Carey Mulligan thinks that Academy voters should somehow prove that they’ve seen the films they’re evaluating before they cast their ballots.
“I don’t think you can watch those films and not think they deserve recognition,” Mulligan said at the Variety Studio in Sundance. “I think they need to be watched. I wonder if the system works in terms of getting sent 100 screeners. Maybe you shouldn’t be allowed to vote unless you can prove you’ve seen every single one. There should be a test. The films that did get left out are indisputably brilliant.”
She added: “I’m talking about ‘Hustlers,’ ‘Little Women’ and ‘The Farewell.’ I feel like the fact that they are getting made is progress. But it’s all baby steps.”
Mulligan was in town for the world premiere of her new revenge thriller, “Promising Young Woman,” which was directed by Emerald Fennell (“Killing Eve”) and bowed to a huge ovation on social media.
“I’d never read anything like it,” Mulligan said during an interview at the Variety Studio at Sundance. “Reading it for the first time, sort of made me nervous in a really good way, in a way that makes me excited to be part of something.”