Christina Ricci isn’t thrilled that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is considering Andrea Riseborough’s Best Actress nomination.
The yellow jackets The star took to Instagram on Friday to post a statement that has since been deleted, Deadline reported. In the statement, Ricci lashed out at the Academy’s announcement that they would be considering Riseborough’s Oscar nomination for independent film. To Leslie, in which the British actress plays a Texas woman who squanders her lottery winnings while dealing with alcoholism. Riseborough’s nomination follows a word-of-mouth campaign in which her celebrity peers have publicly praised her performance, an approach the Academy is now questioning.
Ricci, for his part, stands with Riseborough and the grassroots campaign that has been buzzing during awards season.
“It seems hilarious that the ‘surprise nomination’ (meaning tons of money wasn’t spent positioning this actress) of a legitimately brilliant performance is being investigated,” Ricci wrote. . “So only films and actors can afford campaigns that deserve recognition? Feels elitist and exclusive and frankly very backward to me.
Ricci continued, noting that Riseborough herself had “nothing to do with campaigning” for the nomination. However, going forward, “now his appointment will be tainted by this.”
“If it took the shame away from them,” Ricci closed his now-deleted post.
Last week, the Academy confirmed that it would “conduct a review of campaign procedures around this year’s nominees.” However, they did not name To Leslie More precisely. Instead, they said they were working to “ensure the prize competition is conducted in a fair and ethical manner.”
“We are committed to ensuring an inclusive rewards process,” the statement said. “We are conducting a review of campaign procedures around this year’s nominees, to ensure that no guidelines have been violated and to advise whether any changes to the guidelines may be necessary in a new era of social media and social media. digital communication. We trust the integrity of our nomination and voting procedures, and support genuine grassroots campaigns for outstanding performance.”
The active support of To Leslie on social media from stars like Kate Winslet, Edward Norton and Gwyneth Paltrow appears to be the cause of the green light review, which some have called potentially “illegal”. The review is aimed at determining whether the nomination violated existing rules against lobbying for votes, Yahoo Entertainment previously reported.
The grassroots campaign to score Riseborough a nomination ‘apparently pushed’ two actresses of color not to score the nomination: Viola Davis for woman king, and Danielle Deadwyler for Up to. The two stars “have been buoyed by well-funded campaigns from Sony and MGM/Amazon, respectively, and were widely predicted to take top honors, but likely lack access to a powerful network of friends (and, let’s be honest , white) in the Academy to campaign for the Oscars on their behalf”, Puck writer Matt Belloni noted.
The AMPAS Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, January 31 to discuss the matter.
Riseborough initially said she was “stunned” to receive the nomination, Deadline reported after the Oscar nominations were announced.
“It’s such an unexpected ray of light. It was so hard to believe this could happen because we really hadn’t been in contention for anything else,” Riseborough said. “Even though we had a lot of support, the idea that this could actually happen seemed so far away.”