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John Wick 4 Director Believes Best Stunt Oscars Are Almost Ready: “The Academy Has Been Super Helpful”-TGN

Summary

  • Action movies have been overlooked by the Oscars, with some of the more acclaimed ones being recognized in categories like Best Sound and Best Editing. However, there is hope for a Best Stunt Oscar within the next two years.
  • Chad Stahelski, director of John Wick, has been advocating for a Best Stunt Oscar, believing that the stunt teams deserve recognition for their contributions to films.
  • The addition of a Best Stunt Oscar may lead to individual stunts being recognized rather than just the overall movie, allowing for multiple nominations and potential awards for stunt teams on projects like John Wick: Chapter 4.


Having previously expressed his hopes for such a category to be created, John Wick director Chad Stahelski gives a promising update on the potential Best Stunts Oscar. Prior to making his directorial debut with the Keanu Reeves-led franchise, Stahelski was a celebrated stuntman, stunt coordinator and second unit director, having first worked with Reeves on The Matrix trilogy of movies. He’s gone on to lend his talents to a wide range of projects and filmmakers throughout the years, including Zack Snyder’s 300, Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables and John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars and Escape from L.A.

During a recent exclusive interview with Screen Rant for John Wick: Chapter 4‘s Oscars chances, Stahelski reflected on the action genre’s struggles to be recognized at the awards ceremony. In addition to humorously recalling how acclaimed action movies like Bullitt are only saddled with Best Sound and Best Editing nods, the director shared some insight for the development of a potential Best Stunt Oscar, feeling it’s “within two years” and why it has yet to happen. See what Stahelski explained below:

If you think a movie’s got really good action over the last 100 years, you put them up for Best Sound, or Best Editing, it’s pretty funny. But I think that’s changing, the Academy has been super helpful in the last year to move things forward. I really think within two years we’ll have an Academy Award for stunts, they just need to figure out the how’s, not so much the why’s, everybody’s good with the why’s.


A Best Stunt Oscar Is Long Overdue

Stahelski has previously shared his hopes for a Best Stunt Oscar to be created, feeling that those in the stunt team of a movie were part of “a legitimate full-blown department” that deserved to be “acknowledged or considered.” The John Wick franchise itself has largely put the idea of practical action movies back in the forefront of audiences’ desires, with original co-director David Leitch not only going on to helm a number of his own movies utilizing a similar filmmaking approach, including 2022’s Bullet Train, but also producing multiple via the successor to his and Stahelski’s production company, 87North Productions.

Additionally, with such groups as YouTube’s Corridor Crew becoming popular for their detailed breakdowns of some of the most iconic stunts across movies and television with some of the performers and coordinators behind them, it seems all the more disheartening that a Best Stunt Oscar has yet to be instituted. To Stahelski’s point above, the “how’s” holding the Academy back seem likely to be determining who to actually offer the award to. Much like Best Original Score or Best Original Song, a Best Stunt award could immediately go to the Coordinator behind it.

However, should the Academy look to award individual stunts rather than a movie as a whole, projects like John Wick: Chapter 4 with large stunt teams could find themselves landing multiple nominations within the same category, and have multiple performers up for awards. While some could argue this would be playing to public interest in the same vein as the Oscars Fan Favorite award, others are sure to take its potential addition as properly acknowledging the hard work of said teams much in the same vein as the horror genre’s better representation in recent years.

Lionsgate is putting up John Wick: Chapter 4 for a large range of nominations at the 2024 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Production Design, among others.

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