Will Smith posts an apology video for slapping Chris Rock
Smith has again apologized to Chris Rock for slapping him during the Oscar telecast in a new video, saying that his behavior was “unacceptable” and revealing that he reached out to the comedian to discuss the incident but was told Rock wasn't ready. (AP Photo/File) (Uncredited)NEW YORK — (AP) — Will Smith has again apologized to Chris Rock for slapping him during the Oscar telecast in a new video, saying that his behavior was “unacceptable” and that he had reached out to the comedian to discuss the incident but was told Rock wasn't ready. Smith also apologized to Rock's family and especially his mother, Rosalie, who was horrified to see her son hurt and told US Weekly that, "When he slapped Chris, he slapped all of us. He really slapped me.” Smith also apologized to Tony Rock, Chris' younger brother. Smith apologized to Rock in a statement after the Oscars, saying he was “out of line and I was wrong.”“I'm sorry really isn't sufficient,” Smith said in the video.wftv.com
Will Smith posts an apology video for slapping Chris Rock
Will Smith has again apologized to Chris Rock for slapping him during the Oscar telecast in a new video, saying that his behavior was “unacceptable” and that he had reached out to the comedian to discuss the incident but was told Rock wasn't ready. “There is no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave in that moment,” Smith said in the under-six minute video posted online Friday. Smith, seated in a polo shirt and white ball cap, spoke directly to a camera, answering pre-selected questions about his behavior at the March 27 Academy Awards, when he slapped presenter Rock after the comedian made a reference about the hairstyle of Jada Pinkett Smith, Smith's wife.news.yahoo.com
‘My behavior was unacceptable’: Will Smith offers apology for Oscars slap in new video
Will Smith, Chris Rock confrontation jolts Academy Awards crowd (NCD)LOS ANGELES — In a nearly six-minute video posted to social media, Will Smith apologized to Chris Rock, as well as Rock’s family, for slapping him at the Oscars. >> Read more trending newsWill Smith slapped Rock during the March awards ceremony after Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife’s hair loss, as we reported at the time. In the video posted to YouTube Friday, Smith said that he has not spoken to Rock, but is ready and open to speaking whenever Rock is ready. In the video, Smith also apologized to his wife and QuestLove, whose award was being presented when he slapped Rock. In the video, Smith answers the questions that he most commonly received since the slap.wftv.com
Tom Cruise reaches another milestone -- his 60th birthday
Tom Cruise - What You Need to Know Tom Cruise - What You Need to Know (NCD)Sure, Tom Cruise earned an Oscar nomination for “Born on the Fourth of July.” But the “Top Gun: Maverick” star was actually born a day earlier. Cruise, who was born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV on July 3, 1962, in Syracuse, New York, is enjoying roaring success at the box office with his “Top Gun” sequel. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards -- for best actor in “Born on the Fourth of July” in 1989, and “Jerry Maguire” in 1996; and for best supporting actor in “Magnolia” (1999). Can anyone forget Cruise sliding across the floor in a button-down shirt and briefs while Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock & Roll” blared? Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 45 1980 - Photo of Tom Cruise UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1980: Photo of Tom Cruise (Michael Ochs Archives)©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
FDA approves alopecia drug that restores hair growth in most patients in trial
94th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 27: Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith attend the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. “Access to safe and effective treatment options is crucial for the significant number of Americans affected by severe alopecia,” FDA official Kendall Marcus said in a statement. The disorder became a high-profile topic recently when actor Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars ceremony after the comedian made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia. According to the FDA, almost 40% of those on the higher dose of the drug for 36 weeks during a clinical trial grew back 80% of their scalp hair, compared to around 23% of the lower dose group, and 5% of the placebo group. Around 45% of people in the higher dose group also saw “significant” eyebrow and eyelash regrowth, according to the FDA.wftv.com
