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Variety has Fences as the face of Ageism in BP Oscar nominees

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  • Ramses23
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    Brent Lang of Variety wrote an article talking about a USC study that looked at the last 3 years of Best Picture nominees (25 in total) and seeing how many of those had characters that were 60 years of age or older. According to the study, 12 percent of the 1,256 characters from these Best Picture nominees were 60 or older.

    Interesting piece, but peculiar that out of all the Best Picture nominees from the past three years, they have Denzel in Fences as the face of this article about ageism just as final Oscar voting is under way. The author also was inaccurate in saying Denzel’s character in Fences was “in his 40s” when Denzel (who is 62 in real life) has said in countless Q&As and press junket interviews that the character of Troy in Fences is 53 years old. An odd error, considering how long Fences has been talked about during this awards season spotlight and its place in it. Plus an actor playing a character 9 years younger than their actual age is quite common and not really egregious.

    Will this article have some of the older members (60+) of the Academy be turned off from Denzel/Fences because of perceived ageism? What do you think of the article?

    Here’s a link to the article:

    http://variety.com/2017/film/news/oscars-best-picture-ageism-1201990548/

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    Liam Kirchner
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    she’s reaching your honor

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    distain
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    Damn…that’s about the clumsiest hit piece I’ve ever seen.LOL!

    Can’t see any Academy member being unintelligent enough to fall for that.

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    lovelylovely
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    This is just plain stupid.

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    Teridax
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    This is just plain stupid.

    Agreed! LOL What a mess of hit piece. That’s like saying the Oscars nominating Moonlight for Best Picture proves how homophobic or racist they are!

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    distain
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    Someone at Variety reaaaaally doesn’t want Denzel to win an Oscar next week.

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    Teridax
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    Someone at Variety reaaaaally doesn’t want Denzel to win an Oscar next week.

    I bet you’d love to see them cry as Denzel inevitably accepts his 3rd golden boy. 😉

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    distain
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    IMDB has a news link to the Variety story, with the poster of Fences next to it.LOL!

    http://www.imdb.com/news/ni60791224/

    IMDB is owned by Amazon, the producers of Manchester By The Sea. Guess we can figure out who was behind this lame attempt at a smear job.

    Amazon must be really scared for Casey.

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    LaChienne
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    Lol Amazon has already won, being a streaming service with a film that has major Oscar noms. They had something that Netflix was missing (major theater releases) but hopefully this is step in the right direction to avoid any more egregious snubs e.g. Idris Elba from Beasts of No Nation.

    Anyway, the writer of this article should have done some warmups before they made a stretch like this. And if talk of Hollywood ageism is on the table, it should be directed at older women, who feel it the worst, Oscars or not.

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    Anonymous
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    This article is so dumb that I thought it would have been on the Onion if I didn’t know better.

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    PJ Edwards
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    He’s Denzel. Nobody cares.

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    LordDenzel
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    Denzel is winning no matter what these morons say

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    manakamana
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    Hmm…I doubt any Oscar voters looking at this article thinks that the writer is painting Fences as emblematic of Hollywood ageism. He specifically points out Denzel as a rare leading actor nominee in his 60s, even if they then go on to incorrectly state Troy’s age. But he looks grizzled in the picture…if anything voters look at it and give Fences more credit for bucking the trend.

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    Milk Money
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    Lol @ the desperation.

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    joesilver
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    LMAO Denzelmaniacs are paranoid

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