Academy “Conducting Review Of Campaign Procedures” Days After Oscar Noms Revealed

Speculation in wake of possible Oscar-promotion irregularities this week’s nominations led to reveal Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences It released a statement today saying it is “reviewing campaign procedures surrounding this year’s nominees.”

The organization also said it is considering “whether a new era of social media and digital communication may require changes to the guidelines”. Read the full statement from a spokesperson below.

The AMPAS statement does not mention any specific film or person, but some are theorizing that it is in response to Andrea Riseberg. surprise enrollment for the lesser seen drama To Leslie. Talking to Deadline on Tuesday after he was named, He said: “I am surprised. … It was very hard to believe that this could ever happen because we weren’t really in the running for anything else. Even though we had a lot of support, the idea that it might actually happen seemed too far away.

to leslie Earning a little over $27,000 during its October theatrical release, it became one of the lowest-grossing films ever to receive an Oscar nomination. With no budget for an awards campaign, the filmmakers took it upon themselves to ensure that the picture was entered and uploaded to the Academy’s screening portal, and Riseborough and Morris enlisted friends to support the film. turned towards The screening was hosted by Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow, Courteney Cox, Edward Norton, Jennifer Aniston and Minnie Driver. to leslie Co-star Marc Maron hosts Riseborough on his popular podcast wtf,

In the last days before the polls closed, a campaign on social media led by those stars and others, including Demi Moore, Jane Fonda, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet, Laura Dern, Frances Fisher and many others, stirred Riseborough into conversation. gave.

Here is the Academy’s full statement:

It is the Academy’s goal 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 reviewing campaign procedures surrounding this year’s nominees to ensure no guidelines have been breached, and to inform us that there has been a spate of social media and digital communications. The new era may or may not require a change in guidelines.

We believe in the integrity of our nomination and voting processes, and support genuine grassroots campaigns to drive excellence.

Erik Pedersen contributed to this report.