Identifying And Fixing The Problem Of The Oscars

Identifying And Fixing The Problem Of The Oscars

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I’m fully aware that I am not the first writer to critique the Oscars, and most likely won’t be the last. However, this topic still compels me. There is a lot wrong with the Oscars. They tend to favors actors and actresses who are caucasian, have a clear pro-Hollywood bias, and exclude the two biggest film markets: comedies and action films. Most egregious of all, is their constant failure to give an award to the people/films who actually deserves it.

Let’s start with the best picture award. Rotten Tomatoes lists the best 5 films of all time in the following order: 1. Wizard of Oz, 2. Citizen Kane, 3. The Third Man, 4. Mad Max: Fury Road, and 5. All About Eve. Now remember these are ranked using a variety of reviews from critics and audiences, and have come out as the 5 greatest films of all time. Whether they all deserve to be there is another debate, but they’re all clearly fantastic films if they are able to reach such a position on such a list. Only one of them won best picture (All About Eve). That means the top 4 films of all time we’re not considered the best picture of their respective year. That’s ludicrous. However, the more disheartening thing is to see what films each of these lost too. They lost too Gone With the Wind, How Green is My Valley, All the King’s Men, and Spotlight ( respectively). While I’m sure these are all fine movies, I can personally attest to the fact that these films are all clearly dwarfed by the movies that they beat (with the notable exception of Gone With the Wind).

Other notable best picture losers: Vertigo, Raging Bull, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas, There Will Be Blood, E.T., The Shawshank Redemption, Apocalypse Now, Gangs of New York, and The Dark Knight. All films that have not only stood the test of time, but are commonplace on many people's greatest movies of all time lists. While I understand that a snub is bound to occur now and then, this is happening all too often.

Moving onto the actors. The biggest problem with the Oscars approach to actors is a refusal to take their performance for what it is and instead choosing to account for career context. Allow me to explain. In 2013 Daniel Day Lewis wins Best Actor in a Leading Role for Lincoln, beating better performances by Hugh Jackman in Les Mis and Bradley Cooper in Silver Lining Playbook.

So why does DDL win? Because he lost in 2002 to Denzel Washington, Washington won for Training Day and DDL starring in Gangs of New York. DDL’s 2002 performance is far superior to his role in Lincoln but he got the award in 2013 because the academy thought that they owed him after not giving him the award in 2002.

In Daniel Day Lewis’ case this helped him, because he eventually won the award, but it more commonly than not hurts actors who actually deserve the role that year ( Just take a look at Hugh Jackman and Bradley Cooper, who still haven't won). It can also hurt actors who have had controversial careers/ lives outside of film. A great example of this is Mel Gibson. I’ve seen many of the major films that came out this year, and can say without a doubt that Hacksaw Ridge is the best film of the year. It’s shot extremely well, the story is fantastic, the music is great, and Andrew Garfield is amazing in it.

It's probably the best film I've seen in theaters in the last 5 years. However, despite all of this, I know it won’t win Best Picture, and most likely won’t win Best Actor or Best Director ( even though it deserves all three awards). Why is this the case? Because Mel Gibson directed it. Now I am not defending Mel Gibson, he is a terrible person. That being said, I think letting past personal issues of someone attached to the film determine whether or not a film can really win any major award is childish and unfair.

(Vince Vaughn gets it)

I could go on and on about the Oscars. They have an innate bias towards films about Hollywood or the entertainment industry, refuse to give comedies/ action films their due ( 14 nominations for La La Land and no best picture nod for Deadpool, come on) and favors caucasian performers.

So how do we fix it? I have one proposal, make the Oscars have a five year delay. Have movies that came out in 2012 be voted on in 2017, 2011’s films voted on in 2016, and so on. If this happens Midnight in Paris never loses to The Artist, because 5 years later everyone can see Midnight in Paris is the superior film. Scorcese’s Wolf of Wall Street would never have lost to Gravity for best director. I realize this isn’t a perfect system, as it would make the Oscars a lot less interesting.

But it does give the voters a chance to see how history will remember these films, which in the long run is far more important than any award.

Cover Image Credit: The New Yorker

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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13 Quotes For All Of Us Empowered Female-Identifying People Out There

For the days when you need to be reminded that you are really doing the dang thing and doing it well.

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For the days when you need to be reminded that you are really doing the dang thing and doing it well.

1. Do you really need someone else's permission, acceptance, wink, or nod, or are you ready to give these to yourself? -The Universe

I get notes from the Universe everyday and all of them are so amazing and inspiring. There might be a few of them on this list. You can sign up for your own notes from the universe here.

2. The princess saves herself in this one. -Amanda Lovelace

The quote is based off a book called The Princess Saves Herself In This One, which is a collection of poetry about resilience, you can get the book here.

3. I'm made of more than you think. -Snow White, Mirror, Mirror

4. Other people's perception of you ain't none of your business. -Lisa Nichols

CLAPPING HANDS EMOJI.

5. Do you realize how many events and choices that had to occur since the birth of the universe leading to the making of just exactly the way you are? -Mrs. Which, A Wrinkle In Time

I love this because it really hits home how so many right and wrong decisions led to the creation of you and how you should appreciate the good and the bad because without either of them you wouldn't be exactly who you were supposed to be.

6. You can't stop what's done to you. You can only survive it. -Rachel, Georgia Rule 

This brings up an important theme of my life that I'm still trying to figure out. The only thing you can control in your life is how you react to what happens to you.

7. Don't let anyone ever make you feel like you don't deserve what you want. -Patrick Verona, 10 Things I Hate About You

8. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -Queen Clarisse, The Princess Diaries

9. No trifling of the past, no matter how great, can tarnish the brilliance of eternity. -The Universe

10. People who are insignificant to your future shouldn't have an impact on your present.

Someone once told me this, and although I can't remember the person, this quote has always stuck with me.

11. Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before. -Lady Gaga

You know what... I think she was talking about you.

12. Tell yourself it's easy. Tell yourself often. Make it an affirmation. Eat, sleep, breathe it, and you life shall be transformed. -The Universe

13. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. -Mark Twain 

Go on then, be empowered and trust your instincts, you've got big things coming... I can tell.

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