John Bailey, who was elected in August as the 34th president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is being investigated by the organization following allegations of sexual harassment against him.On Wednesday, three harassment claims were reportedly brought against the veteran cinematographer, whose credits include such films as “Ordinary People,” “The Big Chill,” and “Groundhog Day,” prompting the academy — which recently enacted new standards of conduct for its members — to open a probe.“The Academy treats any complaints confidentially to protect all parties,” the group said in a statement released Friday afternoon. “The Membership Committee reviews all complaints brought against Academy members according to our Standards of Conduct process, and after completing reviews, reports to the Board of Governors. We will not comment further on such matters until the full review is completed.”Variety first … [Read more...] about Motion picture academy president John Bailey faces accusations of sexual harassment
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Notwithstanding the welcome mat rolled out by Emma Lazarus, the doors to America have been as likely to slam shut as to open wide for immigrants, refugees and assorted huddled masses yearning to breathe free — or at least continue breathing. The recent move by the Trump administration to "extremely vet" human cargo from seven Muslim-majority nations is but the latest in a series of Keep Out signs posted by our designated gatekeepers, a reminder that the nation of immigrants has often been a nation of immigrant restrictions, with the second, and sometimes the first, generation of arrivals all too willing to block admission to the folks who were just a few steps behind them at the port of entry. For Hollywood, the recent exclusionary acts have inevitably unspooled a flashback to the 1930s, when a wave of German (and Austrian, Hungarian, Czech, et al.) refugees, mainly Jews, fled Nazi persecution and flooded into the motion picture industry. The parallels are not exact, … [Read more...] about In the Age of Trump, A Look Back at How Hollywood Has Welcomed Immigrants (Guest Column)
Quincy Jones, Common, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith and Raphael Saadiq will be among stars paying tribute to Cheryl Boone Isaacs, former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who will receive the inaugural Legacy Award at ICON MANN’s sixth annual pre-Oscar dinner. The invite-only event is set for Feb. 27 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.Jones, the dinner’s host committee chairman, will present the award to Boone Isaacs in recognition of her achievements in improving diversity and inclusion at the Academy. Oscar winners Common and Halle Berry will pair for a special scholarship presentation.Master of ceremonies Cedric the Entertainer will welcome guests such as Saadiq (a current Oscar nominee for best song, Mudbound's “Mighty River,” along with co-writers Mary J. Blige and Taura Stinson), David Oyelowo, Terrence Howard, Lee Daniels, Reginald Hudlin, John Singleton and Dee Rees (a first-time Oscar nominee for Mudbound). Common and … [Read more...] about Will Smith, Quincy Jones to Honor Ex-Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs
Officials at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences breathed a huge sigh of relief when the nominations for the 90th Oscars were unveiled Jan. 23.A reprise of #OscarsSoWhite, the worst-case scenario that they had feared, was averted when four black actors were nominated. Diversity was on display in other categories as well — especially among the directors, with noms for The Shape of Water's Guillermo del Toro, Get Out's Jordan Peele and Lady Bird's Greta Gerwig. The cinematographers branch made history by nominating its first woman — Mudbound's Rachel Morrison. And Dee Rees of Mudbound became the first black woman nominated in the adapted screenplay category.April Reign, who coined #OscarsSoWhite in 2015, cautioned that the issues the hashtag raised still need to be addressed. "Until we can get to a point where we are no longer talking about firsts and we can no longer count contributions to a specific category by a traditionally underrepresented community on our … [Read more...] about Oscars: Did Those New Academy Members Make a Difference in the Nominations?
On the one-year anniversary of the national Women’s Marches — and three months after revelations about Harvey Weinstein shook Hollywood — thousands of women and men across the country are marching and rallying Saturday morning for female empowerment in the face of the Trump administration and exposure of widespread sexual harassment and assault in entertainment, media, politics and other sectors.Among them: leaders and members from various Hollywood unions and guilds. In Los Angeles, the contingents include American Federation of Musicians Local 47, Writer's Guild of America West, SAG-AFTRA and the Directors Guild. The WGA East is marching in New York and Washington. And about 1,000 people at the Sundance Film Festival rallied earlier in the morning.Meanwhile, industry organizations are attempting to institutionalize new norms by promulgating Codes of Conduct regarding sexual harassment. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may have been first out of the … [Read more...] about Guilds March With Women as New Codes of Conduct Gain Steam