We're slap bang in the middle of awards season, and that means debates are raging over which film, director, actors and actresses deserve to be recognised for their contribution to film over the last year, and once again there is one sector of the industry which is being forgotten... stunts and action.
In 2020, it seems to us a bit ridiculous that those who risk the most for our entertainment are the least recognised. We've heard the arguments against adding a stunt category to the Oscars; the ceremony is already too long, it's hard for the academy to tell what's computer-generated and what's not, the Oscars are about giving smaller films some attention away from the blockbusters.
The problem is, none of these reasons holds up to scrutiny. It doesn't hurt to add in one more category, they give awards to blockbusters in categories such as editing, and sound design, and if you can't tell what's computer-generated and what isn't then how come there is an award for visual effects.
The problem the stunt community face when looking for recognition during awards season is the fact that it steps on the toes of other parts of the industry. It's an opinion that we have heard from the front line of Screen Action a lot. Directors don't want to admit that they haven't been involved in some of the most successful parts of the film. The majority of action sequences are created and directed by a second unit, usually run by the stunt co-ordinator or fight arranger, but the director will usually get all the credit. It's the same for some actors who claim that they do all their own stunts. They won't want their stunt-double winning an award for stunts that they've spent their whole press tour telling publications that they've performed themselves.
We've talked about this problem before in a previous Action Reel Article, and the issue has also been raised by countless other publications such as Vulture, Variety, The Telegraph, and the BBC. There's even a petition to add a stunt category at the Oscars which you can find HERE, as well as talk of the stunt industry boycotting the Oscars all-together!