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Academy launches Women’s Initiative featuring conversation with Hannah Gadsby and Lena Waithe

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in partnership with E! Entertainment and Swarovski, announced today the launch of Action: The Academy Women’s Initiative, comprised of the Academy Gold Fellowship for Women, the Academy Directory and annual events, all designed to create opportunities for female filmmakers to connect, share their stories and celebrate inclusion. This year’s events will take place on October 15 …

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Academy Invites Record 928 New Members

Quvenzhané Wallis, Chloé Zhao, Justin Simien, Timothée Chalamet among the Academy’s invites AMPAS, the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, has invited a record 928 new members to their ranks, more than any single year in their history. This follows two years of extraordinary growth (774 in 2017 and 683 in 2016 – compared to 322 in 2015) in the Academy’s …

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Academy launches ‘Gold’ diversity internship enhancement program this summer

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is proud to announce commitments from four additional industry partners – AMC Networks, Moving Picture Institute, Telsey + Company, and Xperi – to participate in Academy Gold, an entertainment industry-wide internship enhancement and mentorship program for students and young professionals from underrepresented communities. Each of the now 26 …

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Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project Among 2018-19 Academy FilmCraft and FilmWatch Grant Recipients

Additional Support Awarded to Film Archives Impacted by Natural Disasters: Cinemateca de Cuba, Permanencia Voluntaria and Archivo de Imagenes en Movimiento LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today recipients of its 2018 FilmCraft and FilmWatch grants.  In addition to the 51 FilmCraft and FilmWatch grants awarded, the grants committee set aside $15,000 to …

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Cinematographer John Bailey Elected Academy President

In a shocking surprise, cinematographer John Bailey was elected president of the Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences late Tuesday night. He succeeds Cheryl Boone Isaacs, only the third woman ever elected to the post and the first person of color. Isaacs leaves behind a legacy that, while at times may have been rocky, also put forth massive pushes for diversity …

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2017 Oscars: John Cho and Leslie Mann To Host Scientific and Technical Awards

Actors John Cho and Leslie Mann will host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation on Saturday, February 11, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills.  They will present 18 awards to 34 individual recipients, as well as five organizations, during the evening. “We’re so excited to have John and Leslie join us as …

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2017 Oscars: How Many Votes Does it Take to Get a Nomination?

After the addition of a massive 683 new members to the Academy this summer (an additional 10% of the existing total) that pushed the number of members to nearly 7000 (6687, to be exact), the amount of votes needed to get a nomination in any category, be it Best Picture, Best Actress or Best Animated Short, just got a little …

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Oscar Shocker: Moonlight and Loving Ruled Adapted by the Academy

In a huge shakeup that will impact both of Oscar’s screenplay categories, the scripts for Moonlight and Loving have both been moved to Adapted Screenplay as per the Academy. Both films earned Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations this week. Both screenplays are competing in Original Screenplay with the Writers Guild of America and Moonlight has already won a …

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