While it’s dispiriting that the industry’s exclusion of women is, as John Oliver would say, still a thing, editor Melissa Silverstein and the Women and Hollywood crew at least had a whole lot of fun ribbing the Academy for the lack of gender parity in this year’s Oscar nominations.
Set to the tune of Adele’s single “Hello” — and applying the same swooning tint as Xavier Dolan’s music video — “Hello Academy” elicits its fair share of chuckles while condemning #OscarsSoMale for “reeking of misogyny.” (The best line, though, addresses the diversity controversy: “What do you call it when you heap recognition onto white folks for the black-centric movies?”)
Though it comes with a sense of humor, the consternation is merited yet again. Outside the acting categories, there are but a few bright spots — the screenplay categories, with an above-average total of four women nominated; a handful of crafts that have long featured women more prominently — amid the more general sense of women’s absence. This is nothing new, of course. A recent Women’s Media Center investigation of all Oscar nominees from 2006 to 2015 found that women constituted fewer than 20% overall, with exactly none nominated for cinematography. Hello from the outside, indeed.