2015 Oscar Nominations: A Dark Day for Women in Hollywood

2015 Oscar Nominations: A Dark Day for Women in Hollywood

I couldn’t sleep at all last night because I knew in the pit of my stomach exactly what was going to happen this morning. Based on
the wind and on the hatchet job against Selma, I knew that Ava Duvernay was not going to be nominated for Best Director for her work on that magnificent film.

I know that she is proud of her Best Picture nomination, and
I know that she is proud of the Best Song nomination and in the work that
everyone did on her film. As well she should be. But as a long-time observer of the Oscars — and the difficulty for women to break
through — the fact that DuVernay did not get nominated is devastating.

Remember way back in the fall, when people (by which I mean Oscar pundits who talk
about movies that were seen by a tiny group of people or not at all) were talking about Angelina Jolie as a Best Director candidate and Unbroken as a frontrunner for Best Picture? But once that movie came out, it faded from the Best Picture and Best Director race quickly. It just didn’t have the prestige points to get to the finish line.
Frankly, I don’t think anyone at Universal cares, because it is doing fantastically at
the box office.

But Selma had the
reverse path. It is a small, indie movie financed overseas with a (then) unknown African-American female director. And when that movie was shown at AFI (unfinished), it
exploded. (Let’s also remember that American
Sniper
, which got 6 nominations today, also screened at AFI — to a muted
response.)

Selma is a stunner in a lot of ways, but especially because it parallels what is going on in this country. It speaks to us and what
we are seeing in our streets and in our courts. People are being
disenfranchised all across the country based on their race and class. This
movie is about now. You used to be able to watch movies because they gave us commentary on our culture and on our world. They spoke about where we were, where
we hope to be, and how we can be better. I’m thinking of films like The Accused, Kramer vs.
Kramer
, The China Syndrome, and Network.

Selma is that powerful. And yet, its director was overlooked. This snub feels like a kick
in the teeth to women directors everywhere. She ticked all the boxes. Made a
movie about a historical figure whom people know. Made a movie about a man.
Great reviews. Great lead performance. I don’t know what else Ava DuVernay
could have done. It is soooo hard to play in the Oscar game. There have only ever been four women who managed a Best Director nomination — and only one has won. Movies that women direct don’t
usually get the studio financial support of millions of dollars to compete in the
Oscar race. Selma did. It played hard. But the LBJ partisans played harder and clearly, they won. They knocked down a movie of towering
significance, and quite frankly it makes the Academy members look like idiots. 

The Academy did itself a huge disservice today by not
nominating DuVernay. She has made three terrific movies. And yes, her first
two movies were about women, so the guys of the directing branch probably did
not see them. Today, the 388 members of the directing branch proved that they
are a bunch of insular, petty, out-of-touch people, and in more ways than one. The 2015 ceremony will also be the whitest Oscars since 1998

It’s not that anyone is asking for special favors here. DuVernay made a movie worthy of a nomination. But still, she was shut out.

And let’s remember that it is not only DuVernay who was
shut out. Women were shut out across the board. Gillian Flynn was shut out for
her adaptation of her book Gone Girl.
Not a single woman writer was nominated out of 10 adapted and original screenplay slots. Not a single woman
composer was nominated. Not a single female cinematographer was nominated. 

And most especially, out of 8 nominations, not a single one of
the Best Picture slots are movies about women. I am still reeling at how Wild got shunted aside so quickly. It is
making money in theatres, so that’s encouraging, but it never gained any traction in
the Oscar race, which makes me so angry. I am convinced that it is because it is
a movie about a complicated, strong woman that was feminine and feminist — even though
it was directed by a man. It feels like
the Academy folks are afraid of movies where the leads are people with vaginas. 

This is a day when I want to take up the challenge my
friend Kate Muir has talked about before. We need our own awards — one that is well funded and celebrated and taken seriously.
The lack of women nominated in the highest-profile categories is palpable and
anger-inducing — but not surprising. I wish I was more surprised.

Even though this day is devastating, it is not a day for resignation. Instead, it is a day for affirmation — of the continuing need to keep on pushing
for gender parity in the entertainment business. These stories are our cave
drawings. They are what resonate all across the world. They are what we will
leave behind — and women must be included in our culture and our cultural legacy. Onward!

