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I don’t dive into stories about feminism very often. One story caught my eye and brought out the “fairness” tingling I usually bury in my gizzards. The claim being made by many feminists following the announcement of the Golden Globe nominations is that the absence of a woman for the Best Director category is wrong, not because there were women who were more deserving but because the nomination should be a reflection of the diversity in society.
In other words, they’re saying there should have been a token woman in the mix even if she didn’t deserve it because women need more women to be given things they don’t deserve. Or something like that.
Here’s the story from DailyWire that compiles many of the complaints by feminists:
“Award shows are only relevant insofar as they provide an interesting portrait of the zeitgeist,” writes Zeba Blay at HuffPo. “We can debate all day about which movie is better than which or who deserved what trophy, but as a collective, these nominations and accolades are supposed to say something about the culture as a whole, and that’s perhaps the only thing that makes them worth talking about at all.”
“The main thing the Golden Globes give a nominee is visibility,” tweeted Rebecca Keegan, the Hollywood correspondent for Vanity Fair. “Another reason why it’s depressing they went with an all male director category. Few women directors will achieve power of Spielberg, Nolan, Scott without the opportunity to be seen.”
Actress Amber Tamblyn chastised Spielberg and Nolan on Twitter for failing to campaign on behalf of women directors, which is rather anti-feminist considering that her call is for men to help women up when they should be able to do it themselves.
“The men nominated here should speak to the fact that they don’t share this honor with a single woman in their category,” Tamblyn tweeted. “That something is glaringly missing from this list. Be an ally. This is not acceptable.”
Gerwig aside, the other lady directors that feminists have alleged were snubbed are: Patty Jenkins for “Wonder Woman,” Sofia Coppola for “The Beguiled,” Kathryn Bigelow for “Detroit,” and Dee Rees for “Mudbound.”
These awards (and any like them) should come down to one thing: merit. I already hate that there’s politics involved in so many of them; it still stings that Zero Dark Thirty was so thoroughly snubbed over politics. I also can’t stand that they use a round-robin system at times. They like to spread the love, so if an amazing performance is put out by someone who has already won and another person in the same category hasn’t gone on stage before, they’re often given the nod. This last complaint is minor, but it’s there.
What’s not minor is the notion that we need to express cultural diversity through awards nominations. If feminists want more women to win awards, help get more women to make movies. Support those movies financially by going to see them. One of the names on the feminists’ list of snubbed directors is Sofia Coppola for The Beguiled. Nobody nominated it because nobody saw it. The period piece had a total domestic gross of just over $10 million and scored a respectable 78% on Rotten Tomatoes. Respectable, but not award-worthy when you consider the lowest score among the movies with directors nominated is an 86% for Steven Speilberg’s The Post.
This is just another way of adding politics to Hollywood. Is it too much to ask that Hollywood simply focused on entertaining us? Leave the social justice, political correctness, and cultural righteousness out of the movie business.
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