Oscar scandal: Andrea Riseborough may keep acting nomination

Updated on 02/01/2023 at 06:43

  • The Oscar Academy has made its decision: Andrea Riseborough still has the opportunity to win a golden boy for “Best Actress”.
  • The circumstances of her completely surprising nomination had caused some concerns a few days ago and prompted the Academy to conduct an examination.

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Actress Andrea Riseborough is allowed to keep her Oscar nomination after the film academy’s decision. The Los Angeles Association announced on Tuesday that the Brit’s nomination for “Best Actress” for the film “To Leslie” would not be withdrawn.

Riseborough was surprisingly nominated for her role in the little-known drama last week after a massive social media campaign.

The incident did not reach “a level” for the nomination to be revoked, Bill Kramer, executive director of the Oscar Academy, wrote in a statement on Tuesday. However, certain advertising tactics have raised “concerns”. The aim of the Academy is a “fair and ethical” pricing process based on the merits of the filmmakers. The guidelines would have to be further revised.

Hollywood celebrities support Riseborough

The 41-year-old Brit is in the running for the title along with Cate Blanchett (“Tár”), Michelle Yeoh (“Everything, Everywhere All at Once”), Ana de Armas (“Blonde”) and Michelle Williams (“The Fabelmans”) Lead Actress Oscar.

Her complex role as an alcoholic single mother in “To Leslie” had received critical acclaim, but director Michael Morris’ small independent drama had few viewers and few Academy members noticed.

That only changed when prominent colleagues, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Amy Adams, Kate Winslet, Susan Sarandon and Edward Norton, campaigned for Riseborough on social media or at events. The unusual grassroots movement drew criticism from some and was seen as a possible violation of the Academy’s lobbying guidelines.

The 95th Academy Awards in Hollywood is scheduled for March 12th. The science fiction comedy “Everything Everywhere All at Once” is a favorite with eleven nominations. The German anti-war drama “Nothing New in the West” is in the running with a sensational nine nominations. (fte/dpa)