News Nuggets: The Academy is dominated by white men

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
Feb 20 2012 12:57 pm
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Demographic survey shows the Motion Picture Academy is predominantly white men: "When the names of winners are revealed on Oscar night, months of suspense give way to tears, smiles and speeches. Yet when the curtain falls, one question remains: Who cast the votes? ... A Los Angeles Times study found that academy voters are markedly less diverse than the moviegoing public, and even more monolithic than many in the film industry may suspect. Oscar voters are nearly 94% Caucasian and 77% male, The Times found. Blacks are about 2% of the academy, and Latinos are less than 2%." LOS ANGELES TIMES

"Game Change" director Jay Roach insists his Sarah Palin is not a caricature: "We expected people to be skeptical about anyone who played her. My approach was to not try to impersonate her ... This is not a caricature, and it’s not an impersonation. [Julianne Moore] wanted to get not just into the surface — her skin, her clothes, her hair, and her accent — but to kind of internalize what she could imagine Sarah was going through psychologically, what anxieties she was experiencing stepping out on to the national stage." EW.COM

"Mad Men" teases its upcoming fifth season: "It’s been so long since anybody has seen anything new from four-time Best Drama Emmy winner 'Mad Men' — as in we seem to recall there was some AMC series years ago about a good-looking but seriously flawed advertising guy and his co-workers set in the 1960s. But at last here’s the first teaser to the new season that begins March 25. Does it ring any bells?" DEADLINE

Andrew Lloyd Webber is having a busy season: "He's unemployed (or so he says, with a big grin on his still-cherubic face). Nowhere to go, nothing to do... except look after the 10,000th Broadway performance of his international phenomenon, 'The Phantom of the Opera' ... shepherd into Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre, on March 22, the new production of his first worldwide hit, 'Jesus Christ Superstar'; and make sure the new production of his 'Evita,' starring Elena Roger and Ricky Martin, comes into the Marquis Theatre on April 5. And he has to premiere the Australian movie he produced of his Phantom sequel, 'Love Never Dies.'" PLAYBILL

Steve McQueen argues that Michael Fassbender's "Shame" snub was because America is afraid of sex: "Fassbender and 'Shame' did not light up 2012's nominations, contrary to the critical acclaim the film received. The reason for this, according to 'Shame' director Steve McQueen, was as plain as day: the Fassboner. 'In America they're too scared of sex, that's why he wasn't nominated. If you look at the best actor list you're saying, "Michael Fassbender is not on that list?" It's kind of crazy. But that's how it is, it's an American award, let them have it.'" MOVIEFONE

Critic A.O. Scott discusses the Oscars: "Yes, Hollywood is a swamp of vanity, myopia and bad taste. But it is also a community of hard-working and talented people who approach this annual ritual of self-congratulation with a sincere spirit of respect for the labor of others and reverence for the traditions that bring them together. There is a lot wrong with how the Academy conducts itself, and there are ways that Oscarmania is bad for audiences and movies. Before going into all of that I will say that there is always something moving, something disarmingly genuine, about the sight of the winners basking not just in the applause of the public, but also and more important in the admiration of their colleagues and peers." NEW YORK TIMES

 
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