Oscars: Academy Members to Serve as Seat Fillers at 2023 Oscars Ceremony

Members to Serve as Seat Fillers at 2023 Oscars Ceremony–March 12

AMPAS CEO Bill Kramer and President Janet Yang made the announcement in an email to Academy membership, also outlining updates to in-person screenings in Los Angeles, New York and London.


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In the last two years, the Academy has limited the number of Oscars tickets for non-nominated voting members due to COVID-19 protocols. Wednesday’s announcement, which also included the return of the annual ticket lottery for members, was inspired by a member’s suggestion to include more of the Academy’s membership at its annual awards ceremony.

The email also mentioned that a ticket lottery is in progress for the Nov. 19 Governor’s Awards.

International feature films will continue to be available on the Academy Screening Room, and the Academy will host in-person and virtual events for members that vote for the best international feature category.

Following the December 21 shortlist announcement, the 15 selected international features will screen in Los Angles, New York and London.

The email also included an update on the Academy’s grants program, which was halted during the pandemic for budgetary reasons. The program is not included in the Academy’s current budget, created in June, but Kramer and Yang state that they will “continue to build our robust talent development, education and community programs within the Academy” and that the “focus now is to invest in the film community beyond traditional grants to maximize impact. This is something we will continue to assess with the Academy Board Education and Outreach Committee as we establish the most effective way to build a more inclusive future for our industry and support our surrounding communities.”