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In A Surprise Twist, John Bailey Named Film Academy President

In a surprise twist, cinematographer John Bailey became the 36th president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday night. Bailey, a 74-year-old film veteran with a long record of Academy service, had been quietly talking with insiders about the presidency for some time;  but he largely evaded public visibility, as speculation locked on the prospects of Laura Dern, an actress who is closely allied with Academy chief executive Dawn Hudson. 528 more words

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Film Academy Invites Record 774 New Members, From Gal Gadot To Betty White

UPDATED with Cheryl Boone Isaacs interview:   The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have unveiled 774 new members (although 30 0f those names are duplicates over several branches) invited to join the Oscars organization, bringing the total membership closer to 8,500 -ish.   6,032 more words

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Academy Rescinds Sound Mixing Nomination for Greg P. Russell of ‘13 Hours’

The Academy’s Board of Governors rescinded a Sound Mixing nomination from Greg P. Russell for 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi for violation of Academy campaign regulations, it was announced on Saturday. 247 more words

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Delayed Again, The Academy Movie Museum Tip-Toes Into 2019

Things were quiet around 3:05 PM on Tuesday at the Miracle Mile construction site of the film academy’s new movie museum. Along Wilshire Blvd., a passer-by was enjoying what seemed to be a puff of medical marijuana. 263 more words

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As The Oscars Near, The Academy Looks Warily At Awards Night Politics

Should the Oscars carry a trigger warning for Donald Trump voters?

The SAG Awards ceremony on Sunday confirmed what the Golden Globes had already suggested: Nearly three months after the Presidential election, Hollywood is still in campaign mode. 894 more words

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Film Academy Fired Employee With Stage 4 Cancer, Lawsuit Alleges

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is facing a lawsuit from a former employee who says the Academy refused his requests to work from home while recuperating from cancer treatment. 322 more words

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Even In The Trump Era, The Film Academy Is Absolutely, Positively Barred From Politics

Meryl Streep’s political sermon at the Golden Globes on Sunday called to mind a little-discussed fact about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which will present its Oscars next month in a country still crackling with partisan tension. 408 more words

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