscar consultant told The Times: “Right now, I think [academy Chief Executive] Dawn Hudson would crawl in a hole if ‘Black Panther’ gets snubbed for best picture and winds up landing in the popular film category. The funny thing is that Dawn would be way more disappointed than anyone at Marvel.”

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced plans on Wednesday to shorten the Oscars telecast and create a new category devoted to popular films, eliciting immediate reaction from Twitter skeptics who derided the upcoming changes.

The changes are likely an attempt to boost sagging ratings for the Oscars, which hit a new low this past March after years of steady decline. The rules were adopted by the Academy’s Board of Governors at a meeting on Tuesday night and detailed in an email sent to Academy members on Wednesday morning.

The Academy announced that it would create a category designed to salute “outstanding achievement in popular film.” It has also pledged to keep the show to three hours, and will also hand out “select categories” during commercial breaks, and then edit those presentations to be shown later in the telecast.

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The changes drew a swift response from Twitter users, many of whom appeared to hold a particular ire for the new “popular film” category.

“The Big Sick” and “Ruby Sparks” actress Zoe Kazan drew parallels between the changes and the 2016 presidential election.

so can we have a Best Electoral College President and a Most Popular President now too, or…?

— zoe kazan (@zoeinthecities) August 8, 2018

“Lord of the Rings” star Elijah Wood appeared unapproving.

Best Popular Film? oof

— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) August 8, 2018

IndieWire critic David Erlich offered a timeline for future Academy changes.

2018: The Academy announces a new award for “Popular Film”!

2020: The Academy announces a new award for “Best Cinematic Universe!”

2022: The Academy announces a new award for “TV Shows that Feel Like 10-Hour Movies!”

2024: The Academy announces that “gifs are the new cinema!”

— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) August 8, 2018

Village Voice critic Bilge Ebiri shared his preference for a different new category.

The Academy: “We can’t add a Best Stunts category. The show is too long as it is!”

Also the Academy: “Here’s an inane new category nobody asked for that will further dilute the value of Best Picture.”

— Bilge Ebiri (@BilgeEbiri) August 8, 2018

Vulture editor Hunter Harris offered a choice criticism of the Academy.

@ the academy pic.twitter.com/w9g1vcX8M3

— hunter harris (@hunteryharris) August 8, 2018

But the new plan has, at least, one fan in “Pitch Perfect” star Rebel Wilson.

Great move by the Academy to create a new category at the Oscars: Outstanding Achievement In Popular Film ????

— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) August 8, 2018

See more responses below.

https://twitter.com/richardrushfield/status/1027251763106086912

All that said, it *could* be funny to watch the Academy dismay the superhero crowd year after year by voting waywardly on the Best Popular Film award.

“And the Oscar goes to… MAMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN!”

— Guy Lodge (@GuyLodge) August 8, 2018

Also, The Academy just added 900 diverse members. Maybe see what they nominate before rushing to add Best Blockbuster as a category.

— Matt Goldberg (@MattGoldberg) August 8, 2018

Academy’s dropping the ball here. “Least Popular” would be a way funnier category.

— Scott Wampler (@ScottWamplerBMD) August 8, 2018

The sad thing about the new ‘popular film’ Oscar is it becomes a way for the academy to ‘acknowledge’ the success of big films (i.e. Superheroes) w/o risking the credibility of their prestigious awards. Yo, we’re hip, we LOVE Black Panther, however we just won’t take it seriously

— Jonathan Burdett (@jburd22) August 8, 2018

It’s also astounding that the Academy will seemingly jump through all these hoops and disrespect countless film professionals before they’ll consider … starting the Oscars at 6pm?

— Joe Reid (@joereid) August 8, 2018

The sad part is the bold move the Academy made of finally going the Grammy route and deciding that not every award needs to be televised will now be overshadowed by this MTV Award-esque new category that will be made fun of for years to come

— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) August 8, 2018

Everyone: Can you add a category for stunts ? Stunt actors are extremely underrated and risk their lives to bring us entertainment

The Academy: DID YOU SAY A CATEGORY FOR MOST POPULAR MOVIE ????

