Kevin Hart Will Host 2019 Oscars Ceremony

Kevin Hart will host the 91st annual Academy Awards, the actor-comedian announced Tuesday on Instagram.

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For years I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars and my answer was always the same…I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it will happen when it’s suppose to. I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars. I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time….To be able to join the legendary list of host that have graced that stage is unbelievable. I know my mom is smiling from ear to ear right now. I want to thank my family/friends/fans for supporting me & riding with me all this time….I will be sure to make this years Oscars a special one. I appreciate the @TheAcademy for the opportunity ….now it’s time to rise to the occasion #Oscars

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The Oscars will air live on ABC on Feb. 24, 2019.

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Hart has expressed interest in hosting the ceremony in the past and is coming off of several box office hits with “Night School,” “Jumanji” and “Central Intelligence.” In 2016 Hart hosted the MTV Movie and TV Awards with co-star Dwayne Johnson.

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel has hosted the Academy Awards for the past two years, with ratings for the broadcast having declined in each year, hitting a record low of 26.5 million viewers tuning in last March.

The Academy has vowed to improve the awards show, taking dramatic steps to overhaul the annual ceremony by adding a category designed to salute “outstanding achievement in popular film” — though it’s not being introduced this year — and planning to shorten the awards telecast’s length by presenting some Oscars during the commercial breaks and moving the 2020 Oscars to Feb. 9, the weekend after the Super Bowl.

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Oscar-winning producer Donna Gigliotti (“Shakespeare in Love”) will produce the 91st Academy Awards with Emmy-winning director Glenn Weiss set to co-produce and direct the annual awards show.

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Kevin Hart will host the 91st annual Academy Awards, the actor-comedian announced Tuesday on Instagram.

View this post on Instagram

For years I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars and my answer was always the same…I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it will happen when it’s suppose to. I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars. I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time….To be able to join the legendary list of host that have graced that stage is unbelievable. I know my mom is smiling from ear to ear right now. I want to thank my family/friends/fans for supporting me & riding with me all this time….I will be sure to make this years Oscars a special one. I appreciate the @TheAcademy for the opportunity ….now it’s time to rise to the occasion #Oscars

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The Oscars will air live on ABC on Feb. 24, 2019.

Hart has expressed interest in hosting the ceremony in the past and is coming off of several box office hits with “Night School,” “Jumanji” and “Central Intelligence.” In 2016 Hart hosted the MTV Movie and TV Awards with co-star Dwayne Johnson.

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel has hosted the Academy Awards for the past two years, with ratings for the broadcast having declined in each year, hitting a record low of 26.5 million viewers tuning in last March.

The Academy has vowed to improve the awards show, taking dramatic steps to overhaul the annual ceremony by adding a category designed to salute “outstanding achievement in popular film” — though it’s not being introduced this year — and planning to shorten the awards telecast’s length by presenting some Oscars during the commercial breaks and moving the 2020 Oscars to Feb. 9, the weekend after the Super Bowl.

Oscar-winning producer Donna Gigliotti (“Shakespeare in Love”) will produce the 91st Academy Awards with Emmy-winning director Glenn Weiss set to co-produce and direct the annual awards show.

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Academy Museum To Launch With Hayao Miyazaki, Black Cinema Exhibits

Kerry Brougher, director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, on Tuesday announced the museum’s first exhibitions when it opens in late 2019.

The museum’s inaugural exhibits will include a retrospective of the films of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki and an “unprecedented exploration” of Black Cinema.

The museum will also open with a long-term exhibition that explores the evolution of film from its beginnings to its “possible futures.” The working title of the exhibit is called “Where Dreams Are Made: A Journey Inside the Movies” and will occupy two floors of the museum’s Saban Building, formerly known as the May Company building. The exhibit will look at the development of the art and science of motion pictures.

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The Miyazaki retrospective, the first of their temporary exhibits, is presented in collaboration with the filmmaker’s Studio Ghibli and is the first major exhibition of Miyazaki’s work presented in the United States.

