Really need to start posting again.
Have four titled-but-empty drafts sitting in my draft folder.
So much to do, so little time.
But hey, at least I finally know what I want to do with my life.
Just realised that in shortly over five months, I’ll have to change the name of my blog. I’m starting to feel old.
Two of my favourite films this year were ‘Short Term 12’ and ‘Fruitvale Station’, both amazing pieces of cinema with great performances from Brie Larson, Lakeith Lee Stanfield, Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer. Unfortunately, both got no love from the Oscar nominators due to one simple fact,…
Actually you’re wrong. It’s because the panel doesn’t want to admit that racism is alive and kicked while with 12 years a slave, they are able to justify by saying that it is in the past and things are better now. It’s more palatable to the white male crowd that is the academy board.
Can definitely understand your point in relation to ‘Fruitvale Station’, but ‘Short Term 12’ was snubbed for some reason as well.
I just used the shared fact that they’re both independent movies as the reasons for them not being nominated for any awards. In my mind, it is the most logical reason; but the fact that the voters are like more than 70% white and male probably plays into it as well.
"I’ve been working for 45 years, and so has my wife. But we have no money. You know why? Because my five kids have two bachelor’s, a master’s, and two doctorate degrees. They are my wealth."
"For my dissertation, I’m studying the experiences of LGBT students in Catholic school settings."
"Have you found anything interesting?"
"Well, I’ve only interviewed four students so far. But the students I’ve talked to say that their peers are generally very supportive, and seem to identify more with the pastoral side of the religion than the dogmatic side."
"You know… accepting others, tending the flock."
Two of my favourite films this year were ‘Short Term 12’ and ‘Fruitvale Station’, both amazing pieces of cinema with great performances from Brie Larson, Lakeith Lee Stanfield, Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer. Unfortunately, both got no love from the Oscar nominators due to one simple fact, they are both independent films.
The way in which the Oscars’ process works is that DVD screeners are sent out prior to the announcement of the finalists. The problem being that independent movies cannot afford to send out as many screeners as the big favourites, and therefore, do not show up when the lists of finalists are announced. I do not have some magical way to rectify this, but I’m sure there are many places where you can go and find somebody who has major ideas about the future of the Academy Awards.
This short article is less about rebuilding the Oscars’ voting process, but more about asking everyone to support independent movies and independent cinemas.
Make sure you check out both ‘Short Term 12’ and ‘Fruitvale Station’, then find your local independent cinema and make sure you check out some more independent movies.