Party’s Over? Academy Plans to Set Limitations for Oscar Parties

We all know that one of the perks of being a Hollywood star is that you get to go to some amazing parties which are usually thrown on someone else’s dime.  Nothing seemingly wrong with that, huh?

Well, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is beginning to think otherwise, and according to The Hollywood Reporter the organization is planning to set restrictions for parties that happen during the Oscars voting period.

The issue is that the Academy is uncomfortable with parties during the voting period for the Oscars because in some cases — particularly this past year — they seem less “celebrations” and more “campaign parties.”  For example, the article cites dueling parties for The Social Network and The King’s Speech, two films that were jockeying for the Best Picture award that was eventually won by the latter.  Though many parties are typically thrown by the film’s own studio, a more shady tactic is a party thrown by what the article calls a “third party endorser”, in which a well-known star throws a party to “celebrate” a friend who just so happens to be in the Oscar race.  Apparently, Julia Roberts hosted a screening and party for Biutiful, and her good friend Javier Bardem ended up snagging a Best Actor nomination for what wasn’t a very popular film.  There’s possibly an connection that the Academy isn’t comfortable with.

The Academy has long made various restrictions to limit “vote-buying”: studios cannot lavish gifts on the voters, and they also are not allowed to directly mail any sort of campaign advertisement to a vote (hence all those “For Your Consideration” ads you see in trade magazines during award season — that’s not direct mail!  Sneaky, sneaky…)  What the exact rules that will limit such parties aren’t clear yet, but suffice to say Academy voters might have to find something else to do during their January evenings next year.

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Linnea-Berthelsen-Stranger-Things.jpg
Linnea Berthelse on Her ‘Stranger Things’ Audition and Keeping Her Role a Secret for a Year
“Sometimes when actors don’t get the part, it’s not always about an actor being a bad actor; it’s about connecting to the material.” – Linnea Berthelsen Stranger Things is back on our screens with its second season, something fans have been waiting for ever since season one arrived on Netflix in 2016. Returning to the […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/jonathan-groff-hamilton.jpg
Jonathan Groff on Playing King George III in ‘Hamilton’: “I rehearsed for about a day, and then went into the show”
Can you even imagine stepping into a role in one of the biggest Broadway hits of all time with barely any time to prepare?
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/lina-esco-swat.jpg
Lina Esco on Playing the Only Female Officer on ‘S.W.AT.’: “I have to portray her as someone equal to all of the guys on her team”
"The important thing for me when I read scripts is how much respect I have for the character and how far I can take her" - Lina Esco
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/sam-rockwell-three-billboards.jpg
Sam Rockwell on Typecasting and One of His Worst Auditions
"I’m kind of a workhorse. It takes a toll" - Sam Rockwell
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/rachel-bloom-crazy-ex-girlfriend.jpg
Rachel Bloom: “The way that I learned comedy was not rigid, but this very specific technique taught by the Upright Citizens Brigade”
"I went from being a person who was doing moderately successful videos online and working as a moderately successful TV writer and aspiring to do this to having a Golden Globe." - Rachel Bloom