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.