Here are the women nominated for the 87th Academy Awards

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Marion Cotillard in “Two Days, One Night”
  • Felicity Jones in “The Theory of Everything”
  • Julianne Moore in “Still Alice”
  • Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl”
  • Reese Witherspoon in “Wild”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood”
  • Laura Dern in “Wild”
  • Keira Knightley in “The Imitation Game”
  • Emma Stone in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
  • Meryl Streep in “Into the Woods”

Achievement in costume design

  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Milena Canonero
  • “Into the Woods” Colleen Atwood
  • “Maleficent” Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive
  • “Mr. Turner” Jacqueline Durran

Best documentary feature

  • “CitizenFour” Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky
  • “Last Days in Vietnam” Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlester

Best documentary short subject

  • “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry
  • “Joanna” Aneta Kopacz

Achievement in film editing

  • “Boyhood” Sandra Adair

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy” Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

  • “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights,” Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

Best motion picture of the year

  • “Boyhood” Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland, Producers
  • “The Imitation Game” Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman, Producers
  • “Selma” Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers
  • “The Theory of Everything” Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten, Producers
  • “Whiplash” Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster, Producers

Achievement in production design

  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
  • “The Imitation Game” Production Design: Maria Djurkovic; Set Decoration: Tatiana Macdonald
  • “Into the Woods” Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
  • “Mr. Turner” Production Design: Suzie Davies; Set Decoration: Charlotte Watts

Best animated short film

  • “The Bigger Picture” Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees
  • “Me and My Moulton” Torill Kove

Best live action short film

  • “Aya” Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis
  • “Parvaneh” Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger

Achievement in sound editing

  • “Unbroken” Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

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Comments

Telly

@STEVE, is it any wonder she’s distant? Men like you do everything thing they can to shut women out.

shannon

Thanks for this article, and Indiewire’s continued coverage of these issues despite the venom of male privilege that always appears in the comments.

marty

Time out. This was an extraordinary year for directing. Two unique and powerful approaches to directing were showcased in Birman and Boyhood, films that come along once in a blue moon. So take away two slots automatically. So you have about six worthy directors scrambling for those last three slots. I happen to believe that Clint Eastwood was totally snubbed for AS. But if you want to look at the lack of love for Selma, look no further than Paramount who flunked Oscar campaigning 101 BY NOT SENDING OUT SCREENERS ON TIME. This isn’t racism nor sexism—it’s basic incompetence. But don’t make more out of it that it is.

Michael

Melissa: Rant all you want, you don’t know what you’re talking about. I really don’t think there’s any innate prejudice against women in Hollywood. White or African American. Are they underrepresented in some things? Yes. As they are in the rest of society and on equal pay scales as well. But to point an accusing finger at the movies (of all places) and the Oscars (a yearly horse race that gets it wrong as much as they get it right anyway – and seem to have a prejudice against BIG SUCCESSFUL movies), you’re preaching to a choir that can’t sing. Clint Eastwood, whose movie garnered a Best Picture bid, got no nod as a director either. Should we know infer that the Academy, mostly white and average age of 62, are against even older white men? Bennett Miller was nominated as direwctor – but not the movie he directed? What is that. I’ve seen SELMA. It was good. Not great. Not as good as I was expecting. A disappointment. Should I be outraged for Ms. DuVernay – because all her buzz didn’t pay off? It didn’t for David Oyelowo either. Or Jennifer Aniston. That’s the way it crumbles. Cookie wise (to quote the great Billy Wilder and IAL Diamond). Some win, some lose, some never get in the race. SELMA should have been a lot more powersful than it was. Too many supporting characters thrown at the audience without sufficient set up. A very powerful ending of real TV footage interspersed with that which was staged for the film. Would’ve loved more of that. Less casting of aspersions at LBJ and making him out to be a villain that he was not. No nom for Ava or the writers. There were stronger candidates. It was nommed for Best Picture when some pretty good movies were left off the list – with two open slots. What about that? Oprah gets her nomination as the producer. I’m sure she’s happy. And it will probably win best song as well (what – no outrage from you over the snub of Lana Del Rey for her haunting title song from "Big Eyes"? I guess the Academy is all wrung out over giving one to Adele last year – no more room at the inn for pop princesses). And how does the Academy get lambasted only a year after getting it "right" by awarding the Oscars to "12 Years A Slave" and Lupita N’yongo? What’s changed so drastically in 365 days in that male, white 62 year old crowd of voters? Nothing. She didn’t make the top 5 – neither did Damien Chazzelle or JC Chandor or Eastwood. Cry me a river.

