The Academy is now conducting a “review” of Andrea Riseborough’s nomination to Leslie

Andrea Riseborough

Andrea Riseborough
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Motion Picture Academy Arts and Sciences issued a statement this afternoon, revealing that “Carry out a review of the campaign procedures for this year’s candidates, to ensure that no guidelines have been breached, and to advise us whether changes to the guidelines are needed in the new era of social media and digital communication. Not include the words “Riseborough”,Leslie“,” orAndrea” (“to” managed to sneak inside), it’s not hard to figure out what this is actually all about.

Which means some people are close to the academy Obviously, they are not happy that Andrea Riseborough managed to score Best Actress this week for her movie to Lesliefilm People seem to have seen it (Outside of some very famous and outspoken Andrea Riseborough supporters.) Despite this, tThe film was subject to what has been described as An “aggressive” push for social media which brought together a number of A-list stars (including Edward Norton, Cate Blanchett, Jane Fonda, and more) who all promoted Riseborough’s work in the Michael Morris movie.

It’s obviously not against the rules of the Academy to campaign for an Oscar – the “For Your Consideration” payment is an accepted part of the Hollywood lifecycle at this point, and it’s built into the advertising budgets of any film. Studios seem to think they have a half chance in hell of picking up a statuette. But there We are Rules on how to do this –And while no one mentioned any exact violations Until nowIt’s also clear that the members of the Academy are upset enough about Riseborough nominating a movie that isn’t often seen that they’re willing to look for some. (among other things, variety have already dug An email from Morris’ wife, actress Mary McCormack, tells the story Various big Hollywood names that If you are ready to post [about the film] Every day from now until January 17th [the last day of Oscar nomination voting], that would be awesome! “)

There is an open question here, then, as to whether there is anything fundamental An error in this kind of organization of the Oscars at the grassroots level. Most of the stars who have praised Riseborough’s performance seem to genuinely do so; Problem is, they only did it after they went through a violent campaign to see the movie in the first place, and then they were They are encouraged to be as forthcoming about their appreciation as possible afterwards. It is noteworthy that tis academic she has Nominations pulled for this sort of thing In the past, although it happened very rarely. (Musician Bruce Broughton earned a song nomination in 2014, after it emerged that he had reached out to fellow members of the Academy’s music branch to make them aware of his work.)

There is no information yet on when the Academy is expected to release the results of its review. Here’s their full statement from today:

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 awards process.” We are conducting a review of the campaign procedures for this year’s nominees, to ensure that no guidelines have been breached, and to advise us if changes to the guidelines are needed in a new era From social media and digital communication We have confidence in the integrity of our nomination and voting procedures, and support genuine grassroots campaigns for outstanding performance.

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