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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced a new set of Inclusion Standards for movies to be eligible for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, starting with the 2024 ceremony. The Oscars have come up with a number of new requirements in order “to encourage equitable representation on- and off-screen in order…

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday, July 30, 2013. She made history. Isaacs became only the third woman to become AMPAS president in the organization’s 86-year history, and the first African American to hold the position. The first woman to serve as Academy president was actress Bette…

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When April Reign, former entertainment attorney and managing editor of BroadwayBlack.com, created the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite in early 2015, it seemed Hollywood had all but forgotten about the diverse human fabric that truly made “America great.” Box-office draws Will Smith and Idris Elba were snubbed for a nomination in 2016 for what many thought was some…

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We’re well on the way down the road to the grand 89th Oscars ceremony. In 33 days, we will witness the 2016 Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, hand out the golden statutes. The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood &…

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Eddie Murphy has bowed out as host of the 84th Academy Awards telecast in the wake of a controversy involving the show’s producer, Brett Ratner, who resigned a few hours earlier. Ratner, who recently directed Murphy in Tower Heist, stepped down on Nov. 8 as producer of the Oscar telecast after he made several offensive off-the-cuff remarks,…

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Those who’ve watched comedian Eddie Murphy onstage throughout his decades long career know that the veteran actor is masterful commanding both the audience and the cameras. Apparently, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has taken notice as it was announced on Sept. 6 that Murphy will put his acclaimed skills to work as…

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