It’s that time of year again, kids! Just a friendly reminder that The Oscars are not the end-all-be-all of good films, k?
I joined in a great twitter discussion yesterday on the topic of Women at the Oscars hosted by Women’s Media Center, Bitch Flicks, and Melissa Silverstein from Indiewire. A great little roundup of the convo is here. (I’m the first tweet!)
This is just a tiny piece of the issue I’ve been wrestling with for well over a year now. Underrepresentation in media, not just for women, but for POC and LGBT populations as well (and all the places these intersect), is the #1 thing I find myself wanting to fight for.
I’m not ready to dive into my manifesto yet, but here are a few bits to chew on since it’s Oscar season…
Women make up 51% of the US population and purchase 50% of movie tickets.
Only one woman (and only one person of color) have ever won the award for Best Director.
Women directed 5% of the top grossing films of 2011.
But here’s the thing, having women in front of or behind the camera has no effect on box office gross. Only budget does.
I think it’s easy for film-people to say, “The Oscars don’t even really matter. It’s all politics.” Well, that’s nice that you know that, but to most of our culture, that awards show IS film. This season is the time of the year when a lot of people make an effort to see “real film” in theaters.
I’m not saying the films featured at the Oscars are bad, nor that the people who made them are not good filmmakers. (Although, do we really need to give Spielberg a nod every time he farts out an epic? Sorry, sorry. /snark.) But we NEED more representation in front of and behind the camera. Why? Why does this even matter? Why can’t we just see films as stories, no matter who is in them or making them?
Well that is a whole ‘nother enormous issue that I will write about at length later.
The 2012 Oscar Nominees were announced this morning!
You know what that means, it’s time to come up with pun-filled dishes for the Oscar party! AKA Oscar Noms. (Thank you, David LeGault or Jack Terpstra. I can’t remember who made that pun last year.)
Here’s a few that have come from years past:
(Firthday Cake for Colin Firth’s Best Actor nom. When he won, we lit the candles and all sang Happy Firthday)
(Left: Ruby Red Squirt Locker. Right: Up-Cakes)
Here’s The List of Nominees for this year. Shoot me your ideas! Whatcha got?