WEEK IN WOMEN: AMPAS 2019 Invitations = Gender Parity -Brandy McDonnell reports

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has invited 842 members from 59 countries to the Oscars organization and, for the first time, reached gender parity in its new class of inductees. Half of the new invitees to the film academy are women. In 10 of the 17 branches — including the directing, writing and producing branches — more women than men were invited.

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“Academy Originals” Focus on Women Filmmakers – Michelle McCue Reports

AMPAS’ video series “Academy Originals” focuses on behind-the-scenes artists and skills that get a film from page to screen. Episodes cover everything from how Jurassic Park changed the VFX world to screenwriters who toil away at local coffee shops. With Oscar emcee Ellen DeGeneres and the re-election of AMPAS President, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Academy is showing diversity, Many “Academy Originals” highlight women filmmakers, showing how their contributions inspire young girls to become filmmakers. Read on…

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