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

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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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”

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.

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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2018 Academy Governors Awards Include Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, and Cicely Tyson

Steven Spielberg’s longtime PR man Marvin Levy is the first publicist to win an Oscar, while Kennedy-Marshall are the first married team.

On Tuesday night, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted for this year’s Governors Awards. Honorary Oscar winners are publicist Marvin Levy, composer Lalo Schifrin, and actress Cicely Tyson. The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award will go to producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshal, all presented at the Academy’s 10th Annual Governors Awards on Sunday, November 18, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

This was a relatively happy and carefree decision. Still on the table is the fate of the Best Popular Film award, which was the subject of much discussion at the Telluride Film Festival, where the Academy throws an annual party. Lucasfilm president Kennedy, who is no longer on the Board, wondered if it was an idea worth saving.

The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, a bust of the motion picture executive, is presented to creative producers “whose body of work reflects a consistently high quality of motion picture production.”

Kennedy is the first woman to win the Thalberg award, and she and her husband are the first married couple to win it. Launched in 1991, the Kennedy/Marshall producing partnership has yielded Best Picture nominations for M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Sixth Sense” (1999), Gary Ross’ “Seabiscuit” (2003), Steven Spielberg’s “Munich” (2005) and David Fincher’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008). Kennedy/Marshall Company productions also include “Congo,” all five “Bourne” films, and Julian Schnabel’s “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.”

Prior to forming Kennedy/Marshall, the duo co-founded Amblin Productions with Spielberg, sharing a Best Picture nomination for “The Color Purple” (1985). Additionally, Marshall received a Best Picture nomination for “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), while Kennedy was nominated in the same category for “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982), “War Horse” (2011) and “Lincoln” (2012).

Obviously, Hollywood power brokers Kennedy and Marshall have a close relationship with Spielberg, who has enjoyed a four-decade working relationship with the first publicist to win an Oscar, Marvin Levy. The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

Levy, who began his career in publicity working for MGM in New York before joining Columbia Pictures in Hollywood on the advertising side, so impressed Spielberg with his work on the 1977 film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” that he worked closely as his personal marketing and publicity man up to the present, holding positions at Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks Studios, and Amblin Partners. He commandeered publicity campaigns for such films as “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial,” “Back to the Future,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “American Beauty,” “Gladiator,” and “Lincoln.”

Argentinian composer Schifrin studied classical music and jazz in France before beginning to write scores for film in ’50s Buenos Aires. He has written scores for more than 100 films, including “The Cincinnati Kid,” “Bullitt,” “Dirty Harry,” “Enter the Dragon,” and “Rush Hour.” His theme for the television series “Mission: Impossible” is iconic to this day, and included in the Tom Cruise franchise installments. Schifrin has received six Oscar nominations: for the original scores for “Cool Hand Luke” (1967), “The Fox” (1968), “Voyage of the Damned” (1976) and “The Amityville Horror” (1979), the original song “People Alone” from “The Competition” (1980), and the adaptation score for “The Sting II” (1983).

Cicely Tyson69th Primetime Emmy Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 17 Sep 2017

Cicely Tyson

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Raised in Harlem, Tyson began her career as a model and a theater actress, appearing both on Broadway and Off-Broadway. After playing small roles in feature films and television, she was cast as Portia in “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” in 1968. Four years later, she received an Academy Award® nomination for her leading performance in “Sounder.” Her other notable film credits include “The River Niger,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” “The Help,” “Alex Cross,” and “Last Flag Flying.”

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

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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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.

“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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

See more responses below.

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

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Kendrick Lamar, JK Rowling, Jonathan Nolan and 20 Other Surprising New Academy Members

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Monday a record-breaking number of new member invitees that puts the organization on track to reach its 2016 goals of doubling the number of non-white and female members.
Some of the 928 invi…

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Monday a record-breaking number of new member invitees that puts the organization on track to reach its 2016 goals of doubling the number of non-white and female members.

