Oscar-winning actor Tom Fleischman quits Motion Picture Academy over controversial broadcast plans (exclusive)

Tom Fleischman, an Oscar-winning re-recording mixer best known for his decades-long collaboration with Martin Scorsese, has resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences over his controversial plan not to feature eight live categories during the broadcast of the 94th Academy Awards. , The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

A move that was met with a storm of criticism, the Academy plans to present Oscars in Documentary Shorts, Film Editing, Makeup/Hairstyles, Original Score, Production Design, Short Film animation, the live action short, and Fleischman’s own discipline of sound, inside the Dolby Theater in the hour before the March 27 broadcast began, recording and editing them in the live broadcast. next live.

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A veteran statesman in the sound community, Fleischman won an Oscar for Scorsese’s Hugo and was also nominated for Jonathan Demme’s film Thesilenceofthelambs, At Warren Beatty’s Reds and Scorsese the aviator and New York Gangs. His long list of credits with Scorsese includes Freedmen, The Irishman and Best Picture Winner The dead. He first worked for Scorsese and editor Thelma Schoonmaker doing temporary dubs on Angry bull.

Fleischman also has a long-standing working relationship with Spike Lee, having co-ed films including Do What It Takes, Mo’ Better Blues, Malcolm X and BlackKKKlansman.

The son of legendary editor Dede Allen and documentary filmmaker Stephen Fleischman, he has also worked with directors such as Ron Howard (Cinderella Man) and Oliver Stone (born killers) and on documentaries including Oscar winner Free solo. A Fleischman spokesperson confirmed THR that he resigned.

The Academy came under pressure from ABC to produce a more entertaining show, but many individuals, guilds, and corporations urged the Academy to reconsider its approach. Among them, Motion Pictures Editors Guild (IATSE Local 700) President Alan Heim said, “We understand the Academy’s desire to make a more gripping show… [but] The Oscars should be a night to celebrate all the hard work and artistry that combine to bring stories to life on screen, and we think the deserving craftsmen have more than earned their time in the spotlight.

Motion Picture Sound Editors President Mark A. Lanza said, “The mission of the Academy is to honor the art of filmmaking in all of its parts. Eliminating certain categories from the live stream degrades this mission.

While accepting a Hollywood Critics Association Filmmaking Achievement Award on February 28, Guillermo del Toro urged others in the industry to speak out against the decision. Earlier this week, the Academy explained its decision, noting that all Oscars will be presented inside the Dolby Theatre.

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