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  • Filmatelist
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    I just noticed something curious.

    The only Oscar-winning performances in films directed by women have been female (Holly Hunter, Marlee Matlin, Hilary Swank, Charlize Theron, etc.)

    The only Oscar-winning performances in films directed by people of color were for people of color (Denzel Washington, Mo’Nique, Lupita Nyong’o, etc.) 

    But to date (from what I can tell), no white performer has ever won an Oscar in a film directed by a person of color.  If Stallone wins for CREED, he will be the first.

    And no male performer has ever won an Oscar in a film directed solely by a woman.  The closest so far has been Alan Arkin, since LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE was co-directed by Valerie Feris.

    Just a strange set of factoids as the industry continues to contend with issues of diversity behind the camera. 

     

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    Well, Sidney Poitier won for Lilies of The Field. That was directed by a NorwegianAmerican, Ralph Nelson.

    Then there’s Hattie McDaniel, who won for Gone With the Wind. Now that, was directed by a series of directors who couldnt get much whiter.

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    Well, Sidney Poitier won for Lilies of The Field. That was directed by a NorwegianAmerican, Ralph Nelson.

    Then there’s Hattie McDaniel, who won for Gone With the Wind. Now that, was directed by a series of directors who couldnt get much whiter.

    There are countless examples of acting winners who are people of color being directed by white directors.  Ditto female winners being directed by men.  Both sets are the norm.

    But the reverse is non-existent.  That’s my point.   

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    And I like your point. I got it actually. Sorry for the confusing post. I can think of examples of directors of colour having actors nominated who arent er, of colour.

     

    This situation is going to change.

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    And I like your point. I got it actually. Sorry for the confusing post. I can think of examples of directors of colour having actors nominated who arent er, of colour.

     

    This situation is going to change.

    Yes, agreed.  I just think it’s a bizarre statistical anomoly that when the rare (but increasingly more common) instance of a woman or director of color helms an actor to an Oscar, it’s still never a white man.

    But yes, both Ang & Spike Lee, Cuaron & Inarritu, Barbara Streisand and Kathryn Bigelow (all Oscar-winners in some way) have all directed white actors to nominations.  Just none of them have won. 

     

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    Ang Lee directs the ethereal Wei Tang and the multi-talented Tony Leung, in Lust/Caution, a film I didnt care for at all. But the ensemble, and the two of them, werent on the radar. And they are terrific.

    Then, there’s The Last Emperor, that manages to win 9 out of 9, and no nominations for either John Lone or Joan Chen, which is so ridiculous, I dont have any more words for it.

    And yet, Marlon Brando gets a nomination for Bertolucci’s Last Tango….

    And Ang, we know have had actors nominated who would not be considered “of colour”. Such an odd term, “of colour”. This implies that caucasians are see-through/transparent.

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    I don’t understand why this is a ‘bizarre statistic’ when it is more of a given looking at what the film industry has always been.

    The state of Hollywood over the years has led to a disproportionate of miniorities and women behind (and in front of the camera). So of course when women and POC are given the opportunity to direct and write a major Hollywood film they are more drawn to the idea of telling stories about POC and women.

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