Snub-a-dub-dub: After the Oscars

27 Feb


Last night’s Academy Awards Ceremony is being hailed as the Year of the Snubs.  

Not only did the Harry Potter film franchise wrap its ten-year span without a single Oscar.  Not only did Viola Davis leave without the Best Actress Award given to ever-lauded Meryl Streep, or Michael Fassbender walk away without a single nomination for his excellent work in the disturbing Steve McQueen film Shame.  

Worth note is that not one woman was nominated for Best Director, and not one of the nine films nominated for Best Picture was directed by a woman.

I’m glad to find I’m not the only one distressed by this.

IndieWire’s Women and Hollywood released this video of would-be Oscar contenders in a world with more gender parity.  The video cites these problematic statistics:

“The voting population of the Academy is 94% white, 77% male, and 62 is the average age.”

“In 84 years, only 4 women have been nominated for Best Director.  And only 1, Kathryn Bigelow, has ever won.”

“In 2011, only 5% of the top grossing films in Hollywood were directed by women.  The number has decreased since 1998.”

It seems to this film critic that the industry is following parallel lines to U.S. politics – the nineties saw a spike in female participation, but support for women in these fields has since declined.

Maybe It’s time to inject some estrogen (biological or otherwise) into this industry and into the Academy.  Maybe it’s time to rename the Oscars the Octavias.


2 Responses to “Snub-a-dub-dub: After the Oscars”

  1. Matt M February 28, 2012 at 2:32 am #

    Clearly problems within an industry that has less support or presumed mindshare for films directed by women. Motion picture industry is really showing its age these days.

    *Perhaps a small positive thought is that female directors aren’t involving themselves in terrible cash-in attempts at blockbusters or demeaning psuedo-romantic comedys (Boo Gary Marshall! Stop before you steal all our holidays!)

  2. thoroughly modern milli vanilli February 29, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    how are you going to be revolutionizing the academy, sh?! you have my support!!

    – sx

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