If Andrea Riseborough’s case is similar to that of former surprise nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo, she may be able to keep her Oscar nod for “To Leslie.” After an online campaign, the Academy is reevaluating its policies in light of the nomination of Andrea Riseborough.
There was a new voting schedule at the Academy that year (2004). It recently changed studio marketer rules to reduce award show controversy and backstabbing. But on February 20, 2004, four days before the last day to vote for the Oscars, an ad in Daily Variety focused on Shohreh Aghdashloo’s powerful performance in “House of Sand and Fog” (2003).
Four quotes from articles and broadcasts praising the actress in a supporting role were visible in the commercial. Only one person thought Aghdashloo should win, while three people thought Renee Zellweger would.
Fans are ecstatic about the recent Oscar nomination for Andrea Riseborough, but the Academy seems to be unhappy.
“Violated” voting guidelines prompted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to review campaign policies on Friday, People reported. Even though the article didn’t mention Riseborough, it came out three days after the surprising nominations for best actress.
Riseborough’s nomination to the Academy did not receive any criticism in any official way. However, sources and insiders have expressed disapproval, accusing her camp of breaking the Academy’s rules for campaigning. The “To Leslie” Instagram account may have broken the rules with one of its posts. It used Richard Roeper’s list of the top 10 films of 2022, which mentioned Cate Blanchett’s performance in “Tár.” This broke rule 11, which says, in part, “Any tactic that singles out “the competition” by name or title is expressly forbidden.” The article is not available at this time.
If Riseborough’s campaign did break Academy rules, the organization could take away the nomination. This incident repeated itself only nine times in Oscar history, but never for an acting performance.
There are rumors that the Academy Board of Governors will meet this Tuesday. And Riseborough’s nomination will presumably be on the agenda.