When Natalie Portman announced the “all-male nominees” for Best Director at the Golden Globes, people were pretty into it. (Even Ron Howard, who was standing next to her onstage, got a laugh out of the apparently unscripted moment.) When Emma Stone followed suit last night at the Oscars, people took issue with it.
“It is the director whose indelible touch is reflected on every frame,” Stone said. “It is the director who, shot by shot, scene by scene, day by day, works with every member of the crew to further the story.” Then the controversial part: “These four men, and Greta Gerwig, created their own masterpieces this year.”
Guillermo del Toro won the Academy Award for Best Director moments later, and like fellow nominee Jordan Peele, the “Shape of Water” helmer is a person of color — hence why some have taken umbrage to Stone’s comments. (Del Toro also won the Golden Globe, but Peele was not nominated.) “Peak white feminism from Emma Stone. Pointing out that 4 of the nominees are men while ignoring that 2 of those men are minorities,” wrote one Twitter user, whose sentiments were echoed by several others:
Peak white feminism from Emma Stone. Pointing out that 4 of the nominees are men while ignoring that 2 of those men are minorities.
— Nik Reed (@REEDandSTUFF) March 5, 2018
emma stone really thought she was setting the world on fire during her best director presentation… instead all she did was minimise the achievements of the non-white male director nominees who worked so damn hard to get where they are.
— shape of water warrior (@devpateIl) March 5, 2018
“These four men and Greta Gerwig.”
Nevermind that one of those men is Black and one of those men is Latino but ok…you go right on ahead, Emma Stone. I say ALL of OUR names. #Oscars
— Terésa Dowell-Vest, M.F.A. (@dowellvest) March 5, 2018
Emma Stone taking shots at the Best Director nods is cute because:
A. She said ZIP about Halle Berry showing up in THAT montage twice w/ 0 lines
B. She played an “Asian” in ‘Aloha’
C. Peak White feminism
D. The Best Director nods included two MOC
— Clarkisha Kent-Jordan: Thrower of Wakandan Wigs (@IWriteAllDay_) March 5, 2018
Making matters worse for some is the fact that Stone was involved in a whitewashing controversy when she starred in Cameron Crowe’s “Aloha” as a woman of Chinese and Hawaiian descent:
This is the same Emma Stone who played a whitewashed character in Aloha, right? Or am I remembering wrong.
— April (@ReignOfApril) March 5, 2018
Noted Chinese actress Emma Stone gets woke all of a sudden.
— Walter Chaw (@mangiotto) March 5, 2018