When we talk about The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences—that is, the group that votes and hands out the Oscars, and that runs the annual Oscar ceremony—we’re talking about a very large group of people. are doing. The exact membership in AMPAS is not listed anywhere, but it is estimated that the organization has about 10,000 members these days, which are much more than every branch of film production—actors, writers, directors, and producers, but also editors, sound. Technicians, Makeup Artists, Costume Designers, PR People, and lots of other respected cogs at the Hollywood Machine.
Now: Would you be surprised to learn that a non-zero number of those 10,000 people have some very loud, very anonymous words about what they want to offer? Will Smith’s Complete Recent Dealsthat resulted in Getting a 10-year ban from the Oscars From the Academy’s Board of Governors on Friday afternoon? ya boy howdy, do we have a very disappointing Hollywood Reporter article for you.
To be fair: all the members of the Academy who spoke heart Smith’s responses to his Academy survey did so anonymously; simpsons Actor Harry Shearer went on the record, as did many of the lesser-known members of many branches. (Shearer read quite finely, at least by the standards of these Academy responses, noting, “The decade-long ban seems oddly parental, as if, by then, he may have passed his slapstick phase.) .”)
But most of the respondents (whoever they are, it is worth remembering, the people who contribute to heartThe Endless Disappointing “Anonymous Oscar Ballot” Feature every year) went off the record, and thus freed from the burden of accountability, decided to actually waive. The responses of these anonymous people tended to break along three basic lines:
- Will Smith is a violent monster who should have taken away his Oscar, and the charges should have been pressed
- Comedians should no longer be allowed to make fun of people at the Oscars.
- Who cares about Will Smith, let’s talk about what a bad thing Oscar producer Will Packer and Academy bigwigs David Rubin and Don Hudson did.
Of course, there are outliers, but those three threads were prominent. Another recurring theme: The whole incident has damaged Oscar’s reputation, which, as far as we can tell, is something that only and only 10,000 people really care about.
Certainly, the trend of online conversations outside the academia Daniel Radcliffe MethodsOf course, with only the most persistent Internet gadfly—your Ricky Gervais or your Piers Morgan—are even bothering to raise a harmuff tomorrow. When a major celebrity’s 10-year Oscar ban has the harshest response Jamie Kennedy Declared “It’s Time to Do a Video About This,” You know the air has finally left the tires.
One small exception: veteran actor Harry lenix (doll house, math question sequel), which Wrote a guest column for variety today All demand that Smith give back his Oscar to “capitalize on the integrity of the Oscars.” “With a clever flick,” Lenix (who has caught some flak online for writing this piece, and his reactions) Question about colleague Joss Whedon in an earlier interview) writes, “Will Smith caused an existential crisis for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The event was such a blow to societal norms that it would nibble our national conscience unless in some way It doesn’t get a fair atonement.” And, really, we can just leave it there (maybe for good! It would be nice!) but seriously, please appreciate the attention it gives in the midst of Lenix’s excitement over free will. was dropped, apparently instigated by Smith inviting God into his “real” acceptance speech for his Best Actor award:
Given the rigors of pop culture in the age of social media, it was no surprise that much of this year’s Oscars proceedings were often profane. But handing over any part of the Tawdi episode to him is an insult to the honor of God. To argue that some deterministic force was at play is to deny the sad fact that matter was purely human. To be sure, a serious moral failure occurred, but the psychology and philosophy that underlie this ongoing spectacle can be explained as an act of free will.
All of this is to say that it may be the most living person who still cares about the moment, and that includes Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock, or Oscar himself.