If it wasn't so offensive, it really would be funny. In fact, if you want a laugh, you really must check out The Guardian's article on the nominees, in which a picture appears (at the top) that you have to see to believe.
The Director's Guild of America (DGA) released their nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2011 yesterday, which often predicts the Academy Award nominees for Best Director (and certainly influences Best Picture noms).
It's difficult this time of year to keep up with all the nominations and awards, and there are certainly arguments to be made that negate their importance (we've made them before). However, when there is such a disconnect between the people being lauded as Artists and Masters of Film and the cultural, racial, and ethnic makeup of our society, well, my friends, we have a serious problem.
I'm not making any arguments here about the quality of the films for which these men are nominated. There may be arguments to be made about some/all being excellent. There might not be. What I'm talking about is that it is, yet again, "these men" we're discussing.
In the four years since we started this website, there has been a significant rise in the number of people and sites dedicated to women in film in particular, and the lack of diversity in film generally. However, year after year, we see little or no change, and we continue to make the same arguments, to ask the same questions.
- There are women who make excellent films. Why aren't they being recognized?
- Why can't Hollywood see that diversity--in storytelling, in actors, in filmmakers--is a good thing?
- Why is it the same faces we see, year after year, being rewarded?
Here are the nominees:
Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris
David Fincher for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Michel Hazanavicious for The Artist
Alexander Payne for The Descendants
Martin Scorsese for Hugo
Readers, what are your thoughts on this year's nominees?