Don't you dare hurt our Allison.
A question for the producers of this year's Oscars ceremony: how dare you?
Last Friday, Deadline reported that the winners of last year's acting awards had yet to be contacted about presenting those same awards at the 2019 ceremony, a long-held Academy tradition. "It breaks my heart," wrote America's relentlessly cool and undeniably talented aunt, Allison Janney, in a now-deleted Instagram comment. On Wednesday evening, the Academy tweeted that Janney, who won Best Supporting Actress last year, will, in fact, be part of the telecast along with previous winners Frances McDormand (Best Actress), Sam Rockwell (Best Supporting Actor), and Gary Oldman (Best Actor). While we sincerely hope this helps mend Janney's wounds, it's unclear in what capacity she and the other acting honorees will be participating. Dave Karger, who covers the Oscars and the Academy for numerous outlets, tweeted in response to Mark Harris, another Oscar expert, that it "looks like" presenter duties will be shared among last year's winners and that they will not be presenting in the acting categories.
Last year, Allison Janney, Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman and Sam Rockwell had their names read from an envelope an… https://t.co/WKh1D82mGn— The Academy (@The Academy)1549499768.0
@MarkHarrisNYC Looks like Fran & Sam are presenting an award together, as are Gary & Allison. Not acting categories though.— Dave Karger (@Dave Karger)1549502752.0
This is the latest in a series of hastily-made, announced, then retracted decisions by the Academy in preparation for this year's broadcast.
A brief timeline:
August 8, 2018: Academy announces new category for "popular" film
September 5, 2018: Academy announces it will not present "popular" film award
December 4, 2018: Kevin Hart announced as host of 91st Oscars
December 7, 2018: Kevin Hart drops out of 91st Oscars
January 24, 2019: Variety reports that only two of the five nominees for Best Original Song will be performed during the telecast
January 31, 2019: Academy announces that all five nominated songs will be featured (albeit, for only 90 seconds each)
February 1, 2019: Deadline reports a potential acting award-winner snub
February 6, 2019: Academy tweets that acting award-winners will present (likely not acting-related) awards
The high-level flip-floppery can all be traced back to that first August announcement. In addition to the potential popular film category, the Academy also announced a shorter version of the telecast (now a svelte three-hour event). Aside from the host situation, most of the decisions that followed appear to be an attempt to pare down the traditionally long ceremony. They also appear to be the Academy's effort at drawing in younger, perhaps less film-obsessed viewers. Producers are also relegating some award presentations to commercial breaks and pushing last year's honorees aside for bigger names. It's no secret that industry awards can feel staid and lay viewers are probably not as invested in the race for Best Sound Mixing as they are for Best Director. It makes perfect sense that Oscar producers would want to modernize a 91-year-old ceremony to appeal to the widest possible audience, but the Academy needs to decide who that audience is, and stop making decisions at the expense of the people they claim to celebrate.
Rebecca Linde is a writer and cultural critic in NYC. She tweets about pop culture and television @rklinde.
POP⚡DUST | Read More...
- Ryan Seacrest's Oscar Red Carpet Coverage — Not Exactly ... ›
- Allison Janney 'Overwhelmed' at Oscars After Years Watching Show ... ›
- Oscars nominations 2018: Who's in for sure — and who may get ... ›
- Oscars 2019: Allison Janney 'heartbroken' over Academy Awards snub ›
- Allison Janney Wins Oscar for Best Supporting Actress – Variety ›
- Allison Janney reveals disappointment in not presenting award at ... ›
- Allison Janney Not Being Asked to Present at the Oscars | IndieWire ›
- Allison Janney Speaks Up About Oscars Presenting Snub: “It Breaks ... ›
In a boundary-breaking move, Nia DaCosta will direct "Captain Marvel 2."
Nia DaCosta is now officially the first Black woman to direct a Marvel Film.
Captain Marvel 2 will star Brie Larsen and will be directed by DeCosta, who also directed the upcoming horror film Candyman.
CANDYMAN, at the intersection of white violence and black pain, is about unwilling martyrs. The people they were, t… https://t.co/3gQKFbTRNp— Nia DaCosta (@Nia DaCosta)1592411883.0
Born in Brooklyn, DaCosta was inspired to make films after watching Apocalypse Now. In 2015, her breakout feature, Little Woods, was chosen for production by Sundance's Screenwriters and Directors Lab. At the time Little Woods was released in 2018, DaCosta said, "I'm most concerned with my films being active and having women in my films who are active." Now she'll be helming an epic, highly-anticipated superhero film.
Black female directors continue to break boundaries in the industry, though this development has been a long time coming and many are under-recognized. But if you're looking to break out of your Scorsese-Spielberg-white-male canon rut, or just looking to experience some incredible films from incredible talent, here are nine additional Black femme movie directors you should know.
Julie Dash - Daughters of the Dust
- Elon Musk And Grimes Welcome Baby Boy ›
- Candyman Sounds Like a Real Daddy in New "Candyman" Trailer ... ›
The classic He-Man meme video stands the test of time as an iconic example of queer-coded art.
In December of 2005, Brokeback Mountain shifted queer-coded cinema into the mainstream.
Prior to 2005, "New Queer Cinema"––a term coined by film scholar B. Ruby Rich in Sight & Sound to define the queer-themed independent film movement, which focused on rejecting heteronormativity and concentrated on LGBTQ protagonists––existed on the fringe of the film world. It's worth noting that while the movement primarily refers to the boom in independent LGBTQ films from 1992 onwards, queer cinema existed for many years prior, albeit without a proper name. But regardless of nomenclature, New Queer Cinema was typically designated for niche audiences, relegated to arthouse showings at best.