I just don't get it. After lobbying for quite some time, Hollywood stunt men and women were once again denied the right to be able to be nominated for and win Academy Awards.
Let's see if I understand this... costume designers, special effects coordinators, sound mixers, and even animators (among many, many others) can win Oscars, am I right? All those things are fine and dandy. They are necessary elements when it comes to filmmaking and I don't want it to sound like I think anything should be taken away from them. But without stunt people, 90% of Hollywood films would be lacking a big chunk of realism. I use the word "realism" very loosely, by the way.
Actors put their reputations on the line for some roles (not all, mind you). Stunt people put their lives on the line. Who is making the greater sacrifice? I truly think that they should be eligible to win awards. What makes them less special than the "real" stars of the movies? To be honest with you, some stunt people are better actors than the real deal. Hell, there are some movies we see just for the stunts, not because someone like Vin Diesel is in it (God help me when the day comes that I go see a movie simply because Vin Diesel is in it).
If Gwyneth Paltrow can win an Oscar...