Korky Day

The sexist men (and some women) arguing against quotas should be campaigning to amalgamate the Best Actor and Best Actress awards!

Jeff

Good article and good points

Brian

Alison is clearly offended that this post is not talking about her white female victim complex.

Stephen

"Selma" was a good film – not a GREAT film. Let’s focus on the work, not the gender of the person creating it.

Wren

Selma is a fantastic and extremely well directed film. However, the five directors that were nominated are all equally deserving. To rag American Sniper (whose director, Eastwood, was also not nominated) and say Selma is more topical and had a better response at the AFI is just pointless. Do you really think the sound editing and mixing in Selma is better than American Sniper? That’s 2 nominations Selma doesn’t even qualify for so now it’s 2 to 4. Big whoop?
Also, look at the marketing done with Unbroken. Of course it’s going to get more attention towards its female director. It’s a bigger film. Not as good, but it’s more well known.
And no one is asking for special favors here? You’re wanting Ava to be nominated solely based on her sex, am I not right?

Jere Martin

Thanks Melissa, for keeping the conversation going in such a clear and positive manner. You made many good points about what subverts the nomination process. I’d love to see a woman’s awards show. Like the TED Women was started years ago because the TED speakers were disproportionally men and that seems to have chsnged the culture of those prestigious talks. Keep on fighting the good fight!

jc

Alison and Molly comments are a perfect example

Steven

The current president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is Cheryl Boone Isaacs, an African-American woman. Perhaps the writer of the article should take up her cause With Ms. Isaacs? Or maybe she should accept that nominations are based on merit and not on filling quotas for particular race/gender/religion/hair color demographics?

Szymon

Maybe she’s just not THAT great director? I mean, director is responsible for movie as a whole, but also for some individual choices, style, essence, mood etc. Film might be great and imporant, but direction could be flawed on some points. Why there’s no bias that great movie like Whiplash was not nominated in Director category? It was great, inspiring movie. But the work of the director is not spectacular now. It’s good (otherwise, the movie wouldn’t be great), but is not something we’ll be talking about in ten years. IMO, Mrs Duvernay should be happy that her film was regoznised so good and it ended with Best movie nomination!

Josh

Melissa, you sound like you need a hug.

Marion Hasleck

If women want more Oscar nominations, they need to make better films. Simple. Stop complaining. You give my gender a bad name and I’m sick of it.

DE

Good points Melissa. Thanks for your continued efforts to highlight the disgraceful state of inequality in the industry.

Peter Cutter

I’m sorry, all I read was "Moan, moan, moan! Women should be entitled and men should be excluded because there’s more men in the film industry." Give me a break.

Tayna

who cares about rich people giving prase and accolades to each other?? People need to get a life and worry about the serious issues in the world. most of these movies are just crap doesn’t matter if a man or woman made it. In the end they all got huge pay checks and the notoriety they all seek.

lvetolaf

great Melissa, thanks for the truthful rant. I think it’s time women boycott the Academy Awards! I’m so sick of seeing self congratulating, self engrandising,overly privileged, white men continue to stoke themselves in public and getting recognized for same old mediocrity.
Can they/we come into the 21st century please?

Vincent

Obviously, I’m aware of the large disparity between films directed by men and women; this is a real issue. But this is different from arguing that films like Unbroken or Selma were snubbed because they were made by women. The pre-release buzz on Unbroken was the result as much of shrewd advertising /marketing as anything else. Once people saw the film, the buzz buzzed out – and for good reason. It stunk. (But the idea that the studio doesn’t care b/c the film has been a box office success is a bizarre claim since everyone knows that nominations usually result in a spike in business.) Selma is a different issue, but this article doesn’t do it any favors by placing these two films in the same pile, which is part of the problem once you begin trying to assert an us-versus-them mentality. As for Gone Girl: I would guess that it got pipped out not because it was written by a woman but because people, assuming it would get nominated, voted for other scripts. (For what it’s worth, I would have voted for something else as well – and not because I’m misogynistic; I just didn’t find it as clever as it found itself).

