While debating Oscar nomination snubs has become an annual tradition, the criticism over this year’s list of nominees had to do with racial bias and a lack of diversity. Specifically, a film about civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. was nominated for Best Picture, but its female director and lead actor, both black, were surprisingly overlooked.
Yet few seemed to notice is that “Selma”, the film in question, is only the twelfth film directed by a woman to receive a Best Picture nomination in the 86 year history of the Academy Awards. On only four occasions has the filmmaker also been nominated for Best Director. And six of these movies were nominated during the last 10 years, pointing towards a positive trend for female helmers.
Also under represented in the Best Picture category at this year’s Oscars are hit movies. Sure, all of the nominees were successful, but only “American Sniper” earned big bucks at the box office. If only Legos were eligible to vote… maybe they’re film would have been nominated for Best Animated Feature.
Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including Barbara Streisand’s latest platinum album, Amazon’s move into theatrical film distribution and why James Cameron is delaying the “Avatar” sequels to 201.
Why Did ‘American Sniper’ Do So Well At The Box Office?
Study: 53 Percent Shun Movie Theaters Citing High Ticket Prices
Average Movie Ticket Price Jumps to $8.17 in 2014
‘The Interview’ Makes $40 Million Online and On-Demand
N.S.A. Breached North Korean Networks Before Sony Attack, Officials Say
‘The Interview’ to Get Theatrical Release in France
DreamWorks Animation Planning Layoffs
Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger Paid $46.5 Million in Fiscal 2014
Oscar Nominations Expose Academy’s Lack of Diversity
Amazon Enters Movie Business With Two Wise First Steps
TV Ratings: ‘The Talk’ Audience Overtakes ‘The View’ for First Time Ever
Rosie Perez Exits ABC’s ‘The View’
Barbra Streisand Goes Platinum for Historic 31st Time With ‘Partners’
Garth Brooks Surpasses Elvis Presley in Album Sales… Again
Lena Dunham Hires ‘Scandal’ PR Expert, PMK-BNC (Exclusive)
‘Fortitude’ to Be First Original Show to Premiere Simultaneously Across Sky’s European Network
James Cameron Says ‘Avatar’ Sequel Delayed Until 2017
Sundance Cancels 2015 Edition of London Spinoff Festival
Mike Myers Signs Two-Year Deal With HBO
Woody Allen to Create First TV Series for Amazon
Chinese Directors’ Guild Urges Reforms, Launch of Film Ratings System
Can Movie Theatres Survive?
Movie Theatres Face An Inevitable Netflix Effect