— Josh???????? (@_VintageReality) August 8, 2018

the oscars are adding a “popular film” category mamma mia 2: here we go again is coming for that academy award folks

— mac (@reyorganah) August 8, 2018

everyone to the academy rn pic.twitter.com/7iK450OIHM

— dani (@greatgerwig) August 8, 2018

THE ACADEMY: [airs Oscars that include laborious and incomprehensible “visiting normal people at a movie screening” bit]
THE ACADEMY: Our ceremony is too long because of all the awards

— Daniel D’Addario (@DPD_) August 8, 2018

Hey Academy, you’re never winning back the viewers who just watch Marvel movies! Focus on turning out your base! Abandon this “popular film” Oscar and give the real fans what we want… a musical tribute to Olivia de Havilland’s hatred of Joan Fontaine! pic.twitter.com/WbrrPqhI8N

— Chris Schleicher (@cschleichsrun) August 8, 2018

Also, The Academy just added 900 diverse members. Maybe see what they nominate before rushing to add Best Blockbuster as a category.

— Matt Goldberg (@MattGoldberg) August 8, 2018

Popular film should… be nominated in general? What’s been defined as Oscar worthy or Oscar bait has been defined by the pretensions of white people.

— Ira (@ira) August 8, 2018

Straight guys get multiple channels devoted to sports 24 hours a day, but 4 hours a year was too much for the Oscars? Let me say it again for those in the back: THE ???? OSCARS ???? SHOULD ???? TAKE ???? AS ???? LONG ???? AS ???? THE ???? WORLD ???? CUP ????

— Chris Schleicher (@cschleichsrun) August 8, 2018

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Some of the 928 invi…

Oscars Diversity Push: Academy on Target to Double Non-White Members – But Not Women

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In January of 2016, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who was then the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, responded to the #OscarsSoWhite protests by announcing a bold goal: By 2020, she promised, the Academy would double the number of female and non-white members.

Now, almost two and a half years later, the AMPAS Board of Governors has met and selected the third group of new members since Isaacs’ initial pledge.

The board’s choices were made on Saturday but won’t be revealed until Monday or Tuesday. Meanwhile, the scorecard on Academy diversity so far is a mixed one. The Academy is way ahead of schedule on non-white members, but significantly behind on women.

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At the time that Isaacs pledged to double the female and non-white membership, the Academy had 6,436 active members, 6,124 of whom were eligible to vote for the Oscars. AMPAS figures revealed that the membership at that point was 75 percent male and 92 percent white, which means that the diversity pledge required them to add about 1,609 female members and 515 non-white members.

On the latter front, the Academy has essentially achieved its goal: Again using AMPAS percentages, about 280 nonwhite members were invited in 2016, and another 232 in 2017. So the organization is likely at or within single digits of its goal, making it a virtual certainty that this year’s new members will push it well past its goal of doubling the 2016 total.

(The wild card in these calculations is the number of invited members who decline to join. The Academy does not release those figures, though most of those who are invited have submitted applications for membership and would therefore have little interest in declining.)

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The goal of doubling the number of women members is not so easily attained. To meet that target, the Academy would needed to add more than 1,600 women; the organization invited 315 in 2016 and 302 in 2017. That leaves them about 1,100 short, with the class of 2018 yet to be announced and the classes of 2019 and 2020 still to be chosen.

To truly double the number of female members it had at the time the challenge was announced, then, the Academy would need to average more than 365 new female members for the next three years — more than they achieved even in the last two record years for new admissions.

And while the numbers are going up dramatically, the Academy is not just adding women and people of color. With the record size of the 2016 and 2017 classes, and the fact that the 2016 Academy already had more than 5,900 whites and 4,800 men, the diversity percentages are creeping upward slowly even as the sheer numbers increase more dramatically.

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The Academy was 75 percent male and 92 percent white in 2016; two years later, after increasing its size by nearly 25 percent, it’s now 72 percent male and 87 percent white.

