What If We Notified Oscar Losers The Same Way We Decline CME Grants?

Dear Mr. Pacino,

Thank you for the opportunity to review your movie, “The Godfather”. Every year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences receives numerous requests to review the movies of qualified nominees. As you can well imagine, we are often forced to make difficult decisions about the movies and actors we watch.

The Academy has concluded it’s review of your movie and, after careful consideration, has decided we are unable to grant you the Oscar for Best Actor. This decision was based on one or more of the following five reasons: 1) did not meet the Academy’s guidelines; 2) did not meet the Academy’s objectives; 3) you just weren’t that good; 4) you were good, but your movie was awful; 5) you were good, your movie was good, but we gave it to some other guy who should have won it last year, but we screwed up.

Due to …oh, let’s go with…”regulatory issues”…we are unable to tell you the exact reason you were rejected for the Best Actor Oscar.

This decision is not a reflection of the value of your movie or your work in it. The Academy appreciates your commitment to high quality movies and hopes that you will consider us again for any future award requests. Although we were unable to award you the Oscar for Best Actor, we wish you luck in securing awards from other organizations. Best of luck to you and your future acting career.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Team


3 responses to “What If We Notified Oscar Losers The Same Way We Decline CME Grants?

  1. Colleen Filak

    Hilarious, Derek. Thanks for the smile. Legal/Compliance staff probably have much to do with the content of these generic responses. It’s still inconceivable that grantors cannot find a more helpful and informative method to convey the reasons for declined grants. How about a list of potential causes with check boxes? Quality of needs assessment. Alignment of needs/objectives/content. Proposed budget level or line item details. Activity design (rationale/formats/timing). Outcomes measurement plan. Even a top line list may help CME providers to revisit and improve their grants. Additionally, collaborative relationships also contribute to improving clarity. Some providers have collected feedback through productive relationships that they have worked hard to establish. Regardless, there must be some way to improve the automated feedback loop and support the goal of advancing the quality of grant submissions.

    • Thanks, Colleen! And thanks for your nice summary of ways the current system can be improved. There are still a few grantors who engage in active feedback and I’m always appreciative of those efforts. A little human interaction can go a long way…

  2. Darla R. Grossman, MD


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