June 12, 2020 at 3:04 pm #1203530237
my only concern is having another Best Picture nominees like The Blind Side?
I kinda think it would’ve gotten in for the 5 system or the 6-10 flex system. That film had a lot of fans at the time. If anything, this might benefit films like Selma that have the acclaim but maybe not as much industry backing.
For Your Consideration:
Best Picture: Wolfwalkers
Best Animated Feature: WolfwalkersJune 12, 2020 at 3:04 pm #1203530239
They’re just gonna throw in those extra slots to the big blockbusters of the year as the BP nominees, especially now if those films are supposed to save the film industry financially + the tanking viewerships. It would look silly for them especially now to skip over them for some indie pick nobody will remember a week after the ceremony is over.June 12, 2020 at 3:06 pm #1203530243
The below part is very interesting because I am sure that we all suspect that not all voters have watched all of the nominated performances/movies. Maybe this will help movies released earlier in the year, but I am doubtful.
The Academy will also implement a quarterly viewing process through the Academy Screening Room, the streaming site for Academy members, also starting with the 94th Academy Awards. By making it possible for members to view films released year-round, the Academy will broaden each film’s exposure, level the playing field, and ensure all eligible films can be seen by voting members.”June 12, 2020 at 4:12 pm #1203530319
my only concern is having another Best Picture nominees like The Blind Side?
I’d rather have the nominees like The Blind Side in the field of 10 with A Serious Man and Up nominated than field of 5 with The Reader but without The Dark Knight and Wall-E.June 12, 2020 at 6:23 pm #1203530476
I think this is pretty sick!! I don’t want the studios to submit to the academy the race and sexual orientation of everyone who worked on a movie!! It’s really kind of sick!
Director- Gay White male
Directory of photography- straight white male
Costume designer – straight black woman
Art director – gay Asian male
Set decorator – gay White trans womanJune 12, 2020 at 7:07 pm #1203530504
Yes to 10 nominees! Yes to the quarterly viewing panels! Yes to the diversity task force! All positive steps in the right direction and long overdue. We probably would have had the BP expansion this year if not for COVID-19. Who knows what kind of Oscars will happen next year or what number of films will be deemed “worthy” enough for consideration in this sad film environment.June 12, 2020 at 7:38 pm #1203530521
That’s dictating how a film should be.
It’s just a stupid idea that won’t happen in practice.June 12, 2020 at 9:22 pm #1203530578
Is this year’s field weak??? We haven’t even hit Oscar season. Feels a bit premature to reach this conclusion.
When half of the major contenders have been delayed and none of the smaller films will break through due to lack of film festivals, I don’t think this is a premature conclusion at all.
John's Best of 2020
Best Picture: Soul
Best Direction: The Midnight Sky
Best Actor: Chadwick Boseman
Best Actress: Viola Davis
Best Supporting Actor: Delroy Lindo
Best Supporting Actress: Amanda Seyfried
Best Screenplay: Soul
John's Best of 2021
Best Picture: Nomadland
Best Direction: Nomadland
Best Actor: Lakeith Stanfield
Best Actress: Frances McDormand
Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya
Best Supporting Actress: Youn Yuh-Jung
Best Screenplay: Judas and the Black MessiahJune 13, 2020 at 1:37 am #1203530764
Halle Berry remains the only woman of color to ever win the Lead Actress Oscar. Viola Davis remains the only woman of color to ever win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. During her speech, she said “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity … You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.” It’s not enough to give lip service and small, supporting, token roles to people of color both in front of and behind the camera. BAFTA needs to investigate why 100% of its acting nominees were white this year and the Oscars need to investigate why the acting branch nominated white actors in 19 of the 20 acting categories. This goes back to hidden racial biases and the mostly white academy members relating more to people who look like them.
and let’s not forget we STILL since the year oscars began, haven’t had an asian woman nominated for lead actress let alone win an Oscar.June 14, 2020 at 12:10 am #1203531970
Imagine being forced to pick 10 films in this field lolJune 16, 2020 at 5:53 am #1203536061
The 10 nominees…cool…dont have a problem.
The inclusive rule….I think its one of those things that sounds great in theory, but until its explained more I dont know if I can really sit here and yay it either. Is it just based on casting? Is it production as a whole? And how do you prove it anyway? Would a film like Call Me By Your Name count? Its not diverse in terms of race but it has LGBT themes so is that inclusive enough? And if the film doesnt pass the test is it just exempt from Best Picture or from all categories? Is that fair to “punish” lets say some poor editor who had no say in who was hired/cast? I don’t know…theres a potential for this to be very messy and Im interested to hear their elaboration.June 16, 2020 at 7:08 am #1203536217
I am 100% black and I believe we’re under-respresented/appreciated in Hollywood. But I hope this won’t lead to some undeserving nominations. Let people get their nominations based on merit (this should apply to the white contenders too).
IMO, what’s needed most is studios making films with POC (especially our women) as central characters and I’m not talking about slave stories. We need stories with colour blind characters. In the first year of the #Oscarssowhite saga, I didn’t see that waiting performances from POC that so deserved nominations besides Idris Elba and that’s understandable considering the Netflix bias at the time. Samuel L Jackson in The Hateful Eight could have been a solid supporting actor nominee though.
The big snubs for me remains the nominated ones that couldn’t win like Whoopi Goldberg, Daniel Kaluuya, Cynthia Erivo, Angela Bassett and Viola Davis (she wasn’t my pick anyway).
A Lady Gaga DEVOTEEJune 16, 2020 at 7:44 am #1203536274
“to develop and implement new representation and inclusion standards for Oscars eligibility by July 31, 2020.”
I’m very curious to learn what this means exactly. 100% on board for this statement based on voting membership, which has been talked about and presumably somewhat addressed in the past year or two. Eligibility of films is a whole other thing that sounds like the academy would try and make members vote a certain way. If they do that they should just close shop, campaigning & judgments made on anything other than merit is bad enough as it already is. Forcing from the inside would make it worthless IMO.June 16, 2020 at 7:46 am #1203536276
This news wasn’t reported here, and it’s important, so I’ll post.
SOME GOOD NEWS
JUNE 11, 2020
Ava DuVernay and Whoopi Goldberg Elected to The Academy’s Board of Governors
by Chris Murphy
Even though the Oscars may not be happening next year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has forged ahead and elected new members to its 2020-2021 Board of Governors, which resides over the 9000+ members of the Academy. For the Oscar nerds out there, the Academy is broken up into 17 branches each of which is represented by three governors, who serve three-year terms that are staggered making sure that one seat per branch is up for election each year, so joining the board is no easy feat.
Per The Wrap, the six new elected members joining the board include Ava DuVernay, who defeated the incumbent board member Kimberly Peirce and [checks notes] alleged sexual harasser Brett Ratner to represent the Director’s Branch, and EGOT winner Whoopi Goldberg who beat out former governor Ed Begley Jr. as well as Richard Dreyfuss, James and Stacy Keach and Rita Wilson for her spot in the Actors Branch.
As for the overall make up of the Board of Governors, after the most recent election the number of female Academy governors increased from 25 to 26, and people of color increased from 11 to 12, including three governors-at-large appointed by the Academy president. Thus, of the 54 person board, approximately 48% are women and 22% are people of color, which, while an improvement from the year before, shows the Academy still has a way to go regarding representation.
Hopefully, DuVernay and Goldberg’s election will help usher the Academy out of #OscarSoWhite and into a more equitable and diverse tomorrow. In any case, now would be an incredible time to celebrate DuVernay’s election by watching “13th” or “When They See Us” on Netflix.
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