Some of the 928 invitees were quite curious, either because it was surprising they weren’t already members — or that the Academy would even think to induct them.

Consider French-born filmmaker Michel Gondry, who won an Oscar for co-writing his 2004 film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” but somehow never snagged an invite from the Academy until now.

Or Jonathan Nolan, who earned a nomination with his brother Christopher for 2000’s “Memento,” but has been passed over all these years despite his acclaimed scripts for “The Dark Knight,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Interstellar.”

Then there’s “Harry Potter” creator J.K. Rowling. Sure, the author inspired an entire generation of kids to read rather than head to the cinema — but she only has one produced screenplay to her credit, 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” (A sequel, “The Crimes of Grindewald,” is due in November.)

Still, Rowling has been crucial to the “Harry Potter” franchise, which has racked up 14 Oscar nominations and $7 billion in worldwide box office since the first one was released in 2001.

If those invitations seemed a long time coming, then rapper Kendrick Lamar nabbing one seemed out of the blue.

Lamar is an objectively outstanding artist who has won nearly every important music award there is. He even won a Pulitzer Prize for his album “DAMN.” but his Hollywood résumé is thin aside from his recent work on the “Black Panther” soundtrack.

The same is true of members of Prince’s band, Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman, who scored membership for their work on such Oscar-bait films as “Just Wright” and “Valentino’s Ghost.”

Performers like “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke, former “Closer” actress Kyra Sedwick and Gina Rodriguez are more associated with their work on TV, while comedic performers like Hannibal Buress (“Tag”) and Dave Chappelle (“Robin Hood: Men in Tights”) have mostly performed in broad big-screen comedies that don’t typically earn Academy recognition.

The 2018 list of invitees is a sign that the Academy is opening its doors a bit wider as it continues to diversify its ranks.

Wait, they weren’t already members?:

Eileen Atkins (“Gosford Park”) — Actors branch
Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) — Actors branch
Melissa Etheridge (Oscar winner for “An Inconvenient Truth”) — Music branch
Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) — Directors Branch
Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Oscar nominee for “Amelie”) — Director’s branch
Toby Jones (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) — Actors branch
Jonathan Nolan (“Memento”) — Writers branch
Eduardo Noriega (“Open Your Eyes”) — Actors branch
Jada Pinkett Smith (“Menace II Society”) — Actors branch
Joely Richardson (“The Patriot”) — Actors branch
Amy Schumer (“Trainwreck”) — Actors branch
Miles Teller (“Whiplash”) — Actors branch

Really, them?:

Hannibal Buress (“Tag”) — Actors branch
Dave Chappelle (“Robin Hood: Men in Tights”) — Actors branch
Emilia Clarke (“Me Before You”) — Actors branch
Lisa Coleman (“Dangerous Minds”) — Music branch
Lena Headey (“The Purge”) — Actors branch
Kendrick Lamar (“Black Panther”) — Music branch
Wendy Melvoin (“Soul Food”) — Music branch
Gina Rodriguez (“Deepwater Horizon”) — Actors branch
J.K. Rowling (“Fantastic Beasts”) — Writers branch
Kyra Sedgwick (“Something to Talk About”) — Actors branch
Yeardley Smith (“The Simpsons Movie”) — Actors branch

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

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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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.

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.)

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.

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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Alfred Molina, Susanne Bier Elected to Motion Picture Academy’s Board of Governors

Actor Alfred Molina, director Susanne Bier and animation producer/executive Bonnie Arnold have been elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors for the first time, the Academy announced on Thursday.
They will be…

Actor Alfred Molina, director Susanne Bier and animation producer/executive Bonnie Arnold have been elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors for the first time, the Academy announced on Thursday.

They will be joined on the board by another first-time member, designer Tom Duffield, and by 10 incumbent governors who were re-elected and another two who are returning to the board after a hiatus.

