Several film critics are banding together to take a stand against Disney and are refusing to review or consider films like The Last Jedi for awards…
If you were hoping to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi considered for film awards, after it premieres worldwide on December 15, we may have some bad news for you. According to USA Today, Disney films are being barred by several “prominent” film critic groups over the Mouse’s blacklisting of the LA. Times.
The fallout started when Disney made a decision to exclude the LA Times from advance screenings of its films, as well as cutting access to the actors in those film. The reason stemmed from a report about the relationship between Disney and the city of Anaheim, California, where Disneyland is located.
Early Tuesday morning, four film critic groups — the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Boston Society of Film Critics and the National Society of Film Critics — released a joint press statement condemning Disney’s actions.
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"Disney’s response should gravely concern all who believe in the importance of a free press, artists included."
The statement goes on to say that Disney films will not be considered for awards until it lifts the ban on the LA Times.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, each of the film critics groups are set to start voting for film awards starting on November 30, with the last group set to vote on January 6. And, since The Last Jedi hasn’t been reviewed, yet, the film would rely on how well it is received, in order to be nominated for awards.
It is important to note, however, that these film critic awards are not to be confused with the major award ceremonies like the Academy Awards.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will hit theaters worldwide on December 15.