An actor called me yesterday, and he was a little pissed. What’s the big f-ing deal?, he asked. Seriously! I don’t know this woman from Adam, but what did she actually do that was so wrong?
This guy (he didn’t want his name mentioned, but he agreed I could discuss our conversation) has been an Academy member for years and always votes. And, as we know, said voting often occurs after intense campaigning by studios and streamers, including invites to hosted screenings and pleas to watch the movies—just like the ones that turned the push for the British actress Andrea Riseborough and her tiny film, To Leslie, into the subject of an Academy investigation regarding possible rules violations, as I first reported in Thursday’s What I’m Hearing.
This stuff has gone on forever, the actor continued, and I agreed. He’d seen some of the lobbying for Riseborough, especially the social media activity. He ended up not even watching the film—too much to see, he said, and it didn’t look like his cup of tea—but he was neither surprised nor offended when Riseborough’s name was included with the best actress nominees on Tuesday. Who cares?