Russia will not send a film to the next Oscars – L’Éclaireur Fnac

The Russian Film Academy has announced that no Russian films will be nominated for the Oscars, the current diplomatic crisis between Russia and the United States having certainly weighed in the balance. Since the fall of the USSR in 1991, Russia has been nominated for the Oscars five times and has won only once in 1995.

Without too much surprise, Russia has decided not to send any film to the next Oscars, while most of the candidate countries, including France, have already made their choice.

If Russia already had little chance of making its way to the 95th Academy Awards which will take place on March 12, 2023 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, this decision further widens the gap between Hollywood and Russia. after the biggest American majors (Disney, Sony Pictures, Universal, Warner Bros, Paramount) decided to suspend the release of their blockbusters (The Batman, Morbius, Jurassic World or Top Gun: Maverick and its $1.4 billion at the box office) on Russian territory in response to the invasion of Ukraine, thus greatly jeopardizing the country’s film industry – and causing many cinemas to show some of these movies in pirate version.

“Top Gun: Maverick”, the biggest cinematic success of 2022©Paramount Pictures

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For its part, Russia had notably blacklisted Hollywood personalities such as Sean Penn and Ben Stiller in response, officially, to the heavy sanctions of the American administration. The two actors/directors had met on their own with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the first for a documentary and the second as Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

In the wake of the Russian Academy’s decision not to send any film to the Oscars, the chairman of the selection committee, Pavel Tchoukhraï, who was himself nominated for the Oscar for best foreign language film in 1998 for The Thief and the Child, tendered his resignation. According to him, this decision illegal would have been taken behind his back.

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Quentin Tarantino and Nikita Mikhalkov, director close to V.Putin, at the 26th Moscow Film Festival in 2004 ©Denis Makarenko /shutterstock

Russia only won the Oscar once in 1995, thanks to misleading sun by Nikita Mikhalkov, also winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival that year. Earlier this week, Mikhalkov, a sympathizer of Vladimir Putin, had deemed it pointless to participate in the Oscars and had instead suggested the creation of a “Eurasian” equivalent of the latter. The last two Russian films to be nominated for an Oscar were by Andrey Zvyagintsev, with Leviathan (2014) and Lack of love (2017).

The director and dissident director Kirill Serebrennikov, present at the last Cannes Film Festival to present Tchaikovsky’s wifehas meanwhile never been able to represent (and it will probably never be the case) his native country at the Oscars.

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Russia will not send a film to the next Oscars – L’Éclaireur Fnac