Academy solicits member input on controversial decisions to pre-include certain categories, #FanFavorite, and more

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† – Credit: deadline


After a somewhat rocky Oscars with controversies surrounding the placement of various categories in a pre-show with recorded acceptances that were inserted later in the broadcast, a #FanFavorite promotion on Twitter went south and was largely rejected when Zack Snyder left his Twitter account. -forced stalwarts to victory for the zombies-in-vegas Netflix movie Army of the Dead, and of course that infamous Will Smith slap and all its reverberations, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has apparently decided it’s time to get input from its members.

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It comes through a detailed survey sent out Wednesday (see it below) that not only asks members what they think of various Academy policies and initiatives, but even more emphatically asks some detailed questions about what they real think of this year’s Oscar show, which was produced by Will Packer.

†  - Credit: AMPAS

† – Credit: AMPAS


The first part is about involvement with the Academy, preferences or complaints about various AMPAS activities, questions about how Oscar voters watch movies they rate, what kind of equipment they have at home and what services they use, including the Academy Screening Room (the digital online company that completely replaced emailed screeners for the first time this year).

But the juiciest part is the second part, which is all about Oscars. The AMPAS leadership wants input from members on what can be done to improve the Academy Awards, both in view of the audience and the industry, and then some details about the divisive decision to select pre-selected categories such as film editing, music score, production design and five include other categories. † This sparked much openly expressed outrage among the affected artisans and others. The Academy asks for opinions from the suggestion “Pre-recording and editing of some awards during the show worked this year and the Academy should do it this way again next year”, to “The Oscars were fine as they were before. The Academy should not pre-record awards and should instead present all awards live”, to “The Oscars need a facelift and the format of the show needs to be reconsidered.”

In another innovation, allegedly invented by Packer to boost ratings, AMPAS wants to know what members thought of the #OscarFanFavorite move and asks all about “The Oscars Fan Favorite helped get fans engaged and excited about the Oscars of this year and it must be continued” to “The Oscars Fan Favorite must not continue.”

†  - Credit: ABC

† – Credit: ABC


Well, you get the idea. This investigation may seem rather like an actual in-person members’ meeting, but it is clearly the culmination of much post-Oscar season discussion between the board of directors and AMPAS office holders and staff who want to know”what are we going to do now???” And now the 10,000-ish strong body that makes up AMPAS will have their say. Whether they are listened to is a question for another day.

What this survey, just over a month since the Oscar show was held on March 27, really seems to indicate is an active discussion about going ahead — or not — with some of the ideas implemented for the 94th Academy Awards. , but maybe not the 95th ?

One thing that was totally absent from the investigation is anything about the Will Smith debacle and the Academy’s criminal decision to ban Smith from all Academy Awards shows and activities and events for 10 years, a statement was made. after Smith himself publicly apologized (including to Chris Rock) and resigned from the Academy.

Below is the survey sent this morning with the promise to keep all individual responses confidential.

Valued member:

Thank you for participating in this important member survey. Your input is needed to ensure the Academy continues to thrive and support our members and the film industry. This survey consists of two parts: the first part is about your involvement and experience as a member, and the second part is about this year’s Oscars.

Part 1: Member Engagement and Experience

  1. How would you describe your experience as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences?

( )Very positive

( )Mostly positive

( ) As positive as negative

( )Neither positive nor negative

( )Usually negative

( )Very negative

( )No opinion

2. What are some things the Academy could do to enhance or enhance your experience as a member? For example, what are some specific types of communications, activities, events, or initiatives that would enhance or enhance your experience as a member of the Academy? Please be specific.

3. As a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which of the following categories would you be most interested in participating in? Please select all that apply.

( )Movie screenings with Q&A, including virtual events

( )Branch and member receptions

( )Local events in your city

( )Educational outreach and guidance of younger generations

( )Committee meetings

( )Member Affinity Groups

( )Museum Programming

( )Film festival events or programs

( )None of the above

4. What would you like the Academy to do to keep you better informed about relevant ongoing and upcoming initiatives, screenings and other events? Please select all that apply.

