10:40am PT by Scott Feinberg
'Awards Chatter' Podcast — THR Chief Janice Min Interviews Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and CEO Dawn Hudson
Over the last few days, everyone in Hollywood has been talking about one thing: the actions undertaken by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the wake of a second consecutive Oscar nominations announcement without a single person of color among the 20 acting nominees. Among them: revoking voting privileges from members who are no longer "active" and creating new seats on its Board of Governors and committees for women and people of color.
Therefore, it is a big deal that Janice Min, the president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, landed — exclusively — the first post-brouhaha interview with the Academy's president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and CEO, Dawn Hudson, which is the cover story of this week's issue of THR.
Episodes of THR's 'Awards Chatter' podcast usually are devoted to conversations with contenders for awards, but this week it is our privilege to be able to bring you Min's provocative interview with the people behind the biggest awards of all, following a brief introductory conversation with Min herself. You can listen to it below...
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