Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner will produce the 95th Oscars, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences CEO Bill Kramer announced on Saturday morning during an all-member meeting that took place both in-person at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and via a livestream on the members-only website, a reflection of the Academy’s understanding that it needs to return to having telecast producers with “live TV expertise,” Kramer said.
Kramer, who has been in his position for the past 2.5 months, and Academy president Janet Yang, who has been in hers for the past 1.5 month, emceed the gathering — only the third such Academy meeting ever, May 4, 2013 and Sept. 28, 2017, authorized in October 2021 — speaking for 39 minutes before taking member questions.
Other noteworthy announcements to come out of the meeting: all 10,669 Academy members — who are currently 34% women, 19% racial minorities and 23% based outside of the U.S. — will now receive recaps after each meeting of the Academy’s board of governors, part of what Kramer descrbed as a commitment to “more transparency with our members”; the ticket lottery through which members have been able to attend the Academy’s Governors Awards and Oscars, which was paused during the pandemic, is being brought back; and the Academy is committed, in its discussions with ABC, to “honoring all crafts and disciplines on air” during the Oscars, garnering big applause in the room.
There was big applause when Kramer expressed that the Academy is committed to “reinvigorate the Oscars.” Kramer then elaborated: “From our recent member survey, we learned from our Academy Members that they did not love the 94th Oscars,” prompting audible laughter. “It had a 20% positivity rating from Academy Members, compared to 61% for the 92nd; only 2% liked the Fan Favorite; only 17% approved of the pre-recorded awards; fewer Academy members are watching the full show — 67% for the 92nd, 59% for the 94th.”
He continued, “We need to return the Oscars to a position of power and importance by: hiring producing teams with live TV ewxperience who are accountable to the Academy; determining how to best honor all categories; focusing on a love and reverence for film; creating an emotional investment in the nominees; exploring extensions of the show on streaming; solidifying the ongoing theatrical requirement for eligibility; making the red carpet an event — on the scale of the Met Gala and Cannes; continuing to prioritize sustainability, access, inclusion and representation.”
More to come.