Just in case some folks don’t know what Screeners are:
Before votes for Academy Awards nominations are due, voters have always (“always” in the years since home viewing media has made this possible) been able to get copies (videotape/DVD) of submitted films so they could review the submissions that they may not have gotten a chance to see in the theaters.
This practice has had a significant effect in leveling the playing field (a bit) so that smaller films, that were not able to manage as wide a release as the Hollywood Giants, could be seen by voters.
Now, because of that whiney little shit with the painted beard, the Academy will no longer allow voters to have access to screeners. A voter can’t very fairly consider a film without seeing it. Without screeners many smaller films will go unacknowledged.
Who are some past winners who Y’all think never would have won (or been nominated) without the “leg up” provided by Screeners?
I’ll start off:
Marcia Gay Harden for Pollack
This film was only out on one screen in Los Angeles for only one week before nominations were due. Almost everyone who voted for this film only saw it at home- thanks to Screeners.
Marcia Gay Harden and this film NEVER would have been acknowledged otherwise.