Armie Hammer is set to star in Participant Media’s On the Basis Of Sex, which is based on the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He’ll play husband Marty Ginsburg to Felicity Jones’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg as they team to bring the first landmark gender discrimination case before the Supreme Court. Deadline broke the news of Jones’ attachment over the summer.
Mimi Leder is directing from a script by Daniel Stiepleman, who is Ginsburg’s nephew. Participant is producing and financing through Amblin Partners. Robert Cort will produce. Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King of Participant will executive produce.
The feature is slated for release in 2018, in line with Ginsburg’s 25th anniversary as a Supreme Court Justice. [Source]
The Academy announced on Wednesday that it’s inviting 774 new members — a record-breaking number.
It marks the second year in a row that the institution has broken its own record; last year, it set a new high-water mark by inviting 683 new members. Additionally, people of color make up 30% of the new class — a significant statistic following the #OscarsSoWhite protest that made waves in 2016. According to the Academy’s announcement, there has been a 331% increase of people of color invited to join the Academy from 2015-2017. The Academy has vowed to make its membership better reflect the world demographics, after many years of criticism that women, racial minorities and international artists were under-represented. As a result, the number of new-member invitations has risen steadily. [Source]
Noel Gugliemi – “Lowriders,” “The Fast and the Furious”
Jon Hamm – “Baby Driver,” “The Town”
Armie Hammer – “The Birth of a Nation,” “The Social Network”
Naomie Harris – “Moonlight,” “Skyfall”
Leila Hatami – “A Separation,” “Leila”
Anne Heche – “Rampart,” “DonnieBrasco”