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  • outsider
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    This year is shaping up to be quite strange as the four front-runners in the acting categories (Michael Keaton, Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette, J.K. Simmons) have a lot in common:

    They’re all Americans.
    They’re all white.
    They’re all middle-aged.
    They all appeared in independent movies.
    They all made their Oscar breakthrough after years of being underappreciated or overlooked (I guess for wins or more nominations when it comes to Julianne Moore).

    We usually have a foreigner or someone younger (especially in the female categories) or a non-white or someone whose movie wasn’t released by a specialty distributor. 

    Will voters look for more diversity or will they have no problem with the similarities? 

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    AMG
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    To be fair, looking at the nominees, they have gone for younger/older/non American actors once more.
    i.e. Redmayne/Jones/Stone, Duvall/Keaton, Cotillard. 

    On another note, I don’t get why people are up in arms about the demographics of this years nominees. The whole point of equality is that people get treated with the same respect. Surely it’s not that respectful for some contenders who missed out for it to be ‘blamed’ on their demographics, rather than the fact that they just didn’t get enough votes. 

    Did David Oyelowo not getting into Best Actor mean that voters are ‘racist’? NO! They just preferred at least five other performances to his.
    Does the fact that Ava DuVernay missed out on a nod as Director mean that voters are ‘sexist’? NO! They preferred five other directors work this year. Lets not forget how very few female directors there are. The odds of one of them getting a shot at a nomination are quite long.  

    Last year, take 12 Years A Slave out of competition. The Oscars would have been considered ‘very white’. So people of other ethnicities are seen as being represented if ONE film gets in? That makes no sense. As much as people love to hate on Oscar voters for stuff like this, if people do want to be outraged by anything, they should look at the film studios who decide which films get green-lit, when they are released, and how heavy the Oscar campaigning will be.

    A few of this years nominees came as a result of genuinely amazing work. Some also had to rely on a great campaign. At the end of the day, don’t hate the players, hate the game. 

     

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