The Oscars are a week away, but the race has been going on for what seems like forever. And even more than most years, this has been pretty dramatic, with issues ranging from the trivial (“IS THIS LEO’S YEAR?!?!”) to the monumental (could #OscarsSoWhite change Hollywood and not just the Academy body?). Here’s some big stuff that’s been on all of our minds.
It’s apparently controversial to talk against gender inequality, and the same with #OscarsSoWhite, the movement to shame the Oscar body after the second year in a row in which all the actor nominees were blindingly white. The backlash has been fierce and, perhaps worse, has resulted in thoughtless comments by some of your favorite cool artists (Charlotte Rampling! Julie Delpy! The Coen Brothers!).
But boycotts are about effecting change, and so far it seems to be working: The Academy has vowed to diversify, and thus better reflect a changing country. But awards are only a reflection of what’s being made. The real sign of improvement will be if Hollywood acknowledges the lack of non-white, non-male stories being told.
Even ignoring all that, “Creed” is so obviously a better film to sweep the Oscars than “The Revenant”: a crowd-pleaser that was also respectable and intelligently made. Instead its token nomination went to the white guy, Sly Stallone, who still totally deserves it.