By: Kayla Reyes
British actress, Carey Mulligan, had a suggestion when asked about the Academy Awards.
Mulligan stated, "I think they need to be watched. I wonder if the system works in terms of getting sent 100 screeners. Maybe you shouldn’t be allowed to vote unless you can prove you’ve seen every single one. There should be a test. The films that did get left out are indisputably brilliant."
As we have heard before, the Oscar consultants do not have time to watch all or majority of the movies that are up for awards. The ballots are due in January and we can see how it is unfair to determine which movies are better than others without being able to watch them all.
This discussion is important because not a single woman was nominated in the best director category, while five men have been nominated.
It is extremely difficult to have the consultants watch all movies. One solution may be narrowing down the eligible movies, so the possibility of watching them is higher. It would be easier to vote and that way none of the movies are neglected. Another solution would be to add more categories and awards to give more room for different types of movies to win.
According to Emerald Fennell, she believes the voters prioritize movies based on subject matters that feel familiar, which can be true. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know!