That’s what the branches were up against as they looked for members of the Class of 2018, and what the board faced when they voted on hundreds of prospective members on Saturday.

The Academy is making progress, and making it more quickly than many of us thought they would. But meeting the entire goal they set in 2016 has not gotten any easier.

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Roman Polanski Victim Thinks Academy Was ‘Ugly and Cruel’ to Eject Him

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The Film Academy made a big move this week to expel director Roman Polanski from its membership, but Samantha Geimer says she’s not impressed.

Geimer was 13 when the director admittedly had sex with her in 1977. She told Vanity Fair this week that she was skeptical of the motives behind the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ decision.

“It is an ugly and cruel action which serves only appearance,” Geimer, now 55, said. “It does nothing to change the sexist culture in Hollywood today and simply proves that they will eat their own to survive. I say to Roman, good riddance to bad rubbish, the Academy has no true honor, it’s all just P.R.”

“They could at least expel him on his own, but to tag him onto Cosby, what a bunch of douchebags,” she continued.

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The Academy voted on Tuesday to expel both Polanski and Bill Cosby after the latter was convicted last week of aggravated indecent assault.

“The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors met on Tuesday night (May 1) and has voted to expel actor Bill Cosby and director Roman Polanski from its membership in accordance with the organization’s Standards of Conduct,” read the Academy’s statement. “The Board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity.”

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bypassed its new three-month-old grievance procedures to expel disgraced members Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski on Thursday, TheWrap has learned.

Instead, the Academy exercised a clause in its bylaws allowing the 54-person Board of Governors to expel any member “for cause” with a two-thirds vote. According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, the board was motivated in part by the fact that both Cosby and Polanski had been convicted of sexually related crimes in U.S. courts.

But Polanski’s lawyer, Harland Braun, said Friday that the Oscar-winning director was “blindsided” by the expulsion and asked “the Academy to follow its own rules which is to give Roman 10 days notice to present his side.”

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Turns out there’s a loophole that allowed the board to act as it did. Asked about whether the Academy had followed the due-process procedures outlined in the updated grievances process announced in January, a spokesperson cited the Academy’s Standards of Conduct, Section 8.

“The Board of Governors retains its independent duty and authority as outlined in the bylaws to address and take action on any matter, whether submitted by the process outlined above or not, related to a member’s status and to enforce the Academy’s Standards of Conduct,” reads the section. In other words, the board retains the right to step in and discipline members regardless of whether a formal grievance process has been triggered.

In addition, the Academy bylaws state: “any member of the Academy may be suspended or expelled for cause by the Board of Governors. Expulsion or suspension as herein provided for shall require the affirmative vote of not less than two-thirds of all the Governors.”

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According to the Academy’s revised Code of Conduct, issued in January, when a claim of misconduct is brought to the attention of the Membership and Administration Committee for review, the committee has the option of taking no action, or “notifying the subject of the claim in writing, at the member’s current address on file with the Membership Department, and provide the member with an opportunity to respond in writing within 10 business days.”

Additionally, “once the subject of a claim has been notified, and the time frame for response has passed, the Membership and Administration Committee will review the full complaint in a timely manner and may,” if the matter is serious enough “refer it to the Board of Governors. Only the Board can make the final determination on whether to suspend or expel a member.”

The Code says the member will be informed in writing of any final decision made, at which point “the member shall be entitled to appeal the decision within 10 business days.”

According to the Associated Press, Polanski learned of his expulsion from media reports.

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Polanski was expelled 15 years after his film “The Pianist” took home Oscars for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor at the 75th Academy Awards. The film was nominated for Best Picture, but lost to “Chicago.”

Polanski was arrested and charged with raping 13-year-old Samantha Geimer in 1977. He pleaded guilty and was imprisoned for 42 days, after which he was released and put on probation as part of a plea bargain. When Polanski learned that a judge was planning to revoke the plea deal, the director fled Paris before the sentencing.

Cosby, a longtime Academy member best known for his work in TV, last week was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault in over accusations made by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand.

Steve Pond contributed to this report.

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