Ethan

I agree with eveyrthign expect about Angelina Jolie being snubbed. Jolie isn’t a talented director and Unbroken wasn’t a good film. Jolis had the oppertunity to direct it because of her status in Hollywood, not due to merit. She has no talent as a director and only wanted those Oscars as an ego bath. To me, its better to giving those 5 Best Directors spots to people who direct movies because they love it and not only chase after the Oscar like Jolie did.

Jeff

Anyone who takes the Academy Awards as a referendum on anything except gross excess and ego stroking needs a reality check.

Mick

LOLOLOL Franke so true!!!!!!! thanks for the good laugh

Franke

Chili, some History 101: in the country of Mexico, just as it is in the United States (and Spain and Cuba and everywhere else), there are White people and there are Black people. Inarritu is a White man from the country of Mexico. Desi Arnez was a White man from Cuba, which is why pretty much nobody called "I Love Lucy" an interracial relationship.

TM

From what I understand on the Selma front, it was poorly pushed by Paramount. They apparently only got their DVD screeners out a few days ago and that is where a lot of the voters see the movies for the first time, so a lot of voters probably never saw it. I don’t think the Academy is necessarily "afraid" of women having important roles in film. Next to Best Picture, best actress is almost certainly the most talked about award of the night, if not more so. The biggest demo of Oscars watchers is female, as well.

I think, first and foremost, they’re just conservative when it comes to picking movies that break from a classic Oscar formula, especially when that film is directed by someone who’s not entrenched in the Oscar roll call. That’s why they’ve lost so much cultural relevance over the last decade or so. Their picks are boring and nobody cares about them.

LeonRaymond

I wish you would start a all women awards cause some where in there would the be the abandonment of Racism. its what I been begging the African American Culture and People of Color and Latino Culture and Asian Culture to do come together and lets create this cause next year this stainless Steel spanking all White Male club will repeat the same offenses again. Like I always said this same mindset continues to applaud Birth Of A Nation and they still don’t understand why Black folks find it offensive!

Chili

Can someone explain to me why everyone is calling Inarritu white?

Carol

Daniel is an idiot.

Wilson

Also, The Imitation Game for most overrated awards film. Bleh.

Wilson

I say Steve’s point is most valid on this. As good as Selma was, there is no way it can compete with GBH, Birdman or Boyhood on a pure filmic scale alone. I have read more than a few articles by Melissa on Hollywood and women but I’ve always felt you’re very disenfranchised from the actual things in competition – the films. All three movies that I listed above made me laugh and cry and feel so strongly about cinema. Selma didn’t. It may be relevant and solid, but in 2014 that’s just not enough anymore. Director-wise it isn’t even a question, it’s easily a neck-to-neck match between Linklater and Iñarritu, who managed to create new cinematic forms entirely. I believe Nightcrawler to be a much better made and much more original film than Selma, and in that way much worse snubbed. In conclusion, Selma is great on its own, but it just came out in the wrong year against the wrong competition. It’s not the Academy’s fault that there aren’t more women directors out there doing films of amazing qualities. On the topic of Wild, it’s an awesome film, but just too insulated with its content. Definitely amazing performances, but I had to choose between Whiplash and Wild to see at the cinemas one day, and I chose the former, if not just because it has a stronger pull from trailer alone and I don’t feel a need to take my words back after seeing the end product.

Laurie Mann

And by the way, Selma continues to be one of the most highly rated movies on Rotten Tomatoes, currently with a 99% rating among critics…

Daniel

That´s ´realize the correctness with..´.

Daniel

Maybe women will start to see their mediocrity in film and realice the correctnes in with their limited positions in the industry. Leave it to the gender who have been telling stories for millenia. Who have been painting on walls and designing and crafting the artifacts women so decpetively and moronically decorate themselves with to look better. Finally, if you want equal status in the workplace, all of you, wear a god-damned suit like men. Not everyday is casual dress.

Laurie Mann

Lake Bell’s wonderful "In a World" was out in 2013. I had Jenny Slate’s "Obvious Child" at about 15 in my top 20 movies of 2014. "Wild" was quite underrated, definitely a top 10 movie. Most of "Gone Girl" was extremely strong, but the last 20 minutes were just plain dumb.

shanna

They didn’t get screeners? Seriously? Ava should of been nominated. Bradford Young should of been nominated. The Imitation game, American sniper, Foxcatcher’s director. Really?

