The above video demonstrates how, waaaaaay back in 2009, most movies didn’t pass the Bechdel Test for women in movies, a simple three-part process to determine whether women are afforded positive representation in any given film or not. Not only does the latest batch of Oscar nominations miserably fail the Bechdel Test en masse, they also fail to represent non-male, non-white makers of cinema.
The list for this year’s best of the best is as dismally bereft of diversity as other years before, and this might not be surprising if it weren’t for all the amazing women and non-white people working in the world of film. What a gigantic middle finger to diversity from the Academy. The folks at Bitch have this to say:
This morning, the nominees for the 84th annual Academy Awards were announced. And this morning, as has happened every Oscar nominee morning for the past 83 years, the roster of hopefuls is filled with white dudes. I’m not saying that Hugo wasn’t a fun movie, or that Moneyball didn’t make me temporarily find baseball mildly interesting, but if we were picking fantasy teams in the White Male Academy Awards Playoffs™, I’d want Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Woody Allen as my starting five every year for a reason (the reason is that they get nominated ALL THE TIME).
Thanks to the Oscars for yet again reminding audiences and funders why they need to keep supporting independent filmmaking. After all, diversity in cinema is everywhere, except at the world’s biggest cinema awards show, where the perennial focus remains firmly focused on the same bunch of mainstream millionaire white boys.