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France’s CNC Updates Academy Awards Selection Committee Protocol

France’s CNC Implements Changes to Oscars Selection Committee Protocol

France’s CNC (National Center for Cinema and the Moving Image) has announced changes to its Academy Awards selection committee protocol following the fallout from last year’s controversial decision not to put forward Justine Triet’s Palme d’Or winner, “Anatomy Of A Fall,” for the best international feature category.

The decision to overlook “Anatomy Of A Fall” resulted in a 32-year drought since France last won an Oscar in the best international feature category. Instead, the committee chose Tran Anh Hung’s “The Taste Of Things,” sparking criticism within the local industry.

In response to the backlash, the CNC has increased the number of committee members to 11, with five alternates, to promote collegial debate, diversity of viewpoints, and the secrecy of each member’s vote. Members will now serve a two-year term instead of one.

In a bid to reinforce independence, the CNC president will no longer attend selection meetings, with a committee chairman appointed from the 11 members to have the deciding vote in the event of a tie. This move comes amid a period of turnover, with longtime CNC president Dominique Boutonnat stepping down and being replaced by Olivier Henrard.

“This decision will help reinforce the commission’s independence from both public authorities and professional interests,” said Henrard.

The changes are aimed at protecting the selection process, with the fate of France’s cultural sector uncertain as it prepares for snap legislative elections. The selection committee members, traditionally appointed by France’s minister of culture, must be qualified in the field of cinema, with at least half being artists or craftspeople in the motion picture industry.

While the committee structure has been revamped, the selection process for eligible films remains unchanged. Films must submit an application before July 15, with the committee meeting in September to determine the shortlist and final decision.

This marks the third time in recent years that France has adjusted its Oscars selection committee procedure, with previous changes including the removal of voting power from heads of major film organizations. As the industry evolves, the CNC continues to adapt its approach to support French cinema’s presence on the international stage.

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