- “Category fraud” refers to the practice of campaigning a leading performance in a supporting category to increase an actor’s chances of a nomination or win.
- Casey Affleck in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” or Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”, and Tatum O'Neal are examples of active leads being campaigned as supporting
- Since Vikander and Mara were announced to be campaining as supporting, critics have been questioning: "two seemingly heavyweight contenders in this year’s fledgling Best Supporting Actress race are pushing the limits of what might be considered reasonable category-fudging"
- "But this kind of gamesmanship is damaging to the race in the long run, limiting opportunities for the sterling character actors for whom the supporting awards were devised in 1936 — after complaints that having just one acting award per gender left their contributions largely unacknowledged"
- Kate Winslet in “The Reader” and Keisha Castle-Hughes in “Whale Rider” are recent examples of being campaigned for one category and getting a nomination in another.
- Suggests eliminating category specifications from campaign materials
What do you think about 'category fraud' ONTD? Excited for awards season?