Carey Mulligan has made a very valid point. Oscar voters should prove that they have watched the screeners before they can vote.
While speaking to Variety at the Sundance Film Festival when promoting her new film “Promising Young Woman”, she was asked about her thoughts of women being shutout of the Best Director category despite a number of high profile films with ladies at the helm.
“I don’t think you can watch those films and not think they deserve recognition,” Mulligan said. “I think they need to be watched. I wonder if the system works in terms of getting sent 100 screeners. Maybe you shouldn’t be allowed to vote unless you can prove you’ve seen every single one. There should be a test. The films that did get left out are indisputably brilliant.”
She added, “I’m talking about ‘Hustlers,’ ‘Little Women’ and ‘The Farewell.’ I feel like the fact that they are getting made is progress. But it’s all baby steps.”
Out of the 10,000 voting members of the Academy, it is reported that most only watch a few of the films before they must vote in January.
“Promising Young Woman” director Emerald Fennell added her own thoughts.
“The truth of it is getting sent 100 screeners,” Fennell said. “The Academy and, I suppose, all of these institutions have members who are incredibly busy. It’s difficult to make sure people have seen everything and necessarily the way humans are, they prioritize things they are comfortable with or they think they’ll like. They’ll go with the established filmmakers.”
“Promising Young Woman” comes to theatres on April 17.