Pinkett Smith talks hair-loss 'shame,' outcome of Oscar slap
Jada Pinkett Smith turned her husband's Oscar-night blowup into a teachable moment about alopecia areata, the hair-loss disorder affecting her and millions of others that, in some cases, can impact a person's sense of identity. “Considering what I’ve been through with my own health and what happened at the Oscars, thousands have reached out to me with their stories,” Pinkett Smith said on Wednesday's episode of “Red Table Talk." Before tackling the subject, Pinkett Smith addressed events at the March 27 Academy Awards.news.yahoo.com
Vangelis, the Greek 'Chariots of Fire' composer, dies at 79
ATHENS, Greece — (AP) — Vangelis, the Greece-born electronic composer who wrote the Academy Award-winning score for the film “Chariots of Fire” and music for dozens of other movies, documentaries and TV series, has died. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and other government officials expressed their condolences Thursday. “Vangelis Papathanassiou is no longer among us,” Mitsotakis tweeted. Greek media reported that Vangelis died in a French hospital Wednesday. Vangelis’ score received one of the four Academy Awards the film won.wftv.com
No more streaming-only debuts for Oscar hopefuls
Oscars-Rules FILE - An Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 21, 2015. After two years of tweaking rules because of the pandemic, including allowing films to debut on a streaming service, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Wednesday that Oscar hopefuls will once again have to launch in movie theaters. After two years of pandemic-related adjustments, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Wednesday that Oscar hopefuls will once again have to launch their films in movie theaters. The locations are still Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta and the San Francisco Bay Area. The 95th Oscars will be held in Los Angeles on March 12.wftv.com
Academy Awards set 2023 Oscars for March 12
NEW YORK — (AP) — Next year's Academy Awards will take place March 13, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced Friday. The date for the 95th Academy Awards moves the show up slightly from this year, when they where held unusually late on March 27, partly due to the February Olympics. But it will also leave in place a stretched-out awards season that some have argued saps the Oscars of drama. The 94th Academy Awards didn't lack for that, albeit not in the way the film academy intended. Smith has since resigned from the academy, which banned the actor 10 years from attending the Oscars.wftv.com
Film and stage star Ariana DeBose to host the Tony Awards
Theater-Tony Awards-Host FILE - Ariana DeBose arrives at the 94th Academy Awards nominees luncheon on Monday, March 7, 2022, in Los Angeles. DeBose will host this year’s Tony Awards. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) (Jordan Strauss)NEW YORK — (AP) — New Academy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Ariana DeBose will host this year's Tony Awards. DeBose is a theater veteran, with roles in “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical,” “Hamilton,” “A Bronx Tale,” “Pippin,” “Motown the Musical,” “Bring It On: The Musical” and “Company.”The ceremony will he held nine months after “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” took the best new musical crown at the last Tony Awards, one postponed because of the pandemic.wftv.com
Chris Rock’s mom speaks out about Will Smith slap
Oscars 2022: Chris Rock to perform in Boston after Will Smith slap Will Smith, right, hits presenter Chris Rock on stage while presenting the award for best documentary feature at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)COLUMBIA, S.C. — Chris Rock’s mother is speaking out after actor Will Smith slapped her son during the Academy Awards last month. But love will make you do crazy things.”>> RELATED STORY: Oscars 2022: Will Smith apologizes for slapping Chris Rock on Academy Awards stageThe next day, Smith took to Instagram to apologize to Rock. “I mean, his people wrote up a piece saying, ‘I apologize to Chris Rock,’ but you see, something like that is personal. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 11 Photos: Will Smith, Chris Rock confrontation stuns Oscars crowd Presenter Chris Rock, left, reacts after being hit on stage by Will Smith while presenting the award for best documentary feature at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.wftv.com
