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Olivia Wilde Praises The Hollywood Critics Association’s Diversity

Written by: Jeffrey C. Graham – January 23th, 2020 4:04pm PT

Hollywood is changing, rapidly, and The Hollywood Critics association is one of the major catalysts for that change.

Popcorn Talk Network recently covered the 2nd Annual Hollywood Critics Association Awards in Los Angeles and got some amazing soundbites from some of Hollywood’s hottest A-Listers.

The intimate atmosphere of the evening allowed for thoughtful and personal conversation, with a major focus on the changing landscape of representation in Hollywood.

“There’s a vast array of filmmaking for a lot of creatives. It’s getting better,” Richard Jewell lead Paul Walter Hauser told Popcorn Talk’s Vanise Sayrie on the red carpet.

Paul Walter Hauser

Hauser opened up about his spiritual journey in the business as well, telling Popcorn Talk, “I’m saintly in the fact that I believe in God. I’m a Jesus guy, but honestly, I’m just a savage,” in response to the film’s “Saint or Savage” campaign.

Zack Gottsagen

Indie breakout of the year The Peanut Butter Falcon, was represented by star Zack Gottsagen, who told Popcorn Talk, “I’m a born actor,” when asked about why he chose to get into this business. 

Geraldine Viswanathan

Falcon was the talk of the carpet, with Blockers breakout star Geraldine Viswanathan offering “I just watched The Peanut Butter Falcon, which is a movie I absolutely enjoyed.”

Kaitlyn Dever

Booksmart, which had a very strong presence in the nominees got lots of attention on the carpet with both Kaitlyn Dever and Olivia Wilde leaning into the importance of Hollywood’s rapidly changing landscape.

When asked about increased diversity, Dever mention Wilde’s vision for Booksmart, offering: “I loved being apart of Booksmart. That [diversity] was so important to Olivia, but behind the scenes too.” 

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde, who won the evening’s best director for critical darling Booksmart, spoke to Sayrie about the wide breadth of representation in the HCA. 

“I just heard they’re the most diverse critics association in the country, and I think it’s incredible. We need more diversity from critics,” Wilde shared. “It really does affect the business. It’s a really direct line from the films that are made and the critics that celebrate those films, because that leads to dollars at the box office, which only inspires more films. We can’t just make movies that live or die by the opinions of white men.”

The night itself was an undisputed success, with a general atmosphere of laid-back fun and joy missing from some of Hollywood’ s most televised awards nights.

For more HCA coverage, make sure you subscribe Popcorn Talk’s Film Critics Weekly podcast, led by HCA president and founder Scott Menzel.

About The Author:

Jeffrey C. Graham is a writer, host, and producer living in Los Angeles, California. You’ve seen (or heard) his work on Sirius XM, AfterBuzz TV, and Earwolf, among other outlets. Jeff thinks of himself “intellectual,” but he’s a voracious fan of The Bachelor franchise, so perhaps not?

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