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STAND UP FOR STUNTS!

Let The Academy Know That You Support An Oscar For Stunts!

27 Years Of Being Told Stunts Are Not Worthy Of An Oscar

Since 1993, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has refused to acknowledge the contribution of stuntwork to the art of filmmaking with their repeated opposition to an Oscar category for the Stunt Coordinator's role in designing and bringing every action moment to the screen.  In the 27 years since Stunt Coordinators were first admitted into the Academy to develop a category, the sustained rejection and current shutdown of any further discussions have become tantamount to a determination by AMPAS that stunts and action are insignificant contributions to film and not worthy of an Oscar.  

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STUNTS ARE ALREADY A SIGNIFICANT PART OF THE OSCAR WINNING FORMULA.

Long before movies had sound, music and visual effects, stunts have been an art form within the filmmaking process.  It's difficult, then, to understand how an action category has been repeatedly rejected while others enjoy their well-deserved statue.  Such a denial suggests that film stories can be told just as effectively WITHOUT action.  If that were true, however, over a hundred nominated films and many Best Picture Oscar winners like TITANIC, THE HURT LOCKER, THE DEPARTED,  MILLION DOLLAR BABY and BRAVEHEART could barely exist let alone win a trophy without the action sequences that complete their stories.  It's almost as if stunts are already a part of the Oscars and the category would simply make it official.  Unfortunately, however, that's not how the Academy sees it as evidenced by the 27 years of sustained rejection and the most recent response being that it will "never" happen.  At a time when inclusion is a priority within the industry, the Academy has been asked to reopen discussions and resolve whatever prompted the "never" response so that a productive path to a Best Stunt Coordinator category can be achieved and the stunt community can receive equal recognition alongside their production team peers..

Action Tells Another Piece Of The Story And Sells Tickets!

Unlike the Academy, studios are fully aware of action's value in a movie.  In fact, they take full advantage of action scenes in trailers to heighten excitement for an upcoming film and to get audiences to buy tickets.  Just consider how many stunts appear in promotional trailers.  Even movies that are considered dramas and not action films need stunts in their movies and trailers to tell the story with emotional impact and sell tickets.  

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An interesting question then is...would you still buy a ticket to a movie if the trailer had no action?          Decide that answer for yourself by checking out these "adjusted" trailers for Oscar winning films with ALL the stunt scenes notated for removal based on the premise that action is not a worthy contribution 

Watch How Often Stunts Matter In These Winning Films

BRAVEHEART  -- 10 Oscar Nominations, 5 Wins including Best Picture

33 Stunt scenes stamped over so you can see just what it is that the Academy considers insignificant

INCEPTION -- 8 Oscar Nominations, 4 Wins

20 Stunt scenes stamped over so you can see just what it is that the Academy considers insignificant 

LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING - 11 Oscar Nominations, 11 Wins Including Best Picture

24 Stunt scenes stamped over so you can see just what it is that the Academy considers insignificant

BLACK PANTHER -- 6 Oscar Nominations, 3 Wins

30 Stunt scenes stamped over so you can see just what it is that the Academy considers insignificant

MAD MAX FURY ROAD -- 10 Oscar Nominations, 6 Wins

50 Stunt scenes stamped over so you can see just what it is that the Academy considers insignificant. 

HACKSAW RIDGE -- 2 Oscar Nominations, 2 Wins

31 Stunt scenes stamped over so you can see just what it is that the Academy considers insignificant 

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LET THEM KNOW THAT STUNTS DESERVE TO BE RECOGNIZED AT THE OSCARS

Interesting Facts You May Not Know About The Significant Role Of Stunts In Movies

THE 3 MOVIES TIED FOR THE MOST OSCAR WINS ALL DEPENDED ON STUNTS TO TELL THEIR STORY.

