John Wick director Chad Stahelski has shared his thoughts about if stunts should receive an Oscar for their hard work at Academy Award Ceremony.
Stahelski served stunt work as a coordinator on the set of the Matrix, which released in 1999, starring Keanu Reeves, before his directional debut with John Wick. After co-directing the first film, he appeared as a sole director for John Wick 2 as well as he became the only director for John Wich Chapter 3: Parabellum.
During a recent interview with Discussing Film, the 51-year old director argued there should be an Oscar for their hard work and explained the logical reason why they should be on stage at the Academy Award Ceremony. He stated:
“It makes sense on a logical nature that if nine other departments are awarded Oscars, that yes a legitimate full-blown department for stunts would be acknowledged or considered. If there’s ten of you and nine of you are getting a treat, it makes sense that at least ten of you would get a treat too. I think that’s a very logistical comment…”
“If wardrobe, hair, and makeup, certainly all the creative departments here are considered for Oscars, then yes, it makes perfect sense that the stunt department would be considered for an Oscar. Now on a personal level, being a former stuntman, second unit director, and all that stuff – for all the generations that were either before me, trained me, or current now – I don’t know a single person in my 30 years of work that got into stunts to win an Oscar.”
Having an Academy Award for stunt work is not a new proposal. Stunt artists have expressed their disappointments about the Academy’s policies last year. But Oscar hasn’t taken a step yet.
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