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OSCAR TARGETS LAVISH CAMPAIGN PARTIES

Written by: FFT Webmaster | August 31st, 2011

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is planning harsh punishments for anyone who throws a party in violation of its no-campaign rule. For years, Oscar consultants and distribution companies have skirted the ban by gathering voters under different guises. For example, last January Sony threw a dvd release party for THE SOCIAL  NETWORK, where the film’s star Jesse Eisenberg and director David Fincher were on hand  to glad-hand the guests, many of whom were Academy voters. A luncheon sponsored by producer Jerry Bruckheimer included the stars of the Oscar-bound THE KING’S SPEECH. The Academy has enacted stricter rules and penalties, including suspension of Academy membership or exclusion from official events.

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