Chris Rock's mom addresses Will Smith Oscars incident: 'When he slapped Chris, he slapped all of us'
Chris Rock's mom is addressing her son's incident with Will Smith at the Oscars last month. Rose said that, like many, she was watching the Academy Awards at home and initially thought the moment was staged.news.yahoo.com
Will Smith gets 10-year Oscars ban over Chris Rock slap
Smith was banned from Oscars, other film academy events for 10 years for slapping Rock onstage at Academy Awards. (AP Photo) (Uncredited)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — The motion picture academy on Friday banned Will Smith from attending the Oscars or any other academy event for 10 years following his slap of Chris Rock at the Academy Awards. ”In a statement in the days following the Oscars, the academy said Smith was asked to leave the ceremony but refused. The ban means Smith will not be presenting one of the major awards at next year's Oscars, as is tradition for the best actor winner. The academy in its Friday statement also expressed “deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances.”The academy's statement did not address whether Smith could be nominated for Oscars during his 10-year ban.wftv.com
Academy will meet Friday to discuss possible Will Smith sanctions
The Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will meet Friday to discuss possible sanctions against Will Smith for slapping Chris Rock at this year’s Oscars ceremony. >> Read more trending newsThe meeting will be held Friday morning, according to an email from Academy president David Rubin obtained by CNN. The board was originally scheduled to meet April 18, but has moved the date up in light of Smith resigning from the Academy last week, CNN reported. Smith slapped Rock and unleashed an expletive-laden tirade after the comic made a joke on stage about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable,” Smith said in a statement.wftv.com
2022 Oscars: Will Smith resigns from Academy after backlash from slap
Actor Will Smith, facing possible disciplinary action after he slapped comedian Chris Rock during Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, has resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. >> Read more trending newsWill Smith Resigns From Academy Over Chris Rock Oscars Slap Backlash https://t.co/ZZNAYDeQr1 — Variety (@Variety) April 1, 2022©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
2022 Oscars: Show’s producer says LAPD was ready to arrest Will Smith
The producer of the 2022 Academy Awards ceremony said that officers with the Los Angeles Police Department were prepared to arrest Will Smith after the actor slapped comedian Chris Rock on Sunday night. >> 2022 Oscars: Will Smith’s slap of Chris Rock leads to 66 FCC complaintRock was presenting an Oscar for best documentary feature during the Oscars show when he made a “G.I. #Oscars producer Will Packer has revealed that the Los Angeles Police Department was on the scene Sunday night and ready to arrest Smith if Rock wanted to press charges. https://t.co/KVcapzsIfY pic.twitter.com/dAz3BcN2Ih — Variety (@Variety) March 31, 2022After returning to his seat in the audience, Smith shouted, “Keep my wife’s name out of your (expletive) mouth,” Variety reported. >> Oscars 2022: Will Smith apologizes for slapping Chris Rock on Academy Awards stageOn Wednesday, the Academy initiated an investigation into the incident and said that Smith broke the organization’s code of conduct.wftv.com
Chris Rock takes to comedy mic, still processing Oscar slap
Rock only briefly addressed the slap, saying he was “still kind of processing what happened" Sunday and never mentioning Smith by name. At Sunday's Oscars, Rock had made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith's buzzed haircut. Pinkett Smith has spoken publicly about her diagnosis of alopecia, which can cause baldness. Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see it," Rock said while presenting an award, comparing Pinkett Smith to Demi Moore’s “G.I. This was not the first time that Rock had made a joke at Pinkett Smith's expense.wftv.com
Will Smith Was Asked to Leave Oscars and Refused After Slapping Chris Rock: Academy
Brian Snyder/ReutersWill Smith was “asked to leave” the Oscars after slapping Chris Rock onstage but wouldn’t budge, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Wednesday.The academy made the disclosure as part of a statement announcing that it is initiating “disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith for violations of the Academy’s Standards of Conduct” for slapping Rock across the face during the Oscars on Sunday night.“Things unfolded in a way we could not have anticipated,” the statnews.yahoo.com