Jessie

TJ…get a clue.

Jagernaut

When Duvernay is as visionary as the directors nominated then she’ll deserve a nomination.

Brian

STEVE is right. Paramount didn’t send members of the DGA and the PGA screeners. That is a massive gap of people who didn’t get at home screeners. The studio had 4 movies it was trying to back and someone dropped the ball. You are flat out wrong. Screeners weren’t sent out by the marketing department of Paramount, a dept ran by a woman. You can’t decry male ownership of the error as the marketing team for Selma was female.
And it really is a made for cable movie.

DJ

How many Asian Americans — men or women — were repped by the noms today? (Crickets.)

Carlos

I agree in part with Melissa. Women that are very good, might they be directors, editors screenwriters are faced with this challenge every day. I believe the film industry suffers from the same symptoms as other industries, once dominated by men, but when competing in equal circumstances women tend to owerpower man. These are many stories of the rising of successful industry giants when they ware commanded by a woman CEO.
I believe TJ is a man as I am, but my GoD, how on earth can you feel so threatened by a woman’s opinion. Alison, I agree with you. It takes a Great Man to recognize that Women rock just like us men. I congratulate all the women that have risen above the outdated stigma of "being nothing more than a housewife".

Bea

Who cares . . . the Oscars is just a great fashions show. So many deserving films and talent never see the light of day

mrc

JUSTTHEFACTS, so that critics all love "Selma" means what, exactly.

Stephen Brown

Well-written and thoughtful piece. People shouldn’t make movies to win awards, but they shouldn’t be shut out either. Clearly outstanding or historic films missed getting their due. I’m at least pleased that the number of great female performances was so much that some other deserving people (Emily Blunt and Jennifer Aniston and Amy Adams and Jessica Chastain and Tilda Swinton and Rene Russo among them) gave those races some competition. Hopefully we will see DuVernay or Campion or Foster or others with power recognized for their directing craft soon.

CDR

Although I agree that women are underrepresented as directors and in films where the female is the lead, these are film awards for people who see a lot of film. Selma’s subject matter was perfect and poignant, it was not, in my opinion, one of the 10 best directed movies of the year. It was really good, there were just better films. Should we give a ceremonial position because of Duvernay’s gender? Perhaps, but it would still not been one of the 10 best directing jobs this year. Still very good. As far as Unbroken is concerned, It wasn’t in my top 25. Wild was a top 10 film and Jenny Slate did wonders in Obvious Child. The unheralded woman will be heralded, just not these two directors at this time.

Justthefacts

Made for cable movie, Steve??? The movie had outstanding reviews so the movie reviewers disagree with your opinion.

Emma

It’s always men who want to decry an eloquent piece of writing so accurately expressed by Ms. Silverstein proving exactly what she’s writing about – that misgyny and racism is alive and well. The film business is ultimately killing itself by not including or valuing the work of women or stories about women. The gender bias isn’t going away. The question is why?

Brad

To be fair, Unbroken suffered from a lot of negative reviews, with a certified rotten score on rotten tomatoes.

C.

I was with the article … until all of the broad brushing began. I feel like the writer fails to look at the big picture. The basics? Sure! Yes, yes, yes … white and rich are supreme in the Academy, and that sucks. It really sucks, but saying that Jolie was snubbed because she’s a woman is outrageous. The hype around "Unbroken" wasn’t exclusive to Jolie (It was nominated for three Oscars, no?), as MANY films that register a pulse among critics are hyped up months in advance. Remember Ridley Scott’s "The Counselor" from 2013? "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty?" Both, directed by men, were anticipated for a number of awards before they even saw the light of day. But they weren’t nominated. "Unbroken" seems to be getting the most air because one of the biggest names in the world directed it. Lake Bell directed "In a World" and she wasn’t nominated … but I don’t see an uproar over that one. I also find the cheerleading of "Gone Girl", which is one of the most sexist mainstream movies I’ve seen in some time, to be a bit ironic.

jane

Also, Melissa Silverstein, I just read your Twitter response in the sidebar feed, where you called some of these commenters "trolls". So, er, would you say "trolls" are "critics" who don’t agree with you? I hope you see the hilarious irony there.

