AceShowbiz - Marc Maron showed his full support for Andrea Riseborough. Upon learning of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' decision to investigate the actress' Oscar nod, the comedian blasted its committee on his "WTF" podcast.
"Apparently, the Academy of Motion Picture Sciences or whatever the f**k it is has decided to investigate Andrea Riseborough's grassroots campaign to get her the Oscar nomination," the 59-year-old said. "Because I guess it so threatens their system to where they're completely bought out by corporate interests in the form of studios."
"The Academy is [like], 'Well, we gotta take a look at this. This is not the way it's supposed to work,' " the podcaster added. " 'Independent artists don't deserve the attention of the Academy unless we see how it works exactly. So we're gonna look into this.' "
Marc went on to argue, "Millions of dollars [are] put into months and months of advertising campaigns, publicity, screenings by large corporate entertainment entities, and Andrea was championed by her peers through a grassroots campaign which was pushed through by a few actors." He continued, "Nothing is going to happen because of [the investigation]."
The comic then stressed that his "To Leslie" co-star's nomination will stand. "But ias in earnest…and it is not undeserving," he declared. "But I'm glad the Academy - at the behest of special interest and corporate interest and paranoia about how they look - are doing an investigation. Who gives a f**k!"
Andrea is nominated in the Best Actress category for her role in "To Leslie". She's competing against Michelle Yeoh ("Everything Everywhere All at Once"), Cate Blanchett ("Tar"), Ana de Armas ("Blonde") as well as Michelle Williams ("The Fabelmans").
However, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Friday, January 27 that it will review its policies about campaigning. It will also see if updates need to be made in this era.
"It is the Academy's goal to ensure that the Awards competition is conducted in a fair and ethical manner, and we are committed to ensuring an inclusive awards process," so read its statement. "We are conducting a review of the campaign procedures around this year's nominees, to ensure that no guidelines were violated and to inform us whether changes to the guidelines may be needed in a new era of social media and digital communication."