Vin Diesel has been quoted in the last few days saying Furious 7 will win the Oscar for Best Picture — or at least that it should. That won’t ever happen, even if it weren’t the sixth sequel to an action movie about street racing. But when I reviewed the movie that is already tearing up the box office, I said what it does deserve is to get the Academy to again focus on creating a new category for stunt coordination in films.
This movie, and its predecessors, are just a drop in the bucket for the spectacular back-breaking, life-risking work these stunt professionals do every day. But Furious 7 really is a masterpiece of the form, so why can’t the industry’s highest honor recognize that or so many of the other movies that deserve this kind of attention?
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences seems not…
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