The Academy Film has announced a review of its “campaign procedures” in the wake of the backlash over this year’s Oscar nominations.
British actor Andrea Riseborough She earned a surprise Best Actress nod for her role in the indie film Two Leslie after a grassroots campaign backed by A-listers including Kate Winslet, Jane Fonda, Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow and Amy Adams.
While the Academy didn’t mention Riseborough or the actors involved in the last-minute campaign, the statement hints at questions that have arisen since this week’s announcement.
“The Academy’s goal is to ensure that the awards competition is conducted in a fair and ethical manner, and we are committed to ensuring an inclusive award process,” the statement read. We are conducting a review of the campaign procedures for this year’s candidates, to ensure that no guidelines have been breached, and to inform us if changes to the guidelines are needed in the new age of social and digital communication. We have confidence in the integrity of our nomination and voting procedures, and support genuine grassroots campaigns for outstanding performance.”
Riseborough’s inclusion in the category took many forecasters by surprise given the film’s low profile during awards season. Her movie To Leslie only made $27,000 upon its release last October, and while it was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, it wasn’t chosen by the Golden Globes or the Screen Actors Guild.
according to Los Angeles Times, the film’s director Michael Morris and his wife, actress Mary McCormack, “called every one” of their famous friends and asked them to see the film and spread the word about it on social media. Support soon followed with Theron hosting a show back in November, Winslet led Q&A and online posts featured from others, including Edward Norton and Susan Sarandon. Several publications also had similar wording referring to the film as “a small movie with a giant heart”.
said Riseborough final date She was “stunned” by the nomination. “It was very hard to believe it could ever happen because we really didn’t run for anything else,” she said. “Although we had a lot of support, the idea of this actually happening seemed a bit too far away.” Winslet also said it was “hard earned” and “much deserved”.
Sources claim variety that the Academy was “inundated” with calls and emails about the nomination but that no formal complaint had been filed. The Academy is scheduled to meet on Tuesday and this is said to be on the agenda.
Riseborough is included in the category along with Cate Blanchett, Ana de Armas, Michelle Williams and Michelle Yeoh.
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