The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been accused of suppressing film quality by its ban on The Martian, the latest film in the $200 million blockbuster franchise.
Critics of the film, which stars Ryan Gosling as a man who gets sent to Mars to study chemistry, argue that the Academy has been unfairly targeting films that have not earned the same acclaim.
The Academy was forced to remove the movie from its list of 2017 best-picture nominees last week after the U.S. State Department threatened to take action against its awarding of the Oscars, which the Academy uses as an awards ceremony.
“It is hard to know where to start, but the first thing that should be done is to take down the Academy’s list of 2016 Academy nominees, because the Academy is currently in the process of eliminating its list,” said John Coates, a professor at the University of Maryland and author of The Academy: The Hidden History of the Greatest American Film Academy.
“In doing so, the Academy will not only be removing some of the most prestigious films in the world, but it will also be making its decision more about the financial and political status of the Academy than what the films themselves actually do.”
“The Academy is not only being hypocritical but also a self-serving, self-inflicted wound,” he added.
“The Oscar has become a tool to silence critical voices and to reward films that are politically or financially successful.”
In an op-ed published Wednesday by the Washington Post, the film industry’s largest trade group, the Motion Picture Association of America, accused the Academy of creating a “distortion of history” and of trying to “make a case that movies are bad because of the politics and social issues they touch.”
The Oscar nominations, which are meant to honor the best work of American filmmakers, are “more than a vehicle for making movies,” the group wrote.
“They are an opportunity to reflect the achievements and creativity of American filmmaking, which includes a variety of films that include films that were critically acclaimed, which were nominated for best picture, and which were released before the Oscars even existed.”
The Oscars are a global event that honors films that “have gone on to be commercially successful,” the association added.
The State Department said in a statement that the Oscars were being used to “discredit critical viewpoints on important subjects.”
“In light of the U-turn on the 2016 Oscar nominees, we believe it is important to point out that the nominations are not a substitute for an honest discussion of the merits of films,” it said.
“The Academy’s recent announcement that the 2016 Academy Awards will be renamed the ‘Best Picture Awards’ to recognize the best films in this year’s slate of films is a very important step in restoring the Academy to its rightful place as an international cultural authority that can be counted on to do the right thing in the future.”
The Academy also announced that the winners of its prestigious awards will be announced this month.
The nominees for the top honors, including best picture and best director, will be revealed on June 23.
“For years, the Oscars have been used to reward movies that have gone on in theaters,” said co-founder and CEO of the Motion Pictures Association of American Steven Spielberg.
“These awards recognize films that actually made an impact on people’s lives, which is why they are such an important milestone for the film business.”
But in 2017, the American Academy of Film and Television Arts (AFA) has decided that it is now more important than ever to make the Oscars a place where all filmmakers are able to shine, regardless of their race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
This is a critical shift in how we approach the Oscars.”AFA chairman and CEO Gary Newman said the group has “never been more ready for the moment of reckoning that is coming.
“The film industry is one of Hollywood’s biggest businesses, with more than $1.7 trillion in annual revenues, and the Academy was founded by the Academy in 1926.
The nominations are the culmination of years of controversy over the Academy.
Last year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), a government agency that awards grants and other support to artistic and cultural organizations, revoked its $200,000-a-year membership after the Trump administration ordered its funding cut.
The new nominations are expected to include a variety in-depth analyses of the 2016 film season, including how the Academy used its list to target films with racially and politically charged content.
“We have a long way to go.”””
I think it’s a little disingenuous to suggest that this year has been any different,” he told the Los Angeles Times last week.
“We have a long way to go.”
“I think the nomination system should be a one-year moratorium,” Roth added.
“It should be used to recognize films of real, long-lasting significance.”