Jada Pinkett Smith breaks her silence after Oscars joke, Chris Rock slap
Jada Pinkett Smith seems ready to move on. Two days after Chris Rock mocked her shaved head and her husband rushed the Oscars stage to slap him in her defense, the “Red Table Talk” host issued her first public comments without ever mentioning the viral incident. “This is a season for healing and I’m for it,” reads a pale pink graphic Pinkett Smith shared on Instagram Tuesday morning. With the ...news.yahoo.com
Oscars 2022: Chris Rock to perform in Boston after Will Smith slap
Oscars 2022: Chris Rock to perform in Boston after Will Smith slap Will Smith, right, hits presenter Chris Rock on stage while presenting the award for best documentary feature at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)BOSTON — Chris Rock is set to perform a series of shows in Boston just days after actor Will Smith smacked the comedian during the Academy Awards broadcast on Sunday. >> Oscars 2022: Will Smith apologizes for slapping Chris Rock on Academy Awards stageRock, who hosted the Academy Awards, was thrust into the limelight Sunday night after Smith, enraged by Rock’s “G.I. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 11 Photos: Will Smith, Chris Rock confrontation stuns Oscars crowd Presenter Chris Rock, left, reacts after being hit on stage by Will Smith while presenting the award for best documentary feature at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 35 Through the years Darryl McDaniels & Chris Rock (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic) (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Oscars add UK hub for broadcast after concerns about travel
FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2015 file photo, an Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)With less than a month until showtime, the 93rd Oscars are taking another pass at the script. The main event will still take place at Los Angeles’ Union station which will include a red carpet component but they are planning something special for the UK location. The show is also working with local broadcast affiliates around the world to provide satellite links for other international nominees. The 93rd Oscars will be broadcast live on ABC on April 25 at 8 p.m. Eastern.
Plans solidify for 93rd Oscars: No Zoom, no sweatshirts
The 93rd Oscars will be held on April 25. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)With nominations set and just over a month until showtime, details are trickling out about the 93rd Oscars and neither sweatshirts nor Zoom made the cut. They’ve enlisted Emmy and Tony Award winning director Glenn Weiss to direct the live broadcast on April 25. The producers said they plan to treat the event like an active movie set with on-site COVID safety teams and testing protocols. The 93rd Oscars will be broadcast live on ABC on April 25 starting at 8 p.m.
Where to stream the best picture Oscar nominees
(Sony Pictures Classics/Warner Bros. Pictures, Netflix, A24, Searchlight Pictures, Focus Features, Amazon Studios, Netflix via AP)Normally, Academy Award nominations mean an Oscar bump in box office. This year, streaming services and digital rental platforms may get a bounce. On March 26, it will become available to rent on premium on-demand platforms and soon after for digital rental. — “Promising Young Woman”: Emerald Fennell's pitch-black #MeToo revenge comedy, from Focus Features, is available for $19.99 rental on digital platforms. Fennell, in her directorial debut, was nominated for best director and best screenplay, and star Carey Mulligan is up for best actress.
A by-the-numbers look at a year of Oscar diversity, firsts
10 — Nominations for “Mank," the most of any film this year, with nods for best picture, best director for Fincher, best actor for Gary Oldman and best supporting actress for Seyfried. In the best supporting actor category, Heath Ledger and Ralph Richardson were nominated, with Ledger winning for “The Dark Knight” in 2009. 5 — African nations that have received nominations for best international feature, now that Tunisia has its first nominee, “The Man Who Sold His Skin." 4 — Nominations received by “Nomadland” director Chloé Zhao, a record for a woman in a record year for women. 1 — Man nominated for both best actor and best original song.
