- “You know what? Fuck 'em. You made a very good film, so feel good about that and start working on the next one,” director Spike Lee said last month during a candid interview with The Daily Beast in response to Ava DuVernay's omission from the Best Director category.
- Part 1: Why It Should Bother Everyone That The Oscars Are So White
- Part 2: We are all d**k-measurers now: The Oscars and awards-season devalue and pervert art.
- Hollywood Heroism in the Age of Empire: From “Citizenfour” and “Selma” to “American Sniper”
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Part 1: Why It Should Bother Everyone That The Oscars Are So White
Since the first Academy Awards were held in 1929, just 7 percent of winners in the Best Actor category have been black men. Halle Berry’s 2002 win for her performance in “Monster’s Ball” made her the first black woman to win the Best Actress award. There has not yet been a second.
Brennan Williams, Christopher Rosen, and Irina, Huffington Post
Denzel Washington and Halle Berry share a laugh while holding their Oscar statues after winning the awards for Best Actor ("Training Day") and Best Actress ("Monster's Ball"), respectively, at the 74th Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California.
2/20/2015 | #OscarsSoWhite that if Common and John Legend win an Academy Award for Best Original Song this Sunday, it will be only the 32nd time in 87 years that a black person has held a competitive Oscar on Hollywood's biggest stage. That's 32 times out of more than 2,900 winners.
"It's a white industry. Just as the NBA is a black industry. I'm not even saying it's a bad thing. It just is," Chris Rock wrote last year in a thoughtful op-ed for The Hollywood Reporter. Rock's piece went viral because of how clearly he laid out the problems in Hollywood: It's a place where at every level, from the top on down, diversity is lagging behind society.
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Part 2: We are all d**k-measurers now: The Oscars and awards-season devalue and pervert art
"Boyhood" or "Birdman"? Beck or Beyoncé? Who cares. We must stop turning creativity into another dumb competition.
Steve Almond, Salon
Bradley Cooper in "American Sniper," Beyonce, Michael Keaton in "Birdman," Beck (Credit: AP/Jordan Strauss/John Shearer)
Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 | The other night I watched “All Is Lost,” the 2013 film about an aging sailor whose solo voyage in the Indian Ocean goes horribly wrong. The aging sailor happens to be Robert Redford. He’s the only person on-screen for the entire film and, other than a brief opening voice-over, he’s virtually silent.
I’ve never been a huge Redford fan, but I was blown away by his performance: by the physical rigor of the role and by how he uses his body and his face and his hands to convey emotion. “All Is Lost” is about a lot of things—solitude, hope, invention—but at its heart, it’s a parable about the human compulsion to try. Cunning and effort not only keep the old man alive; they express his essential selfhood in the face of nature’s indifference.
Steve Almond's new book is "Against Football."
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Hollywood Heroism in the Age of Empire: From “Citizenfour” and “Selma” to “American Sniper” TGP Staff, the Greanville Post
- Moral and political courage is in short supply these days and rarely represented in any form in the Hollywood celluloid universe.
- Under a regime of neoliberalism, a persistent racism and politics of disposability are matched by a theater of cruelty in which more and more individuals and groups are considered throwaways.
- The Oscars: a decadent and stupid ritual, an orgy of luxury branding and self-congratulation