Fandango asks a question today about AMPAS’s decision to award the Best Picture Oscar only to a production that meets certain quotas with respect to the cast and crew, starting with the 2024 awards. His question:
Do you think that the metrics the Academy Awards will start applying in 2024 regarding composition of at least 30% of the cast and crew by under-represented groups in order for a film to even qualify for a Best Picture Oscar nomination is appropriate? Or, do you share Richard Dreyfuss’ opinion that because filmmaking is an art form, imposing such criteria in order for a film to even be considered for an Oscar is inappropriate?
The truth is, I don’t really care. The motion picture industry’s target audience is the 18-35 crowd, so anything I might have to say about it would be ignored, anyway. I’m simply returning the favor. I haven’t been to an actual theater in over ten years. It’s too expensive, I have trouble getting in and out of the seats, and they haven’t made a film that I would consider worth the money and aggravation. We don’t watch movies at home, either on the channels we can receive over-the-air or Hulu (I have a subscription to Hulu as part of Spotify, and have for a couple of years, but still haven’t used it). We don’t do Netflix, period.
As for Richard Dreyfuss, I thought he was hilarious in The Crew, the logline for which reads "Four retired mobsters plan one last crime to save their retirement home."
Now, that was a good movie.