Oscars: Academy Asks Members for Résumés to Determine Voting Eligibility (Exclusive)

Members of the public relations and members-at-large branches, who "do not typically receive traditional on-screen film credits," received a request to fill out an "industry involvement form" on Monday.
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has begun the process of vetting its members to determine whether or not they qualify as "active" under the Academy's recently approved rules, which will impact whether or not they retain the right to vote for the Oscars.

On Monday afternoon, the Academy Membership & Awards Department emailed the members of the public relations and members-at-large branches, noting the many members in those branches "do not typically receive traditional on-screen film credits" and requesting that, as part of an effort to ensure that "members receive full credit for all of their achievements," they log in to the Academy's website and fill out an "industry involvement form" by May 6.

These members were asked to "enter information about the motion picture companies and organizations you have worked for throughout the years" and to "feel free to use this form to note your participation on specific film projects as well. For example, if you did not receive legal billing on a film, you can use the form to describe your role from a creative, financial, executive or consulting standpoint."

Several members told The Hollywood Reporter that, prior to this request, they have never been asked by the Academy to provide their credentials outside of their original membership application.

Under the Academy's new procedures, the executive committees representing the group's 17 branches are tasked with reviewing the work histories of their branch's members, who will be informed of their voting status by the end of July.

The full text of the email can be read below.

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Dear [member name],

We want to make sure that our members receive full credit for all of their achievements in motion pictures. But we need your help! As you know, Public Relations and Members-at-Large members do not typically receive traditional on-screen film credits. We have created a special online form so you can enter information about the motion picture companies and organizations you have worked for throughout the years. Please feel free to use this form to note your participation on specific film projects as well. For example, if you did not receive legal billing on a film, you can use the form to describe your role from a creative, financial, executive or consulting standpoint. To access the form, click here Your username is: As you fill out each position, click on "Add More" to continue to add to your history. Once you’ve successfully completed the form, click on "Submit to My Update My Profile." We ask that you try to complete this form by May 6. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Membership Department at [phone number and email deleted].

Thank you,

Academy Membership & Awards Department

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