Academy Bans Blogger from Oscars After Spoilers Published
The Motion Picture Academy has banished a writer for the controversial blog Deadline.com from the Oscars ceremony in response to a series of posts revealing details about the upcoming show.
Michael Fleming, a New York-based film blogger, has had his press credential revoked after his boss, Deadline.com editor Nikki Finke, published a series of Oscar "spoilers," including a full rundown revealing everything planned for the Feb. 27 telecast. The spoilers, which were initially published along with derogatory statements suggesting the telecast would be boring (though the derogatory language was later deleted), prompted the Academy to take action against the website.
Academy spokesperson Leslie Unger declined to comment on the ousting but sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter that Fleming's backstage press credential has been revoked as punishment for the breaches of secrecy surrounding the show. The spoilers prompted a backlash of sorts on Twitter, where commenters questioned Finke's rationale for revealing the schedule and called her actions unethical.
Finke wrote on her MMC-owned blog that she had lodged a formal complaint with Unger.
When asked about the leaks at Saturday's Spirit Awards, Oscar host James Franco told THR, "Oh well! It's just a monologue." Admitting he had not heard about it yet, Franco concluded, "I guess I'll hear the fallout when I get over there (Oscar rehearsal)!"
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