( )Allow me to sign up to receive text messages when screenings and other events take place and RSVP via text message to reserve my seat

( )Allow me to go to the Academy member portal to select what types of screenings and other events I want information about

( )Use social media – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn – to communicate about upcoming screenings and other events

( )Create a private online community for Academy members only to communicate about upcoming screenings and other events

( )Add functionality in the Academy app related to events, such as: when and where to check for upcoming screenings and other events, alerts for new events, when events are filling up or when the sign-up window is about to end

( )Academy-hosted branch or inter-branch meetings on Zoom

( )None of the above

5. When it comes to making the film industry more inclusive, is the industry generally doing a:

( )Good job

( )Well done

( )Okay done

( )Not very well done

( )Very bad job

( )No opinion

6. Aperture 2025 is the Academy’s ongoing commitment to increase representation, inclusion and fairness in the on-screen, off-screen, and on-screen film industry and within the Academy’s membership, programs and collections. How important is it for the Academy to stay at the forefront of representation, inclusion and equality initiatives such as Aperture 2025?

( )Very important

( )Somewhat important

( )Not very important

( )Not important at all

( )No opinion

7. How much do you know about the Academy’s Aperture 2025 initiative?

( )Great deal

( )Something

( )Not very

( )Nothing

Part 2: Oscars 2022

Next, you’ll see some questions about the Oscars.

8. What do you think the Academy could and should do to improve the Oscars? For example, what would make the show more appealing to both the industry and movie fan audiences worldwide? Please be specific.

9. Which of the following best describes your experience at this year’s Oscars?

( ) Competed in the Oscars

( ) Watched but not been to the Oscars

( ) Didn’t attend and watched some, but not all, of this year’s Oscars

( ) Didn’t attend and didn’t watch this year’s Oscars at all

( )The broadcast was not available for viewing in my region

10. An hour before the broadcast, eight awards were presented and recorded in the Dolby Theater and then edited for the live Oscar ceremony. Which of the following is closest to your opinion?

( )Pre-recording and editing of some of the awards ceremonies during the show worked this year and the Academy should do it this way again next year.

( )Pre-recording or early delivery of some awards might work, but not in the way it was done this year. The Academy has to go back to the drawing board on this.

( )The Oscars were fine as they were before. The Academy may not pre-record prizes and must instead present all prizes live.

( )The Oscars need a facelift and the format of the show needs to be reconsidered.

( )No opinion

11. What areas of achievement, if any, that are not currently being awarded an Oscar should the Academy consider adding? Please specify below.

( )No

( )No opinion

12. The Oscars Fan Favorite was first announced this year. Which comes closest to your opinion?

( )The Oscars Fan Favorite helped get fans engaged and excited for this year’s Oscars and it should be continued

( )The Oscars Fan Favorite is a good idea, but needs improvement

( ) The Oscars fan favorite can’t go on

( )No opinion

13. When you think about the movies you’ve seen in the last year for consideration of the Oscars (FYC), how did you watch them? Please select all that apply.

( ) Online, streaming via the Academy’s online viewing platform

( ) Online, streaming via another platform

( )In-theatre FYC screenings for Academy members

( )Public screenings in the theater not through the Academy (i.e. festivals, theaters, others)

( )DVD, Non-Academy Blu-ray (ie studios, purchased, others)

( )I haven’t seen any movies to consider this year for the Oscars

( )Don’t remember

14. We’d love to hear your thoughts on watching FYC movies in the Academy Screening Room. What kinds of additional streaming features would you like to see in the Academy Screening Room?

15. Which of the following devices or services do you regularly have or use? Please select all that apply.

( )Cable television

( )Satellite television

( ) Internet-connected television or smart TV

( )Mobile devices

( )Game consoles

( )Year

( ) Apple TV

( )Google Chromecast

( ) Amazon Fire TV

( )AT&T TV Now

( )Netflix

( )Hulu

( )Hulu+ Live TV

( )Amazon Prime video

( )Disney+

( )YouTube TV

( )FuboTV

() Tubes

( )Garland

( )Chapter+

( )HBO Max

( ) None of the above

( ) AppleTV+, Peacock

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