The re-elected incumbents are Bernard Telsey, Casting Directors Branch; Daryn Okada, Cinematographers Branch; Rory Kennedy, Documentary BranchJim Gianopulos, Executives Branch; Carol Littleton, Film Editors Branch; Lois Burwell, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch; Michael Giacchino, Music Branch; Scott Millan, Sound Branch; John Knoll, Visual Effects Branch; and Billy Ray, Writers Branch.

Former Academy president Sid Ganis is returning to represent the Public Relations Branch after a hiatus, as is Jeffrey Kurland in the Costume Designers Branch.

A position in the Producers Branch resulted in a tie between Jennifer Todd and Jason Blum. A runoff election will be held on June 18 and 18.

Each of the Academy’s 17 branches is represented by three governors, who serve three-year terms. The terms are staggered so that one governor from each branch is up for re-election each year.

The board meets regularly during the year and, in the words of the AMPAS press release announcing the election results,  “sets the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health, and assures the fulfillment of its mission.”

When the new board meets for the first time in late July or early August, its first order of business will be to elect a president. The incumbent president, John Bailey, is eligible for re-election.

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

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 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.

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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Oscars Academy Board Bypassed New Grievance Procedures to Expel Polanski, Cosby

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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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.”

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.”

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.

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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Roman Polanski ‘Blindsided’ by Expulsion From Movie Academy, Plans to Appeal

Roman Polanski felt “blindsided” by the decision of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to expel him, and plans to appeal.

“We plan to ask the Academy to follow its own rules which is to give Roman 10 days notice to present his side,” Polanski’s attorney Harland Braun said in a statement to TheWrap. “We were prepared but were blindsided by their violation of their own standards. What did the 56 members review??”

On Tuesday, the Academy voted to expel Bill Cosby and Polanski in accordance with the organization’s Standard of Conduct.

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“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 statement. “The Board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity.”

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 pled 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.

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Cosby has never won an Oscar but he was an Academy member. His film credits include “Hickey & Boggs,” “Uptown Saturday Night,” “Ghost Dad,” “The Meteor Man” and “Jack.”

On Wednesday, Cosby’s name was removed from the website of the Television Academy. The comedian was recently found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault in his retrial over accusations made by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand.

Cosby had maintained that his interaction with Constand was consensual and that he had given her Benadryl in an effort to help her relax.

A spokesperson for Cosby has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment on whether Cosby plans to appeal as well. The Academy has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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Roman Polanski felt “blindsided” by the decision of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to expel him, and plans to appeal.

“We plan to ask the Academy to follow its own rules which is to give Roman 10 days notice to present his side,” Polanski’s attorney Harland Braun said in a statement to TheWrap. “We were prepared but were blindsided by their violation of their own standards. What did the 56 members review??”

On Tuesday, the Academy voted to expel Bill Cosby and Polanski in accordance with the organization’s Standard of Conduct.

“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 statement. “The Board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity.”

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 pled 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 has never won an Oscar but he was an Academy member. His film credits include “Hickey & Boggs,” “Uptown Saturday Night,” “Ghost Dad,” “The Meteor Man” and “Jack.”

On Wednesday, Cosby’s name was removed from the website of the Television Academy. The comedian was recently found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault in his retrial over accusations made by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand.

Cosby had maintained that his interaction with Constand was consensual and that he had given her Benadryl in an effort to help her relax.

A spokesperson for Cosby has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment on whether Cosby plans to appeal as well. The Academy has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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Polanski’s attorney, Harland Braun, tells Vanity Fair the Academy did not give Polanski the necessary time to present an appeal to the decision.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ announced on May 3 that it had voted to expel Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby for not meeting its standards of conduct. Polanski’s attorney, Harland Braun, tells Vanity Fair that the director is going to appeal the decision

“We want due process,” Braun said. “That’s not asking too much of the Academy, is it?”

Polanski was found guilty in 1977 of having sexual intercourse with a minor. Despite the verdict and the fact the director fled the country to avoid further prison time, the Academy still awarded Polanski the best director trophy for “The Pianist” in 2003. Braun accuses the Academy of failing to adhere to a fair process while handling the case of Polanski’s membership.