“Regeneration: Black Cinema 1900-1970,” which will open in Fall 2020, is described as revealing the under-recognized history of African American filmmakers in the development of American cinema, starting from the advent of motion pictures up through the Civil Rights era.

Additional exhibitions will include a making of “The Wizard of Oz” and a history of the Academy Awards.

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“We want the Academy Museum to add to the public’s understanding of the evolution of the art and science of filmmaking around the world–to increase appreciation for this great art form and encourage people to examine the role of movies in society. At the same time, we want to bring to life the most important reason of all for caring about the movies–because they’re magic. That’s why we intend to transport our visitors into a world that exists somewhere between reality and illusion. Like the experience of watching a movie, a trip to the Museum will be a kind of waking dream in which visitors feel as if they’ve slipped through the screen to see how the magic is created,” Brougher said in a statement.

“The Trustees and I are tremendously proud to see how the exhibitions of the Academy Museum are coming together. Thanks to the extraordinary creative team that Kerry has assembled, these experiences are going to be beautiful and engaging, thoughtful and surprising. The art of film, and our new Academy Museum, deserve nothing less,” NBC Universal’s Ron Meyer and Chairman of the Academy Museum’s board said in a statement.

“It’s been 90 years since the founders of the Academy proposed creating a museum of film in Los Angeles. How thrilling to be able to deliver on that dream. The Museum’s exhibitions are as expansive and imaginative as the movies we love. With its piazza and open spaces, the Museum will be a gathering place for film lovers and will invite people from all over the world to re-experience and deepen our collective love of this art form, accessible to all,” Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said.

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“The Academy Museum is the realization of a long-held Academy dream to preserve movie history and to bring it into the lives of filmmakers, scholars, young people, and the worldwide public. The great resources and dedicated work of the Margaret Herrick Library and the Academy Film Archive provide a foundation for the Museum’s extraordinary installations and changing exhibitions. This Museum, created and supported by working filmmakers, will present the story of the movies in ways beyond what a traditional historical film museum can offer,” John Bailey, John Bailey, President of the Academy’s Board of Governors, said in a statement.

The Academy Museum will be located on Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. It’s designed by Renzo Piano, restoring the historic Saban Building.

It will feature six floors, including exhibition spaces, the 288-seat Ted Mann Theater, an education studio, special event spaces, conservation areas, a café, and store. The new spherical addition will connect to the Saban Building via glass bridges and will feature the 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater and the rooftop Dolby Family Terrace.

The Academy is currently raising $388 million to support the building, exhibitions, and programs of the Academy Museum. The campaign for the Academy Museum was launched in 2012, headed by chair Bob Iger and co-chairs Annette Bening and Tom Hanks.

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Kerry Brougher, director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, on Tuesday announced the museum’s first exhibitions when it opens in late 2019.

The museum’s inaugural exhibits will include a retrospective of the films of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki and an “unprecedented exploration” of Black Cinema.

The museum will also open with a long-term exhibition that explores the evolution of film from its beginnings to its “possible futures.” The working title of the exhibit is called “Where Dreams Are Made: A Journey Inside the Movies” and will occupy two floors of the museum’s Saban Building, formerly known as the May Company building. The exhibit will look at the development of the art and science of motion pictures.

The Miyazaki retrospective, the first of their temporary exhibits, is presented in collaboration with the filmmaker’s Studio Ghibli and is the first major exhibition of Miyazaki’s work presented in the United States.

“Regeneration: Black Cinema 1900-1970,” which will open in Fall 2020, is described as revealing the under-recognized history of African American filmmakers in the development of American cinema, starting from the advent of motion pictures up through the Civil Rights era.

Additional exhibitions will include a making of “The Wizard of Oz” and a history of the Academy Awards.

