Actress Dame Helen Mirren, has added action star to her long and distinguished career with roles in Red and The Fate of the Furious. Now she is campaigning for stunt persons to have their place at the Academy Awards. Speaking to UK site Female First, she said:
There really should be an Oscar for stunt work. These guys are incredible and they’re so careful and so professional. And they’re artists. They do amazing things.
Mirren had wanted to star in an action film for some time and says having an Oscar helped secure the roles. In 2007 Mirren won for The Queen. After the win she turned her focus on where the action is.
I put it out there and then I begged. That was one of the wonderful advantages of winning an Oscar. I got to be in action movies! [They] love having Oscar winners in their action movies.
Since 1991, stunt coordinator, Jack Gill has petitioned the Academy to include stunt persons for the work they contribute to film, but so far it has not happened. In 2007 the SAG awards introduced an awards for stunt ensemble work in film and television.
Maybe now with Mirren onboard, the Academy will start paying attention.
“These guys are incredible and they’re so careful and so professional. And they’re artists. They do amazing things.”
— IndieWire (@IndieWire) April 2, 2018
Twitter was onboard.
Cosign. Stunt performers are actors who risk their lives to entertain us. We know almost none of their names, cause they get very little recognition.
We should change this. https://t.co/ENGlJfLL3z
— John Squires (@FreddyInSpace) April 2, 2018
It is odd that “Best Stunt” and “Best Stunt Person” aren't categories given how vital they are to so many movies. https://t.co/S0PZmTFtip
— Austin Gilkeson (@osutein) April 3, 2018
— John Scalzi (@scalzi) April 3, 2018
Is seems some people hadn’t thought about it before but now it makes sense.
I’ve never thought about this, but I think it’s a very good idea!
— MK Scripts (@ScriptsMK) April 2, 2018
I actually agree. Seems like they do all the dangerous work and the actors gets all the glories
— Bobay (@Bobayj) April 4, 2018
She is absolutely right. I always wanted to produce and director a film where all the stunts were in camera. No CGI. Stunt performers rock.
— Hassan Scarborough (@H_Scarborough) April 3, 2018
Not going to lie: just assumed this *was* a category & awards were given non-primetime. How awful it's not.
— Sinead O'Brien (@Sinead_OBrien5) April 3, 2018
Awards weren’t the only thing on people’s minds, money was also a consideration.
yeah, also PA’s and background actors should get better pay, credits and no class separation on set.
HOLLYWOOD LOVES SEGREGATION.
— MC Indigone (@filmmichaelcOX) April 3, 2018
Forget a Oscar any kind of award like that how about they get paid a decent portion if @LeoDiCaprio makes 25 million on a movie why shouldn't his stuntman get a million or 2million pic.twitter.com/nsxaEd50GC
— ANIME TREE (@Amthomaslove) April 3, 2018
A petition has been started.
Sign petition here: https://t.co/QhHGrUl22D
— Melaney Gordon (@melaney_gordon) April 3, 2018