After the star of The Crown Emma Corrin, it’s the director’s turnAmerican Beauty to come out in favor of this claim, which is gaining ground.
After diversity, neutrality stands out as one of the most pressing projects in the microcosm of the awards season that punctuates the world of the seventh art and Hollywood. Claiming to be non-binary, the star of The Crown Emma Corrin Actor or actress? Emma Corrin wants neutral performance awards be given equally to men and women. Such non-gendered prizes already exist at the Grammy Awards (the equivalent of our Victoires de la Musique), at the Berlinale and in certain ceremonies organized by circles of critics.
The claims of the interpreter of Princess Diana in the Netflix series have received strong support: that of the director ofAmerican Beauty, Sam Mendes. Questioned by the BBC on this subject, the filmmaker believes that such a reform is “inevitable”. “It’s the way things are going and it’s completely reasonable”, he pleads.
And to add: “These statuettes are only of interest to people who work in the small and big screen industry who use their trophies as an indicator. But the award ceremonies are nothing but a TV show. The awards are there to promote the films. If this film wins an award, it encourages people to discover it in theaters”. “It’s not about yourself, it’s not about art. It’s about selling movies. A statuette is a showcase but it is not the work”, insists the filmmaker. Oscar winner in his debut for American Beauty, he had also collected awards for his sequence shot dive into the hell of the Great War with 1917.
The Oscars and the Bafta have opened consultations
Sam Mendes spoke on English radio to talk about his latest Empire Of Light about the struggles against depression and racism of two cinema workers in 1980s England. This love story, a tribute to the cathartic powers of the big screen with Olivia Colman and Colin Firth, will be released in France on March 1 next.
Calls to reconsider the distinction between female and male interpretation are gaining ground. The Academy of Bafta (the English Caesars) has confirmed that it has launched a consultation. Just like the Academy of Oscars. It remains to be seen whether these proposals will have the support of the first interested parties: the interpreters. By creating mixed categories, de facto we get half the contenders and winners less.
Some insiders fear that the actors will be the big winners of this reform and marginalize their sisters. At the Oscars, the films, whose actors can claim a statuette, are much more often in the running for the trophy for best feature film, than those carried by the nominated actresses. This year, the biopic Tammy Faye’s eyes which won an Oscar for Jessica Chastain remained at the door of the queen category, unlike The Williams Methodwhich crowned Will Smith.
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For filmmaker Sam Mendes, neutral and unisex acting awards belong to the future