Lisa

Also, guys like TJ do not spend years having their development projects shot down by execs saying right to his face that no one wants to see a movie starring a white man.

jane

Molly, you have the support of Guilherme! You also have the support of Hartmut, Helga, Reinhart, Friedrich and Sigwald. I think we can all see where this is going.

Lisa

To the guys who think this is whining for quotas, ask yourself why ALL the Best Picture nominees are films about men, why only one of them has a nomination for Best Actress because 7 of 8 don’t even have a lead role for a woman, and how The Theory of Everything — a totally by-the-numbers biopic — got a screenwriting slot over Gone Girl. Or even over male-written Wild, which was about a woman.

The Oscar voters have certain biases that they insist are "meritocracy." But if the voters were 90 percent teenage girls or 90 percent black, I’ll bet we’d get different movie choices. If you were the one being shut out, it would be plainly obvious.

guilherme

Molly. you. just. nailed. it.

Marian

I think the separate awards idea is good. The Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards this year distressed me, too, so there are dangers in separate awards. But there must be some way to cherish women ( especially those who write and direct and frame and edit) with budgets big and small, features and shorts and docos and webseries, including those who don’t want to be described as ‘women’ directors etc, of whom there are many, and the women doing brilliant work outside the States, of whom there are also many.

See Above

See Steve’s comment. Thanks.

ANA

Shocking. The men in the comment section complaining/offended.

jdt

JULE, an "indie" with Brad Pitt and Oprah as producers, developed in the studio system since 2008? Please. We were all aware of this product and it stood on its own (flawed) merits. To blame screener distribution is silly. But probably necessary, for those who refuse to acknowledge Lifetime-movie scripts.

Laurie Mann

I felt that Ava DuVernay was robbed as was David Oyelowo whose portrayal of Martin Luther King was wonderful. I’ve seen most of the major movies this year, and while Birdman and Boyhood are my favorites, Selma would be a very strong #3. I’m also disappointed about Wild. I saw Imitation Game and Wild about a week apart. The use of flashbacks were much, much better in Wild and were a major distraction in Imitation Game.

It’s certainly possible that Selma lost out due to racism & sexism among the voters. I have heard a rumor, though, that the screeners for Selma went out very late. If that’s true, Selma’s lack of Oscar nominations may have more to do people not voting for movies they didn’t get screeners for. And that’s a whole other problem – the quality of the movie doesn’t matter, only getting the movie for free matters.

Alexandra Ally

following this pathetic squealing for equity let’s be consequent: where are the 18 % hispanics, the 5 % asians, the 19 % disabled etc.
Why a competition at all? Let’s just hand out the awards according to demographic numbers?

Jule

As a PGA member, the devastating choice was by Paramount not to support their film. When screeners didn’t arrive before Christmas, it was already a fait accompli. While they promoted Selma with many screenings, including many with Ava and Oprah, they didn’t send screeners for Selma (or for Interstellar) to the PGA, DGA, and only just recently to Academy members. The field is too full and holiday season too busy for members to see everything in a theater. People assume it will be a standard biopic unless they see the brilliant work Ava did – such beautiful, specific character choices, just a masterful job. And ALL indie films need the push of screeners. Heartbroken that she didn’t get the recognition she deserved. Best movie of the year.

Erika Schleich

You are missing a woman on this list — The Imitation Game had a female producer, Nora Grossman along with the men: Ido Ostrawsky and Teddy Schwarzman.

Steve

Melissa, you do have conviction of belief, but your opinion is only that: an opinion. I am of the opinion that Selma, while not bad, was also just not that great. It was a made-for-cable movie elevated by the presence of Brad Pitt and Oprah Winfrey. Domestic box office reflects that. Respectfully, Melissa, I would opine that to call Ms. Duvernay’s omission from the Oscar shocking only reveals your distant relationship to the business you critique.

Molly

As we well know, cream rises to the top, and by cream I mean what’s white and rich.

Alison

TJ is clearly offended that this post is not talking about his white male superiority complex.

tj

Blah Blah Blah. Now, I wonder if there were any men who weren’t nominated that might be deserving? And I wonder if I wrote an article decrying the fact that Set Decoration is dominated by women, obviously because of inequality and gender bias?
I’ll leave you with this. Between 30% and 40% of all Domestic Violence cases are perpetrated by women against men. My point? If you want to live in a gender neutral society then you might want to start walking the freaking walk. The "enemy" nonsense is getting old.

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