“Mr. Polanski was supposed to be given notice, and have 10 days to present his side,” Braun said. “It was a complete debacle in the sense that they didn’t follow their own rules…They short-circuited it all. It’s shocking that they’re so unfair. We’re going to try to sit down with the Academy and say, ‘Hey, look, guys, follow the rules.’”

Braun told Vanity Fair that he so he prepared a presentation advocating for Polanski to remain a member after he heard the Academy would be figuring out what to do with the director’s membership. The Board of Governors voted to expel Polanski before giving the director or Braun the chance to present an appeal. Braun’s presentation included statements from the victim in Polanski’s 1977 case, Samantha Geimer.

Geimer spoke with Vanity Fair separately following Polanski’s expulsion and called the decision “ugly and cruel.” She later referred to the Academy as a “bunch of douchebags.” Under the new rules passed in January, the Academy can expel a member as long as two-thirds of its Board of Governors approve.

Film Academy Expels Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors voted to expel Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski in accordance with the organization’s Standard of Conduct, the Academy announced Thursday.

“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 statement. “The Board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity.”

Polanski is out 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.”

Also Read: Bill Cosby Removed From Television Academy Website

Polanski was arrested and charged with raping 13-year-old Samantha Geimer in 1977. He pled 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 sentencing.

Cosby has never won an Oscar but he was an Academy member. His film credits include “Hickey & Boggs,” “Uptown Saturday Night,” “Ghost Dad,” “The Meteor Man” and “Jack.”

On Wednesday, Cosby’s name was removed from the website of the Television Academy. The comedian was recently found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault in his retrial over accusations made by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand.

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Cosby had maintained that his interaction with Constand was consensual, and that he had given her Benadryl in an effort to help her relax.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors voted to expel Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski in accordance with the organization’s Standard of Conduct, the Academy announced Thursday.

“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 statement. “The Board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity.”

Polanski is out 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 pled 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 sentencing.

Cosby has never won an Oscar but he was an Academy member. His film credits include “Hickey & Boggs,” “Uptown Saturday Night,” “Ghost Dad,” “The Meteor Man” and “Jack.”

On Wednesday, Cosby’s name was removed from the website of the Television Academy. The comedian was recently found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault in his retrial over accusations made by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand.

Cosby had maintained that his interaction with Constand was consensual, and that he had given her Benadryl in an effort to help her relax.

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Academy Sets Key Dates for 2019 Oscars

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members will cast ballots for 2019 Oscar nominations beginning Jan. 7, with the nominated films and filmmakers set to be revealed Jan. 22, the academy announced on Monday.

The academy had previously announced that the 91st Academy Awards show will be Sunday, Feb. 24, but now the timetable leading up to the Oscars has been filled out.

The schedule starts with the Governors Awards on Nov. 18. The first round of Oscar voting begins Jan. 7 and will close Jan. 14. After nominations are announced on Jan. 22, the nominees luncheon will be held on Feb. 4. The Scientific and Technical Awards will be Feb. 9, before final voting for awards begins Feb. 12. Final voting will end Feb. 19.

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ABC will broadcast the awards show, but neither producers nor a host of the show have been named at this time.

Below is the full schedule:

Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018: Governors Awards

Monday, Jan. 7, 2019: Nominations voting opens

Monday, Jan. 14, 2019: Nominations voting closes

Tuesday, Jan.22, 2019: Oscar Nominations Announcement

Monday, Feb. 4, 2019: Oscar Nominees Luncheon

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019: Scientific and Technical Awards

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019: Finals voting opens

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019: Finals voting closes

Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019: 91st Oscars

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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members will cast ballots for 2019 Oscar nominations beginning Jan. 7, with the nominated films and filmmakers set to be revealed Jan. 22, the academy announced on Monday.

The academy had previously announced that the 91st Academy Awards show will be Sunday, Feb. 24, but now the timetable leading up to the Oscars has been filled out.

