Taylor Swift accepts the Entertainer of the Year award onstage during the 2022 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
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If it was a movie, indeed.
Taylor Swift just kicked off an Oscar campaign for her short ‘All Too Well,’ and she’s already struck a deal with disney to make her directorial debut.
The singer-songwriter has written an original screenplay that will be produced by Searchlight Pictures, the studio behind top films like ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ’12 Years a Slave’, ‘Birdman’ and ‘The Shape of Water’.
Swift has directed eight of her own music videos since 2020 before writing and directing the 14-minute “All Too Well: The Short Film,” which is eligible for a nomination for the 95th annual Oscars. The short is based on Swift’s song “All Too Well” and follows a manipulative boyfriend played by Dylan O’Brien and a young woman played by Sadie Sink as they fall in love and ultimately have a devastating breakup.
Oscar nominations will be announced on January 24.
News of Swift’s feature directorial debut comes just months after the singer made history as the only solo artist to win two Best Direction awards at MTV’s Video Music Awards. She is also the first artist to win three Video of the Year awards and the second woman to direct the winning video for Best Long Form Video.
More recently, Swift made headlines after Ticketmaster messed up pre-sale ticketing for her upcoming Eras Tour.
Ticketmaster, property of nation live, was supposed to open sales to 1.5 million verified Taylor Swift fans last month ahead of general public ticket sales. However, over 14 million users have flocked to the site, including bots, causing massive delays and crashes on the site. Ultimately, 2 million tickets were sold in the pre-sale and the sale to the general public was cancelled, company representatives said.
The fiasco led the House Energy and Commerce Committee to write a letter to Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino asking the executive to clarify Live Nation’s ticketing process for the Eras Tour and provide a list of actions the company will take to ensure that consumers will have better access to live entertainment in the future.
Swift, who worked to bring all marketing in-house, publicly criticized the company for mishandling the sales process, but didn’t mention it by name.
“I’m not going to apologize to anyone because we’ve asked them many times if they can handle this kind of request and we’ve been assured they can,” she wrote in an Instagram post. last month. “It’s really amazing that 2.4 million people got tickets, but it really pisses me off that a lot of them feel like they’ve suffered multiple bear attacks to get them.”