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The Academy is Looking Into the Grassroots Andrea Riseborough Campaign

In the days before the Academy Award nominations were announced, a buzz had been building that within the industry, a grassroots effort was going on to get Andrea Riseborough a Best Actress nomination. Her performance in To Leslie was well regarded by those who saw it (including Joey here, who also spoke to her here), but it seemed way outside the box, in terms of a likely nomination. Then, it happened, benefitting from a person to person urging, as opposed to a studio effort. Well, apparently it has rubbed some the wrong way.

According to Puck News, the Academy is looking into the campaign after some questions have been raised. Now, it’s unlikely that much will come of this, but considering how surprisingly effective the effort was, as well as who Riseborough seemingly jumped in line at the last minute, it’s not a shock that Oscar is going to discuss what happened. Stay tuned.

Source: Puck News


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Robert Hamer
10 months ago

I have to admit, I was going to invoke Betteridge’s law of headlines and dismiss the source as a clickbait nothingburger, but to Matthew Belloni’s credit, he does bring up some worthwhile questions around Academy rules and what is and isn’t an “appropriate” way to promote your favorite achievements within the industry you work in.

Is it really a “grassroots” campaign if it consisted of Andrea Riseborough‘s well-known and influential colleagues in the actors’ branch who could directly appeal to their industry pals in a way United Artists couldn’t with Till or Sony Pictures couldn’t with The Woman King? I honestly don’t know.



Written by Steven Prusakowski

Steven Prusakowski has been a cinephile as far back as he can remember, literally. At the age of ten, while other kids his age were sleeping, he was up into the late hours of the night watching the Oscars. Since then, his passion for film, television, and awards has only grown. For over a decade he has reviewed and written about entertainment through publications including Awards Circuit and Screen Radar. He has conducted interviews with some of the best in the business - learning more about them, their projects and their crafts. He is a graduate of the RIT film program. You can find him on Twitter and Letterboxd as @FilmSnork – we don’t know why the name, but he seems to be sticking to it.

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