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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences 2021 Class of Invitees Continues to be more Inclusive

Posted by Suzanne Kai - on Friday, 02 July 2021

Los Angeles  July 1, 2021 by Suzanne Joe Kai The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Invites 395 Members for 2021. The push for more diversity continues.  The 2021 class is comprised of 46% women, 39% underrepresented ethnic/racial communities and 53% from 49 countries outside the United States. Here is a download of the list of the invitees from the Academy https://oscars.org/newmembers2021/ Among the invited include Walt Disney CEOBob...

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2022-2021-2020-2019 - New Diversity Rules for Oscars

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Monday, 07 February 2022

2022-2021-2020-2019 - New Diversity Rules for Oscars

Updated February 7, 2022

Hollywood

by Suzanne Joe Kai

Progress continues with our society's push for more "diversity, equity and inclusion." 

If you search online for the term Diversity, Equity and Inclusion you will find the term "DEI" is now a standard term. 

Its on many people's drawing boards in corporate America, and most importantly in Hollywood on how mainstream media, movies, and TV shows are made.

If filmmakers aspire to win awards at the Oscar level, the Academy now has guidelines on "DEI", and in recent years has initiated its own initiative called 

"Academy Aperture 2025" with the goal that Oscars.org released in this statement on September 8, 2020: 

“The aperture must widen to reflect our diverse global population in both the creation of motion pictures and in the audiences who connect with them. 

The Academy is committed to playing a vital role in helping make this a reality,” said Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson.  

“We believe these inclusion standards will be a catalyst for long-lasting, essential change in our industry.”

Here are some resources we've been writing about, and also from other outlets:

July 1, 2021 Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Invites 395 Members for 2021. https://asianconnections.com/arts-and-entertainment/item/the-ampas-2021-class-of-invitees-continues-to-be-more-inclusive

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2021 Oscar and Emmy Nominated CRIP CAMP: A DISABILITY REVOLUTION - Documentary

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Sunday, 20 September 2020

2021 Oscar and Emmy Nominated CRIP CAMP: A DISABILITY REVOLUTION - Documentary
Hollywood September 20, 2021 (updated November 11, 2021 / February 1, 2022) James LeBrecht on his Facebook page disclosed that he has been ill for months and is now doing alot better and should be back 'to a normal' in a couple of months. We wish you a speedy recovery James! 

By Suzanne Joe Kai

With the Television Academy and CBS announcing that its 2021 Emmy Awards Show would be the 'most inclusive ever,' as reported by critic Kristen Lopez for IndieWire - on the day of the live televised broadcast, Oscar and Emmy nominee James LeBrecht, directors of "Crip Camp" with wife Nicole Newnham saw that the promised 'ramp making access to the stage open to all" was not there.

This prompted James to go to his Twitter account to blast CBS and the Television Academy. 

Without a ramp, wheelchair bound James LeBrecht ("Crip Camp") nominated that evening for an Emmy, and others with disabilities could not reach the 2021 Emmy Awards stage which was broadcasting live across America. 

It took nearly 50 years for James, his colleagues, and thousands of others to see the landmark 1973 Americans with Disabilities laws enacted. 

These changes in our laws from those early years are presented vividly with archival footage of young James and his childhood camper friends who attended and bonded at a camp for youth with disabilities. 

James' documentary "Crip Camp" originally screened at the Sundance...

Simu Lui - First Asian Star of a Marvel Studios Movie! SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Monday, 06 September 2021

Simu Lui - First Asian Star of a Marvel Studios Movie! SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS

September 6, 2021

Los Angeles

by Suzanne Joe Kai

I invited a friend to join me to see SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, the Marvel Studios movie directed by Destin Daniel Cretton on its opening weekend.

Like many Asian Americans I know, we are starved with the lack of faces who look like us in mainstream movies. 

We were not disappointed. In fact, the lead actor, Simu Liu, the first Asian to star in a Marvel Studios movie looked, talked, and acted just like an Asian American born and raised in the U.S. In fact, even though Simu sounded and acted just like one of us born in America, he was raised in Canada, and born in Harbin, China. He has succeeded in breaking through all boundaries in reaching North American audiences.  

The ensemble cast was also terrific. Tony Leung, Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh, Tsai Chin, Fala Chen, Meng'er Zhang, Ronny Chieng, the whole cast was great - listed here on IMDB.   

The box office gross for SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS opened strong.

Associated Press reported forecasts predicting a $50 million box office estimate over the Labor Day weekend taking into account that we are in a Covid-19 pandemic.

Instead it smashed that forecast reporting an estimated $71.4 Million in ticket sales. 

I attended a meeting at the Writers Guild of America in Hollywood a few years earlier to hear a researcher from Nielsen present findings on the potential of a "sleeper market" - the Asian American movie-goer...

Henry Golding Stars as SNAKE EYES Coming to Theaters July 22, 2021!

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Friday, 15 January 2021

Henry Golding Stars as SNAKE EYES Coming to Theaters July 22, 2021!

Hollywood

January 15, 2021 (Updated July 22, 2021 with the official trailer from Paramount!) 

By Suzanne Joe Kai

Henry Golding is playing the American superhero leading role of Snake Eyes in a movie based on G.I. Joe characters by Hasbro!

From his breakout role as a romantic lead in "Crazy, Rich Asians" Golding is now starring as an action star in "Snake Eyes: G. I. Joe Origins" 

Originally scheduled for release on March 27, 2020, the release date has been pushed a few times and is now scheduled for July 22, 2021 by Paramount Pictures due to Covid-19.

Fans may have a chance to screen this movie in IMAX, RealD 3D, and Dolby Cinema.. It has been reported that there may be a follow on movie in the works, with Henry Golding reprising his lead role as Snake Eyes. Hoping that movie theaters will be open by then!. 

Update!: Here is the final trailer released on July 19, 2021 by Paramount Pictures.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd2sm63Xwfw

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences 2021 Class of Invitees Continues to be more Inclusive

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Friday, 02 July 2021

Los Angeles 

July 1, 2021

by Suzanne Joe Kai

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Invites 395 Members for 2021. The push for more diversity continues. 

The 2021 class is comprised of 46% women, 39% underrepresented ethnic/racial communities and 53% from 49 countries outside the United States. Here is a download of the list of the invitees from the Academy https://oscars.org/newmembers2021/

Among the invited include Walt Disney CEOBob Chapek a longtime Disney executive who was named CEO of the Walt Disney Company replacing Bob Iger who will remain as executive Chairman until the end of 2021.

Invitees include actors Henry Golding (Still Image on left from Warner Bros "Crazy Rich Asians“), and Steven Yeun,“Minari,” “Burning,” and director Cathy Yan, “Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn,” “Dead Pigs.”

Membership selection decisions are based on professional qualifications, with representation, inclusion and equity remaining a priority as part of its initiative, Academy Aperture 2025.

On September 8, 2020, Oscars.org released this statement: 

“The aperture must widen to reflect our diverse global population in both the creation of motion pictures and in the audiences who connect with them.

The Academy is committed to playing a vital role in helping make this a reality,” said Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. 

“We believe these...

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