“We want the Academy Museum to add to the public’s understanding of the evolution of the art and science of filmmaking around the world–to increase appreciation for this great art form and encourage people to examine the role of movies in society. At the same time, we want to bring to life the most important reason of all for caring about the movies–because they’re magic. That’s why we intend to transport our visitors into a world that exists somewhere between reality and illusion. Like the experience of watching a movie, a trip to the Museum will be a kind of waking dream in which visitors feel as if they’ve slipped through the screen to see how the magic is created,” Brougher said in a statement.

“The Trustees and I are tremendously proud to see how the exhibitions of the Academy Museum are coming together. Thanks to the extraordinary creative team that Kerry has assembled, these experiences are going to be beautiful and engaging, thoughtful and surprising. The art of film, and our new Academy Museum, deserve nothing less,” NBC Universal’s Ron Meyer and Chairman of the Academy Museum’s board said in a statement.

“It’s been 90 years since the founders of the Academy proposed creating a museum of film in Los Angeles. How thrilling to be able to deliver on that dream. The Museum’s exhibitions are as expansive and imaginative as the movies we love. With its piazza and open spaces, the Museum will be a gathering place for film lovers and will invite people from all over the world to re-experience and deepen our collective love of this art form, accessible to all,” Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said.

“The Academy Museum is the realization of a long-held Academy dream to preserve movie history and to bring it into the lives of filmmakers, scholars, young people, and the worldwide public. The great resources and dedicated work of the Margaret Herrick Library and the Academy Film Archive provide a foundation for the Museum’s extraordinary installations and changing exhibitions. This Museum, created and supported by working filmmakers, will present the story of the movies in ways beyond what a traditional historical film museum can offer,” John Bailey, John Bailey, President of the Academy’s Board of Governors, said in a statement.

The Academy Museum will be located on Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. It’s designed by Renzo Piano, restoring the historic Saban Building.

It will feature six floors, including exhibition spaces, the 288-seat Ted Mann Theater, an education studio, special event spaces, conservation areas, a café, and store. The new spherical addition will connect to the Saban Building via glass bridges and will feature the 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater and the rooftop Dolby Family Terrace.

The Academy is currently raising $388 million to support the building, exhibitions, and programs of the Academy Museum. The campaign for the Academy Museum was launched in 2012, headed by chair Bob Iger and co-chairs Annette Bening and Tom Hanks.

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Best Popular Film Oscar: Why the Academy Can Do Better Than This — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast

Screen Talk, episode 209: The announcement about the new Oscar for “Best Popular Film” has mortified the film industry. But what’s really at stake here?

The summer is usually not the time for hectic awards season updates, but this week’s announcement that the Academy was adding an Oscar for “Best Popular Film” was quite the anomaly. Movie people around the world were mortified by the decision and its implications for big and small films alike. Lost in the chaotic reaction, however, was an important factor — the Oscars are important to a lot of people, and the Academy is a valuable institution that needs to survive. Clearly, this is a desperate survival tactic, but is it the right one? And if it’s not, is too late to consider some alternate solutions?

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson debate the decision and unearth its root causes, while speculating about how the next stages of this new award might unfold. They also discuss the impact of the earlier date for the awards that will go into effect in 2020 and the decision to limit the telecast to three hours.

Listen to the full episode below.

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You can subscribe here or via RSS. Share your feedback with Thompson and Kohn on Twitter or sound off in the comments. Browse previous installments here, review the show on  and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. Check out the rest of IndieWire’s podcasts on iTunes right here.

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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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Roman Polanski’s attorney Harland Braun will threaten legal action if the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences “refuses to follow its own rules” in regards to the “illegal expulsion” of the filmmaker from the Academ…

Roman Polanski’s attorney Harland Braun will threaten legal action if the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences “refuses to follow its own rules” in regards to the “illegal expulsion” of the filmmaker from the Academy.

In a letter to Academy President John Bailey dated May 8, Braun wrote, “I am writing this letter to you to avoid unnecessary litigation. Mr. Polanski has a right to go to court and require your organization to follow its own procedures, as well as California law.”

