Richard Dreyfuss is criticizing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ new inclusion and diversity requirements.
The jaw the actor told Margaret Hoover on the sixth episode of PBS’ firing line that the minimum requirements that films will have to meet regarding representation and inclusion in order to qualify for the best picture Oscar “makes me vomit”.
“This is an art form,” he continued. “It is also a form of business, making money, but it is an art. And no one should tell me as an artist that I have to give in to the latest, most modern ideas about what is moral.
In 2020, the Academy announced that it would begin implementing inclusion standards in 2021 “to encourage fair representation on and off screen to better reflect the diversity of audiences.” watch a movie.” And starting in 2024, films will have to meet minimum requirements to be considered for the best picture category.
Dreyfuss, who won the 1978 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Movie goodbye girl, adding, “And what are we risking? Do we really risk hurting people’s feelings? You can’t legitimize that. And you have to let life be life.”
The American Graffiti the actor then went on to defend Laurence Olivier’s performance in the 1965 film Othelloin which Olivier played the lead role of Shakespeare in blackface.
“He played a Negro brilliantly,” Dreyfuss told Hoover. “Am I told that I will never get the chance to play a black man? Has anyone else been told that if they’re not Jewish, they shouldn’t play Merchants of Venice? Are we crazy? Don’t we know that art is art? This is very patronizing. It’s really, really thoughtless and treating everyone like children.”
Hoover continued by asking Close encounters of the third type actors if “Is there a difference between the question of representation and who is allowed to represent other groups? … And the black case, obviously in this country, given the history of slavery and the sensitivities surrounding black racism.”
He replied, “There shouldn’t be. … Because it’s patronage. Because it says that we are too fragile to let our feelings get hurt. We have to anticipate our own feelings being hurt, our children’s feelings being hurt. We don’t know how to stand up and punch the bully in the face.”