September 8, 2020 at 8:10 pm #1203694090
Christopher Nolan just opened Microsoft Word and changed the lead of his next movie to be female to qualify for Best Picture Oscars in 2024.September 8, 2020 at 8:12 pm #1203694095
There aren’t that many minorities working behind the camera, but I think in like 95% of the films there are enough to fulfill this rule. If someone makes a research I will not be surprised if the last BP nominee not elegible was something from the 80s/90s.
It's about the chaotic editing in Moulin Rouge!September 8, 2020 at 8:24 pm #1203694110
B is extremely easy to meet (two department heads are not straight white men). Most films have three without even trying (casting, costumes, makeup). C and D are all about the studio, so if you come from a big studio, they probably either have these apprenticeship programs behind the scenes or have women in marketing. So maybe it will be harder for independent films (with mostly straight white men on both sides of the camera) to qualify?September 8, 2020 at 8:27 pm #1203694116
So maybe it will be harder for independent films (with mostly straight white men on both sides of the camera) to qualify?
Well, yeah. I’d say that’s the hardest hit. Something like… Primer I suppose. Not that it got a whole lot of love from the Academy anyway, but The Lighthouse wouldn’t have fared too well either.
And I’m mostly likely missing something (again), but I’m thinking Hacksaw Ridge might not meet the criteria (on surface level anyway).
EDIT: And maybe Nebraska?September 8, 2020 at 8:30 pm #1203694124
I would normally race to defend indie films, but let’s be real: Any indie film with the resources to handle the awards season is likely an arm of one of the majors, or produced by a huge actor’s company. So they should be able to fulfill the bulk of the criteria.September 8, 2020 at 9:32 pm #1203694202
The joke doesn’t really work considering he just released a blockbuster staring a black newcomer.
Haven’t seen Tenet yet but I assume that JDW’s character doesn’t involve his race being a defining trait. When was the last time that a white filmmaker has a PoC starring lead role (especially a $200m+ action blockbuster) just because they were talented and race wasn’t a defining character trait.September 8, 2020 at 9:36 pm #1203694209
This seems fairly easy to qualify for since most films clear Standard B fairly easily (costume design, hair/makeup, and casting are often filled by women). Standard D isn’t hard to qualify for either since publicists tend to skew female/LGBTQ+.September 8, 2020 at 9:52 pm #1203694247
This bugs. Don’t get me wrong, I love that this will give people opportunities, but the Academy is a little too pleased with themselves when they really should be forever embarrassed that it took a fucking hashtag for them to face the problems with itself and the industry. Change comes in various ways, but for something major like this and how that overdue change was achieved is kind of cringe.September 8, 2020 at 10:18 pm #1203694278
So… Scandinavian arthouse films might get shafted because of this?
As a Scandinavian, I can safely say this won’t be a problem for our film productions.
However, it’s a stretch to think a Scandi film would actually be considered for Best PictureSeptember 8, 2020 at 10:50 pm #1203694304
Read carefully, it won’t change anything.
Yeah, twitter reacted at first like it always reacts. But now more and more finally realize that this is really…not a big deal, because as someone said, pretty much every single BEST P. nominee from the last 3 or 4 decades met the criteria.
I’m sure there will be a lot of conversations about it and maybe even some changes to these rules. Personally I don’t know what to think. I guess I don’t necessary think this is the way. Mainly because changes don’t come from checkbox mentality that studios and networks promote when it comes to diversity (I think Sandra Oh mentioned that in her interview with GB), but from deeper and more meaningful understanding of the problem and the process.
It’s like with Oscars so white. At its core it was never about number of nominated black actors, it was about the whole industry. Who is in charge, who makes the call and why.September 8, 2020 at 11:04 pm #1203694320
Greta Gerwig is shaking at the thought of having to cast someone that isn’t white.
Best Actress - Viola Davis, Frances McDormand
Best Actor - Delroy Lindo, Chadwick Boseman
Best Supporting Actor - Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman
Best Picture - Nomadland
Best Director - Chloé Zhao
SAG Ensemble - Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Best Cinematography - NomadlandSeptember 9, 2020 at 1:10 am #1203694481
At least the Academy is taking the initiative to further change within the industry.
It’s not like the GRAMMYs where they changed the names of a couple categories as a way to dodge future criticisms. This could potentially inspire studios and filmmakers to think outside the box when it comes to storytelling. In front & behind the camera.
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👑Mary Wilson (1944-2021)
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