I started to look for connections between the readings this week and Oscar nominations and found this great piece that delves into film production, representation, critical acclaim and the “unbearable whiteness” of it all. It presents some information that isn’t new to those of us that did the readings for this week, but adds a lot to that understanding as well. In explaining why looking at race and gender in the Oscars is important, the author explains that “..it’s also foolish to dismiss them as totally meaningless. Just because they aren’t necessarily very good at rewarding the real best movies of the year (as though there is a “real” “best” anything in art) doesn’t mean they don’t have an impact. The very fact that they reflect the state of the industry — or at least one rarified segment of the industry — is significant. ”
Other related articles:
http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/01/the-divergence-of-best-picture-and-best-actress/384556/Best Actor nominees are almost twice as likely as their female counterparts to have starred in Best Picture-nominated films.
http://www.awardsdaily.com/blog/2015/01/oakland-tribune-skewers-oscars-wall-to-wall-whiteness/After the Academy Award nominations were announced Thursday morning, Twitter users tore apart the Academy for nominating only white actresses and actors for the nation’s top film honors, using the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.
http://theangryblackwoman.com/2009/09/01/the-bechdel-test-and-race-in-popular-fiction/ The Bechdel Test shifted to test film for it’s representation of people of color