Riz Ahmed, Leslie Odom Jr, Chloe Zhao react to Oscar nods
This was all of us trying to see how far could we go.” — Riz Ahmed, nominated for best actor for “Sound of Metal,” in an interview. He directed, co-produced and co-wrote the film, which earned six nominations and is the first best picture nominee with an all-Black producing team. — Emerald Fennell, nominated for best director and best original screenplay for “Promising Young Woman,” which also received nods for best picture and best actress, in a statement. And yes, I’ll have some drinks tonight.” — Thomas Vinterberg on his nomination for best director for “Another Round,” which was also nominated for best international feature film, in an interview. — Kaouther Ban Hania, director of best international feature nominee “The Man Who Sold His Skin.”
Oscars surprises, snubs include Glenn Close, ‘Da 5 Bloods’
It’s a rare year when most of the Oscar nomination surprises are good ones, but 2020 was also a rare year for moviegoing and awards campaigns. Here’s our rundown of the snubs and surprises in the 93rd Academy Award nominations. FEMALE DIRECTORS GET THEIR SHOTFor 92 Academy Awards, only 5 women had ever been nominated for best director and never more than one in the same year. This year, the dubious honor goes to Glenn Close for her portrayal of Mamaw in Ron Howard’s adaptation of J.D. Starring Mads Mikkelsen, the film was well received, but seemed like a long shot for the major Oscars categories.
After top Grammy win, singer H.E.R. is heading to the Oscars
(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)NEW YORK – A night after winning the top Grammy Award for songwriting, R&B singer H.E.R. Leslie Odom Jr. will also compete for best original song with “Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami...," which he wrote with Sam Ashworth. AdSongs by John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Janelle Monae and Robert Glasper were shortlisted for best original song but didn't make the final cut. The duo of Reznor and Ross have won a number of awards for their scoring work, including an Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Golden Globe. Terence Blanchard (“Da 5 Bloods"), Emile Mosseri (“Minari") and James Newton Howard (“News of the World") round out the best original score nominees.
‘Mank’ leads Oscar nominations in a year of record diversity
Zhao, the first woman of color nominated for best director, is the most nominated woman in a single year in Oscar history. She was also tipped for the film’s adapted screenplay, editing and as a producer in the best picture category. “I just quietly gave thanks and felt some gratitude.”Davis, who won for her performance in 2016’s “Fences,” landed her fourth Oscar nomination, making her the most nominated Black actress ever. The Academy Awards would typically have happened by now but this year will be telecast April 25. “Collective,” the Romanian documentary about investigative journalism and government corruption, became just the second film nominated for both best documentary and best international film.
Chloé Zhao, Emerald Fennell make history in DGA nominations
This image released by Focus Features shows Carey Mulligan, left, Emerald Fennell and Laverne Cox on the set of "Promising Young Woman." (Focus Features via AP)NEW YORK – Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell have been nominated for outstanding directorial achievement by the Directors Guild of America, marking the first time two women have ever competed for the guild's top honor. The 73rd Annual DGA Awards, considered a strong indicator of directing honors at the Academy Awards, announced nominees Tuesday. The Directors Guild Awards will be held virtually April 10. ___This story corrects the date of the Directors Guild Awards to April 10.
'Borat,' 'Ma Rainey,' 'Nomadland' among PGA nominations
NEW YORK – “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” “Promising Young Woman” and “Ma Rainey's Black Bottom” are among the nominees for the top honor of the 32nd annual Producers Guild Awards, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for outstanding producer. The Producers Guild announced ten nominees for its best-picture award on Monday. In the past two years, PGA and Oscar best-picture nominations have aligned exactly, except the PGA also nominated “Knives Out” last year. In 2020, “1917” was crowed by the PGA before “Parasite” won at the Academy Awards. Academy Awards nominations are set for March 15.
Pandemic Golden Globes ratings plunge 64% to 6.9M viewers
Last year's show, in the pre-lockdown era, reached 18.4 million viewers, the Nielsen company said. The Academy Awards in 2020 reached a record low 23.6 million viewers, and that was also pre-lockdown. ABC had 3.9 million, NBC had 3.4 million, Fox had 2.3 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Ion Television had 1.2 million and Telemundo had 1 million. AdFox News Channel topped the cable networks, averaging 2.46 million viewers in prime time. ABC's “World News Tonight" won the evening news ratings race, averaging 9.5 million viewers last week.
