Where’s the Oscar category for best critique of the Heteronormative Patriarchy?

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Where's the Oscar category for best critique of the Heteronormative Patriarchy?

Full dis­clo­sure, I have only seen one of the movies nom­i­nated in any cat­e­gory for an Oscar this year (the Hob­bit, the bat­tle of five armies which is up an Oscar for sound edit­ing) as for the rest, I do not plan to see any of the movies nom­i­nated for any­thing until they come to free cable & even then only a few of them (the Imi­ta­tion game, Into the woods & maybe the Judge) have any inter­est to me.

Never the less the fuss that’s going on con­cern­ing the nom­i­na­tions for the Oscars has been incred­i­bly amus­ing to me par­tic­u­larly this state­ment:

Respond­ing for the first time to the firestorm of crit­i­cism over the lack of diver­sity in this year’s Oscar nom­i­na­tions, film acad­emy pres­i­dent Cheryl Boone Isaacs says the all-​white act­ing slate inspires her to accel­er­ate the academy’s push to be more inclu­sive. She also hopes the film indus­try as a whole will con­tinue to strive for greater diversity.

The first black pres­i­dent of the Acad­emy of Motion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences spoke out Fri­day night in an exclu­sive inter­view with The Asso­ci­ated Press about the Oscar nom­i­na­tions and the wide­spread crit­i­cism that followed

I note that nowhere in the state­ment is there any ref­er­ence to the qual­ity of the per­for­mances or which of the cur­rent nom­i­nees didn’t not earn the nom­i­na­tion that they received but I digress.

Now the log­i­cal solu­tion is to decree that at least one actor of “color” be nom­i­nated in every cat­e­gory, sort of what Nancy Pelosi did by cre­at­ing an token lead­er­ship posi­tion rather than risk­ing a back­lash by remov­ing demot­ing the junior mem­ber of lead­er­ship as nor­mally done since said mem­ber was part of the con­gres­sional black caucus.

Of course would taint any such nom­i­nee as a “token” regard­less on the qual­ity of their work.

This entire fiasco is an exis­ten­tial cri­sis for the lib­er­als in Hol­ly­wood but it’s even worse than they imag­ine, because they haven’t thought it out, it’s not just a ques­tion of lock­ing out black actors & actresses.

Were there a suf­fi­cient num­ber of openly gay actors nom­i­nated? Openly les­bian actress nom­i­nated? Trans­gen­dered men and or women and or others?

I’m shocked this ques­tion isn’t being asked. How can the lib­er­als in Hol­ly­wood & the stu­dios in Hol­ly­wood live with them­selves know­ing that there is not a sin­gle trans­gen­dered les­bian liv­ing in a polyamorous rela­tion­ship nom­i­nated in any category?

So per­haps we need a sep­a­rate cat­e­gory for every sin­gle group to make sure that all who claim vic­tim­hood has their nom­i­nee. Or per­haps we need some new cat­e­gories, after all it’s not fair that ONLY one black or his­panic or trans­gen­der be nom­i­nated. Per­haps we need best per­for­mance by an actor of color, best sup­port­ing per­for­mance by a trans­gen­der, best direc­tion by a les­bian bira­cial direc­tor in an ani­mated short film cri­tiqued by the het­ero­nor­ma­tive patri­ar­chal soci­ety etc etc etc.

And it goes with­out say­ing of course that if you oppose such cat­e­gories you must be defi­na­tion be a racist sex­i­est bigot homo­phobe trans­phobe to the nth degree, or even some­thing worse like a believ­ing Catholic or a republican.

Yes these would all be sep­a­rate cat­e­gories but if the acad­emy cre­ates and rec­og­nizes them the Oscar they win would be of equal value and isn’t equal­ity of result what diver­sity is really all about?

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Full disclosure, I have only seen one of the movies nominated in any category for an Oscar this year (the Hobbit, the battle of five armies which is up an Oscar for sound editing) as for the rest, I do not plan to see any of the movies nominated for anything until they come to free cable & even then only a few of them (the Imitation game, Into the woods & maybe the Judge) have any interest to me.

Never the less the fuss that’s going on concerning the nominations for the Oscars has been incredibly amusing to me particularly this statement:

Responding for the first time to the firestorm of criticism over the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations, film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs says the all-white acting slate inspires her to accelerate the academy’s push to be more inclusive. She also hopes the film industry as a whole will continue to strive for greater diversity.

The first black president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences spoke out Friday night in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press about the Oscar nominations and the widespread criticism that followed

I note that nowhere in the statement is there any reference to the quality of the performances or which of the current nominees didn’t not earn the nomination that they received but I digress.

Now the logical solution is to decree that at least one actor of “color” be nominated in every category, sort of what Nancy Pelosi did by creating an token leadership position rather than risking a backlash by removing demoting the junior member of leadership as normally done since said member was part of the congressional black caucus.

Of course would taint any such nominee as a “token” regardless on the quality of their work.

This entire fiasco is an existential crisis for the liberals in Hollywood but it’s even worse than they imagine, because they haven’t thought it out, it’s not just a question of locking out black actors & actresses.

Were there a sufficient number of openly gay actors nominated? Openly lesbian actress nominated? Transgendered men and or women and or others?

I’m shocked this question isn’t being asked. How can the liberals in Hollywood & the studios in Hollywood live with themselves knowing that there is not a single transgendered lesbian living in a polyamorous relationship nominated in any category?

So perhaps we need a separate category for every single group to make sure that all who claim victimhood has their nominee. Or perhaps we need some new categories, after all it’s not fair that ONLY one black or hispanic or transgender be nominated. Perhaps we need best performance by an actor of color, best supporting performance by a transgender, best direction by a lesbian biracial director in an animated short film critiqued by the heteronormative patriarchal society etc etc etc.

And it goes without saying of course that if you oppose such categories you must be defination be a racist sexiest bigot homophobe transphobe to the nth degree, or even something worse like a believing Catholic or a republican.

Yes these would all be separate categories but if the academy creates and recognizes them the Oscar they win would be of equal value and isn’t equality of result what diversity is really all about?

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