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I was really angry and

I was really angry and annoyed at the nominations for the Oscars this year. There were so many other, better, deserving films, actors, actresses, and directors who should have been nominated but who weren't. and I completely agree with the total lack of female directors, it seems EVERY SINGLE YEAR. We get it, these men are great at what they do, but fucking recognize someone else! For example, in the best actor category, Pitt and Clooney. Both great actors. But there were other performances like Fassbender in "Shame" who should have been nominated. And Ryan Gosling. With Supporting Actress, Melissa McCarthy? Really? An OSCAR? I don't hate her and she is funny, but really? And of course, the point of this, the directing. It's just so sad and disappointing when every year, it's the same men who get nominated.

Academy Voters

It's the same-ol' establishment body of Academy voters (Most of them are over the age of 35) that vote for the same nominees year-in-and-year-out. It's the establishment body of voters that needs to change, and that's unfortunately not likely to happen unless they ... pass on ...

Personally, I was pleasantly "shocked" to see Melissa McCarthy nominated, because typically she would have otherwise not have been nominated. But it's a testament to how respected she really is among her peers, and her respectability as an actor is one of too few things to feel good about the entertainment business right now.

Remember when Monique won a couple years' ago and how she won because "Of the performance and not the politics ..."? My hope is that when/if Melissa McCarthy wins, it will be for those very reasons again.

Yeah but

Yeah but McCarthy's performance was, well, forgettable in an awful movie. A truly, truly awful movie that I wish I could erase from my mind forever, and a movie that I sincerely wish was never, ever made. I honestly am at a loss as to why so many people thought it was funny. And why Oscar voters chose to recognize it. Especially when there were much better performances and original scripts.

The thing is, I think that her being nominated for that kind of comedy is sexist because men are almost never nominated for comedy, and physical comedy at that. It's almost as if she was nominated to make a point or to fulfill a quota because honestly, the performance was unfunny in a terrible movie that should have been long forgotten (or never made in the first place). It was depressing, sexist, catty, and disguised as a female comedy when it really wasn't. I was so offended by that movie, and goddamn did it depress me. She was nominated for that role in the same vein that Sarah Palin was chosen for VP: Because she's a woman and a novelty. Sure, you don't have too many women who do her kind of comedy, but that doesn't mean that it's <i>good</i> comedy, just like how Palin is a rarity as well, but that doesn't mean she's a good politician. We should be recognizing fantastic female performances and writing, not mediocrity for the sake that it's women who did it, which it was obvious to me.

Jim Carey is an incredible actor, very talented both in (physical) comedy and as well as drama, and yet he will never be nominated for an Oscar because they simply don't regard his brand of comedy as Oscar-worthy, yet they deem McCarthy's as Oscar-worthy. To me, her being nominated (as well as the Bridesmaids script) as dumbing down of the Oscars and catering more towards mainstream movies whose audiences are more interested in women shitting in sinks, acting like total jerks to their friends, being shallow and insincere, basically adhering to every single negative stereotype, than say, Carey Mulligan's emotional, vulnerable, and in-depth performance in <i>Shame</i>.

I know it's a silly award but it does mean something, and I am nowhere near alone in my wonderment at why she was nominated. I mean, goodness, Zach Galifianakis was brilliant in the Hangover, doing his new, own brand of comedy as well, and do you think he would have ever gotten nominated for an Oscar? Never in a million years. I simply don't see it as any different, nor something to be prestigiously recognized. I don't see Galfianakis' nor Carey's performances as Oscar-worthy either, to be fair.

I see this sexism as the same kind for men who do nude scenes. there is a huge double-standard in Hollywood for men and women and it favors women in this vein. When a woman does a nude scene, it's lauded as risky and often leads to critical recognition if it's a good movie. Take Kate Winslet, for example, one of my favorite actresses, noted for being unafraid to do nude scenes, and having been nominated for numerous Oscars, finally winning for a risky, sexualized role with numerous nude scenes, and she has a relationship with a teenaged boy (I read the book too). But when a man does a risky nude scene and has the same kind of vulnerability, like Michael Fassbender in <i>Shame</i>, it's seen as almost threatening. He was not nominated for an Oscar, and the movie was rated NC-17. And the full-frontal nudity was brief and shadowed. It's almost as if people see nude males as threatening, especially in a sexually-charged movie, but female nudity isn't seen in the same way in sexually-charged movies.


I have a lot of issues with the movie industry as a whole, one of them being that they recognize movies aimed at women that are sexist, and also extremely problematic movies like <i>The Help</i>, but I won't get into that clusterfuck.

And in regards to

And in regards to Mo'Nique..... her performance was actually Oscar-worthy and just incredible, as well as Gabby's. Its an instance where nominating her was very risky not because of who she is as a black woman who mainly does comedy, but because of the role that she played in the movie. Her character was truly abhorrent and sad at the same time and she transcended her persona and created such a strong presence that the viewer truly forgot that it was Mo'Nique they were watching. WIth <i>Bridesmaids</i> , I was watching Melissa McCarthy shit in a sink. And do other awkward things. Which is another reason why her nomination is a joke. The whole purpose of acting is to make the viewer forget they're watching an actor/actress they know and love and instead, viewing the character instead.

If McCarthy were to do a dramatic role like something that Mo'Nique did, then that would be totally different.

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