Christina Ricci is not happy that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is reviewing Andrea Riseborough’s Best Actress nomination.
The Yellow jackets 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 review Riseborough’s Academy Award nomination for the indie film. To Lesley, in which the British actress portrays a Texan woman who squanders her lottery winnings while dealing with alcoholism. Riseborough’s nomination followed word of mouth in which her celebrity peers publicly praised her achievements, an approach the Academy now questions.
For example, Ricci is behind Riseborough and the grassroots campaign that gave her awards season buzz.
“It seems hilarious that the ‘surprise nomination’ (meaning tons of money weren’t spent to position this actress) of a justifiably brilliant performance is being scrutinized,” Ricci wrote. “So it’s only the movies and actors who can afford the campaigns that deserve recognition? Feels elitist and exclusive and frankly very retarded to me.
Ricci continued, noting that Riseborough himself had “nothing to do with the campaign” for the nomination. Be that as it may, “now her nomination will be tarnished by this.”
“If it took away their disgrace,” Ricci concluded her now-deleted post.
Last week, the Academy confirmed it will “conduct a review of the campaign procedures surrounding this year’s nominees.” However, they did not give a name To Lesley specifically. Instead, they stated that they are working to “ensure that the contest is conducted in a fair and ethical manner.”
“We are committed to ensuring an inclusive award process,” the statement said. “We are reviewing the campaign procedures surrounding this year’s nominees to ensure no guidelines were violated and to inform us if changes to the guidelines may be necessary in a new era of social media and digital communications. have confidence in the integrity of our nomination and voting processes, and support real grassroots campaigns for outstanding performance.”
The active support for To Lesley on social media from stars like Kate Winslet, Edward Norton and Gwyneth Paltrow appears to be the reason for the kink’s assessment, which some have questioned as possibly “illegal.” The review is designed to determine whether the nomination violated existing rules against lobbying for votes, Yahoo Entertainment previously reported.
The grassroots campaign to land Riseborough a nomination allegedly “expelled” two actresses of color from scoring the nomination: Viola Davis for the king of women, and Danielle Deadwyler Until. Both stars “were backed by well-funded campaigns from Sony and MGM/Amazon respectively, and were widely predicted to score honors, but presumably they don’t have access to a network of powerful (and, let’s face it, white) friends in the Academy to campaign for Oscars on their behalf,” Puk noted writer Matt Belloni.
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 announcement of the Oscar nominations.
“It’s such an unexpected ray of light. It was so hard to believe it could ever happen because we really weren’t looking for anything else,” Riseborough said. “Even though we had a lot of support, the idea of it actually happening seemed so far away.”