Premiere.com has a very interesting article on the stance being taken by those involved with An Inconvenient Truth in regards to who wins the Oscar if the film is successful at the awards show. According to Oscar rules, only one director and one producer can be nominated for the honor. Unfortunately, Inconvenient had three producers: Laurie David, Scott Burns, and Lawrence Bender. The solution? They all decided to bow out and simply let director Davis Guggenheim have the solo honor. From the article,
“‘There was a lot of discussion. There were a lot of phone calls,’ says David who adds that the producers did send the Academy a letter asking if there could be an exception made, allowing all three to be named. When the appeal was rejected, the producers agreed to leave the one open spot open. ‘If this thing wins an Academy Award, we all win,’ David says. ‘This isn’t about just a film. This is about what this movie can accomplish. This is about millions of people seeing this thing and changing the way they’re living and changing the way they’re thinking.’”
Smart thinking, right? Obviously, the big win here is if Al Gore gets the opportunity on Oscar night to speak to millions of people on the issue of climate change while accepting the award. That alone is worth more than any Oscar. Of course, Davis doesn’t plan on holding back, “If â€” and everyone is aware that it’s still not a given â€” Truth wins”, she says, “we’re all going to run up there.” Good luck everyone!!
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