Academy Announces Oscars to Broadcast Crafts at All-Members Reunion

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Academy CEO Bill Kramer and President Janet Yang also discussed Oscar inclusion standards and new international feature requirements.

On Saturday morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted an all-member meeting at the Academy Museum in Los Angeles and virtually for members around the world. New measures were announced to move beyond last year’s disastrous ceremony, engage the growing contingency of international members, and incorporate craft categories into the broadcast after their exclusion last year.

Overall, the occasion was meant to bring the Academy’s new CEO Bill Kramer and newly elected President Janet Yang face-to-face with as many members as possible to share their vision and mission for the Academy “to recognize and maintain excellence in the cinematic arts”. and science, inspire the imagination and connect the world through film.

For starters, Kramer acknowledged that this year’s 94th Academy Awards fell short.

Not only did its approval rating drop 40% from how members rated the 92nd Oscars, but only 17% of members approved of the pre-recorded awards and 2% approved of the Fan Favorite segment. “Obviously there is a need to reinvigorate the show and we are working hard with our great partners at Disney-ABC on this,” he said.

In an effort to restore the Oscars to a place of “power, honour, and importance,” Kramer and Yang hatched an eight-point plan to make it happen: They worked to create emotional investment in nominees, exploring extensions of the broadcast. on streaming, continuing the theatrical eligibility requirement, making the red carpet an event, creating a dedicated team within the Academy solely focused on awards, bringing in production teams like the new 95th Academy Awards executive producers Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner, and — most importantly — figuring out how to best honor all of the craft categories during the broadcast.

The couple did not outright commit to adding all eight categories (film editing, production design, original music, make-up and hair, sound, and the three short film awards) into the telecast in the same way they were in previous years. However, Kramer acknowledged the volume of member comments, ended the idea of ​​moving the shorts categories to the Governors Awards, and said the show’s producers were still negotiating with Disney-ABC on how best to to broadcast these specific rewards live. audience at home.

“We are a member-driven organization; members are our superpower, and we put the needs of our Academy members first,” Yang said. Along with their commitment to transparency, they shared the most recent data on the 10,627 members worldwide who make up the Academy: 34% identify as female, 19% belong to ethnic and racial communities underrepresented and 23% reside in countries or territories outside of the United States.

This last point touches on one of Kramer and Yang’s main areas of interest with members. In addition to prioritizing their relationships with international members and others living outside of Los Angeles, they also aim to highlight leadership eligibility roles for those who wish to participate. Yang also announced the hiring of former Sundance and LACMA programmer Dilcia Barrera as senior vice president of Academy member relations and awards to oversee matters relating to the international feature film category. A sore point for some members is the category’s requirement for countries to submit films in a foreign language even if their national language is English, such as Nigeria. Asked about this situation by a Nigerian member, Kramer said they are aware of the issue and are in the process of rethinking the qualifications for International Feature.

As the Academy becomes a more global organization, there is also a focus on building a more diverse, inclusive, accessible and sustainable industry. While their Academy Aperture program encompasses things like employee resource groups, member affinity groups, and talent development programs intended to bring members together, it also incorporates the standards of inclusion that have sparked a divisive reaction from the members.

Kramer and Yang addressed the new standards for what can be nominated for Best Picture. “It has been a collaborative process with the industry and we have received broad support from our partners – studios, distributors and filmmakers – support that began before the standards were even announced and continues today,” Kramer said. “Our goal is not to disqualify films, but rather to celebrate and encourage our collective progress towards greater representation and inclusion in the industry. We want people to make the films they want to make. Account Considering the considerable efforts of the industry, for the last Oscars, everything Best Picture nominees qualified and would have met the standards.

The meeting also discussed efforts to diversify the organization’s revenue streams, including the expansion of our Academy Screening Room platform, which 90% of Academy survey respondents say they now use. This increase will play an even bigger role in this year’s Oscar season, as IndieWire previously reported. The non-profit organization is also looking for ways to advance the Academy’s mission for greater understanding and preservation of cinema. “The world looks to us to learn more about the history and legacy of our treasured art form – it is our responsibility and our duty as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,” said Yang said.

Additional reporting by Eric Kohn.

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