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James L. Brooks

This election could change the Oscars: Spielberg and 103 others set out to woo an angry Academy

This election could change the Oscars: Spielberg and 103 others set out to woo an angry Academy

The election is around the corner, and just about everywhere you go in town, you’ll find pockets of disaffected voters angry that their representatives aren’t listening to them.

Only the names on this ballot aren’t Trump and Clinton. Instead, they’re Spielberg and Babyface.

Four months after the film academy enacted sweeping, controversial changes to its membership, the organization is having its first open election for its board of governors, and the results could affect everything from the makeup of Oscar categories to the makeup of the academy itself.

Before this year, candidates for the governors board had to be vetted by a committee to run....

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