Fake Seinfeld film Rochelle, Rochelle briefly among favorites on Wikipedia

According to the Wikipedia page for the 94th Academy Awards, Rochelle, Rochelle was on Saturday night among the five favorites for the fan favorite award which will be presented for the first time during the televised ceremony next month.

The only problem is, Rochelle, Rochelle does not exist. This is a purely fictional film – a European arthouse soft-porn about “a young girl’s strange erotic journey from Milan to Minsk” – from the 1990s sitcom Seinfeld. (although it looks a lot like game of thrones star Lena Headey, the woman in the poster is an extra called Chela Holton.)

Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and George (Jason Alexander) debate the merits of Rochelle, Rochelle at Seinfeld.Credit:Screenshot

Although it appeared in a few more episodes after its Season 4 debut — even spawning an equally fictional Broadway musical starring Bette Midler — it never actually screened.

As for Art Vandelay, listed on the Oscars Wikipedia page as one of the film’s creators, it was just a pseudonym used by George Costanza (Jason Alexander) in his many failed attempts to make himself more attractive to women. .

Of course, anyone can edit a Wikipedia page. And even if his addition to the list was funny, harmless and passed on Sunday morning, this attempt to master someone else’s domain points to a serious problem: the enormous risk that the Academy and its American broadcasting partner ABC take in their own public offering. to build audiences.

This screenshot from Saturday, February 26 shows Rochelle, Rochelle among fan favorites.

This screenshot from Saturday, February 26 shows Rochelle, Rochelle among fan favorites. Credit:Screenshot

Votes for the Fan Favorite category can be cast online (on a dedicated website) or on Twitter. You can vote up to 20 times a day, as long as you’re 18 or older, live in the United States, and don’t have a criminal record. Other than that, knock yourself out.

At first glance, the category makes some sense. Last year’s COVID-affected Oscars telecast drew the lowest viewership in history, just 9.85 million overnight US viewers (and 10.4 million with 7-day adjusted numbers). That was down from 23.64 million a year earlier, which was itself a record high.

This year, the slide into insignificance threatens to continue, with the most successful film of 2021, Spider-Man: No Coming Home ($1.8 billion at the worldwide box office), nominated in a single technical category. The combined box office of the 10 films competing for best picture, meanwhile, is just under $600 million, two-thirds of which goes to Dunes (although to be fair, four of them reported no box office, as they were mostly streaming releases).