Why the Oscars are reviewing their campaign procedures

A Puck News An article published on January 26 reported that the Riseborough campaign was largely led by actress Mary McCormack, wife of the film’s director, Michael Morris. Matthew Belloni of Puck wrote that McCormack and others “emailed and called tons of members of the Academy’s acting wing, begging them to see the little-watched alcoholic drama and post it online. searing performance from Riseborough”.

He specifically cited actors Edward Norton, Jane Fonda, Frances Fisher, Amy Adams, Gwyneth Paltrow, and fellow Best Actress nominee Cate Blanchett as supporting Riseborough’s performance.

Belloni also noted that this campaign may have violated the Academy lobbying rule, which states, “Contacting members of the Academy directly and in any way outside the scope of these rules to promote any Oscar-winning film or achievement is expressly prohibited.”

Representatives for McCormack and Riseborough did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News’ request for comment regarding Puck’s article and the Academy’s review.

In a statement shared with BuzzFeed News, the Academy said it was working to “ensure that no [campaign] guidelines have been violated” but did not directly refer to Riseborough or To Leslie. On Friday, the Academy did not respond to a request for additional comment from BuzzFeed News to clarify the cause of the statement or what the review will consist of.

Noting that the review would also help “inform” whether the current guidelines are suitable for “the new era of social media and digital communication”, the Academy said its goal was to ensure the awards competition was fair. , ethical and inclusive.

“We have confidence in the integrity of our nominating and voting procedures, and support genuine grassroots campaigns for outstanding performance,” the statement said.

The variety reported Friday that multiple sources have confirmed the Academy will hold a meeting next Tuesday at which Riseborough will be discussed. The publication also noted that no formal complaints have been filed against Riseborough’s nomination to the Academy.


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