Russian Director Calls For “Alternative Oscars”

Russian Director Calls For “Alternative Oscars”

Oscar-winning director Nikita Mikhalkov also said politics thwarted his latest bid to make the best foreign-language award shortlist

Russian Oscar-winning director Nikita Mikhalkov has called for the creation of an “alternative Oscar” for BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).

Nikita Mikhalkov

“The idea was met with a lot of enthusiasm [in these countries],” Mikhalkov said earlier this week at the Russian filmmakers’ union’s conference in Moscow. “In this situation, we want other voices to be heard in the world, too.”

He added that a Eurasian film academy, which would award “alternative Oscars,” could be created in 2017.