The Academy is instituting new voting rules in two Oscar categories and will allow all of its members to vote in the documentary shorts and foreign language film categories.
The announcement was made at an unusual general meeting of the Academy that was held today at simultaneous gatherings in Beverly Hills, New York and Emeryville, Calif.
President Hawk Koch opened the event by quoting Fay Kanin, the former Academy president who died in March, who had said, "We're part of a medium that allow us to be creative, daring ... and once in a while extraordinary."
The members-only event, which took place at the Academy’s Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills and Pixar Studios in Emeryville and at the Lighthouse International theater in New Work, began with an hour-long brunch/lunch followed by a 90-minute presentation by Academy officials.
Disney/Pixar hosted the Emeryville meet-up, where former Academy president Sid Ganis, directors Brad Bird and Pete Docter and visual effects supervisor Craig Barron were present. In New York, Michael Moore, Melissa Leo and Robert Wuhl were all on hand.
The goal of the meeting, the Academy said in its invitation for the event, was “to present the Academy’s plans and priorities for the future and update you on key initiatives” and “to have you meet and connect with fellow members and Academy leadership.” Academy members were also invited to submit questions in advance of the event “to increase communication with our members.”