In a not too long ago printed interview with Discussing Film, Chad Stahelski–director of the John Wick films–added his voice to those that demand the Academy Awards add a class for stunt work.
“If wardrobe, hair, and make-up, actually all of the inventive departments listed here are thought-about for Oscars, then sure, it makes excellent sense that the stunt division can be thought-about for an Oscar,” Stahelski mentioned within the interview, which additionally touched on productiveness throughout the shut down and whether or not he desires to work on extra superhero movies.
The award difficulty is necessary to Stahelski, not solely because of the spectacular stunt feats of his John Wick movies, however seemingly as a result of stunt work was how Stahelski established himself within the movie trade and subsequently moved into directing. He was Keanu Reeves’ stunt double within the Matrix movies and later coordinated stunts for the Matrix franchise earlier than co-directing the primary John Wick film with fellow stunt coordinator David Leitch.
Stahelski additionally designed action sequences for DC’s Birds of Prey, so if the Academy Awards introduced a change quickly, it could probably put him up as a contender.
Stunt coordinators have lengthy known as for a stunt work Oscar class. In 2016, 100 stunt performers demonstrated in entrance of the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences’ places of work in Beverly Hills and picked up a petition with greater than 50,000 signatures. On the time, the variety of stunt performers lively within the trade fell beneath 100 members, and the Academy mentioned that was a prerequisite for consideration.