The schedule starts with the Governors Awards on Nov. 18. The first round of Oscar voting begins Jan. 7 and will close Jan. 14. After nominations are announced on Jan. 22, the nominees luncheon will be held on Feb. 4. The Scientific and Technical Awards will be Feb. 9, before final voting for awards begins Feb. 12. Final voting will end Feb. 19.

ABC will broadcast the awards show, but neither producers nor a host of the show have been named at this time.

Below is the full schedule:

Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018: Governors Awards

Monday, Jan. 7, 2019: Nominations voting opens

Monday, Jan. 14, 2019: Nominations voting closes

Tuesday, Jan.22, 2019: Oscar Nominations Announcement

Monday, Feb. 4, 2019: Oscar Nominees Luncheon

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019: Scientific and Technical Awards

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019: Finals voting opens

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019: Finals voting closes

Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019: 91st Oscars

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‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Producer Bill Mechanic Resigns From Film Academy Board

Bill Mechanic, chief executive of Pandemonium Films, has exited the board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, an Academy spokesperson confirmed to TheWrap.

“The Academy thanks William Mechanic for his five years of service on the Board of Governors, where he represented the members of the Executives Branch,” the spokesperson said in a statement provided to TheWrap.

The “Hacksaw Ridge” and “Coraline” producer declined to explain the reason for his resignation to Variety, which first reported his exit on Tuesday. A representative for Mechanic did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap. The Academy spokesperson also did not immediately reply when asked why Mechanic resigned.

But in an interview in December, Mechanic was critical of the Academy’s new code of conduct addressing sexual misconduct within the industry. “This should be left to the companies people work for and to the police,” Mechanic told Vanity Fair. “Six months ago, all the moral police were silent. Was it wrong for people to be silent six months ago? Yes. Is it wrong to go overboard now? Yes. What you want is rationality to the process.”

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Late last year the Academy updated its standards of conduct, vowing disciplinary action, “including suspension or expulsion,” for misconduct such as abuse of authority and power, harassment, and discrimination. The Academy enacted a new policy for reporting misconduct in January.

The Academy’s new standards were tested in March after Academy President John Bailey was accused of sexual harassment. Following an investigation, the Academy “unanimously determined” no action was warranted and that Bailey should remain in his post.

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Mechanic, former top executive at Paramount, Disney and chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, most recently produced the 2017 best picture-nominated “Hacksaw Ridge” and even co-produced the awards show in 2010.

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Bill Mechanic, chief executive of Pandemonium Films, has exited the board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, an Academy spokesperson confirmed to TheWrap.

“The Academy thanks William Mechanic for his five years of service on the Board of Governors, where he represented the members of the Executives Branch,” the spokesperson said in a statement provided to TheWrap.

The “Hacksaw Ridge” and “Coraline” producer declined to explain the reason for his resignation to Variety, which first reported his exit on Tuesday. A representative for Mechanic did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap. The Academy spokesperson also did not immediately reply when asked why Mechanic resigned.

But in an interview in December, Mechanic was critical of the Academy’s new code of conduct addressing sexual misconduct within the industry. “This should be left to the companies people work for and to the police,” Mechanic told Vanity Fair. “Six months ago, all the moral police were silent. Was it wrong for people to be silent six months ago? Yes. Is it wrong to go overboard now? Yes. What you want is rationality to the process.”

Late last year the Academy updated its standards of conduct, vowing disciplinary action, “including suspension or expulsion,” for misconduct such as abuse of authority and power, harassment, and discrimination. The Academy enacted a new policy for reporting misconduct in January.

The Academy’s new standards were tested in March after Academy President John Bailey was accused of sexual harassment. Following an investigation, the Academy “unanimously determined” no action was warranted and that Bailey should remain in his post.

Mechanic, former top executive at Paramount, Disney and chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, most recently produced the 2017 best picture-nominated “Hacksaw Ridge” and even co-produced the awards show in 2010.

