Academy won't take action against Andrea Riseborough over campaign controversy

However, the tactics used by candidates will be examined in the future.

Andrea Riseborough can rest easy tonight knowing that her Best Actress nomination won't be rescinded, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Those who lobbied for her recognition by the academy would also not act, the academy announced Tuesday afternoon through its chief executive, Bill Kramer, because of her role as an out-of-control character in To Leslie. Alcoholic woman. Kramer did reveal, however, that the Academy will further investigate the tactics used by Riseborough and her team in the future, in case it is used by future candidates for nominations.

The academy made the decision after its 54-member council held its regular monthly meeting earlier Tuesday, where an internal review of Riseborough's campaign was high on their agenda for the day . The scrutiny itself came as debate over her unusual approach to the nomination campaign sparked shock and even derision in last week's nomination announcement.

"For Leslie" received critical acclaim for Riseborough's performance, but the film So little known — it grossed just $27,322 when it opened last year — that many Academy members hadn’t even heard of the film before running. However, many A-listers campaigned for Riseborough in person, hosting events, screenings, luncheons and promoting her performances via social media, including Susan Sarandon, Helen Hunt, Zooey Deschanel, Meera Sorvino, Constance Zimmer, Rosie O'Donnell, Alan Cumming, Edward Norton, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and others, Minnie Driver, Gwyneth Paltrow, Amy Adams and Kate Winslet proclaimed, "I think This is the greatest on-screen female performance I've ever seen in my life."

Read Kramer's full statement on Riseborough's decision below.

Based on concerns that surfaced last week around the TO LESLIE awards campaign, the Academy began a review into the film’s campaigning tactics. The Academy has determined the activity in question does not rise to the level that the film’s nomination should be rescinded. However, we did discover social media and outreach campaigning tactics that caused concern. These tactics are being addressed with the responsible parties directly. The purpose of the Academy’s campaign regulations is to ensure a fair and ethical awards process—these are core values of the Academy. Given this review, it is apparent that components of the regulations must be clarified to help create a better framework for respectful, inclusive, and unbiased campaigning. These changes will be made after this awards cycle and will be shared with our membership. The Academy strives to create an environment where votes are based solely on the artistic and technical merits of the eligible films and achievements.
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