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Actors Behavior May Cost Oscar Nominations

MovieWeb 11/22/2022 Grace Connolly
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Will Smith’s behavior toward Chris Rock at last year's Oscar ceremony caused an uproar. The slap heard around the world won’t be forgotten anytime soon. More fans and studios holding performers accountable for their antics and personal views may affect the academy’s decision as to who they nominate and allow on the Oscars stage, according to The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg.

This past year has not been without its share of Hollywood controversies, including Brad Pitt being accused of abuse by his ex-wife Angelina Jolie. Brad Pitt has a shot of being eligible for his upcoming Paramount movie, Babylon, set to be released at the end of December. While Smith has been banned from attending the ceremonies for a decade, he is still eligible to receive Oscar nominations. This year he could be nominated for his role in Apple’s Emancipation, but it's unclear if last year's antics will garner him a nomination.

Charlize Theron, one of the highest-paid actresses and an Academy Awards staple, recently was criticized by the South African community for saying that her native tongue is dying. CNN reports Charlize commented last week on the podcast, The Smartless, "It’s definitely a dying language; it’s not a very helpful language.” Johnny Depp was vindicated in his trial against Amber Heard, but it's unclear if he will be invited to attend. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star Letitia Wright made a controversial comment about vaccination in 2020 before shooting began, garnering backlash from the movie's fans.

The jury is still out on which actors will be nominated and invited to attend and if their controversies will factor into the decision.

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Hollywood Names Have Always Faced Controversy

Hollywood's actors, writers, and directors have always faced their share of controversy. From directors Woody Allen to Roman Polanski, the polarizing contrast between the art and the people making it has conflicted fans. From defending names to calling them out, there has long been a divide about whether people attached to projects should have those projects judged on the merits of their personal lives.

In 2018, the director of Bohemian Rhapsody, Bryan Singer, was one of the few people attached to the project, denied an Oscar nomination. However, Casey Affleck won for Manchester by the Sea in 2017 after accusations of sexual assault by women were settled out of court.

Call-out culture is currently in full swing, with many people calling for actors and celebrities to be held accountable for their words and actions. This past year, both Whoopi Goldberg and Kanye West lost jobs because of racist comments they made.

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