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The Meryl Streep Effect: Could There Be an Oscar Shake-Up This Year?

I was pretty underwhelmed when the Oscar Nominations were announced this year. Some of my favorites were ignored (namely Deadpool and Annette Benning’s performance in 20th Century Women) and I felt we were on our way to a repeat of the Golden Globes. I even predicted, in multiple radio interviews the day of the nominations, that La La Land would sweep it’s categories again, with some important nods going to Moonlight.

Then something interesting happened, possibly bolstered by the speech Meryl Streep gave when she accepted her Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes. If you somehow missed it, you can read the transcript here.

Everyone got political after that. Continue reading →

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DIVERSITY & The 2016 Oscars at the “WOMEN IN FILM-DALLAS” Brunch (& Mimosas!)

Chris Rock has said, “You can go to whole movies and not see one black woman. They’ll throw a black guy a bone. OK, here’s a black guy. But is there a single black woman in Interstellar? Or Gone Girl? Birdman? The Purge? Neighbors? I’m not sure there are. I don’t remember them. I go to the movies almost every week, and I can go a month and not see a black woman having an actual speaking part in a movie. That’s the truth.”

It sounds like something Chris Rock said yesterday, but this is actually a quote from 2014. You can read his whole interview in The Hollywood Reporter by clicking HERE, but if Chris Rock was that worked up then, imagine what he has to say NOW.

The lack of diversity amongst the 2016 Oscar nominees has turned primarily into a race issue, but it reflects several dilemmas at once. Turn on your TV or radio at this very moment and you’ll see that the problem of diversity goes far beyond the studios of Hollywood.

This is one of the issues we’ll address at the Women in Film-Dallas Brunch this Saturday. I will be on a panel with Dallas Morning News reporter Dawn Burkes and award-winning Writer/Director Paula Goldberg (Unadulterated) as we tackle issues like the wage gap and lack of opportunities for women in film. We’ll also be chowing down on Migas and chugging Mimosas, so it’s going to be fun as well as eye-opening. Tickets are cheaper if you buy them in advance so do that by clicking HERE and I’ll see you Saturday!
WIFD 2-17-16 event poster revised