Someone seems to have informed Academy president Janet Yang that she probably shouldn’t be posting a lengthy endorsement of Everything Everywhere All at Once star Michelle Yeoh just as Oscar voting was starting this weekend. Influential plugs like that are considered a no-no for Academy leaders, especially its president, and especially during the height of a heated Oscar campaign. Yang lauded her “four decades of love” for Yeoh, adding “it’s sobering why it took so long” for the awards recognition; she also posted a video of a Netflix campaign event for Pinocchio filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, but at least that was at an Academy venue.
A couple Academy members reached out to me to voice frustration about Yang’s quasi-endorsements (none connected to Cate Blanchett or any Yeoh rival), and by this morning, when I asked the Academy about it, Yang had deleted the posts. The Academy isn’t commenting.
That’s hardly the biggest Oscar eyebrow-raiser this season. That honor goes to Joyce Carol Oates, author of the source material for Netflix’s Blonde, who is waging a bizarre war on Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans, calling it a “remarkably mediocre movie” on Twitter, and adding that it “must be discouraging for young filmmakers.” Netflix says it has nothing to do with the tweets. (I actually believe it; Oates is a Twitter provocateur, once railing against a “barbaric” photo of Spielberg posing with a dead—and, uh, very fake!—triceratops on the set of Jurassic Park.)