As soon as Oscar nominations were announced this morning, Twitter strained to the point of breaking under the weight of thousands of bloggers, saddled with white guilt, who took up microblogging arms to announce the injustice of Ava DuVernay, director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic “Selma,” being left off the nomination list for Best Director. And while it is an injustice, people just as quickly wheeled around to the inevitable (and not untrue) conclusion that the Academy Awards are ultimately tantamount to a high school student council election with friends voting for their friends, and that real change would come 10-15 years from now when the older white Academy members have died out.
All of these are true things. They are! I even snarkily tweeted earlier today that another round of thinkpieces on the lack of Oscar diversity would ultimately be meaningless. But the more I sat with it, the more I realized that there are other takeaways from the DuVernay snub, aside from the overt and obvious casual racism and misogyny that’s trenchant in Hollywood. Here are a few other issues that we also need to focus on, and keep fighting against, that come from DuVernay being overlooked. Keep reading »
Neil Patrick Harris’s autobiography has been out for a week and, for shame, I missed it. Let me say this: It sounds way more engaging that Karl Ove Knausgaard’s 3600-page My Struggle, not least inasmuch as it is a (semi-) non-fiction choose-your-own adventure book in which you, as Harris, can, for example, choose to audition or not to audition for “Doogie Howser, MD,” and as the book’s description states, “get into a bizarre confrontation outside a nightclub with actor Scott Caan.”
Last week was a big one for Harris: His autobiography was released on Tuesday, and on Wednesday it was announced that he’ll be hosting the Oscars in 2015. Can you EGOT hosting? All he needs are the Grammy Awards. [Nerdist; Playbill; Huffington Post]
Give me a holler on Twitter.
“You know, I’m starting to wonder if this is a bit of an act.”
Jared Leto tells “Access Hollywood” what he really thought of Jennifer Lawrence’s second Oscar fall. I suspect he was joking, and YET, I kind of agree with him. While I don’t think her red carpet spill was fake by any means, I wouldn’t entirely rule out the idea that JLaw was open to falling and played it up a bit when she did. You know, because it went over so well last year. As a bonafide klutz, I understand the mechanics of these things. If you’re not accustomed to walking in heels and you’re not paying attention, you open yourself up to eating shit. But when you know other people will be watching, you focus every ounce of your energy on not biting it. That being said, I am still quite fond of her. There are worse things a person can do than overdramatize a moment of clumsiness. I’ve probably done it myself. [ABC]