He added, “The only proper solution would be for your organization to rescind its illegal expulsion of Mr. Polanski and follow its own Standard of Conduct by giving Mr. Polanski reasonable notice of the charges against him and a fair hearing to present his position with respect to any proposed expulsion.”

At the beginning of the letter, Braun cited a May 3 correspondence sent to Polanski from the Academy, saying that “this unsigned letter was the only notice that Mr. Polanski was given that he was expelled from the Academy.”

Polanski and Bill Cosby were expelled from the Academy on May 1 in accordance with the organization’s Standard of Conduct, and Polanski had said he felt “blindsided” by the decision. 

“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??”

However, 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.

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.”

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.

A spokesperson for the Academy has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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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.

Also Read: Film Academy Expels Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby

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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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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John Bailey Cleared: Read the Motion Picture Academy’s Full Statement

On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that an internal investigation had cleared Academy President John Bailey, who was accused of sexual harassment earlier this month. Read the full story here.

In a statement, the Academy said it had “unanimously determined” no action was warranted and that Bailey should remain in his post. The group said it took the accusation against Bailey “very seriously,” and conducted its investigation “cognizant” of Bailey’s rights and the rights of his accuser. Following its announcement, the organization said it would not comment further on the matter.

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Read the Academy’s full statement below:

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that it has concluded its review, based on its Standards of Conduct, into the allegation made against Academy President John Bailey. The Membership and Administration Committee and its sub-committee thoroughly reviewed and considered the claim, John Bailey’s response, and corroborating statements from both parties. The Academy took the claim very seriously and was cognizant of the rights of both the claimant and the accused, including consulting with outside counsel with expertise in matters related to harassment.

Contrary to previous reports, there was only one claim under consideration which was received on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Throughout the process, the Academy received advice and counsel from its longstanding General Counsel John Quinn at Quinn Emanuel, as well as from Ivy Kagan Bierman, a partner at Loeb & Loeb who has extensive experience with entertainment industry sexual harassment matters and is currently an advisor to The Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Promoting Equality in the Workplace, chaired by Anita Hill.

The Committee unanimously determined that no further action was merited on this matter. The findings and recommendations of the committee were reported to the Board which endorsed its recommendation. John Bailey remains President of the Academy.

The Academy respects the confidentiality of both the claimant and John Bailey, and will refrain from discussing the specifics regarding the claim.

The Academy’s goal is to encourage workplace environments that support creativity, equality, and respect.

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On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that an internal investigation had cleared Academy President John Bailey, who was accused of sexual harassment earlier this month. Read the full story here.

In a statement, the Academy said it had “unanimously determined” no action was warranted and that Bailey should remain in his post. The group said it took the accusation against Bailey “very seriously,” and conducted its investigation “cognizant” of Bailey’s rights and the rights of his accuser. Following its announcement, the organization said it would not comment further on the matter.

Read the Academy’s full statement below:

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that it has concluded its review, based on its Standards of Conduct, into the allegation made against Academy President John Bailey. The Membership and Administration Committee and its sub-committee thoroughly reviewed and considered the claim, John Bailey’s response, and corroborating statements from both parties. The Academy took the claim very seriously and was cognizant of the rights of both the claimant and the accused, including consulting with outside counsel with expertise in matters related to harassment.

Contrary to previous reports, there was only one claim under consideration which was received on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Throughout the process, the Academy received advice and counsel from its longstanding General Counsel John Quinn at Quinn Emanuel, as well as from Ivy Kagan Bierman, a partner at Loeb & Loeb who has extensive experience with entertainment industry sexual harassment matters and is currently an advisor to The Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Promoting Equality in the Workplace, chaired by Anita Hill.

The Committee unanimously determined that no further action was merited on this matter. The findings and recommendations of the committee were reported to the Board which endorsed its recommendation. John Bailey remains President of the Academy.

The Academy respects the confidentiality of both the claimant and John Bailey, and will refrain from discussing the specifics regarding the claim.

The Academy’s goal is to encourage workplace environments that support creativity, equality, and respect.

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