This year’s crop of Oscar contenders reveals a stunning lack of diversity that is certain to reawaken complaints that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is tone deaf when it comes to issues of race and gender.
All of the acting categories on Thursday were dominated by white performers and no female writers or directors were included in the Oscar race. It’s the kind of monochromatic constellation that flies in the face of a moviegoing public that is becoming more multi-cultural by the day.
Oscar voters had a chance to make history by nominating the first African-American woman in the Best Director category with “Selma” helmer Ava DuVernay, but instead they opted to reward a contingent that was all-male and heavily white. Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu, rewarded for “Birdman,” was the sole instance of diversity in that category.
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There are many firsts in this year’s Golden Globe nominations, but among the most remarkable is a subtle sea change in the best TV comedy series field.
Not only are four of the five contenders first-time nominees (second-season series “Orange Is the New Black” was entered as a drama last year and missed the field), but four of the five are overseen by female showrunners.
In addition to Jenji Kohan’s “Orange” from Netflix, the Globe noms announcement also brought a third consecutive series mention for HBO’s “Girls” (overseen by Jenni Konner and star Lena Dunham) along with recognition for critically praised freshmen “Transparent” (created by Jill Soloway and available on Amazon Instant Video) and the CW’s “Jane the Virgin” (run by Jennie Urman). HBO’s “Silicon Valley” is the literal odd man out.
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I’m pretty sure a few male (and female) designers would disagree with him on his view that sewing is ‘feminine’.
Assigning tasks as being inherently masculine or feminine can become troubling. It becomes a slippery slope where we then assume certain career choices and the people associated with them are inferior to heteronormative ones. Garfield also asserts that his resulting costume is ‘masculine’ which I thought drove home the point that there is something wrong with a male doing something as ‘feminine’ as sewing. I think the message would’ve come off differently if he hadn’t added in the second bit. An added kudos to Emma for very calmly questioning why it is ‘feminine’ and asking for clarification.
These casually sexist comments are problematic, especially for young children who are already learning gender specific roles and who start confronting these stereotypes in school. Teaching the positives of specific qualities is much better than assigning qualities to genders which can then be used as weapons of negative stereotypes.
Love you Garfield, but maybe next time you’ll think twice before making casually sexist comments. On the bright side, your girlfriend is definitely a keeper.
That video kind of sucks. You can find the full clip in the link below.
The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at SDSU released a study about how women fared on-screen last year. Spoiler alert: nothing has changed. Their content analysis included over 2,300 characters in top grossing films and compared these results to statistics in 2011 and 2002.
- 15% of protagonists were female
- Females comprised 29% of major characters
- 30% of all speaking characters are female
- Females are generally younger (20s-30s) than males (30s-40s)
- 73% of all female characters were Caucasian. 14% were African American, 5% Latina, and 2% Asian.
- Females were more likely to have an identifiable marital status, but less likely to have an identifiable occupational status.
- Male characters had an identifiable goal more often than female characters
- Males had more work related goals (75%) than life related (25%), whereas for females, the goals were more evenly split, leaning more towards life goals (48% vs. 52%).
- More men than women were portrayed as leaders.
This is the state of film today, compared to two years and a decade ago. Still no perceptible changes are being made. Studios are still churning out good ol’ run of the mill sexism.
And thank you to… those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films, with women at the center, are niche experiences. They are not — audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people.
I think it’s relevant. I think gender is relevant. I bring something to the table as a woman; I bring something to the table as a woman of color. So I feel like, if it’s the only thing you focus on, then it’s a danger, and if you never talk about it then it’s a danger.
Oh my God, yeah! It’s constant! It’s how you’re treated, it’s how you’re looked at, how you’re expected to look in a photoshoot, it’s how you’re expected to shut up and not have an opinion, it’s how you… If you’re a girl and you don’t fit the very specific vision of what a girl should be, which is always from a man’s perspective, then you’re a little bit at a loss.
It’s very hard being a woman in a man’s world, and I recognized it was a man’s world even when I was a kid. It’s an inequality and injustice that drove me crazy, and which I always spoke out against — and I’ve always been outspoken.
No generic girlfriend or wife, and no sexy bombshell. Enough of that already!
It’s really hard to get stories made that are about women — not just women being obsessed with men or supporting men. And it’s really hard to get men to be a part of films that are about women in a leading role. I’m really interested in how we can adjust that, considering that it’s all just based on demand.
More than half the questions I am asked are about the politics of the way I look. What it feels like to be not skinny/dark-skinned/a minority/not conventionally pretty/female/etc. It’s not very interesting to me, but I know it’s interesting to people reading an interview. Sometimes I get jealous of white male showrunners when 90 percent of their questions are about characters, story structure, creative inspiration, or, hell, even the business of getting a show on the air. Because as a result the interview of me reads like I’m interested only in talking about my outward appearance and the politics of being a minority and how I fit into Hollywood, blah blah blah. I want to shout, “Those were the only questions they asked!”
I know how people like to believe that, but it’s a very sexist way of thinking. Nobody ever asks that when men work together in an ensemble cast. I’ve been in the business 10 years and I’ve never had a negative situation with another actress — ever.
In December 2013, the “Thelma And Louise” actress proposed a two-step plan to fix Hollywood’s woman problem: put more women in leading roles, and make sure crowds of extras are at least half female. “And there you have it,” she wrote in an op-ed for The Hollywood Reporter. “You have just quickly and easily boosted the female presence in your project without changing a line of dialogue.”
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