The world reacts to Smith Vs Rock; BAFTA TV Hour – Deadline

Afternoon, Max Goldbart looks back on a good week. Lots to digest for the Insider to have you covered. Continue reading.

Smith Vs Rock: The Fallout

“The slap heard around the world”: Once a year, moviegoers around the world are used to waking up (or being awake) to the news of the main Oscar winners, eyes cloudy and chilly, but no worldwide Oscar morning revelation has never been like Monday. Waking up to news of ultimate drama, Will Smith slaps Chris Rock in the face following tactlessness G.I. Jane joke, the world’s media kicked into high gear and Andreas got this handy roundup of the best reactions. “The Slap Heard Around The World” was perhaps the best summary of Australia Sydney Morning Herald. As the Ukraine conflict made headlines for the first time in weeks, several newspapers criticized King Richard winning Smith for his “archaic macho attitude” (Die Welt). The morning of southern China Post, meanwhile, opted for fact over opinion: “Will Smith Hits Chris Rock In The Face On Stage, Then Wins Best Actor Oscar.”

Critical: Smith took the brunt of criticism from the world (except for this scathing review of a distinct rock joke by soul summer producer Joseph Patel) and, as readers now know, the Academy is investigating. International stars including Minnie Driver have taken to social media to speak out against both Smith and the Academy’s lack of action and Driver’s call has been echoed by many (although good ol’ Daniel Radcliffe said Hello Brittany he is “dramatically annoyed to hear people’s opinions.” “). More to come of course, but for some further reading, our esteemed colleagues in the US, Mike Fleming Junior and Joe Utichi, had this Second Thoughts catch-up and, as always, awards gurus Pete Hammond and Todd Mccarthy weighed in with the latest Two Tirer.

Drive my Oscar

drive my car

Enchanted race: Easy to forget that the Oscars also saw the presentation of multiple high-profile awards. In the highly competitive International Feature Film category, Ryusuke Hamaguchiit’s drive my car won the International Feature Film Oscar on Sunday, becoming the second film from Japan win a competitive prize in the category (the fifth for Japan if we count the honorary distinctions awarded in the 1950s). drive my car, which first revved its engines at Cannes last year, has had a blissful run throughout awards season. It also made history on Oscar nomination day as the first Japanese film to earn a Best Picture mention, while Hamaguchi was only the third Japanese filmmaker to be nominated in the Best Director category.


Olly Alexander and Lydia West in

It’s a sin Helps itself: A win for social realistic drama and an impressive run for Channel 4 in this week’s BAFTA TV nominations as Russell T Davies It’s a sin earned six nominations (11 including Craft) and Jack Thorne’s To help was right behind with four. They may be 40 years apart, but both are striking in their depiction of communities in their chosen era and have won over audiences. Fresh off of three RTS wins and two BPG awards, co-pro HBO Max This is a sin earned five nominations in the acting categories alone, the second-best performance ever. Others with a chance to win big include Olivia Colman with Landscapers, Stephen Graham with Time and Etienne for Sky, BBC One and ITV respectively.

Controversial: As we all discovered earlier this week, controversy and awards go together like chalk and chalk. The British collective We Are Doc Women was quick to point out that only one of the 12 directors nominated for the Craft Awards is a woman. There are actually more men named James Newton than women on the list. “One step forward, two steps back,” was We Are Doc Women’s verdict, and the group will reach out to major broadcasters and independents in due course. BAFTA vice-president Sara Putt agreed that more needed to be done, but pointed to a diverse breakdown of performance categories, with more than two-thirds of nominated actors and actresses being recognized for the first time.

Mip TV on the horizon

London buses: You wait two years for an in-person TV market, then two suddenly show up: Series Mania last week and now Mip TV. Next week’s Cannes getaway is shaping up to be a great party and I’ve been busy showcasing the hottest dramas, facts and formats hitting the Croisette. I also spoke with festival director Lucy Smith, who, after two years of virtual Mip TV, is buzzing for a bit of chatter and gossip. Lucy told me that the decision of some major European distributors to decline a stand will be mitigated by an influx of American studios and streamers ready to make the trip to France. Stay tuned for daily Cannes e-newsletters.

Creation of an Indian cinema giant


Consolidation: PVR and INOX Leisure, the two largest cinema operators in India, are merging to create a true multiplex giant. The move follows two years of debilitating closures for cinemas around the world, with lockdowns still in place in some countries and a slate of films that have seen numerous delays. In India, several of the biggest movies of the past 12 months ended up being bought up by streamers and debuting straight online, leaving sites short of high-profile content. Despite this, the recent release of the blockbuster RRR, which recorded the biggest single-day opening in India since the start of the pandemic, is showing green shoots of recovery. “The film screening business has been one of the hardest hit industries due to the pandemic and creating scale to achieve efficiencies is critical to the long-term survival of the business and fight against the onslaught of OTT digital platforms,” ​​said PVR Chairman Ajay Bijli. in a report.

let’s get physical


Takeshi’s ninja warrior: And finally, two cult favorites are being rebooted. Last Friday, ITV announced an update ninja warrior and Wednesday saw the anno everyone was waiting for: the iconic Japanese format Takeshi Castle is redone by Amazon Prime Video. The show, which ran from 1986 to 1990 on TBS and inspired a generation of versions and local fans, sees comedian Takeshi Kitano play a count who owns a castle and throws contestants daunting physical challenges. The reboot was revealed as part of Amazon’s Japan Day, which also saw a Modern love in Tokyo version and two new dramas: My Lovely Girlfriend Yokai and Angel flight.

The essentials

🌶️ Hot of the week: Tasty global offering from Andreas and Justin Kroll who brought news of Scarlett Johansson/Chris Evans and Jason Bateman Artemis Project, snatched up a deal worth more than $100 million.

🌶️ Another: paw patrol and bob the builder Creator Keith Chapman is to create “groundbreaking” animated children’s shows via a deal with Snipple. A project about a 10-year-old footballer on a pirate ship is the first.

🌶️ Another!: Netflix has boarded the dystopian thriller The kitchen, with Daniel Kaluuya, Kibwe Tavares and Boy Top Kane Robinson attached.

🍿 Box office: Nancy brought news of a record breaking week for SS Ramajouli RRR in India.

💺 Chair: The BBC has bolstered its ever-growing business ambitions with the appointment of Damon Buffini, founding partner of global investment firm Permira, as chair of a recently revamped business board.

💺 another chair: Josh Berger, former head of Warner Bros, will chair the board of directors of the British Brit School.

🏪 Setting up the store: Netflix will open a hub in Poland from which the streamer will direct its operations in Central and Eastern Europe.

💰 payday: NENT Group has won a $64 million payout from TV2 Danmark in a 15-year dispute over advertising rebates. The total amount exceeds the 2021 operating income of the media company Scandi.

🎥 Track: the UK version of Amazon Prime Video Call my agent! landed. Helena Bonham Carter, David Oyelowo, Dominic West, Kelly MacDonald, Bridgerton’s Phoebe Dynevor stars in one of the most anticipated remakes of the year.

Nancy Tartaglione and Tom Grater contributed to this week’s International Insider.

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