Time 2 Honor Choreographers
WILL THE ‘OSCARS’ EVER BE DANCE–FRIENDLY?
Yes. When movie makers start recognizing how effectively choreographers (like MANDY MOORE) can elevate the characters they put on the silver screen… the Oscars might start paying attention to movement and the artists who create it.
Many of us have just witnessed the forces behind LA LA LAND going down that very path. They scored. Putting actors Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a room with Mandy Moore was a total win. Together, a blend of moves was created that ‘humanized’ the characters as well as the longings they had for each other. The professional polish of a Gene Kelly or Leslie Caron was missing, replaced by a simplicity that anyone could relate to. We found ourselves embracing the moves in a fresh, new, and emotional way. Oscar worthiness all around the room.
RECOGNITION FOR MANDY MOORE? WHERE DOES THE BALLGAME GO FROM HERE?
Recognition for ‘choreography’ is generated by producers, writers, agents, unions, choreographers, and of course… the courageous artists performing the moves. We’re all players. We are as obliged to improve the system as much as we choose to work in it.
Here’s a fix worth considering:
MANDY MOORE’S SCREEN CREDIT FOR ‘LA LA LAND.’Brian Gendece, a west coast producer and dance advocate, said... ’When LA LA LAND first came out I looked for Mandy’s credit on IMDb and she was almost impossible to find…listed under ‘Other Crew’ below food stylist, stand-ins, and her own assistants. This is insane! Every choreographer on a film like this should be hired as an ‘above the line player’ (part of the principal creative team)…not ‘below the line.’ I’m hoping SAG will focus on that. If that gets in place, the Academy would be open to Oscars for choreographers as a first step.’
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