Paul Schrader Is Conflicted About His First Oscar Nomination: “I Have Never Really Respected The Academy For Their Choices”

The Playlist | 1/23/2019 | Charles Barfield
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Here’s a shocker – Paul Schrader has very specific, candid feelings on a topic. All kidding aside, the usually outspoken filmmaker that is responsible for some of the most classic examples of American cinema was honored with his very first Oscar nomination yesterday, earning recognition in the Best Original Screenplay category for his film “First Reformed.” And as a surprise to exactly no one, the filmmaker is having trouble coming to terms with his outsider stance on Hollywood and feeling gratified with a nomination.

Speaking to the LA Times, Schrader tries his best to come up with an explanation for how he’s feeling after learning of his Oscar nomination. For years, the filmmaker has been outspoken and known for his thoughts that he doesn’t care what others think about his work, as long as he’s happy with the end result. And he echoes that sentiment in his comments.

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“That’s a very complex question,” said the filmmaker when asked how it feels to be nominated. “If the critics had not liked my film and if the academy had not liked my film, I would still know it was a good film. So my validation is not contingent on the academy or the critics. On the other hand, it is very heartening to realize that other people acknowledged what you...
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