No More Parties In LA
The Academy's new rule might put an end to those swanky lavish Oscars luncheon and parties.
In a bid to stamp out influences that might sway its members vote during awards seasons, The Academy for Motion Pictures and Sciences (AMPAS) has introduced a new campaign regulation that states that "Academy members may not be invited to attend any non-screening event, party or dinner that is reasonably perceived to unduly influence members or undermine the integrity of the vote".
Though "unduly influence" or a "non-screening party, event or dinner" has yet to be defined, reports are opining that this new regulation might see the once swanky luncheons and parties thrown by power brokers and well known publicists of New York and Los Angeles might come to an end.
These parties which are usually thrown in conjunction to celebrate and honour the achievements of the best in film and such are often seen a business model by elite publicists who are retained by distributors to organise lavish "tastemaker" events for contenders within the awards.
"It's unfair to force us to remove someone from our invite list because they happen to be an AMPAS member. Also, having worked in the industry for so long, and with the slew of invitations that just went out, it's inevitable that some close friends have become AMPAS members. I don't want to exclude them now simply because they have joined the Academy," someone affected reportedly said to the Hollywood Reporter.
One can assume this as an attempt to level the playing field for less well-funded films where the new campaign regulations will see those who fail to comply to be faced with a one year suspension of membership for first-time violations and expulsion for subsequent violations.
According to The Guardian, the Academy is also outlawing any screening that includes a live performance of a song from a soundtrack that is eligible for an award.
This new step comes shortly after the Academy's announcement that 683 new members were invited to join in hopes to improve its diversity levels (46 percent women and 41 percent people of colour) which might help the Academy avoid another year of "whitewashing" for acting awards by media and critics alike.