The Oscars

The Opinioness

Oscar statuettes

Originally published at Bitch Flicks as part of their 2013 Oscar Week series.

When people watch movies, they often think it’s just entertainment. That they don’t really matter. But media impacts our lives tremendously. Films reflexively shape and reflect culture. Feminist commentary is vital.

It might seem like they don’t but the Oscars matter. The Oscars are the most visible celebration of filmmaking in the U.S. and possibly the world. They can also positively impact career trajectories in financing and future themes in film. Called “liberal,” Hollywood continues to exhibit conservative and sexist values and norms. Too often, films depict misogyny, sexist gender roles, damsels in distress, women killed, and women’s bodies objectified. The Oscars typically reward women for playing roles that support a central male character in films.

The Academy is 94% white, 77% male, often perpetuating sexism and racism with their white, dude-centric accolades. Women and people…

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