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Oscars judges, try actually watching the films, fumes Carey Mulligan

Actress lays into Academy, saying its snubbing of female talent proves the system does not work

Craig Simpson

The Academy’s snubbing of female talent shows that its members are not watching the films they are meant to judge, Carey Mulligan, a former Oscar nominee, has said as she called for the voting system to be overhauled.

The British actress, who was nominated in 2009 for her part in An Education, has been critical of the 2020 nominations, which overlooked feted female directors. She has questioned whether those with power to decide the highest honour in showbusiness have even seen the films they spurn, claiming that the quality of recent female-led productions would not allow for their exclusion by any other way but ignorance.

Mulligan, 34, said the apparent attitude that these films are not worthy of recognition should be addressed by changing the Oscars voting system. The Academy reportedly has more than 9,000 members who vote in January, and the most recent ballots have gone against directors such as Greta Gerwig, who won acclaim for her adaptation of Little Women. Hustlers, also in receipt of high praise for the work of its writer-director Lorene Scafaria, was passed over by voting academicians...

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