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Could Roman Polanski, Kevin Spacey and Others Lose Academy Membership Under New Standards?

Kevin Spacey, Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby, Mel Gibson and many others might have reason to be concerned about their Academy membership in the wake of Wednesday’s release of a “standard of conduct” statement threatening the suspension and expulsion of members who don’t adhere to the new code of conduct.

But they don’t need to worry just yet. Unlike the October 14 expulsion of disgraced Oscar-winning producer and indie mogul Harvey Weinstein following an an extraordinary vote of the Board of Governors, the Academy plans to take its time with future disciplinary moves.

That’s because this week’s statement, which was drafted by a task force headed by Academy governor David Rubin and approved by the Board of Governors on Tuesday night, is a simple statement of principles that does not include a plan to seek out and discipline potential offenders — whose numbers seem to have mushroomed in the weeks since Weinstein’s sudden downfall after dozens of women accused him of sexual misconduct.

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In fact, the Academy specifically delays any reckoning for post-Harvey types.

“There is no place in the Academy for people who abuse their status, power or influence in a manner that violates recognized standards of decency,” reads part of the seven-sentence statement. “If any member is found by the Board of Governors to have violated these standards or to have compromised the integrity of the Academy by their actions, the Board of Governors may take any disciplinary action permitted by the Academy’s Bylaws, including suspension or expulsion.”

But the accompanying email, which was sent to members on Wednesday evening by Academy CEO Dawn Hudson, noted: “Much remains to be done. The task force will finalize procedures for handling allegations of misconduct, assuring that we can address them fairly and expeditiously. This process will ultimately guide the Board of Governors in assessing if certain allegations warrant action regarding membership. Those procedures will be sent to you in the new year.”

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In other words, the board is not going to hold hearings on Spacey or Polanski or anyone else until the Academy has a procedure in place — and the procedure won’t be in place until the task force formulates it, which likely won’t happen until sometime in 2018. The task force includes professors of ethics, business, philosophy and law and experts in human resources and sexual harassment.

The board clearly doesn’t have much stomach for hearings that more than one member has suggested could turn into a witch hunt, but at some point it will need to implement the system its statement promises.

Just not right now.

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But they don’t need to worry just yet. Unlike the October 14 expulsion of disgraced Oscar-winning producer and indie mogul Harvey Weinstein following an an extraordinary vote of the Board of Governors, the Academy plans to take its time with future disciplinary moves.

That’s because this week’s statement, which was drafted by a task force headed by Academy governor David Rubin and approved by the Board of Governors on Tuesday night, is a simple statement of principles that does not include a plan to seek out and discipline potential offenders — whose numbers seem to have mushroomed in the weeks since Weinstein’s sudden downfall after dozens of women accused him of sexual misconduct.

In fact, the Academy specifically delays any reckoning for post-Harvey types.

“There is no place in the Academy for people who abuse their status, power or influence in a manner that violates recognized standards of decency,” reads part of the seven-sentence statement. “If any member is found by the Board of Governors to have violated these standards or to have compromised the integrity of the Academy by their actions, the Board of Governors may take any disciplinary action permitted by the Academy’s Bylaws, including suspension or expulsion.”

But the accompanying email, which was sent to members on Wednesday evening by Academy CEO Dawn Hudson, noted: “Much remains to be done. The task force will finalize procedures for handling allegations of misconduct, assuring that we can address them fairly and expeditiously. This process will ultimately guide the Board of Governors in assessing if certain allegations warrant action regarding membership. Those procedures will be sent to you in the new year.”

In other words, the board is not going to hold hearings on Spacey or Polanski or anyone else until the Academy has a procedure in place — and the procedure won’t be in place until the task force formulates it, which likely won’t happen until sometime in 2018. The task force includes professors of ethics, business, philosophy and law and experts in human resources and sexual harassment.

The board clearly doesn’t have much stomach for hearings that more than one member has suggested could turn into a witch hunt, but at some point it will need to implement the system its statement promises.

Just not right now.

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