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Dawn Hudson, Departing Academy CEO, Sends Members “A Final Note” (Exclusive)

Dawn Hudson, whose roller-coaster 11-year tenure as the CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences came to an end Friday, hailed her successor, Bill Kramer, as “a visionary leader” in an email to the organization’s members obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, further asserting, “The Academy is in the best of hands.” Hudson […]

Film Academy COO Christine Simmons Exits

Christine Simmons is no longer the chief operating officer of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, effective Friday, an individual with knowledge of the situation tells The Hollywood Reporter. Simmons joined the Academy as COO in 2018. The group hadn’t had someone in the role since 2013, when Ric Robertson resigned as COO. […]

Film Academy Invites 397 People to Become Members, Including Billie Eilish, Jamie Dornan, Dana Walden and Leonard Maltin

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 397 members of the global film community to join the organization, it was announced Tuesday. Among those who will henceforth be able to vote for the Oscar nominations and winners if they accept, as the vast majority of people who have received invites historically have: […]

Jason Blum, Marlee Matlin, Jason Reitman Among 12 Newly Elected Film Academy Governors

The 54-person board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — comprised of three elected governors from each of the organization’s 17 branches and three “governors-at-large” appointed by the president — will look very different when it gathers next month than it did when it convened on Tuesday. Following elections held […]

Academy Software Foundation Adopts Inclusivity-Driven Board Plan (Exclusive)

The Academy Software Foundation has adopted new rules for its governance, aimed at creating more diversity and inclusion and introducing new leaders to its ranks. Formed in August 2018 as a partnership between the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Linux Foundation, the Foundation is a neutral hub for the development of open-source […]

Janet Yang, “Pillar” of Hollywood’s Asian-American Community, Honored at Academy Museum

Janet Yang, the veteran Hollywood producer who has been described as “the godmother of Asian-Americans in the industry” — and who is rumored to be a candidate to succeed David Rubin as the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ board of governors, on which she has served as a governor-at-large for […]

Bill Kramer Named CEO of Film Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has named Bill Kramer, the current director and president of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, as its new CEO. Kramer will succeed Dawn Hudson, who has occupied the position for the past 11 years. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the Academy’s board of governors voted […]

Academy’s Board Candidates Named Ahead of Voting (Exclusive)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has presented to its membership a list of nominated candidates — which The Hollywood Reporter has obtained — running for open seats in its 54-seat Board of Governors. Voting is slated to be held June 6-10. There are up to four candidates for the open seat in […]

Oscars: Academy Board’s Three Incumbent Governors-at-Large to Return for Another Term

DeVon Franklin, Rodrigo Garcia and Janet Yang, who three years ago were appointed to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ board of governors as governors-at-large, have been reappointed, by president David Rubin, and confirmed, by the full board, for another three-year term in that same capacity. Three years ago, Franklin (a member of […]

Cannes Lineup Offers Host of Oscar Hopefuls

As the 75th edition of Cannes gets underway, all of the industry’s top Oscar pundits are roaming the Croisette, hoping to catch an early look at possible contenders. For most of the fest’s history, it hasn’t been much of an awards launching pad. Indeed, only two recipients of its top honor, the Palme d’Or, went […]

Too Much, Too Little, Too Late: Academy Members React to Will Smith’s Oscars Ban

On Friday, the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held a special meeting during which it decided to ban Will Smith — who slapped and yelled profanities at Chris Rock during the 94th Academy Awards on March 27 — from returning to the Oscars or attending any other Academy events for […]

Film Academy Bans Will Smith From Oscars Ceremony for 10 Years

Twelve days after Will Smith slapped and screamed profanities at Chris Rock during the 94th Academy Awards ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has ruled that Smith — who was presented with the best actor Oscar later that same evening — has been banned from returning to the Oscars or attending any […]