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Marc Maron Defends Andrea Riseborough’s Oscar Nomination

Marc Maron is sticking up for his To Leslie co-star Andrea Riseborough‘s shock Oscar nomination. In the latest episode of his fashionable podcast WTF , Maron addressed the brewing controversy about Riseborough’s grassroots finest actress marketing campaign that’s now underneath evaluation with the Academy: “Who offers a fuck.” 

Earlier than a dialog with Self-importance Truthful‘s Editor-in-Chief Radhika Jones, Maron shared his unfiltered ideas in regards to the Academy’s attainable investigation into Riseborough’s unconventional grassroots Oscar marketing campaign, calling out the Academy for its alleged company pursuits. “Apparently, the Academy of Movement Image Sciences or regardless of the fuck it’s has determined to research Andrea Riseborough’s grassroots marketing campaign to get her the Oscar nomination,” Maron stated. “As a result of I assume it so threatens their system that they are fully purchased out by company pursuits within the type of studios.”

Riseborough performs the titular Leslie, an alcoholic single mom in Texas who squandered her lottery winnings, whereas Maron performs Sweeney, a motel supervisor who employs the down-and-out Leslie. The marketing campaign that led to Riseborough’s shock Oscar nomination, the actor’s first, is underneath scrutiny after a protracted checklist of actresses together with Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Moore, and Frances Fisher took to social media to laud Riseborough’s efficiency within the “the little movie with an enormous coronary heart” the week of academy voting. Regardless of solely grossing $27,000 and being just about absent from the awards dialog and pre-cursor awards, Riseborough’s last-minute marketing campaign proved profitable, touchdown her a finest actress nomination over presumed locks like Viola Davis and Danielle Deadwyler

Maron laid out the everyday course of that movies and actors endure to obtain Oscar nominations, arguing that Riseborough diverged from that well-worn path on the energy of her efficiency. “Hundreds of thousands of {dollars} put into months and months of promoting campaigns, publicity, screenings by massive company leisure entities and Andrea was championed by her friends by a grassroots marketing campaign which was pushed by by a couple of actors,” he stated. “The Academy is [like], ‘Properly, we gotta check out this. This isn’t the way in which it is imagined to work. Unbiased artists do not deserve the eye of the Academy except we see the way it works precisely. So, we’ll look into this.’” 

Whereas Maron lamented the company pursuits concerned in awards season and the Oscars’s penchant for overlooking impartial cinema, he is not nervous about Riseborough’s nomination doubtlessly getting rescinded. “Nothing goes to occur due to [an investigation] nevertheless it was in earnest, the marketing campaign, and it’s not undeserving,” he stated, of Riseborough’s nomination. “However I am glad the Academy—on the behest of particular curiosity and company curiosity and paranoia about how they appear—are doing an investigation.” 

The Academy didn’t particularly title To Leslie when it introduced Friday that it could conduct “a evaluation of the marketing campaign procedures round this yr’s nominees, to make sure that no pointers have been violated.” However the movie, and Riseborough, appear to be they are going to be unavoidable at Tuesday’s Academy board assembly. 

Maron, whose newest standup particular airs on HBO Max on February eleventh, ended the section in typical Maron trend: “Who offers a fuck.” 

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