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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Quincy Jones, Halle Berry, Kobe Bryant and Common were among the stars paying tribute to former film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs at the sixth annual Icon Mann pre-Oscar dinner. Common dropped a verse from his song “The Day Women Took Over” in her honor. Quincy Jones called her “my […]

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The president of the film academy says the two accountants responsible for the best-picture flub at Sunday’s Academy Awards will never work the Oscars again. Cheryl Boone Isaacs said Wednesday that Brian Cullinan, the PwC representative responsible for handing over the errant envelope that led to “La La Land” mistakenly being […]

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — If anyone was wondering if the Academy Awards will get political this year, film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs all but confirmed it Monday at the annual Oscar nominees’ luncheon. Boone Isaacs opened the private gathering at the Beverly Hilton Hotel with a galvanizing speech that promised the academy will […]

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In June, the Academy sent out invitations to a record number of minority actors and filmmakers in an attempt to diversify its largely white, male ranks. Nate Parker, Michael B. Jordan, Idris Elba, America Ferrera, Regina King and Cary Fukunaga were among the invitees. Ryan Coogler, whose 2015 film “Creed” netted a supporting actor Sylvester […]

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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs weighed in on the backlash surrounding Nate Parker, saying his film “The Birth of a Nation” should be judged on its own merit. Approached by a TMZ pap on Thursday, she said she hasn’t yet seen the film from writer, director and star Parker, […]

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The leadership of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has re-elected as its president a film marketing executive who has pushed for greater diversity within the organization. The academy announced Tuesday night that Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been re-elected to lead the organization that bestows the Academy Awards to […]

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Six months after announcing intentions to double the number of female and minority members in its ranks by 2020, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 683 new members to join the organization. The academy says its invitees are 46 percent female, 41 percent minority and represent 59 […]

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When news broke that the cast of “Straight Outta Compton” were not invited to this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, it only fueled further uproar over the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Ice Cube – the executive producer of the film – previously said that he’s never attended the show in the past so this year will be no […]

Folks are up in arms about having their voting rights snatched if they haven't worked in the industry for a while.

Jada Pinkett Smith acknowledged President Cheryl Boone Isaacs' plan to ensure The Academy includes more diversity amongst it's membership

Actor George Clooney says the Oscar's were more diverse 10 years ago and "...there were nominations left off the table" regarding this year's selections.