Oscars will be broadcast from multiple locations
FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2015 file photo, an Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The theater has been the home of the Oscars since 2001 and the organizers say the upcoming show will keep that tradition, but they will enlist a supporting cast of venues. An academy spokesperson said Wednesday that the ceremony this year will be broadcast live from multiple locations on April 25. An academy spokesperson said Wednesday that the ceremony will broadcast live from multiple locations on April 25. The Golden Globes, which has also been scarce on specific details, is planning its own bicoastal broadcast for Feb. 28.
Oscars shortlist includes ‘Collective' and ‘MLK/FBI'
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wednesday unveiled its shortlists for several categories, including documentary feature, international feature, original song, original score, visual effects and makeup and hairstyling. Titles as diverse as “Tenet” (for score and visual effects), “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (for the original song “Wuhan Flu”), “Eurovision Song Contest” (for song) and “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Story” (for score, song and makeup) are in the initial mix. The Korean American film “Minari," which was controversially nominated for a foreign language Golden Globe, was not eligible in the same category for the Oscars. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross could find themselves double nominees, as both “Soul” and “Mank” were shortlisted for original score. Winners will be announced at the 93rd Oscars on Sunday, April 25, which will be telecast live on ABC.
'Ma Rainey,' 'Minari' and Boseman lead SAG nominations
The Screen Actors Guild has nominated the cast for a SAG Award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture. But the SAG Awards, presented by SAG-AFTRA, are considered a far better barometer for the Academy Awards, where actors account for the largest percentage of the academy. Usually, the eventual Oscar best picture winner is first nominated for best ensemble by the SAG Awards, though “Green Book” and “The Shape of Water" were two recent exceptions. Aside from Boseman and Oldman, the nominees for best male actor in a lead role were Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”), Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”) and Steven Yeun (“Minari”). All of the female leads in a drama series nominees came from either “The Crown” (Gillian Anderson, Colman, Emma Corrin) or “Ozark” (Laura Linney, Julia Garner).
Steven Soderbergh among producers of upcoming Academy Awards
Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh is going behind the scenes for the next Academy Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Tuesday that Soderbergh, “Erin Brokovich” producer Stacey Sher and awards show veteran Jesse Collins have come on board to produce the 93rd Oscars telecast. The 93rd Academy Awards were delayed two months earlier this year because of COVID-19’s effects on the film industry, but the show will still be televised live on ABC on April 25, 2021. Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said that this upcoming show is “the perfect occasion for innovation and re-envisioning the possibilities for the awards show.”Collins also has experience. Earlier this year produced the virtual BET Awards and is also producing the Grammy Awards and the Super Bowl halftime show.
Oscars diversity criteria 'not about exclusion' say leaders
I want to commend them for trying and for putting together a criteria because we know criteria is a way to counter bias, said Smith. Five years ago, the film academy endeavored to significantly diversify its own membership. The best picture adjustment is just one of the effort. Others include implementing a set 10 best picture nominees starting at the 94th Oscars and mandatory unconscious bias training for academy members. The best picture standards were specifically designed to be flexible and give latitude to filmmakers.
Oscars set inclusion standards for best picture category
In an historic move, the Oscars are raising the inclusion bar for best picture nominees starting with the 96th Academy Awards in 2024. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday laid out sweeping eligibility reforms to the best picture category intended to encourage diversity and equitable representation on screen and off, addressing gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and disability. We believe these inclusion standards will be a catalyst for long-lasting, essential change in our industry.The second category addresses the creative leadership and crew composition of a film. The inclusion standards form will be confidential and will not be required for best picture hopefuls for the 94th and 95th Academy Awards. The inclusion standards were developed by a task force led by academy governors DeVon Franklin and Jim Gianopulos and in consultation with the Producers Guild of America.