THE 3 MOVIES TIED FOR THE MOST OSCAR WINS ARE ALL CONSIDERED ACTION GENRE

BEN HUR (1959)  12 Nominations, 11 Wins


TITANIC (1997)  14 Nominations, 11 Wins


THE LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING (2003) 11 Nominations, 11 Wins

22 OF THE 25 HIGHEST GROSSING MOVIES OF ALL TIME ARE IN THE ACTION GENRE. EVERY ACTION MOMENT IN ALL OF THESE BLOCKBUSTERS REQUIRED THE DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE STUNT COORDINATOR

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AVATAR

TITANIC

THE FORCE AWAKENS

THE AVENGERS - INFINITY WAR

JURASSIC WORLD

THE AVENGERS

FURIOUS 7

AVENGERS - AGE OF ULTRON

BLACK PANTHER

HARRY POTTER DEATHLY   HOLLOWS

STAR WARS THE LAST JEDI

JURASSIC WORLD FALLEN KINGDOM

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS

IRON MAN 3

CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR

AQUAMAN

TRANSFORMERS DARK OF THE MOON

LORD OF THE RINGS RETURN OF THE KING

SKYFALL

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

ACTION MOVIES KEEP THE INDUSTRY WORKING

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Blockbuster Action Films enable the studios to finance their next round of movies...and that means people in the film business can continue to make a living.  So even though Academy members benefit enormously themselves from the movies that are loaded with action, Stunt Coordinators are repeatedly denied an Oscar category of their own at the Academy Awards. 

"Mission" Impossible - Fallout" director, Christopher McQuarrie, believes that Oscars should have a category to honor stunts

JASON STATHAM STANDS UP FOR STUNTS

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British action star Jason Statham calls the Oscar snub “a total injustice. These are the unsung heroes. Nobody is giving them any credibility,” he recently told Vanity Fair. “They’re risking their necks. Then you have some guy standing in front of a f**king green screen screwing his face up pretending like he’s doing the stunt…a farce.” Statham, who often performs his own stunts, says he is frustrated by the rebuff “because I know these coordinators. I train with them all the time and they are incredibly talented.”

ACADEMY AWARD WINNING ACTRESS HELEN MIRREN STANDS UP FOR STUNTS

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  “There really should be an Oscar for stunt work,” she told the UK site Female First. “These guys are incredible and they’re so careful and so professional. And they’re artists. They do amazing things.”

WHY IS THE ACADEMY'S BOARD OF GOVERNORS SO OPPOSED TO RECOGNIZING THE STUNT INDUSTRY'S CONTRIBUTION TO THE ART OF FILMMAKING?

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Despite the support of film A-Listers such as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Dwayne Johnson and thousands of others in the industry who understand first-hand the significant role of the Stunt Coordinator and support the creation of an Oscar category to recognize the position, the Academy continues to deny an award.  In fact, any recent attempts to meet with them to continue the discussions have also been denied.  The Stunt Community can only wonder what they could have done besides risk their limbs and lives in support of the filmmaking process to warrant such exclusion by the Academy.

Support an Oscar For Stunts!

The Art and Science of Action in Film

Check out Entertainment Insider's breakdown of movie stunts and the role of the Stunt Coordinator

Stunts On Mad Max Fury Road

See for yourself how the role of Stunt Coordinator is considered an equal contributor to the storytelling process alongside many other Oscar categories in this behind-the-scenes look at Mad Max Fury Road

An Oscar For Stunts Could Even Help Boost Ratings!

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It's Not Just Another Well Deserved Category, It's An Opportunity For Excitement That Viewers Would Love!

Just think how much more entertaining the Academy Awards show would be with all the clips for every action sequence that each nominated Stunt Coordinator has designed and implemented!  Viewership could only go up when the show gets a dose of adrenaline!  Then again, Stunt Coordinators would just be happy to be acknowledged with an award given out off-camera or during commercial breaks or anywhere if the concern by the Academy is that there's no room in the telecast for another category to be added.  Being acknowledged with an Oscar recognizing their contribution to film on the level of so many other departments is all that really matters. 

LET THE ACADEMY KNOW THAT IT'S TIME TO TAKE ACTION AND AWARD AN OSCAR FOR STUNTS!