The Q&A sessions have barely started and already there have been tensions about #MeToo, the N-word, credits, diversity and even Netflix’s ubiquitous algorithms. “This year it can be Time’s Up for your film even before you start,” advised one veteran campaigner.
A case in point: The scrupulously liberal Viggo Mortensen apologized last week for uttering the N-word at a Q&A session about his film, Green Book. He was trying to explain that no one ever uses the word any more, unlike in 1961 when his film was set. Coincidentally, a top Netflix executive had just been fired for a similar inadvertency.