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This certainly seems totally screwed up, no?
Boyhood, the 12-year project helmed by Richard Linklater starring Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, and Lorelai Linklater, is slated to be one of the films nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars.
John Sloss of Cinetic Media and Jonathan Sehring president of IFC Films, have been denied the title of producers for the film by the Producers Guild of America, because they don't technically qualify for it.
Which is pretty arguable seeing as this film is the first of it's type, so why would the producers jobs be typical?
The Academy has decided that if Boyhood wins Richard and Cathleen Sutherland will be able to accept the award onstage, but John and Jonathan will have to remain in their seats.
While an academy spokesperson did not comment directly on the decision, the rules state that the producers nominated are ones who:
"have performed the major portion of the producing functions."
Which they didn't do, according to the Academy, even though both were key in financing the film.
While some producers in the industry were angry at the decision, calling it "completely outrageous," some others were happy with the outcome.
One source even defended the Academy by saying:
" [It was] very noble but it is not producing. Did they get involved in casting? Did they sit out all night on night shoots freezing their asses off? That's producing."
Wow. They certainly have a point there…
What do YOU think about it all, Perezcious readers?
Do they deserve the credit? Or did the Academy make the right decision here?
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