Less than seven weeks since its 91st annual extravaganza Prize, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is as polite as the fire of tires.
In September, the organization of its bungled rollout in the "most popular" category Oscar, quickly conceding it was pointless idea. In May, he drove those disgraced man like Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby, it is unclear whether he will do the same should be laid convictions against members such as Kevin Spacey and Brett Ratner. own president of the Academy, John Bailey, faced accusations of sexual harassment last spring (which were subsequently dismissed after an internal review). And despite playing the game a prolonged PR Kevin Hart, Oscar is still without a host to this year's ceremony.
So far, so bad. But on Sunday night, Bohemian Rhapsody He won two "unexpected" awards at the Golden Globes, including Best Actor for Rami Malek and best film (drama), the film brought in a legitimate Oscar front runner. This «whoooooosh» noise heard just emptying a can of gasoline on a raging inferno Now that the Academy Awards. All this leads to the question: Are you ready for the most problematic Oscars Ever?
on Bohemian Rhapsody front: While viewers are flocking to a biopic of Freddie Merk & # 39; yuri (currently office window in the world: US $ 743 million, or almost twice as much earned alleged Sure-thing Solo: A Star Wars Story) His performance Sunday night underlines the sad, if not shocking truth about Hollywood. Namely, that no one cares about anything. In addition to money, of course.
The film to be washed, and the indulgence and disrespectful portrait of a complex man and artist, that all but erases his eccentricities for calming the four quadrants of the crowd. But a lot of bad films won the Golden Globe and Oscar too. What is more disturbing to & # 39 it is the fact that the movie came in today and #MeToo #TimesUp climate – the era when the power players and goalkeepers across the industry have promised real change – the director gently (sort of) Bryan Singer.
In December 2017, Singer was charged with sexual assault of Cesar Sanchez Guzman, referring to the alleged incident in 2003, when Sánchez Guzmán was 17. In 2014, a former child actor Michael Egan claimed in the lawsuit that the director sexually abused him in 1999. Egan later withdrew the suit, and Singer has denied all charges.
A few days before Sanchez-Guzman filed a lawsuit against the singer, the director was dismissed from Bohemian Rhapsody 20th Century Fox, the studio citing "unexpected unavailability" of the filmmaker in the production process.
Singer denies that he acted unprofessional and said that Fox refused to allow him to balance family responsibilities with the production. "I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help to appreciate the legacy of Freddie Merk & # 39; yuri and Queen,» said Singer, in his statement at the time, "but Fox would not allow me to do so, because I it was necessary to temporarily suspend my health and my family first. "
Fox hired director Dexter Fletcher to finish shooting, but Singer kept his directorial credit – even if his name was not spoken once at the Golden Globes. When asked about the scenes Singer, who did not attend the gala Sunday night, Bohemian Rhapsody Producer Graham King said: "This is not what we should be talking about today."
So, if not Sunday night, when? On the eve of the Academy Awards, perhaps now, Bohemian Rhapsody but it guaranteed the nomination of the best photos? (For those who doubt globes impact on the Oscars: the Academy members have just started casting their appointment papers on Monday, the day after the ceremony to Globes, and historically coordinate their feelings, respectively.) The answer, probably, ever – especially when we "again trusting Academy award stand where the Golden Globes fell.
Seemingly not able to get their own house under the order, the Academy can not be trusted at this point is nothing but lip service. And even that faint gesture doubtful, given that the organization was able to make an impact in the past year, and leading Jimmy Kimmel mainly whiffed opportunities.
Why do we have to wait for more in this time, especially if the Academy is still reported to be flirting with the Charter, whose various Sun apology-forgiveness for past homophobic remarks only highlights the fact that so few in Hollywood wants to affect real, progressive change.
At the moment, only a year after the approval of Harvey Weinstein called, it would seem, a real cry for change, we are much closer to the Oscars become a showcase of silence.