Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences CEO Bill Kramer and newly elected president Janet Yang announced Wednesday in an email to Academy members that members will be invited to fill seats for the Oscars. annually, starting with the ceremony on March 12 next year.
For the past two years, the Academy has limited the number of Oscar tickets for non-nominated voting members due to COVID-19 protocols. Wednesday’s announcement, which also included the return of the annual ticket lottery for members, was inspired by a member’s suggestion to include more Academy members in its annual awards ceremony. The email, provided to the hollywood reporterHe also mentioned that a lottery for tickets is being held for the Governor’s Awards on November 19.
The email also stated that a new team will oversee in-person membership screenings in Los Angeles, New York and London: “Filmmaker and artist panels will also begin this fall and will be added to the Academy Screening Room. We will also be bringing back screenings in San Francisco, and a committee of members will be formed later this fall to help guide these initiatives.” The team is also exploring additional screenings in other cities around the world.
International feature films will continue to be available in the Academy screening room, and the Academy will host in-person and virtual events for members voting for the Best International Feature Film category. Following the announcement of the finalists on December 21, the 15 selected international features will screen in Los Angeles, New York and London.
The email also included an update on the Academy’s grant program, which was halted during the pandemic for budgetary reasons. The program is not included in the Academy’s current budget, created in June, but Kramer and Yang say they “will continue to build on our strong talent development, education and community program.”s within the Academy (including the Academy Museum)” and that “the focus now is to invest in the film community beyond traditional grants to maximize impact. This is something we will continue to evaluate with the Academy Board Outreach and Education Committee as we establish the most effective way to build a more inclusive future for our industry and support our surrounding communities.”
Term He was the first to break the news.
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